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2017: Upcoming Backstreet Boys Appearances

Backstreet is coming at 2017 at full speed and we can hardly keep up!

Recently, we updated you on everything they’ve been doing, but the BSB train is. not. stopping…TOOT TOOT! We had posted a graphic on WHOTB social media channels for everyone to stay updated on what was happening when, but at this rate, updating a post might be easier.

So here it is – a post with every CONFIRMED concert / appearance that the Boys are scheduled for as we get it. If you have questions about an upcoming event, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on TwitterFacebook or the Contact Us page!

For any event where a ticket link is not provided, ticket details can be found at backstreetboys.com/events.

December 7, 2017 – Jingle Bash – Chicago, IL

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Tickets (On Sale 10/7)

December 9, 2017 – Jingle Ball North – Toronto, ON

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Tickets (On Sale October 6th)

December 12, 2017 – WZPL Jingle Jam 2017 – Indianapolis

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Tickets (On Sale 10/6 at 10am)

December 13, 2017 – 102.7 Fresh Holiday Jam – NYC

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Tickets (7:30pm)

December 16, 2017 – All Star Christmas – Hartford, CT

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Tickets – ON SALE Friday, October 27th at 10am EST

December 29-30, 2017 – New Years Weekend – Cancun, Mexico

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December 29th – VIP SOLD OUT

December 30th

23 ‘Elf’ GIFs That Backstreet Boys Fans Will Find Relatable

We’re sliding fast into the holiday season and it just so happens that Kristie and I share a love for the movie Elf. If you haven’t seen the movie, it features Will Ferrell (aka a grown man) as an elf with an exuberant amount of love and excitement for all the things.

You already know that relating GIFs or scenes from another TV show or movie to our lives as fans is one of our favorite things to post and we couldn’t pass one up with a holiday theme! When it comes to being a BSB fan, we all have a little Elf in us (even if it does annoy you).

1. When The Backstreet Boys Announce A N Y T H I N G With A Time / Date.

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2. When Anyone Tells Us Why The Backstreet Boys Have To Do Something A Certain Way… But We’re Already Plotting To Get It Done Our Way.

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3. What We Look Like To Our Co-Workers When We Tell Them About A Concert Stop
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4.  How We Really Feel In VIP Meet and Greet….

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… And What Most Of Us Really Act Like In VIP

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5. When Something Is Finally Released…On Backstreet Time, Of Course.

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6. How We Felt The First Time  Everytime We See Them In Person

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7. When We’re Desperate For Backstreet Attention On Social Media

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8. Ugh, NSYNC Fans…

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9. When You’re Trying To Avoid Concert Spoilers, But You Kind Of Don’t Want To.

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10. What Our Friends Expect When We Come Back From A BSB Vacation…

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11. When We Run Into The Slightest Inconvenience In Regards To Anything Backstreet.

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12. When You Ask BSB Fans For Suggestions On Backstreet Events.

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13. Meeting New Fan Friends Got Us Like…

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14. Basically Us All Of The Time.

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#ThankfulForBSB? So Are We! Join Us In Sharing The Love This Week

If you’ve followed What Happens On The Backstreet for any length of time, you know that gratitude and kindness are two of our favorite things. What better week to do it again than on the week of Thanksgiving? (We know, we know – it’s not Thanksgiving everywhere, but just go with us.)

After so many of you participated in the #KindTweetsForBSB this Summer (and requested that we do it more often), we absolutely wanted to do it again. Who doesn’t love the feel good feelings?

So, here’s what’s going to go down:

  • Starting tonight, you can tweet or Instagram why YOU are thankful for the Backstreet Boys using the hashtag #ThankfulForBSB.
  • BACKSTREET BOYS FC MEMBERS: You can also post a blog on the fanclub to express your gratitude.
  • Two tweeters/instagrammers using the #ThankfulForBSB hashtag and two FC members including the hashtag in their FC post will be chosen to win a brand new Backstreet Boys sweatshirt because THEY are thankful for YOU! The love is going to be OUT. OF. CONTROL. The giveaway ends on Friday – that is when winners will be chosen.

