Though the concept may have its doubters, the joint tour of boy band icons New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys has found...

Though the concept may have its doubters, the joint tour of boy band icons New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys has found its audience. After audiences showed considerable interest in tickets for 24 previously announced concert dates, the bands’ itinerary has been expanded to 41 dates.

The NKOTBSB Tour, a combination of the groups’ respective abbreviated monikers, retains its original June 2 launch date at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. But now the vocal groups won’t reach the end of the road until a July 30 closer at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, PA.

Other newer dates on the Kids and Boys’ calendar include July 9-10 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC; July 15 at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN; July 22 at Amway Center in Orlando, FL; and July 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.

All of the currently announced shows have opened ticket sales to the general public as of the January 15 weekend; it is unclear whether additional dates may be added in the future. Though prices vary depending on venue, most ticket face values for the tour (new dates and old) fall within a $30 to $90 pre-fee range.

“We can’t thank our fans enough for their continued support,” the groups have said previously in a joint statement. “The love that everyone has shown to us and to this project is incredible. We can feel the excitement and we won’t let the fans down.”

The NKOTBSB crew also alluded to an “elaborate stage design” and promised fans that “there won’t be one bad seat in the house. We are truly blessed and are so appreciative to have you all along with us for the ride.”

The ride started for the singers started with an initial five-date tour announcement in early November. The pairing gained momentum later in the month when NKOTBSB performed at the American Music Awards, followed closely by the unveiling of 19 more concert dates.

Though no overall sell-outs have occurred on the primary market, NKOTBSB tickets have done well with groups’ most dedicated fans. A recent announcement on the NKOTBSB official Web site noted Fan Club sell-outs in Orlando, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Greensboro and Minneapolis.

But NKOTBSB may have something up its sleeve. The list of fan club sell-outs was accompanied with a teaser of “big news coming soon!” It remains to be seen whether that upcoming “news” includes more domestic tour dates, an international leg of performances, or something else entirely.

For now, though, the only news from the groups has been regarding A.J. McLean’s return to rehab. The BSB member has struggled with sobriety in the past and said in a statement last week, “With 2011 being a busy year for Backstreet, I want to be healthy and at my best.” Despite the news, published reports have the tour on-track for its early June start.

NKOTBSB Tour itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

June 2 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
June 3 Washington, DC Verizon Center
June 4 Boston, MA TD Garden
June 5 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
June 7 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
June 8 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
June 9 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
June 11 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 12 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
June 15 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
June 16 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace Of Auburn Hills
June 17 Chicago, IL United Center
June 18 Chicago, IL United Center
June 21 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
June 22 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
June 24 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
June 25 Houston, TX Toyota Center
June 26 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
June 28 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
June 30 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
July 1 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
July 2 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
July 3 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
July 6 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
July 8 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 9 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
July 10 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
July 12 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
July 13 Calgary, AB Calgary Stampede
July 15 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
July 16 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
July 17 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
July 19 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
July 20 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
July 22 Orlando, FL Amway Center
July 23 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
July 24 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
July 26 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
July 27 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
July 29 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
July 30 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium