Veteran pop stars NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK will thank younger rivals ONE DIRECTION for making boybands cool again by covering their songs at concerts.
NKOTB bandmember Joey McIntyre has credited the British/Irish group with reviving the public's interest in pop music, and he is convinced the young stars have helped his band enjoy fresh success 30 years after their chart heyday.
McIntyre goes on to reveal his bandmates will show their gratitude by performing One Direction songs at their upcoming gigs.
He tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "It's fun to see One Direction's success, they have made people much more open to all types of music. It means people are more tolerant of our music too. We tip our hats to them in our new show with a cover or two."