Here’s what is ALSO going down:

  • On Thursday (U.S. Thanksgiving), we want you to tweet why you are thankful for each individual Boy using
    • #ThankfulForKevin
    • #ThankfulForHowie
    • #ThankfulForBrian
    • #ThankfulForAJ
    • #ThankfulForNick
  • We will retweet your thanks ALL. DAY. LONG! Honestly, we can’t wait. Send your words, send your photos, send all the love you have to give (see what we did there?)
  • There’s no prize for this one… just the kindness that you’re spreading.

What do you think, fan-mily?

Shall we? ❤

22 Tweet Reactions To The Epic Backstreet Boys + James Corden Vegas Collaboration

Since March, numerous celebrities have shown up in the audience for the Backstreet Boys’ Las Vegas shows. From Snooki to Joey Fatone, we thought we had seen it all.

That was, until last night, when one celebrity did what no other celebrity has done before – became an honorary member of the group.

You might remember just over a year ago when James Corden vowed to bring “proper boybands” back and joined the Backstreet Boys in a performance on the Late Late Show. 

Little did we know that it wouldn’t be the last time James would be in the band. Anyone that watches the show knows that Corden has always wanted to be in (was secretly in a) boyband. This weekend, his dreams (and a little bit of ours) came true.

As the lights went down in the AXIS theater and the Boys’ faces appeared on the screens, everyone realized quickly that Brian’s face had been replaced by someone familiar.

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Soon, it was obvious that James had finally made it onto the stage with Kevin, Nick, AJ, Howie and eventually Brian to perform “Larger Than Life”, nailing EVERY MOVE…and adding a few of his own. Check it out below (and all the IG stories on our Facebook page)!

 

James didn’t just show up for the first performance of the night, but also in VIP beforehand as a few lucky fans tweeted about his appearance during their meet and greets and the fact that the host was handing out free BSB swag.

Regardless of if they got to meet him or not, everyone was thrilled to see Backstreet’s new addition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re sure (very, very hopeful) that such an epic night will be featured on Corden’s Late, Late Show this week and when that happens, we’ll be sure to let you know.

For now, we (and 1000s of other fans) only have one question….

WHAT ABOUT THE BACKSTREET BOYS AND CARPOOL KARAOKE, JAMES?!

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WATCH + READ: Countdown To Backstreet Boys vs. Charlie Puth on ‘Drop The Mic’!

If you’ve ever wanted to see the Backstreet Boys in a rap battle, then all of your dreams are about to come true!

On Tuesday, November 21st at 10:30/9:30pm CST, you can tune into Drop The Mic on TBS to watch Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ and Nick battle it out against pop artist Charlie Puth. Believe us – you don’t want to miss it! It’s also the perfect way to get your BSB fix after a weekend of Vegas.

Since the show was filmed a few months back, we’ve gotten bits and pieces of what all went down, but nothing has been more of a preview than the piece Leena posted on backstreetboys.com! If you want to get hype about the show, READ THIS.

TBS has also been posting videos on their YouTube page leading up to Tuesday’s show and we’re putting them right here for your viewing pleasure (and because we are super impressed with the Boys’ rap skills). We’ll be updating if they add more!

Be sure to live tweet with us on Tuesday as we all tune in to watch this epic battle go down.

What’s Happening On The Backstreet: A November Catch Up

First off, apologies for not keeping up with the weekly updates! BSBVegas started and everything FLEW – including time. Things have been crazy, but in an effort to always keep you informed in the most efficient way, here’s this catch up.

Normally, we simply leave a list, but this time, we thought we’d leave you with mostly the most important tweets from this month. As always, if you have any suggestions, let us know. Also, if you’re reading these updates and appreciate them, let us know that too! I post and prioritize based on feedback. This site belongs to all fans and I’d hate to be a bore 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATCH: Steve Aoki’s Snapchat Video With The Backstreet Boys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BSBKindnessCruise Campaign: Let’s Do This

25 years together as a band is cause for celebration.

