You can’t go home again, but you can go to Fenway Park, which for some can be just as meaningful. It certainly was for Donnie Wahlberg, who posted to Facebook Live after the New Kids on the Block concert at Fenway Saturday with an emotional message to fans.
The park looked to be mostly deserted as Wahlberg captured his view of the grassy infield and the Green Monster, emblazoned with “NKOTBOSTON.”
“It’s just — I don’t even know what to say,” Wahlberg said. “I’m so grateful and humbled and thankful. . .” At that point, the singer-actor-producer choked up and covered his face for a moment to compose himself.
“I couldn’t even come in this ballpark when I was a kid,” said Wahlberg, who grew up in Dorchester. “Couldn’t even afford to come in here and sit in the doo-doo seats way up there. Couldn’t even afford none of that. And it was full tonight to see me and my brothers, so I’m really, really, really humbled. Grateful.”
Behind him, his wife, Jenny McCarthy, mugged for the camera.
NKOTB, which is on a 47-city arena tour, was one of the biggest boy bands of the ’80s, and fans of the Boston band — mostly women now in their late 30s and 40s — are as dedicated as ever. Wahlberg expressed his appreciation to the throngs who stood in the summer rain to relive the anthems of their youth.
“Thank you, everyone. We got the best fans in the world. All you other boy bands, listen: Your fans are good, but they ain’t our fans,” he said. “When you start at 15 years old, and they’re still there when you’re about to hit 50, come talk to me.”Hayley Kaufman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.