At the beginning of this 2020 season of life (late Spring / Summer / Quarantine / What Day Is It Time), we started putting everything the Backstreet Boys were doing in one post, updated regularly… More
It’s no secret that the Backstreet Boys aren’t going anywhere…. because they’re going EVERYWHERE. With so much going on, it’s hard to lose track or miss a date but have no fear – we are here!
This post will include every CONFIRMED concert / appearance that the Boys or individual Boy are scheduled for as we get word of it. We do not post it here unless it is certain. If you have questions about an upcoming event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on Twitter, Facebook or the Contact Us page. If you’re looking for information about the basics of certain events, check out our posts here.
For any event where a ticket link is not provided, ticket details can be found at backstreetboys.com/events.
While many of us planned to be seeing the Backstreet Boys on tour this Summer, the world had other plans. We’ve since found ourselves with some extra time on our hands, some of us with extra funds that we had set aside for tour, and all of us with a lot of love to give to people who are hurting.
There’s a lot going on in the world today, so we wanted to band together as a Backstreet fan-mily and show ’em what we’re made of! We’re turning our mindset from “Give back tour season!” to “This tour season, we’re giving back!”
The charities and organizations listed vary by cause and have been suggested by fellow fans. Some will ask for your donation of time and some will ask for your monetary donations. All of them are just asking you to put a little more love into the world.
We are always open to suggestions! If there is a charity / organization / petition we are missing, please email me at email@example.com. We will TRY to fit it in!
Share this project on your socials by using the hashtag #TheBackstreetGiveBack
**Once you decide where to donate your time or money, please fill out this form so we can announce all that has been accomplished at the end of the season (October 2020).**
We are thinking about summarizing all listed organizations here. If that is something you’d like, let us know.
Since the Backstreet Boys released the newly rescheduled 2021 DNA World Tour dates, a lot of us have been planning our Summer for next year (because what else are we doing?).
If you’re anything like us, the details of what you’ve purchased, who’s going where, when to ask off work, who’s paid for what, etc. is all getting very muddled. A lot of us had purchased tickets already, but the new dates work for us to add more and, well, we needed somewhere to write it all down.
So, being big on organization, we created these forms and thought that you all might need them as well! As we plan, if we think of more needs, we’ll add them here. If you can think of anything else, feel free to give us a shout!
Also, we went through and broke down the tour dates by days of the week so that if, like us, you’re planning around vacation time and time to sight see, you’ll know just how many days you might need to work around. Hope this helps!!
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When the Backstreet Boys sang “I got mixed emotions”, they were ahead of their time. 2020 has been nothing but a rollercoaster of mixed emotions so far for fans around the world.
Some of our favorite WHOTB posts have involved combining our love for some of our favorite TV shows. While we’ve done plenty of Friends and a Golden Girls theme, we’re bringing a new one in to describe our feelings this year — Schitt’s Creek! A family who lived a high life and had it swiped out from underneath them seems appropriate for this year, no?
So this is what how it all went down…
After the DNA tour ended last October, we were all ready for more. Luckily, the Backstreet Boys swiftly announced dates in Australia, New Zealand, South America ANNNDD North America!
We were like…
Then we saw the dates and HOLY COW…there were so many and so perfect!
So we immediately renewed our fanclub memberships because…
Everything was lining up for the perfect concert summer / tour season with friends! We were hitting up Ticketmaster like…
Then… the COVID-19 pandemic hit and things were being shut down left and right. Including live performances… and DEFINITELY no meet and greets allowed..
So we waited for any kind of announcement about what would happen to our DNA tour plans and the range of feelings was WILD. We tried to remain positive, but also, realistic.
Then it happened. For the benefit of everyone involved, the Backstreet Boys postponed the remainder of their 2020 dates to 2021.
They were like…
And we were like…
We couldn’t help but be a little bit like…
But also, we understand… because it truly is for the safety of everyone.
Then we realized that the only logical thing to do is to look forward to 2021. Those of us in North America (and Sao Paulo) will be like this until we get those dates…
Us, to anyone who asks us to do something in 2021 before we get those dates:
In fact, we’re going to add MORE dates to our plans (if possible) and no one is going to change our minds!