On a huge ship [for the 6th time].

Headed to Turks and Caicos from Miami in May.

The Backstreet Boys are in and if you are too, continue reading… because 2018 is going to be the BEST. CRUISE. EVER.

Why, you ask? Because this time, we have a dream… and it seems to be shared by most other fans that are cruise regulars (and even those who aren’t). Are we naive to think that our words can change the entire mood of a cruise? Maybe, but as far as we know, no one has ever tried in a well organized way.

No one has said “hey, we’re all on the same page here”. Instead, many of us have spent excessive time recalling stories from past cruises that involve all the things that went wrong, all the fans that acted insane, and everything the Backstreet Boys didn’t do.

Let’s change this.

The name calling, the blaming, the literal pushing and the shoving on the cruise itself – it has to stop.

We are 21+ years old (most of us at least) and we have to, as a group, start putting our best foot forward and acting like it. So, before you step foot on the 2018 BSB Cruise, we’re asking you to…

….Please leave your negative outlooks behind. This is a new year, new cruise.

….Focus on the good time to be had by ALL, including the fans you don’t know. How awesome is it that this is a boat FILLED with people that also love the Backstreet Boys? No judgement, no guilt – fun only!

…. Expect the unexpected. Leave the been there, done that attitude at home. Treat this cruise like it’s your first. Remember the excitement. Remember why you’re there. Breathe in the sea air and smell of Backstreet sweat and remind yourself that 14 year old you would have NEVER dreamed this.

….Don’t cheat yourself — YOU owe this to yourself! You worked hard for the money that you used to pay for this cruise. You waited a year (or a lifetime) to be stepping onto this boat. If absolutely nothing else, this is your time — choose wisely how you spend it. By that, we mean do what makes YOU happy. You control your actions and decisions. Come back with some epic stories, friends.

….Don’t let anyone ruin it for you! Not everyone is going to be chill – this is everyday life. People are people. Our mission is to get enough of us on this side of chill that it spreads (and we ARE asking you to spread this). That being said, there are always going to be people who value selfies above all and hurling themselves over people to reach Nick Carter in a crowd. Don’t let it ruin your time! Be grateful that you aren’t the one making a fool of yourself and please, don’t join them. No one wins that way. You get a blurred selfie and a crappy memory. THESE ARE YOUR MEMORIES!! Treat ’em like cash.

….Don’t go in acting like the Boys owe you something. Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick did not force you to come on this cruise nor did they pay for you to come on the cruise. While they are obviously the main perk of being on the cruise, they are also only human and they are working. While they did not make you come on this ship, we are 1000% positive that it is their hope that we have a good time. It is, however, a give and take situation. Only by us having a good time, can they have and show us a good time. Attacking them gets you nowhere. Acting irrational gets you nowhere. History has proven that it gets them somewhere — back to their cabins.

Let’s Do This.

We truly believe in the Backstreet Army, as much as we do the Backstreet Boys themselves. We are celebrating 25 years as much as they are. We have worked hard from the moments we became fans to show up for them, to get radio airplay, to vote for them on TRL, to watch every moment they are on TV.

WE DESERVE THIS FOR OURSELVES. The only answer is to work together. To listen to each other. To calm down (but be SUPER excited, as well). It starts with us being kind to each other. Moving out of the way once you’ve gotten what you wanted, being aware of people around you, and having a BIG ASS PARTY together!

This won’t be our last post on our BSB Kindness Cruise Campaign, but first, as always, we want to hear from you. Please fill out the form below for a future post. We’re going to dig into all the things, fan-mily.

And we’re going to make 2018 one to remember. We have all the faith.

