There are some new developments with New Kids on the Block.

Most notably, the fabled "boy band" has released a new album, "10," its first offering since 2008's "The Block." Of course, what's new hardly matters in the New Kids' world.

"San Jose, Calif., do you mind if we take you on a little trip down Memory Lane?" Donnie Wahlberg asked at the newly re-christened SAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion) on Friday night.

Did we mind? Heck, that's the whole reason we came to see the Package Tour starring New Kids and fellow aging boy bands 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.

The trio of talent certainly delivered in that regard. The entire evening was a richly nostalgic affair, full of former chart-toppers and old-school dance moves performed by guys who are old enough to have fathered One Direction. It's little wonder why this Package was popular enough to warrant two dates at SAP. (The first show was July 7.)

Boyz II Men was the first to take the stage and Philly R&B vocal group -- now a trio -- delighted the near-capacity crowd with such smashes as "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road." It was, by far, the finest vocal showcase of the night.

Next up, inexplicably, was 98 Degrees.


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Now, I don't know in what universe 98 Degrees deserves to be higher up on the bill than Boyz II Men. Yes, I realize that the former has only recently reunited, after nearly a decade apart, so this tour represents the first chance for many fans to see the band. That has some marketing value, of course.

Still, Boyz II Men is one of the greatest boy bands of all time, while 98 Degrees is, well, 98 Degrees.

The L.A. quartet, which features the omnipresent Nick Lachey, did a passable job with its set, showcasing both the strengths and weaknesses that characterized the band during its original run.

The biggest problem with a 98 Degrees reunion, of course, is the 98 Degrees songbook. It's almost as thin as the plot from some of those "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" reality-TV episodes, which starred Nick and his then-wife Jessica Simpson. Yet, the four players (aka, Nick Lachey and three other guys) did an OK job with the material available, which includes tracks from the newly released 98 Degrees album, "2.0."

Things improved dramatically once the New Kids took the stage, kicking off their two-hour set with a fiery run through "We Own Tonight." And, indeed, they did own the night.

As amazing as it might seem, the New Kids might be better now than ever before. It doesn't even seem to matter that they hardly qualify as Kids these days. They have matured as entertainers and are able to deliver shows that thrill basically from start to finish.

Of course, one thing that greatly aids their cause is the props. In the pop-music touring game, the act with the most toys usually wins. And the New Kids have toys galore on this tour — hydraulic lifts that allow them to sing from above the crowd, a spinning platform at the center of an "in-the-round" stage, etc.

The New Kids -- Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, Danny Wood and Joey McIntyre -- put all of that, and so much more, to great use during the show. Plus, the dance moves were terrific and the set list — a nice split between up-tempo pop ditties and big ballads — was rock solid.

Jordan Knight, as per usual, provided most of the vocal highlights. Yet, he wasn't the star of the show. That role was played, pretty much to perfection, by Wahlberg.

Donnie has nearly everything one could hope for from a vocalist at a big-time pop music show. The one exception, of course, is that he can't really sing. Oh, but he'll rip his shirt off in front of 15,000 women, cuddle with countless fans and, in general, do whatever is necessary to make sure that people are enjoying the production. He's fun to watch, which, in this type of an over-the-top production, is way more important than being fun to listen to sing.

Fun. That's as good a word as any to describe the evening. It was a great chance to relive old memories, of a long-ago time when these men were still boys.

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