Us, to anyone who tries to stop us:
So for the rest of this Summer, we’re going to be something like this:
But next Summer…well…we can only hope that it’s something like this:
Until then, we’ll be here to commiserate and lift each other up – together ❤
The year is 2020 and fans all over the world are mourning the loss of Summer tours. With it, we’re collectively mourning a loss of normalcy, a loss of what-could-have-been, a potential loss of other humans in our lives. It’s a season without hugs from our concert-going friends, scream singing along with our favorite band, and so. much. more.
To the arenas and amphitheaters…
I’ll miss the blast of a/c that hits you once the doors open after I’ve waited so long in the summer heat. I’ll miss the coolness of the air and rising excitement that fills my lungs as the day turns to evening, signaling the nearness of the main act about to perform. I’ll miss griping about how much I hate differing safety measures and which venue allows what. I’ll miss figuring out what purse will go with my outfit and still be allowed inside. I’ll miss being told not to run to get a spot in general admission and I’ll miss catching the hired security actually getting into the concert despite trying not to. I’ll miss watching your seats slowly fill up as my heart fills that so many fans share at least one thing in common – a love for a band.
To my fellow concert goers…
I’ll miss strangers who would have sat down beside me and my friends this summer and turned into our friend too. I’ll miss singing along with you. I’ll miss the conversations before the show. I’ll miss moving out of the way so you can see your fave (and vice versa). I’ll miss asking you where you got your dress, your shoes, etc. I’ll miss recognizing you from social media. I’ll miss getting annoyed at you for dropping your drink on my shoes (let’s be real). Most of all, I’ll miss turning around to watch every single one of us singing along to the song we all know by heart and my emotions getting the best of me in those moments. I’ll miss crying with you. I’ll miss people who know exactly what I’m talking about and feel exactly what I’m feeling (except during maybe one or two songs).
To the people that make things happen…
You know who you are. The unsung heroes. The crew. I will miss being in awe of the hustle to make sure fans are happy, to protect the band, to do your job in the best way that you know how, even though tour is grueling and time zones are tough. I’ll miss reading tweets of appreciation for the small things after a concert where you made a fan’s day. I’ll miss the photographs from every venue around the world and the familiar faces when you go to more than one tour stop.
To the bands…
As Dorothy said as she returned to Kansas, I’ll miss you most of all. I’ll miss the way I feel when the lights go down and your faces come on the screen. I’ll miss the overwhelming emotions as you appear in person and the uninhibited screams that follow, as hard as we all try to contain ourselves. I’ll miss screaming about how every song is my favorite song. I’ll miss wondering if you saw all of my friends and I as we screamed your name. I’ll miss every word you sing sounding better live than it ever did on the album. I’ll miss hating that you sang one song over another (everyone reading this just thought of two specific songs, I’m sure…). I’ll miss the unequivocal joy that your music brings and the freedom that exists during the 90 minutes you all exert yourselves to elicit pure happiness from everyone in the room. I’ll miss feeling so grateful for every moment. I’ll miss missing it after it’s all over.
To All The Tours I’ve Loved Before…
I’m so sorry that I didn’t appreciate you more in the moment. I’m sorry for all the times that I didn’t let myself truly experience every minute to the fullest because I was too worried about my view, the people around me, getting the perfect selfie, needing another drink. I’m sorry for all the moments I was too worried about what others would think if I danced the way I wanted to or cried when a song hit me in the feels. I’m sorry that I ever took any of it for granted. Never again.
To All The Tours I’ve Yet To Love…
My God, I can’t wait to inhale the concert experience again. Every bit of heat from the pyro, every stench from the body odor in general admission, every drop of alcohol spilled on the floor because someone danced too hard. I can’t wait for a moment of eye contact to mean so much and laughing about things that no one else would understand. I can’t wait to take on shoe off mid-show because my feet are killing me or throwing my hair up in a ponytail because who cares what anything looks like anymore when it’s almost over?! I can’t wait to buy more tickets to more shows on the car ride / plane trip home. I can’t wait to return to my normal.
