The Backstreet Boys put an end to their musical holiday projects.
The boy band announced on social media on Friday (September 10) that their upcoming holiday album is postponed and their upcoming holiday-themed residency in Las Vegas is canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“With the current state of the world still limiting our travels and making small things in these processes take much longer, we have decided to wait until 2022 to release our Christmas album and will cancel our limited series of Christmas shows in Las Vegas, ” the Backstreet Boys wrote on Twitter.
The pop quintet – made up of Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson – were scheduled for a November and December residency at the Zappos Theater in Las Vegas inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The A Very Backstreet Christmas party dates were to be the band’s “first-ever holiday shows, filled with holiday classics, new originals and their greatest hits,” the act’s website says.
Ticket refunds for the Las Vegas residency will be issued automatically at the point of purchase.
The 12-show series was set to arrive three years after the group’s record-breaking Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life residency at the Zappos Theatre. The band’s residency earned $34.4 million from the 62 shows they performed at the legendary Vegas venue in 2017 and 2018, according to Billboard Boxscore.
In their message to fans, the Backstreet Boys said they have been “working hard” on their next holiday album for the past six months. “We are so excited and proud of what we have and how everything is coming together. We feel that this is one of our best creations to date and that this creation deserves the best possible scenario and set up to succeed.
The boy band concluded, “While we’re disappointed, we know it’s for the best and we absolutely can’t wait to share the magic of this album with you all when the time is right!”
See the full statement from the Backstreet Boys below.
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— Backstreet Boys (@backstreetboys) September 10, 2021