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The Backstreet Boys return to Las Vegas for a vacation home


Backstreet will be back in Las Vegas.

Three years after their well-received “Larger Than Life” residency, the Backstreet Boys will return to the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for what Kevin Richardson tells USA TODAY will be, “like your corporate office Christmas party under steroids.. …and in Las Vegas.

The hardened boy-turned-man quintet will kick off “A Very Backstreet Christmas Party” on November 11 for a 12-show run through December 23.

“This is going to be the ultimate girls’ trip,” comments Howie Dorough on the call shared with Richardson.

Tickets for the shows, which start at $89, go on sale at 1 p.m. ET on July 16 via (various presales take place starting July 13).

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Richardson, Dorough and the rest of BSB – Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean – recognized the benefits of playing a residency during their “Larger Than Life” run which attracted global audiences.

“If 10 years ago you had asked me to play in Vegas, I would have said, no, that’s where people go to retire at sunset and end their careers. But Celine ( Dion), Britney (Spears), JLo (Jennifer Lopez) — they all recreated the thinking of what people perceive from Vegas,” Dorough says.

The Backstreet Boys have decided to hold a holiday outing after delaying their “DNA World Tour” until 2022 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We really wanted to play for our fans before the end of this year and we thought it was a great opportunity,” Richardson said. “We have two Christmas songs in our history and we were thinking of doing 12 shows – a small sample that maybe could happen every year.”

In addition to these previous songs (“Christmas Time” in 1996 and “It’s Christmas Time Again” in 2012), BSB will create a set list incorporating songs from their upcoming Christmas album. Fans were updated on the album via the guys’ social media and in March Dorough told, part of the USA TODAY Network, that two original tracks would join 10 remakes of Christmas classics.

With production on the vacation home just beginning — Richardson says rehearsals for the band will begin in October — the plan is to pepper the set list with, what Dorough calls, “Backstreet hits, but Christmas-ized.”

Many familiar dance moves will also be on display, though Richardson scoffs that they aren’t as “gymnastically oriented” as they once were.

“During the lockdown I got lazy and sat around for a while – but you need that once in a while,” he says. “But while getting ready for a show, we all went to the gym. We box, we do cardio, we hit Peloton, we do yoga and stretching. It’s like being an athlete on tour – it can be tough. And we deal with injuries, back pain and pulled muscles like any athlete would. Health and wellness are definitely part of the diet.

So does the appreciation for 90s nostalgia, with the band hosting and sharing with many of their peers. McLean and Carter, along with NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris, are having their own fun in Vegas with “The After Party” at the Venetian Resort from August 19-22, which is the kind of camaraderie Dorough says the artists of the era have always shared.

“We’re embracing that 90s vibe coming back and we love it,” he says. “And with all the other groups around us, we all help each other. I feel like today we all keep the music alive.

Richardson’s longevity goals are even higher, as he emphasizes the importance of a timeless catalog.

“We want to be the Rolling Stones of pop music,” he says. “The career they’ve had and the crowd they still draw. Like Bon Jovi and U2 and the Eagles. When you have a body of work that people love, then you’re blessed.”