 

 

Dear Buzzfeed, We Honestly Can’t Believe You Did The Backstreet Boys Like That

Guys, something really strange happened today…

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Buzzfeed, which a lot of us peruse daily…

Buzzfeed, which inspired What Happens On The Backstreet to become what it is…

A Buzzfeed writer, actually, wrote a post that is quickly spreading among fans and lighting a fire in us. In case you haven’t seen it, here it is.

If we were Eleven and Mr. Spagnolo was in front of us, our noses would be bleeding right about now. (If you don’t watch Stranger Things, to put it simply, we’re pissed)

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This is not us, as fans, looking to get into a petty argument about why the Backstreet Boys are better…. because we don’t need to. This is literally a moot point considering that only one of these bands is still a band. (Was NSYNC ever really a group though? It was more like Justin and those other guys. But I digress…)

This is us, as fans, as long time loyalists to the band that has stuck it out for us, as humans who believe in the power of music and boybands, defending the hard work of five guys who have laid it out for us for the past 24 years, who have never once let us down, and who are talented beyond everything.

The fact that someone “honestly can’t believe” that people think the Backstreet Boys are better than NSYNC is something we “honestly can’t believe” was even a headline.

Before I dig into overturning this Buzzfeed post with TRUTHS, rather than biased opinion, I want to say:

  1. The Backstreet Boys don’t deserve to be decimated to nothing like they were in this article.
  2.  This article proves which fanbase always had more class, but whatever.

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Here we go –

BUZZFEED: “NSYNC IS THE GREATEST BOY BAND OF ALL TIME. So how could Backstreet Boys be better? They couldn’t. I could close the case right here.”

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WHOTB: Ok, what? Even thinking fairly, there’s no way you can claim this without some heavy facts, especially considering the fact that one band does not exist anymore… and it wasn’t in a respectable way. They went on hiatus and dissolved without a word when Justin Timberlake rose to fame. Only when Justin Timberlake won the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the VMAs did the rest of them come back to huff and puff through a performance.

So, we could end right here with the fact that the “greatest boy band of all time”, is not even ( / was never really completely) a band to begin with.

Also, without the Backstreet Boys, there would be no NSYNC. This is like saying God is great, but Jesus is where it was at. You know what I mean.

BUZZFEED: (We don’t even need to mention the obvious things like the fact No Strings Attached sold 2.4 million units in its first week, a record that stood for 15 years until Adele somehow broke it. We also we don’t need to mention that BSB’s Black & Blue only sold 1.5 million units its first week that same year.)

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WHOTB: Are you KIDDDINGGG me with this? In 1999, a year before No Strings Attached, Millennium was the best selling album of the year, shattering multiple records WORLDWIDE, followed by a world tour that sold out almost instantly. Anyone that has followed the Backstreet Boys for any length of time knows that there was major record label drama during the production of Black and Blue, plus the band not being ready to release. That being said, they still flew around the WORLD in 100 hours to PROMOTE IT THEMSELVES. For. The. Fans.

BUZZFEED: “Let’s go through each band’s certified bops, starting with Backstreet Boys:
“I Want It That Way”

“Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”

“Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely”

“Quit Playing Games With My Heart”

I know some people are gonna complain that “Larger Than Life” isn’t on here but that’s because that song is certifiably wack. “That makes you larger than life”? What does that mean? Someone tell me, please.

NSYNC’s certified bops:
“Tearin’ up My Heart”

“I Just Wanna Be With You”

“Here We Go”

“For The Girl Who Has Everything (Club Mix)”

“(God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time On You”

“You Got It”

“I Need Love”

“I Want You Back (Radio Edit)”

“Everything I Own”

“Thinking of You (I Drive Myself Crazy)”

“Crazy For You”

“Sailing”

“Giddy Up”

“Bye Bye Bye”

“It’s Gonna Be Me”

“Space Cowboy (Yippie-Yi-Yay)”

“Just Got Paid”

“It Makes Me Ill”

“This I Promise You”

“No Strings Attached”

“Digital Get Down”

“Bringin’ Da Noise”

“That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You”

“I’ll Be Good For You”

“I Thought She Knew”

“Pop”

“Celebrity”

“The Game Is Over”

“Girlfriend”

“The Two Of Us”

“Gone”

“Tell Me, Tell Me…Baby”

“Up Against The Wall”

“See Right Through You”

“Selfish”

“Just Don’t Tell Me That”

“Something Like You”

“Do Your Thing”

+ all the Christmas songs.

