In the past two years, two of the Backstreet Boys have celebrated milestone birthdays with Nick Carter turning 40 in 2020 and most recently, Kevin Richardson turning 50. As it turns out, Kevin’s surprise birthday… More
It might be halfway through the year for a post that we usually create in January, but we have never been MORE THRILLED to create it. After a predominantly Backstreet-less year of worldwide pandemic, the time has finally come for events and in-person appearances to return!
As always, we will keep this post continuously updated with all the appearances, performances, etc.
November 12th – The After Party – Arizona (Nick)
Get the tickets and details here!
December 10th – ATCK – Bakersfield, CA (AJ)
AJ will be appearing and performing with ATCK! Get details and tickets here.
UPDATE: The Backstreet Boys released a statement on September 10, 2021, effectively cancelling their Christmas residency. While they have said that they’ll be picking it back up next year, they are issuing refunds to anyone who purchased tickets. No action needed – your money will be refunded back to the card you purchased them with. See you next year!
Weeeeee’ve been waiting so longggggg….
AND THE TIME HAS ARRIVED! After 28 years of only squeezing two Christmas songs out of the Backstreet Boys and various appearances / performances at holiday radio shows, we are not only getting an entire BSB Christmas album but….
A SHORT SERIES OF HOLIDAY SHOWS IN LAS VEGAS!!
Fans who enjoyed the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas residency will be happy to learn that Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick are returning to Zappos Theater in Planet Hollywood for 12 shows in November and December.
We’ll be updating this specific post with everything you need to know as there is more information and questions to be answered… but for now — here are all the dates and presale information you need!
Presale / On Sale Info:
Backstreet Boys Fan Club Member Presale: Tuesday, July 13th @ 10am PST (Must have active FC membership)
Citi Cardmembers Presale: Wednesday, July 14th @10am PST (Must make purchase with Citi Card)
Caesars Rewards / Loyalty Members + LiveNation / Ticketmaster Presale: Thursday, July 15th @ 10am (Use code BSBZAPPOS)
General Public: Friday, July 16th @ 10am PST
**Find more info at backstreetboys.com**
- Shows will begin at 8pm PST
- Tickets range in price from $85-$310. Prices vary by day and demand (per Ticketmaster platinum valuation). For example, GA Pit ranges from $179 (on a Thursday) to $199 (on a Saturday), but during the first hour on sale, they were about $20 more.
- Those prices do not include VIP Tables, which are up to $6000 for a whole table (7-8 seats). If you’re looking for individual seats, try joining BSB Facebook Groups.
- The catwalk for this stage does not go out as far as the one during BSB Vegas residency.
The VIP Situation:
- VIP Meet and Greet Upgrades have not yet been announced.
- Nick and Brian called in to talk to Ryan Seacrest about Las Vegas and the Backstreet Boys’ return for Christmas: Listen | Watch
- Kevin and Howie spoke with USA Today, calling the BSB Christmas Party “a corporate office Christmas party on steroids” and more: Read
- The Backstreet Boys talked to Access about what you can expect from the Christmas concert, being apart for so long, and more: Watch
- Entertainment Tonight talks to all five Backstreet Boys about Vegas, *NSYNC, and Britney: Watch / Read
- Nick and AJ talked to KTLA about the upcoming shows and AJ’s sneakers: Watch
- AJ, Howie and Kevin talk to Bustle about BSB Christmas: Read
- Brian and Nick talk to Ellen K about the Vegas events, their kids, and more: Watch
- AJ and Howie talk to Mario Lopez about all things Christmas: Listen
For general BSB Vegas FAQ, click here!
As things slowly make a return to normal, the Backstreet Boys are slowly starting to reemerge to various stages and we are HERE. FOR. IT!
While a collaboration of an assortment of boyband members is not necessarily new here (Dead 7, anyone?), Nick and AJ have really amped it up in the past few months during their downtime from the Backstreet Boys, performing with Joey Fatone and Lance Bass as BackSync, for a charity event…. and promising more in the future.
The future was sooner than Backstreet Time would lead you to believe because Nick and AJ are about to hit the stage in August with *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone and Boyz II Men’s Wanya Morris.
We’ll be keeping this post updated with EVERYTHING you need to about The After Party, as the event is titled, from tickets, VIP, media and special guest appearances. Keep checking back for updates on your most frequently asked questions and more!
The Dates + Location
August 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd at The Sands Showroom at The Venetian in Las Vegas
The VIP Situation
- VIP Meet and Greet Upgrades are BACK! AJ, Nick, Joey and Wanya are all offering M&Gs for $250 USD that include the following:
Individual Meet and Greet
Individual Photo with the artist
One Autographed 8×10 Photo
One Commemorative VIP Laminate and Lanyard
- The above VIP upgrades are ***THE ONLY WAY TO MEET*** Nick, AJ, Joey or Wanya. You can buy them here!
- You CAN do multiple VIP upgrades.