And it will come… because if there is anything that I’ve learned as a fan, it’s that your favorite band and all of the people and places and things that come with it… hardly ever let you down. This is simply a pause. This is a time to be grateful for alllll of the experiences we’ve had and embrace the growing anticipation of things to come. This is a time to make the best of what we have until we can have better. This is a time to connect in new ways and love the old ways a little harder. This is a reminder that nothing is guaranteed in life, but the universe always has a plan. Trust it, believe in it, and know that maybe…the best is yet to come.
This is an intermission and when the time is right and the lights are low…I can’t wait to sing along with a whole arena full of people that get it.
Until then, from venues to fan-mily to band members and beyond, stay safe, spread love, and see you when the time is right.
XOXO — A Fan
Howie D. is arguably the king of unique solo events. Recently, Howie Eatz has been his new way of connecting with fans on tour by sharing dining experiences from the regional favorites.
Now, since we’re quarantined and unable to gather around a table with Sweet D himself, he’s making it possible with a little virtual magic!
On May 15th, Howie will join forces with Chef Katsuji Tanabe to teach everyone how to make a special fried chicken recipe via webcam — here’s what you need to know:
1. You might know Chef Katsuji Tanabe from Top Chef.
If Chef Tanabe looks familiar, it’s because he’s been a competitor on season 12 of Top Chef, Top Chef Mexico, and Chopped. He is also owner and executive chef at MexiKosher restaurant in LA and New York. Needless to say, he knows his stuff!
2. The chef will be walking everyone through how to cook his fried chicken – including Howie!
After you purchase your ticket to join the “class”, you’ll receive an email with the recipe so that you can be prepared to cook along with Howie as he learns along with you, beginning at 8pm EST.
If you haven’t bought a ticket yet, but you’re planning on doing so, here are the things you’ll need:
1 Whole 3lb Chicken
— Chicken Marinade Ingredients —
1 cup hot sauce (Not very spicy)
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/8 cup Old Bay seasoning
— Spicy Honey —
1/2 cup honey
1/8 cup chipotle
— Flour Mix —
4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp black pepper
2 tbsp Old Bay
2 tbsp powder garlic
— Cole Slaw —
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp celery seeds
3 tbsp coleslaw
2 tsp kosher salt
Fresh cracked pepper
— Michelada —
1 Modelo Beer Lager
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 chili seasoning
1/2 cup salt
2 cups ice
The chef will walk you through everything!
3. All ticket proceeds are going to two wonderful charities!
4. Howie will be doing some virtual meet and greets via Looped after the class. [These are SOLD OUT]
Some lucky fans snagged a chance to meet and talk with Howie after the cooking class via the Looped platform. After your few minute convo with Howie, the whole video will be emailed to you a bit later. Please note that this meet and greet will need to take place on a MOBILE DEVICE (not a computer), so make sure you download the app if you have a spot.
You can still purchase a ticket and watch the replay to cook along!
You can buy access here
Mother’s Day holds a lot of different meanings for different people all over the world. Whatever, however, and whoever you are celebrating today, we wish you a wonderful day!
For a large majority of us, our moms had some sort of hand in helping us become the Backstreet Boys fans we are today and some of our moms even became fans themselves! We asked you to share stories about your fanmoms behind the fangirls and you all proved that moms really ARE the perfect fans!
The Backstreet Boys might be spending some extra time at home… but that doesn’t mean they’re sitting around twiddling their thumbs. On top of many other things, they’ve been out in full force, giving back worldwide and to their community, using their platform(s) to call attention to great organizations, and giving recognition over and over to those who deserve it.
We couldn’t be more proud to back these Boys! If you’re looking to give at this time, consider letting this post inspire you. One small act of kindness can change the world.
While music fans around the world are coping with a different look to this usual tour season, Backstreet Boys fans, who have the luxury of having them around for 27 years, are also missing a few specific things.
1. The feeling of anticipation about upcoming anything. Normally going into Summer, we’re planning trips, tours, outfits, etc. Now we’re just anticipating (begging) Kevin, Nick, Howie, AJ, and Brian to post a selfie so we know they’re alive.
2. A few hugs in VIP. There’s nothing like the warmth of a Backstreet Boy, ya feel me? Until we get back to it, we suggest investing in a weighted blanket.
