Unfinished: not finished; incomplete or unaccomplished.
Jordan Knight’s 2012 Live and Unfinished Tour of the U.S. and Toronto wrapped up in April in Boston with fans anxious for more and everyone feeling like things were far from being finished. Jordan, never pointedly sure about more dates in the Fall, never said never when asked about future shows.
After a whirlwind, world wide tour with NKOTBSB, a stint with Old Navy, the NKOTB Cruise sailed the high seas in June, with Live and Unfinished included in the festivities. The show was a highlight of the event, Jordan performing his entire set along with Elevation Theory and his backup dancers and of course, the addition of Donnie Wahlberg to join him onstage to perform “Stingy”.
After the Cruise, NKOTB took a quick tour of South America before having some time off before the Summer Mixtape Festival in August. As fans were gearing up to head to Hershey, PA for the Festival Jordan teased:
“Oh Canada!! I got some special news I want to share with you soon!”
Not being able to keep a secret more than a day, he shared the good (and bad) news with fans on August 16:
“JK: Live and Unfinished…. Is NOT finished until it sweeps across Canada!!”
“Sadly… These will be the last JK: Live and Unfinished shows in N. America… EVER!! So make sure I see you there!!”
Live and Still Unfinished: Canada was born.
2012 Live and Still Unfinished Tour
10/3: Ottawa, Ontario
10/4: Toronto, Ontario
10/5: Montreal, Quebec
10/11: Halifax, Nova Scotia
10/14: Moncton, New Brunswick
10/16: Edmonton, Alberta
10/18: Calgary, Alberta
10/20: Vancouver, British Columbia
10/21: Victoria, British Columbia
As ticket sales loomed, Marcus and Jordan kept fans up to date with information as well as adding a little extra humor to the frenzy.
Q: Is Live & “Still” Unfinished worth flying from lands afar, driving days upon days, running through land mines and dodging speeding cars, going through all the crazy ticket frenzy, spending all sorts of time and money, climbing the highest mountains and swimming through the deepest oceans, losing endless hours of sleep watching @jordanknight’s timeline for VIP On Sales and MORE?
A: You know what I’m going to say…#AHFUCKYEH it is!! Canada, see you in October!!!
Fans from not only across Canada but also from the States to across the ocean were excited and making plans to get to Canada for just-one-more Jordan show.
Then there was this:
“In honor of the Canadian flag and my LiveandStillUnfinished tour dates…I think I’m gonna have to pack my red jeans!!”
Oh the red jeans. When Jordan donned a pair of red jeans for a special performance in July in conjunction with Old Navy, the red jeans became a legend in their own time. But would they appear on the Live and Still Unfinished stage?
As October got closer, Jordan made a quick trip to Toronto to make an appearance at Chum-FM’s ‘Back in the Day Bash’ and to do some other press for the tour at NewsTalk 1010, on 98 The Beach as well as on other radio stations.
And of course, what would a Live and Unfinished Tour be without VIP, brunches and dinners? Jordan, aiming to please, scheduled a brunch or dinner and sometimes both in every city on the tour. “Lets meet and greet…..and eat!”
Soon it was time for the tour to begin and Jordan packed up his ever faithful team: Charlie and Victor, Marcus, Elevation Theory – Free, Sean, Keithen, Matt; James, Josh and Danny as they headed out on their tour bus to the first stop in Canada.
Fans were excited as the tour opened in Ottawa, once again, Jordan delivered and the red pants found their way to the stage. Jordan’s performance, however; is not just about the pants he wears on the stage. Keeping the set list the same, Jordan performed songs from his CD Unfinished as well as older solo songs during his piano set. Although the set list may have been the same, you can never tire of nor lose appreciation for Jordan’s classic voice. In some venues Jordan ventured out into the crowd during his closing “Right Stuff” performance and fans still vied for a chance to make it on stage to be his ‘rockstar’. Jordan is a true star on stage and his enthusiasm and passion for singing can always capture his audience.
The tour again included VIP soundcheck where Jordan commonly performed some songs he didn’t perform at the show. Soundcheck also included a few Rockstar try-outs in Montreal as well as him teaching the crowd how to do the Up N Down dance routine in Victoria.
The VIP after show meet and greets were still a staple complete with Jordan handing out his signature roses and taking photos with fans. Q&A sessions were sometimes held, while other times Jordan simply went around the room spending time with fans. Some VIP events, like in Halifax, were small and intimate with Jordan even hanging out with fans in the casino after the VIP dinner.
A special meet and greet event was held in Moncton; after the show there was cancelled, Jordan still traveled to the city to have dinner, treated fans by singing “She’s Got a Way”, “If You Go Away” and “Like a Wave” on the piano and played Pictionary.
The nine city tour, this time broken up by a few days that Jordan spent in Los Angeles recording the new NKOTB album, didn’t stop fans from traveling from far and wide to Canada for Live and Still Unfinished. Although some events and shows were small, others were sold out exemplifying the loyal fan base Jordan has. Fans also scooped up Jordan’s new merchandise that was available at the shows.
Live and Still Unfinished, was to me, Jordan’s response to the fans want to see him continue to perform his music. Canada, known to support his music as well as NKOTB’s, was a natural choice since Jordan had only made one stop there on the previous leg of his tour. Many fans would have liked to have seen Jordan return to their city or area but this way, Jordan was able to share his music across North America through two countries and with thousands of fans.
Thanks also goes to Jordan’s team for supporting him and striving to make his tour special and fulfilling for the fans. As the tour came to a close, Jordan tweeted:
“Shout out to the funkiest damn band in Boston and beyond@ElevationTheory!! You guys brought the tour to another level! Lets do it again!!”
“For making things sound sooo sweet, @theothajz , Thanks buddy!!”
“And finally to all of YOU .. the fans, blockheads and Bloquitas… It was so fun to perform for you all!Thank U sooo much! #highoffoflove“
The biggest thank you of all though goes to Jordan. Jordan is a true artist that has prevailed through good times and in bad and has a creativity and a talent like none other. Thank you doesn’t even seem like enough any more for the devotion he has to the fans and the unwavering drive that he has to share his music.
From that late night in March when we heard “Let’s Go Higher” for the very first time to Unfinished’s release, the after party VIPs and mini shows on the 2011 NKOTBSB Tour, to the first Live and Unfinished shows in Boston and Detroit and their continuation across the U.S. and Canada; we may have seen Live and Unfinished come to a close, but our love and appreciation for Jordan will never be Finished.
Thank You Jordan! You are truly THE BEST.
–Natalie Cheshire aka @TotATLarious, Atlanta GA
*Thank you to @meldiv75 for the use of her picture