CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Many fans at the Blossom Music Center on Wednesday night had been waiting years to see the Backstreet Boys.
The group finally reached the sold-out event, after two years of delays due to the pandemic. And he had a lot of flair to spare. The five band members (AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson) moved in sync on stage, stepping forward in time to the band’s polished pop songs.
The tour celebrates the band’s last album, “DNA”, released in 2019. It also found the space to return to the Backstreet Boys’ pop dominance of the late 90s. At the time, the band released their now iconic tracks, crafted to perfection, like “I Want It That Way”, “As Long As You Love Me” and “Larger Than Life”.
For many millennials, the band’s 1996 self-titled debut album and 1999’s “Millennium” were the shining CDs that defined childhood and adolescence: the era of frosted spikes and side hats.
These tracks may be a bit from 2022, but they were the highlights of Wednesday night’s “DNA” world tour stop. The moment “Everybody” or “Shape of My Heart” or “Quit Playing Games” began, impatient high-pitched cries emanated from the mostly millennial audience as hundreds of cellphones popped into the air to record the moments. .
These nostalgic tracks continue to hold up, as do the band’s new releases. The three singles from “DNA” (the synth-pop “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, the pumping “Chances” and the country “No Place”) show some new sonic territory for BSB. Meanwhile, the impressive a cappella track “Breathe” proves that the vocal skills of the five band members are still strong, even after nearly three decades together.
Still going strong: the band’s sex appeal, showcased on their performances of “New Love” and the funky “Passionate.”
The audience screamed with every crotch hold and pelvic thrust, and went completely nuts during an outfit change when McLean and Richardson entered boxes on stage to change clothes in full view of the audience (well , shoulders, anyway). The two musicians threw a pair of BSB brand underwear into the pit, towards hundreds of outstretched arms.
It was the most eventful of about four outfit changes, with band members cycling through a variety of wide-brimmed fedoras, sparkly pants, colorful jackets, long coats and baggy jeans. These changes gave the band members only a few breaks from an otherwise marathon setlist of over 30 songs.
The musicians followed their rhythm, moving with a little more punch as the night progressed. At the end of the concert, the five singers found themselves in all-white outfits – a nod to the band’s “Millennium” era – singing an explosive, confetti-filled version of “Larger Than Life”.
Australian singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem opened the show, belting out songs like “In This Life”, “Dear Life” and “The Power” with his talented band. A cover of Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” was a perfect fit for the singer’s dynamic vocals — as well as a mashup of covers including Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “Man!” I feel like a woman!”
See more photos from the concert in the gallery at the top of this article.
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