3. The feeling you get for the split second between the bright light of the arena and the sudden darkness, right before the Backstreet Boys come onstage. This feeling can only be replicated now with turning out your light, turning up your favorite BSB playlist, shining a flashlight on a poster, and punching yourself in the heart. Not that we know or anything.
One of our favorite things to do on WHOTB is getting to know fans with BSB-themed projects, talents, stories, etc. and giving them the opportunity to tell us more about their ventures!
Now, we bring you a post about another fan whose work you might have seen in recent months. Kimmie has been drawing the Backstreet Boys and posting her work for other fans to enjoy. Her art and her talent is truly something to admire. The pieces are so lifelike that they’ve even garnered the attention of the Backstreet Boys themselves!
Kimmie has also recently taken part in paying it forward by giving away a piece of art for free to another BSB fan for her own birthday. We love it!
Keep reading to get know a little more about our fellow fan and check out her amazing work.
1. Where are you from?
I’m from The Netherlands (or Holland as the Boys like to call it :))
2. How long have you been a BSB fan?
I’ve been a fan for over 23 years now. I was 14 when I saw them on TV for the very first time. Their video from “We’ve Got It Going On” was playing and I was hooked.
3. How long have you been drawing?
I started at a young age. I think I was about 5 when I started drawing. I always had my drawing pad and my pencils with me, even on holidays. I drew everything from shells to the cottage we were staying at.
4. What inspired you to combine the two, being a fan and an artist?
Well, combining two things that you love isn’t that hard. I found an old drawing of Nick that I did when I was 15 and that inspired me to start drawing the Backstreet Boys.
5. What has been your favorite BSB memory so far and why?
Oh my goodness, there are so many great memories. But I think my best memory was when Kevin returned. I cried my eyes out! The group was whole again and it made me so happy.
6. Your drawings have garnered some major attention, even from the Boys themselves. What’s been the most “wow” moment for you?
I’ve got two actually. The first one was when I woke up one day and my phone had exploded with messages from other fans and friends. The Boys had featured a group drawing I had made on their Instagram page and their Twitter. I couldn’t believe they had featured me, I was so grateful.
And my second wow moment was when I finally could give Nick my two family drawings I made for him. I had waited 22 years to meet him and it was amazing, he’s such a sweetheart. He really loved them.
7. Were you surprised by how many people love your work?
Yes, I didn’t see myself as a big artist, I still don’t. But the comments I got on my drawings were amazing! I loved to read how I made people happy with my drawings. (Smiles)
8. Your favorite drawing so far?
My favorite drawing by far has to be the colored one I did of Nick. It was the first time I used colored pencils and it turned out amazing.
9. Do you draw other things / take commissions?
Yes, I do take commissions. I do draw other people than Backstreet Boys. I’ve done some flowers and animals but I soon realized that my interest goes to people. I love drawing people, especially eyes. I love it when I can put emotion into their eyes.
10. What’s one thing you haven’t drawn yet that you want to?
That’s a good question. I would really like to do all the Backstreet families. The wives and kids. That would be awesome to do.
11. Favorite Backstreet Boy?
Always has been and always will be Nick Carter. He has become my drawing muse. His facial features are amazing to draw.
12. Your favorite thing about being a BSB fan?
That I’ve met so many people because of them. Some people turned into really great friends. And of course their music. Whatever mood you’re in they always have a song that fits your mood.
13. Your least favorite thing about being a BSB fan?
To be honest, money. Everything costs money, and that’s hard sometimes especially with a family. So I try to save as much as I can so I can spend it on these guys that I love so much.
14. What’s an item on your BSB “bucket list”?
There are two actually. Doing a meet & greet, because I met 1/5th and now I need to meet them all!
And a BSB cruise, I would love to go on one!
15. What is something the Backstreet Boys haven’t done that you wish they would?
I really got to think about that because they have done so much! I would love to see them go more acapella, those harmonies are one of a kind. That’s the Backstreet sound.
16. What’s a piece of advice you have for other fans?
Never lose hope if you haven’t met any of them. They know you’re there and they appreciate you. Please be kind to your fellow fans because great friendships can blossom from it and makes this world, and this fandom, a better place.
17. Piece of advice for other artists?
Always believe in the work your creating. Put your heart and soul into it because it shows in your work when you do. Always keep believing in yourself.
