New Kids: We're grateful to 1D
New Kids On The Block have thanked One Direction for making boybands cool again.
The US band, who are kicking off a UK tour, said that they pay tribute to the British chart-toppers in their shows.
Joey McIntyre told the Daily Star: "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."
They also told the newspaper that they were glad Miley Cyrus is pushing boundaries.
Joey, 41, said: "We did a few pelvic thrusts back then, but nothing like Miley. In this day and age to still be able to go too far is an achievement.
"I don't know what going too far even is any more. So kudos to her that she's pushing an envelope I didn't know was there. She gets complaints but it sounds to me like what they used to say about Madonna."