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New Kids on the Block to tour with the Backstreet Boys, boy bands to perform at American Music Awards

11/03/2010 by Corinne Heller

Members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys pose for a promotional photo for their joint tour. (nkotbsb.com) New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, two pop boy bands that rose to international fame and whose members were teen heartthrobs in the 1990s, are set to tour together.

The groups, who have set up their own joint website, nkotbsb.com, will have their first televised performance at the American Music Awards on November 21, organizers said in a statement.

New Kids on the Block is made up of original members Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and Donnie Wahlberg, the brother of actor Mark Wahlberg, who was once part of the band. The group, known for hits such as "Hangin' Tough" and "Step By Step", formed in the mid-1980s, broke up around 1995 and reunited in 2008.

The Backstreet Boys currently consists of A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter. The group, which released songs such as "I Want It That Way" and "I'll Never Break Your Heart", formed around 1992, went on hiatus around 2002 and returned with new music in 2005. Kevin Richardson left the band in 2006.

The American Music Awards telecast is set to air live on ABC on Sunday, November 21 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. central from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles (Check out the nominations). Others set to perform include Usher, Bon Jovi and Pink.

Check out dates for the New Kids on the Block - Backstreet Boys tour (order tickets here):

Thursday, June 9, 2011T- Toronto, CANAir Canada Center
Saturday, June 11, 2011 - Uniondale, NY, Nassau Coliseum
Sunday, June 12, 2011 - East Rutherford, NJ, Izod Center
Friday, June 17, 2011 - Rosemont, IL, United Center
Friday, July 1, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center