18. Any last words?
Today, the Backstreet Boys celebrate 27 years officially together as a band.
In those 27 years, they’ve achieved massive success worldwide. They’ve broken multiple records, won countless awards, sold out arenas and amphitheaters, churned out album after album, sold out cruises, kept reinventing themselves, crossed genres, and so much more than the music industry ever thought they would be able to achieve. Personally and professionally, Kevin, Brian, AJ, Howie and Nick have not only remained a group, but a family.
But they’re not the only ones.
On April 20, 1993, five guys came together (every fan knows the story) to form the Backstreet Boys. They worked hard day in and day out and became the very definition of hustle. They made it in Europe, they made it in Canada, they finally made it in the U.S and things have never been the same.
Not a fan? It doesn’t matter. The chances are high that you know the words to at least “I Want It That Way” or “Everybody”. You know what Nick Carter’s hair looked like in the 90s because every guy you went to school with had the same cut. They’ve taken the stage with legends like Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and Sting. They made the term “boyband” a respectable label, whether you like it or not.
But we’re not here to argue those points. We’re here to tell you what the Backstreet Boys have done to impact our lives.
When we were young, some of us saw five guys that were cute, could dance, and had great music. Some of us saw something to hold onto to. Some of us saw a band that would bond us with our best friends. Some of us found out our parents weren’t so bad when they sang along to the songs, surprised us with magazines, took us to concerts and recorded their appearances while we were at school.
The Backstreet Boys, to us, were never just a band.
They were a connection to a world that most of us hadn’t yet delved into. For the majority of fans, they were the beginning of adventures. If we hadn’t stayed up till midnight on an album release night, we might have never learned the value of making memories at the oddest times. If we hadn’t convinced our parents to let us buy the album before school, we might have never learned the power of persuasion or that some things are worth waiting up for.
They were a connection to people that we might have never met otherwise. Whether love for the Backstreet Boys gave you common ground with girls at recess or a friendship with someone you would have never otherwise talked to, these guys were the reason some of us finally fit in somewhere. Without knowing it, they gave us a “home” in the years when we didn’t know who we were yet – we just knew what we loved.
And boy, did we love. They had voices that became so familiar to us, faces that we would know anywhere, and there was a security in knowing that they were never going to let us down. They got us through celebrations, failures, the smallest of victories and the biggest of breakups. Before most of us even had a chance to see them live, they were an integral part of who we were and who we were becoming.
They were never our role models… but by being fans, we learned a lot. From the beginning, the Backstreet Boys never lied about the hard work it takes to achieve success and the even harder work it takes to maintain a normal life after success. They’ve taught us to fight for what we believe we deserve and to never settle what you’re handed. Ultimately, because of the Backstreet Boys, we learned that nothing feels as good as earning something.
And here we are today…
Just like they did when we first became fans, Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick are still giving us a “home”. We’re still connecting because of them, we’re still finding comfort in the familiarity and we’re rooting for them every step of the way…because between the time 27 years ago and now, the road has been long, it has been tough, and we’ve all survived. Together.
We owe a lot to the Backstreet Boys. It’s not easy to stay putting in long hours at the same job for over two decades and we certainly (a lot of the time) haven’t made it any easier on them, but here they are and here they’ve stayed. We couldn’t…and don’t want to…imagine a world without them because, for us, they’ve only made it better. We could write a million thank yous and it still wouldn’t be enough.
Forgive us, Boys, for all of our endless requests, questions, etc. What sounds like a constant need or want is really just us making sure that you all know that we still need you around. No matter what the future holds, we have been so blessed to live in a time where the Backstreet Boys exist. We are so lucky that, against all odds, you’ve all been a constant. You don’t know how much it means to us.
Will anyone who has never been a fan of someone or something understand all of this? Maybe not. But if you don’t understand, you’re missing out on something great. Being a fan of a band doesn’t mean you have to worship them or think about them 24/7. It just means that you’re lucky enough to have something to go back to when life seems to hard, a song to turn on when you need to sing along, and moments in your life that make really good stories in the midst of all the “normal”.
We’ve been irrevocably changed… For the better. Because of five guys and a lot of years.
Happy 27 Years, Backstreet Boys. Thank you for everything. Always.