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NKOTB on Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men recently performing at the Mirage in Las Vegas.
Boyz II Men recently performing at the Mirage in Las Vegas.(Denise Truscello/Getty Images for MGM Grand)

In 2011, when Boyz II Men popped up for a surprise performance in Orlando during the New Kids on the Block tour with the Backstreet Boys, the crowd went wild.

“[New Kid] Donnie Wahlberg told me that building was as loud as any building he’s ever heard,” says Nate Morris, on the phone from Las Vegas, where Boyz II Men have been performing a residency at the Mirage. Although the timing wasn’t right for them to join in on the boy band fun last time, when the Philly vocal trio got the call to be a part of “The Package” tour — which stops at the TD Garden Sunday and Monday — with NKOTB and the reunited 98 Degrees, they happily rearranged their schedule to make it happen. Once the tour is complete, Boyz II Men — Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris — will return to Las Vegas to pick up their residency and also continue work on a new album of original material that they hope to have out in 2014.

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During a recent chat with the members of NKOTB, the ’80s-spawned group raved about the ’90s-launched Boyz and their vocal bona
fides. “We feel privileged to be touring with them,” said Jordan Knight. When we asked both groups if they might be performing on stage together, Knight said they would try to cook something up, and Morris replied, “We’re singers, we’ll try anything!”

We polled the New Kids for their favorite Boyz II Men songs — and we’re guessing if a sing-off happens, it will come from this list.

1. Danny Wood: “Water Runs Dry”

2. Jordan Knight: “End of the Road”

3. Jonathan Knight: “On Bended Knee”

4. Joey McIntyre: “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”

5. Donnie Wahlberg: “Motownphilly”

SARAH RODMAN