The Backstreet Boys have announced a surprise new show in London and revealed their hopes of collaborating with one of the UK’s biggest stars, Adele.
The quintet – celebrating its 30th anniversaryand anniversary next year – they are delighted to return to the nation’s capital for a one-off concert as part of their DNA World Tour at the O2 Arena on November 6.
It’s a place they said they have “a lot of history with”.
The group has sold 130 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling boyband in history.
Meanwhile, they have to play with everyone from Sir Elton John to Stevie Wonder and Shania Twain, but their ultimate collaboration would be with Adele.
Member AJ McLean told The Standard he thinks the band might have a chance because Adele is a fan of their music.
He said, “I know she’s a fan, but I’ve never met her.”
McLean, 44, is particularly excited to return to London as it is one of his “favorite” cities.
He said he was particularly drawn to the West End and would like to follow in the footsteps of teammate Kevin Richardson, 50, who starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2003.
Asked about his dream role, he said: “One of them is Dr. Frank-N-Furter from Rocky Horror Picture Show. I’d love to be flirty, killing that song Sweet Transvestite. I would love to play this character.
“Kevin told me he’s had the best time he’s ever had outside of being with us. I grew up in musical theater and performing in the West End is definitely on my to-do list. To do.
A global pandemic has seen the world slow down and live music broadcasts put on the back burner.
The band last performed in the UK in 2019 and the five musicians said they were looking forward to reuniting with their fans.
“I think people now have a new appreciation for live concerts. I don’t think people realized how much they needed it until now to get back to live gigs. The energy level is insane! The I Want It That Way singer said.
“I still pinch myself everyday while we’re still here doing this, we’re at the top of our game and still having fun.”
Tickets to see the Backstreet Boys perform at the O2 Arena in London on November 6 will go on sale April 8 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster. Presale available from April 7.