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WHOTB: First of all, really? While we are first to admit that BSB is low on a fast-paced song inventory and we will also admit that the NSYNC Christmas CD is something a lot of us own (see? we can play nice), clearly Angelo Spagnolo hasn’t listened to anything the Backstreet Boys have done past 1999, nor has he actually listened to a Backstree Boys album.

This is a completely unfair point to make considering that nearly every song listed as “certified bops” from NSYNC were not singles, signifying a major bias and an uninformed opinion.

Also, asshole, “Larger Than Life” is about the fans. Did NSYNC ever write a song for their fans? I honestly don’t know. Did they ever even acknowledge their fans?

BUZZFEED: “Why were all the NSYNC songs certified bops? Because the boys of NSYNC are just flat-out better singers than the members of BSB. Like, is it even debatable? NSYNC had straight up a cappella songs on the albums. Not just in special performances — on the actual album. NSYNC is about voices first and foremost.

 What NSYNC sounds like a cappella: Literal angels coming down to serenade your nap and/or lovemaking session.
What BSB sounds like a cappella: Second place at a high school choir competition.”
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WHOTB: OH HELL *$@&$@ NO. This is the point in the post where my blood began to boil and my toes curled up in my boots. You can say a ton of things about Kevin, Brian, AJ, Nick and Howie, but you CAN NOT…C A N N O T… deny their vocals. Especially a capella. I’m actually, as the kids would say, shook. WHO DARE TO MAKE THIS A POINT? Dancing? Sure. Vocals? Back. Up.
For reference:

BUZZFEED: “Furthermore, NSYNC had a song with Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes. Does BSB even have any iconic features?”

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WHOTB: No. Because they didn’t / don’t need them. However, they were invited to sing with Shania Twain, a collaboration with other artists on a remake of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On?”, a performance with Elton John at The Grammys, a #1 song with Florida Georgia Line, and more.

Is this also a good time to bring up the fact that Joey Fatone and Lance Bass have both showed up to be serenaded by the Backstreet Boys onstage at their sold out Vegas shows?

BUZZFEED then breaks down the bands by comparing members and we’re not going to do that, because it’s absolutely ridiculous. We will, however, make these points:

  • The Backstreet Boys have no blatant lead singer — because they are a cohesive group of blending voices.
  • 2/5 of NSYNC was in Nick Carter’s movie, Dead 7, that he wrote, produced and starred in while working as a Backstreet Boy, releasing a solo album, and competing as a contestant on Dancing With The Stars.
  • “This guy” is named Howie Dorough and he’s pretty fantastic.
  • Kevin Richardson DID have dreadlocks.
  • Brian Littrell may not do dog yoga, but he can jump from 6 feet in the air without injury, climb walls, do handstands, cartwheels, and do a lot of other cool things because he’s fit AF.
  • Eat it.

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BUZZFEED: “But the real reason NSYNC is better, historically: they knew when to quit. Meanwhile, Backstreet Boys are still trying to recapture their faded glory. They don’t know when to quit. 

See, Backstreet Boys have released four albums since Black & Blue, tarnishing what would have been an incredible legacy. NSYNC has no bad albums to point to. They will be remembered fondly, for generations to come, like Mozart.”