- As normal, you will receive an email 24-48 hours prior to the event with M&G time details. It will be late afternoon.
- Ticketmaster is selling a VIP experience called ‘VIP Soundcheck Experience’. It includes the following:
A signed 8 x10 photo with all 4 artists
One of a kind laminate
Sound Check Experience with Q&A (approximately 20 minutes in length)
At least two artists present during the Sound Check Experience
NO MEET AND GREET
- Please note that the Soundcheck Experience can ONLY be purchased when you buy tickets to the event and there is no guarantee which members will be present. The event starts at 6:30pm PST.
Media Coverage + Special Guests
Other Things You Need To Know
- There is currently a mask mandate in the city of Las Vegas. You will be required to wear a mask in M&G and during the show as well as throughout the venue. Read about the rest of the precautions here.
For years, we, as fangirls (and boys), have thrived off of the anticipation of “the next thing”.
If there’s an album released, we’re waiting on a tour.
If there’s a tour happening, we’re waiting on events to coincide, another leg to be announced, a cruise, etc.
If there’s any lull at all, we’re waiting for anything to sink our proverbial teeth (and ears) into to fill the void we are forced to fill anytime we leave an emptying arena or board a flight home. We talk with our friends about the possibilities of what might happen and revel in the hope of something new and exciting. For some of us, the next concert is constantly on our mind. The next meet and greet photo, the next meet up with our out-of-state friends, the next, the next, the next…
….And then it all came to a screeching halt.
As we were asked to stay inside our homes to stop the spread of a virus that threatened the lives of people we love and the Backstreet Boys postponed their last South American show in favor of returning home as well, it became clear that this piece of our lives was about to change drastically. In addition to our lives at home and work being flipped upside down (or dramatically escalated), the constant hope that we held for the next big thing that served as our release from the real world had vanished.
Concerts were cancelled. Borders were closed. Everything was postponed indefinitely and no matter where you stood in the realm of band, crew or fanbase, we were all suddenly leveled out, all consumed by an incredible amount of uncertainty.
And things changed.
For some people, this was the point where they decided to end their journey as a fan. In growing older, real life gets even more real by the day and sometimes, you just don’t have space for the love of a band anymore. They think of their time fondly and cherish the memories and friends that were made, but it’s not for them anymore.
For others, they flocked to online platforms, eager for the Backstreet Boys to do something… anything… to give us a sense of normalcy. From an at-home zoom performance to their Apple Radio show, the group did what they felt comfortable doing, but admitted that they didn’t prefer to record new music from separate spaces, postponing their Christmas album a bit longer. All of the Backstreet Boys, with the exception of Kevin, have since done things individually to connect with fans during this time…
But so much of it just hasn’t been enough.
In our voracious appetite for “the next”, left unfed and with only means of connecting online, fans turned against each other and, at times, turned against members of the band, whose presumable values no longer aligned with their own. At the height of it all, it became toxic, it became unbearable, and the only place we had left – the virtual space – was too much.
We’ve all talked around it and so many have been scared to talk about it in a productive way, but the only way to move on is to move through. When we disembarked from a days-long BSB cruise with no sleep, I don’t think any of us thought that a year at home would be more exhausting but here we are.
But it doesn’t have to be like this.
Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE analogies. So, it’s like this….
In 1993, the Backstreet Boys built the frame of a house and hoped we would all visit. As time went on, as our love grew, as they earned success after success, we began to invest in this band in every sense of the word. We believed in this band enough to “move in” to this house that they built.
In this house, each of us has a room.
Some of us have “decorated” these rooms with a big love for Kevin, Howie, Brian, and Nick plastering our walls with our admiration and shouting it out of the doors to anyone who will listen.
Some of us only decorate with big love for one or two members… and that’s okay too.
Some of us have taken a minimalist approach – framing photos that we cherish with our friends at concerts, with meet and greets we’ll never forget, and speaking in hushed tones about the undying love we have for the boyband who has changed our lives.
There are many, many ways to be a Backstreet Boys fan, but at the end of the day, we all live under one roof. We have all invested in this one band. We’ve all moved our rooms closer to fans who have become friends who feel similarly to the way we feel. We will all show up when the Boys come home, regardless of the space we’re holding individually, until we decide to move out. Additionally, the things that we “move out” for shouldn’t be up for anyone else’s judgement either.
These rooms and spaces are not ours to judge. For the success of the band itself, we can not continue to go into others’ “rooms” and cause damage. If we keep lighting each others’ spaces on fire, eventually, the entire house burns down. As we move forward, toward normalcy, we have to do better – to each other, for each other. There’s a bigger picture here and we all owe it to everything we’ve invested to step back and see it.
We can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing and I’ve talked to enough people within this fanbase to know that we all want the same thing. We all want peace. We all want to sing along. We all want the good stuff. It’s up to us to cultivate that. It’s up to us to decide what we want to do with what we’ve been given and to hold to it.
