The Backstreet Boys’ “This is Us” tour is their best to date
By Kelcey Bridges
HollywoodNews.com: The year was 1999. The Backstreet Boys ruled the airwaves and MTV with their #1 hit “I Want It That Way.” They set little girl’s hearts on fire and sold-out stadiums world wide. Fast forward to 2010, and the “boys” are still at it, even though their fans and the boys themselves (the youngest BSB, Nick Carter, is now 30) have grown up. However, as much as think you have “grown up,” you’ll be surprised how quickly you revert to teeny-booper status the moment you hear the the guys sing the phrase, “Backstreet’s Back…Alright!!!” Or at least…..that’s how it goes for me.
I became a BSB fan back in ‘99, the very first time I heard their songs played on a boom-box at a birthday party. I wish I could show you of photo of my bedroom from back then, from the floor to the ceiling my walls were covered in the faces of the BSB. And whereas with time, many fans “outgrew” the Backstreet Boys, I didn’t. Although, fear not, my walls don’t look like that anymore.
The Backstreet Boys are incredibly resilient. The guys have weathered stints in rehab, DUI’s, open heart surgery, marriage, children, death of family members, solo projects, the departure of a band member and even Nick Carter’s stint with Paris Hilton (yep, I just went there). Through it all the guys are still standing strong and recently celebrated 17 years together as a group.
Now I know what you’re thinking – the Backstreet Boys are still around? Yes, they are. Since their return to the music world in 2005 the boys have recorded three studio albums and embarked upon three successful world tours – one of which they are currently on right now.
Last week, the Backstreet Boys appropriately titled “This Is Us” tour stopped in Washington, D.C. and I had the chance to bask in the presence of Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean.
Judging by the near sold-out show at the Wolf Trap Filene Center, the Backstreet Boys still have quite a strong and diverse fan base. The crowd was filled with grown women, teen girls, twenty-somethings, Dad’s and even little girls who weren’t even born when BSB was in their hey-day.
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