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WHOTB: Our eyes are literally rolling back in our heads. There is not ONE NSYNC FAN who hasn’t BEGGED for a reunion, first of all. Meanwhile, Backstreet Boys fans are planning trips to Las Vegas (for BSB’s residency), saving money for the WORLD tour (because there’s fans all over the world), and getting passports for their next cruise (which coincides with their 25th anniversary). If you’re an NSYNC fan reading this, you’re probably drooling (or trying to figure out a way to see Justin at the halftime Superbowl in hopes that your boyband makes an appearances – our condolences.)

While Backstreet Boys and Millennium are iconic, the four albums since Black and Blue have honestly gotten better and better. With the release of every new album has come new waves of fans. With every album, a new generation of BSB fans is created.

So, NSYNC may be remembered, but the Backstreet Boys…well…we are still creating the best memories.

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Finally, we are not writing this to claim that the Backstreet Boys are the greatest boyband of all time (even though we would argue this point to death because we feel that they are). We are writing it so that the large mass of us can be represented in a fair way and so others can make an informed opinion about who is the greatest boyband – the BSB…or Justin Timberlake.

XOXO.

Everything You Need To Know About The 2017 Backstreet Boys Christmas Shows

Although we’ve been updating the 2017 appearances post regularly, we know that not everyone pays attention (duh, we weren’t born yesterday). Honestly though, there is SO much Backstreet going on, a few extra posts can’t hurt, right?

Mainly, this post is because we so desperately don’t want anyone to miss the Backstreet Boys on the East coast! There are so many of you who have expressed to us how much you hate that you can’t make it to Las Vegas, so perhaps this is your chance. Scan the list below to see who, what and where you can catch your Boys during the holiday season.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • We will continue to update both this post with Christmas shows and the 2017 appearances so you don’t miss a THING!
  • All tickets are on sale now (11/1) with the exception of New York City. Presale for NY starts tomorrow (11/2). The presale code is 1027.
  • It is EXTREMELY UNLIKELY that there will be VIP sold through the BSB FC or Wonderful Union at all. Historically, radio hosted shows (which these are) have only allowed meet and greets that have been won through the station. We will tweet any opportunities we find (and try to remember to post here).

DECEMBER 5th – 95.1 KISSMAS Concert

WHERE: Bojangles Coliseum // Charlotte, NC

OTHER PERFORMERS:

  • Why Don’t We
  • Olivia Holt
  • Max

DECEMBER 7th – B96 Jingle Bash

WHERE: Allstate Arena // Chicago (Rosemont), IL

OTHER PERFORMERS:

  • Taylor Swift
  • Fifth Harmony
  • Khalid
  • Logic
  • Sabrina Carpenter

DECEMBER 9th – iHeartRadio Jingle Ball

WHERE: Air Canada Centre // Toronto, ON

OTHER PERFORMERS:

  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Fergie
  • Post Malone
  • Fifth Harmony
  • Cardi B
  • Jessie Reyez
  • Noah Cyrus
  • Ria Mae
  • Virginia To Vegas

DECEMBER 12th – Jingle Jam 2017

WHERE: Bankers Life Fieldhouse // Indianapolis, IN

OTHER PERFORMERS:

  • The Chainsmokers
  • Zedd
  • Hey Violet
  • Why Don’t We

DECEMBER 13th – Fresh 102.7’s Holiday Jam

WHERE: Beacon Theatre // New York City, NY

OTHER PERFORMERS:

  • Fergie

DECEMBER 16th – 96.5 All Star Christmas

WHERE: Mohegan Sun Arena // Uncasville, CT

OTHER PERFORMERS:

  • Fergie
  • Max

 

Don’t know what to wear? There are still a few Christmas items left in the BSB store!

100ish Backstreets Boys GIFs To Make Your Day A Little Better

After getting real in our last post, we wanted to do a little more cleansing post. A simple, feel good post.

After a boring Friday night  hours of scouring the internet for the best Backstreet GIFS, we compiled them here, in hopes that anytime you’re having a less-than-great day, you can bookmark this post and get a little bit of your happy back. Sometimes it only takes a quick GIF. [Scroll all the way to the bottom for the quickest fix]

We hope these make you as happy as they make us!

