It’s been 20 years since he last stood on the same stage as New Kids On The Block. But on Monday night Mark Wahlberg joined forces with brother Donnie and the original line up of the boy band at Madison Square Gardens in New York.
Now known more for his acting achievements than his work as a singer, the Entourage and Boardwalk Empire executive producer got called up on stage by rapper 50 Cent to make a guest appearance at the concert.
Introducing Mark, 44, the former singer came on stage as his brother did a rendition of his original Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch song Good Vibrations, which was released in 1991.
50 Cent told the screaming crowd: “(I feel) like we have some good vibrations here tonight,” and pulled the actor out of the audience.
Donnie took to social media after the concert and posted a message of thanks to his brother for taking part. He captioned the shot of them embracing on stage: “Marky Mark retired 25 years ago, but I still loved sharing the stage w my brother mark_wahlberg tonight! Thanks 50!!”
In an interview with Jimmy Fallon in 2013, Mark told the host his daughter loves New Kids On The Block, but wasn’t so impressed with his own past musical endeavors.
He said: “My daughter is so upset about the fact I used to rap and pull down my pants.”
He credited his brother with helping him make it in showbusiness because Donnie got him back on the straight and narrow after he served a prison sentence for assault,
Mark said: “I love my brother to death. I wouldn’t have a career without him because when I was incarcerated when I got out he helped me put my album together.”
NKOTB – Jordan Knight, Joe McIntyre, Danny Wood and Donnie Wahlberg – reunited in 2008 and have been touring the globe ever since. This current tour, The Main Event, has featured a number of guest appearances.
On Monday 50 Cent returned to the stage to perform In Da Club, Biz Markie made an appearance and performed Just A Friend.
Tuesday night they will have a gig in Boston with Nelly and TLC.
By Zoe Nauman