New Kids On The Block Honor Selena In Corpus Christi With Her Sister In Attendance
New Kids on the Block (NKOTB) are currently on a national tour that included a stop in Corpus Christi, Texas. As has been seen with artists visiting Texas in the past, the ’90s duo paid tribute to Selena Quintanilla in the late icon’s hometown. When NKOTB hit the stage at the American Bank Center on Monday, the boy band paid tribute by dancing to Selena’s hit “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.” The reaction from fans on social media has praised the group for paying tribute to the Queen of Tejano music.
Here’s how the band paid tribute to the late Tejano singer. Don’t worry. They didn’t sing.
After singing their song “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” frontman Donnie Walhberg addressed the crowd. He told the audience to point their fingers in the sky and sing along with them.
“Not only are we deep in the heart of Texas tonight,” Walhberg said. “We are deep in the heart of Corpus Christi, home of a fallen angel from this amazing city. Let’s sing this one for her.”
Shortly after the speech, “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” played and the audience went crazy to the tribute. The late singer’s face can be seen in the background as the group danced and celebrated Selena’s legacy and life. The group even brought a surprised fan onstage to lead the song.
Unknowingly, Selena’s family was actually in the front row.
“I’m sitting there and he’s doing this country song,” Suzette told KIII 3 News. “I just looked at my friend Daniel and I said, ‘Hey D, wouldn’t it be cool if he just kicked into Selena’s song’ and not even 30 seconds later I heard the intro to ‘Bidi Bid Bom Bom’ and I was like ‘what?’”
Wahlberg took to Instagram to reflect on the special moment with a photo of himself hugging Suzette.
“When you play a concert in Corpus Christi Texas and you do a tribute to an angel — Selena — without even knowing that her wonderful sister Suzette @suzettesyld — an angel herself — is standing in the front row,” Wahlberg wrote in a post on Instagram. “Then you see her in the front row and time literally stops! I am so humbled by this moment. So blessed to have been a part of this moment. So overwhelmed to see the love and respect that this amazing family rightfully gets in their hometown! Much love and respect to A.B. and Suzette! #RIPSelena”
Fans took to social media to show their appreciation for the tribute.
It’s become somewhat of a rite of passage for artists to pay tribute to Selena when coming through Corpus Christi. NKOTB did the Queen of Tejano music justice with their tribute and fans appreciated the sentiment.
Social media is proof you can’t please everyone as some weren’t too fond of the tribute.
This fan defended the group’s Selena tribute and pointed out they weren’t doing the cover for anything but appreciation. You can’t please everyone that’s a given when it comes to covering a legend like Selena.
It’s not every day you see a Selena tribute in her hometown. It’s a moment many wish they were a part of.
The duo was at their height at the same time Selena first burst onto the scene in the ’90s. So having a tribute like this was personal to them and fans who probably grew up listening to both.
Many fans wished they got to see this tribute in person and who can blame them. It’s safe to say this won’t be the last Selena tribute we see in her hometown. Let’s just hope it’s done in good taste and justice to the Queen.