When AJ and Nick proved they weren’t the outdoorsy type.

When a bedding company sponsored an event and the Backstreet Boys loved it.

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When Nick just wanted to listen to System Of A Down and Kevin wanted to chill.

When Nick and Brian still loved each other – even after the infamous meeting.

When Howie plays along.

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When Brian and Nick played dentist.

“Yeah, so suck it.”

HOWIE’S FACE.

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When they were just Boys with a toy.

What happens at the beach parties…

These moments with a few of the Backstreet babies.

TITANIC! 

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This weird Brian…chill? Dance?

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And these dances… 

When AJ smiles with teeth.

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Oh, and this dance.

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The Nick and Howie cruise chat.

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The nostril situation.

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That time Brian played stuntman.

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These goofy moments that we love best.

When the Boys promoted the movie with cuss words.

A Classic.

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When Nick asked the question we all wondered.

This Howie Move.

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The Rabbit Story.

This Classic Backstreet Move.

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When we learned about Nick’s big lense.

That NSYNC Shade.

Kevin as Joey Fatone.

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When they all showed up to cheer Nick on during DWTS. 

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This scene from a laundromat.

This story about Kevin, as told by Brian.

When AJ did the opposite of jump.

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….But he got a job as a pizza guy in Nick’s music video.

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Brian. Just being Brian.

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The relationship between AJ and Kevin.

This signature Littrell wave.

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When Kevin was all of us…

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All that Nick and Howie love!

When Nick moved a little too fast. 

BACKSTREET PUPPIES!

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The first time Nick Carter hypnotized us on Dancing With The Stars.

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Backstreet Beginnings (AWWW!)

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When Nick fanboyed over Kevin…

….And years later, waved panties in Kevin’s face.

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THAT HARLEM SHAKE!! 

These, too.

But for the quickest fix…. HERE YOU GO!! Feel better now?

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10 Things Backstreet Fans Should Probably Stop Doing

Alllllright, everyone! We’re going to get back into the fun stuff soon, but first, some real talk.

Every one of you that reads WHOTB on the regular knows that we love the Boys and we love all of you reading this. Sometimes though, some things need to be said and things need to get real. We’re laying it out here – most of the things that people talk about in private, the things that we wear each other down with, etc. We say it so we can all move on to a positive place. We are opening the discussion. We are not pointing fingers, we are not saying anyone is right or wrong and we’re not telling anyone what to do, but we are suggesting that for us to all work together to make the Boys’ 25th year the best one yet – for them and for us – we need to shift for a better future.

(Also, this is not us being high and mighty – AT ALL. We’re guilty of some of these things too and we’re working really hard to change them.)

1. Stop doubting the Backstreet Boys, their team, and their intentions. 

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We’re not saying you have to like their time table or the fact that things are usually delayed, but do you 100% think the Backstreet Boys and their team are “out to get you” with the words they say and things they put out there?

We don’t.

How many times do you go into work feeling super productive, tell someone that you’re going to do something, then get sidetracked or change your mind about the way you want to go about it? A lot, if you’re being honest. The BSB and co. are juggling hundreds of worldwide balls that we’re not even aware of, so cut them some slack. We all miss them when they’re doing other things, but we have all the faith that they ARE working on things for eventual release. Still, everyone is only human.

2. Stop acting like we know everything all the time.

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….Which brings us to this point. We, as fans, do not know every single thing all the time. We might know something Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ or Nick has said, but refer to #1 — sometimes that’s not the complete and final truth. It starts rumors, it incites spite, and generally, no one plays well with someone who acts like they have some kind of higher knowledge than everyone else. If it’s something you’re not supposed to say publicly, then don’t.

Unless, of course, you’re using info to make the BSB look better to your naysayer friends – then, by all means, KNOW EVERYTHING AND USE IT AS A POWER. They won’t know the difference.

