Joey McIntyre and Mark McGrath on a Night Out in LA

I bet Second-Gen BHs must be thinking, “But who is Mark McGrath?” So we’re gonna start there.

Mark McGrath is the lead singer of “Sugar Ray”, a pop band that became popular in the late 90s. In 1999, with catchy and radio-friendly songs like “Every morning” and “Someday” (both from their best selling album, “14:59”) they switched from their original “nu metal” and achieved great popularity making it even to “The Billboard Hot 100” Charts.

Mark McGrath, Then and Now

The New Kids On The Block had split five years before; so, back then, on January 1999, we were getting our dose of pop from songs such us “Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears), 98 Degrees’ “Because of You” 🥰 and N’ Sync’s “(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You”.

featured pop artists in 1999, Britney Spears, NSync, 98 degrees, U2, Spice Girls

Meanwhile, the Spice Girls were in the charts with their iconic “Goodbye” (‘cos Ginger had left the group), Alanis Morissette with what is now a great classic “Thank U”… and, Prince was there! Aerosmith was there with “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”; U2 was there with the “Sweetest Thing” (a song Bono wrote as an apology to his wife, for missing her birthday since he was working in the studio; did you know that?)… Aww… #TheGoodTimes…

Joey McIntyre and Mark McGrath Today

This Saturday night, Mark McGrath posted on his Instagram stories a couple of clips of what it seems to an acoustic private concert of the British rock and roll band “The Struts”, and an hour later he was posting a photo with Joey McIntyre, with the caption, “What a joy to hang with my old friend Joey McIntyre. They don’t make ’em better people or more talented.”

I don’t recall having seen Joey McIntyre and Mark McGrath together. The guys from Sugar Ray are from California (Newport Beach) and Joey moved to LA in the early 00’s when the band was at the pick of their popularity, so they could have started their friendship around that time.

Mark also shared the same photo on Twitter, giving a shoutout to us Blockheads saying “Love this dude @joeymcintyre…thank you for the years of friendship, and for being just such a good human being! #BlockHeadsRule