For nearly 30 years, the Backstreet Boys have been among pop music’s biggest stars. With hits like “I Want It That Way”, “Larger Than Life” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”, their music has been the soundtrack to many people’s lives over the years – a feat they embrace. fully.
The boy band – consisting of Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter – are preparing to resume touring after a brief hiatus amid the pandemic, where they will deliver their chart-topping tracks, as well as their awesome dance moves, to their loyal fans.
“Being the ‘soundtrack’ to people’s lives for almost 30 years is an absolute blessing,” McLean told TODAY during their shows in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where they kicked off the DNA World Tour. April 8. “When you come to our show, no matter what’s going on in your personal life, good, bad or indifferent, for two hours you can forget about it. You can get lost.
“Our show is for everyone, at all ages. We have fans from five to 85 who come,” he continued. “Every song is different for everyone and whatever that song is, I’m sure takes that person back to a very specific time in their personal life… whatever that feeling, you know, that, again, is a testimony to music.”
Formed on April 20, 1993 in Orlando, Florida, BSB have sold over 130 million records worldwide and are recognized as one of the best-selling boy bands in history. Their latest album, “DNA”, released in 2019, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
“Boy bands are us, baby,” Littrell said. “We have stood the test of time.”
The band prides itself on being a five-part harmony, uniting their distinct styles and sounds into one.
“We’re friends. We’re family, we’re brothers. We’ve spent more than half our lives together in this band. But collectively I think we all bring something special to what makes Backstreets sound Boys, the look of the Backstreet Boys,” detailed McLean, noting that they were “lucky to work with some amazing songwriters and producers.”
With the DNA World Tour, fans can view the artists’ impressive repertoire during the two-hour, 32-song concert. The show includes rare songs like “I Wanna Be With You” from their 1996 debut album and “That’s the Way I Like It” from “Backstreet’s Back,” as well as exciting medleys of songs from their 10 LPs.
“It’s an explosive, jam-packed performance,” Carter described. “I think it’s the best thing we’ve done since the late 90s and early 2000s where we had these really amazing shows with dancing and production.”
Coming out of the past two years with the pandemic, Carter believes that people are “really hungry for performance” and “looking for things that they love and that make them feel good.”
“We come from a place in time where we put smiles on people’s faces with our music and the nostalgia that comes with it,” he added, expressing how proud they are of the show. “It’s the best we’ve had to date. And it’s the best of the Backstreet Boys. So we can’t wait to get back on the road, playing for all our fans and giving them about two hours of escape from the crazy world.
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After four shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in April, BSB hits the road June 4 from Chula Vista, Calif., and wraps November 6 in London. This time around, after initially postponing the tour amid the pandemic, they’ve also added a number of shows across the country.
Dorough noted that they “started to feel like” getting back on tour and “We missed that connection that we have with our fans.”
Added, “Our fans are truly, as I say, the heart and soul of the Backstreet Boys.”
Of course, BSB fans are a devoted bunch, many of whom hope to hear their favorite songs at concerts. Littrell shared that fans in Mexico love to hear the Spanish version of “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” while in Germany, “They talk about ‘We’ve Got it Going On.'” He also mentioned that “The Perfect Fan” and “Show Me the Meaning of Being Alone” are personal messages for fans who have lost a loved one.
The members also have their own songs that they most identify with. Richardson’s mother, Ann, recently passed away and he shared how this latest track “really resonates” with him.
“My mother passed away and so this song is about loss. It’s a very deep song,” Richardson explained, speaking of “Show Me the Meaning of Being Alone.” guys had to take over for me. It just hit me. Out of the blue, I felt emotions rising. While we were doing rehearsals, I thought I was going to get emotional when I spoke to the audience. But no, it was during my verse.
He shared that he wrote three or four words when he couldn’t finish the lyrics.
“So this song hit me hard last night. I know a lot of people have suffered losses over the past two years,” Richardson added. “Everybody lost. Everyone has been through tough times over the past two years. So that one really resonates with me right now.
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Whatever emotions arise during the shows, the singers are thrilled to be back on stage and making new memories with their fans.
“It was just an absolute dream to continue doing this almost 30 years later. It’s a testament to the music and it’s a nod to the best fans a band like us could ask for,” said McLean “It’s really great to know that our music has stood the test of time and we’re coming down to the big 3-0, which is just amazing. So thank you to all our fans. And thank you to all those who have accompanied us for 30 years. Hats off to all of you.