3. Stop talking about things so negatively, so publicly.

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You know how you get mad at your family but if anyone else talks shit, you defend them? Same goes for the Backstreet Boys. 99% of us are going to defend them if anyone else talks badly about them, but about 45% of us are putting those things out there to begin with.

Why do you want to talk so badly about a group that you spend hard earned money to take a vacation to see? A group that works hard to keep making music because fans have asked for it? A group that tries to listen to what fans want and tries their best to meet those demands? Of course everyone gets the occasional frustration, but running them into the ground at low points, only to relish in their success and expect everyone else to love them at high points seems a little counterproductive, right?

4. Stop targeting other fans without reason.

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We’re not saying you have to like everyone because we totally get personalities that don’t jive. We’re saying if you don’t like someone, move along. No need to spread your distaste for other fans, without reason. If they’re not impeding your opportunities, hurting your or someone else, spreading rumors, etc. …leave people alone! Don’t be a Regina George.

If you have a legit reason and other fans need to know, stay lowkey and factual.

5. Stop making other fans feel guilty about what you can’t do. 

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On the flip side of #4, please be mindful of how much you talk about what you can’t do and being mad because other fans “have it so easy”. We totally understand that it sucks to not be able to see the Backstreet Boys for days, weeks, months or years.

We get that it’s easier for us in the U.S. to see them more often.

We get that some of us don’t have husbands, children, houses, etc. and can afford more. We get that some of us have those things and CAN afford it. It’s situational.

But there are also people that work multiple full time jobs to be able to afford what they do. There are people that travel across the country / world to see concerts because that’s what they want to do. There are people that choose to spend their time and money going to see the Boys because that is what makes them happy.

LET PEOPLE LIVE. It’s okay to be sad or jealous or irritated, but don’t take it out on others.

6. Stop making demands everytime one of the Boys breathe. 

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They know we want them in our individual countries, in our towns, in our homes, in our backyards, in our beds, etc.

They know we’re waiting for new music.

They know we want tour when they’re promoting Vegas, that we want Vegas when they’re talking about a cruise, that we want whatever they’re not doing at the very second.

If AJ is tweeting about his fried chicken, stop replying with something irrelevant about where you want to see him next. Tell him how good his fried chicken looks and tweet about what you want another time. If Nick tweets about his pumpkins, don’t respond with a tweet tagging your 87 friends who all have birthdays today.

Who can blame the Boys for shying away from interactions on socials when all fans are doing is telling them what we want ALL. THE. TIME. We have to start acting like humans communicating with other humans to get back to a good place. Have a conversation!

…Then we can make gentle demands again. Heh.

BUT STOP ASKING ABOUT “SPOTLIGHT”.

7. Stop complaining.

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About everything. If you don’t like the way something is run, don’t go. If you think it could be done better, lay out your constructive criticism with a productive plan to go along with it and get it in from of the right people.

Don’t be a firestarter. Don’t complain for the sake of hearing other people complaining and then not do anything about it.

8. Stop second guessing whether you should go to events or not.

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YOLO. Seriously.

9. Stop feeling bad when you can’t go. 

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IT IS OKAY! We know that FOMO is the WORST, but so is PCD, so you’ll deal with the feels one way or another. Everyone has different priorities and that’s okay. The Backstreet Boys aren’t going anywhere. So you miss a few things – when you DO get to go to something, it’s going to be even better. Because you earned it. You worked for it. Trust us.

10. Stop right now…. and think what a great time it is to be a fan! 

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THINK ABOUT IT.

Vegas.

Collaborations with other genres.

Appearances on TV shows.

An upcoming album.

An upcoming world tour.

A cruise.

25 years together.

ALL FIVE ORIGINAL MEMBERS.

They know some of our names. They know some of our faces.

We’re in this for the long haul guys and we only want it to get better. Join us in committing to make 2018 the BEST year for all of Backstreetdom. We’re super hyped!

In the words of Taylor Swift, are you ready for it?