Watch New Kids on the Block Perform on the Today Show

UPDATED 05/16/2008 at 10:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/16/2008 at 09:30 AM EDT

For the New Kids on the Block, it was just like old times.

Even at 8 a.m. in the pouring rain, shrieking fans – some of whom camped out since Wednesday – packed the Today courtyard to see the reunited group hit the stage for the first time since 1994.

The turnout of over 3,000 strong was one of the biggest in the history of the Today show's concert series.

"We could get very weepy right now and sappy, because we absolutely have the greatest fans in the world," said Joey McIntyre, after host Matt Lauer mentioned the people who had been waiting 48 hours for them. "It's amazing."

As for the weather, Donnie Wahlberg joked, "It's a little bit like Al Roker in a hurricane here," as he, McIntyre, Danny Wood and Jordan and Jonathan Knight got soaked in the downpour.

The band sang a medley of their hits, like "Step by Step" and "Hangin' Tough" before launching into their new single, "Summertime".

The dedicated bunch that had been waiting so long for a glimpse of their idols got an unexpected treat Wednesday and Thursday nights: Jonathan Knight stopped by to visit them!

Up next for the Kids? Shows in East Rutherford, N.J., and Boston on Saturday and Sunday, and then prepping for their big North American tour this fall.

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