This past year has revealed a lot of things about who many people are and we all have some big decisions to make about how to carry on and move forward. I believe that we all owe it to ourselves to remain changed and in that change, to remain exceedingly grateful for “the next” and to maintain our own space without worrying about the space of others.
Being a Backstreet Boys fan is what you make it. It’s been my personal experience that the best times have always come with a respect for others, agree or not, and an ability to say no to things that don’t vibe with your energy and beliefs, all the while making the most of it all. It’s up to us to create these spaces as much as it is up to the band to create things for us to consume.
Here’s to growth. Here’s to learning. Here’s to truly seeing each other. Here’s to more memories. Here’s to everything we’ve missed so much.
Here’s to each other and a future where we can all coexist and celebrate everything we’ve overcome.
Just when you thought the ‘Friends’ reunion was going to be the biggest (re)union of the year, Nick Carter, Lance Bass, AJ McLean and Joey Fatone had other plans.
While Lance and Nick have been teasing big things coming from them together for months, a few weeks ago on an instagram live would be where we were first teased with the concept of a collaboration between 2/5 of the Backstreet Boys and 2/5 of *NSYNC.
We had no idea just how huge it would be, what a great cause it would be for and, to our surprise, how much we would love it!
If you missed any of it (or just want to see it again), we’re giving you the highlights below!
1. The Preparation
The day prior to The Bingo Under The Stars event at The Grove in LA, where Lance, AJ, Nick and Joey were set to take the stage as a foursome, who named themselves BackSync, they gathered at Lance’s house for a little rehearsal and a little fun! We’ve linked all the TikToks and posts you can’t miss below.
2. The Performance
‘Bingo Under The Stars’ featured 10 Bingo games hosted by Todrick Hall and Rupaul’s Drag Race’s Michelle Visage in honor of PRIDE month. Following the games, the newly formed boyband collab took the stage to perform “I Want It That Way” and “Bye, Bye, Bye” (complete with choreography that the two BSB just learned the day before)! While The Grove live streamed most of the performances on instagram, they sadly did not say it. However, here are some things you CAN watch.
3. The Charity
Not only was the Bingo Under The Stars event set to celebrate PRIDE month, but for an opportunity to do good in the LGBTQ+ community. If you’ve been following Nick and Lance on social media recently, you’ll know that both men are very excited about the cryptocurrency Tsuki and Mission Tsuki. It is through Mission Tsuki that this event would made possible and the event was made even sweeter when Tsuki donated $1M in Tsuki tokens to The Trevor Project. A portion of all ticket sales for the event went to The Trevor Project as well as the cover charge from the afterparty at Rocco’s afterwards.
4. The Media (Pictures, Interviews, etc.)
While you can find many more photos and media across each guy’s social media, here are a few highlights and all the interviews you need to read / watch!
Find more photos on Zimbio!
5. The Afterparty
BackSync ended the night at Rocco’s for an epic return to normalcy as all four members took the stage and the DJ booth to sing along to their own songs (and others) before stopping to take a few selfies with fans. We couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the Summer!
With the recent release of his single “Love Song Love”, AJ McLean has been making the rounds with multiple media outlets to talk about his new single, his love for the LGBTQ+ community, his newfound sobriety and so much more to look forward to in the future!
While we’ve been trying to tweet all of the interviews as we see them, unless you are on Twitter, you might miss a few. So, we figured the best way for everyone to play catch up is to put everything here in one spot! We’ll keep this post updated so that you can keep coming back for all the AJ you can handle.
Backstreet Boy AJ McLean Discusses Sobriety and Substance Abuse Awareness
It’s obvious that Nick Carter is a singer, a performer, a father, and more… but one thing most people don’t know is that he is quite an influencer as well. In fact, he was an influencer before it was “cool”, with his signature middle-part bowl cut becoming quite an iconic hairstyle for boys in the 90s.
It seems as though Carter himself was unaware of his unofficial status as influencer until late 2020 when his talk of Saxx underwear and Celsius energy drinks resulted in viewers purchasing these items for their husbands and themselves.
So, we had to ask our followers – what, if anything, have you purchased because they were Nick Carter approved? From the early days until now, these were the most common answers!Continue reading “6+ Items That People Purchased Because Of Nick Carter”
An open letter to my daughter, Leighton, on my 2nd Mother’s Day…
To my sweet baby girl,
I always wanted a daughter to grow up with as my best friend; and I got my wish- my perfect girl. From the second I felt you move in my belly, I knew that you loved music just like me. Every time music would come on, you would move around and kick, and I would instantly feel pure joy. And trust me (pun intended), we listened to a lot of Backstreet Boys together.
I took you to your first BSB concert when you were 6 months old in my tummy and second was when you were 7 months old. We danced to their music together, and I was so blessed to have you there with me. We got our first VIP picture together then, and it was a great experience for me; something I always wished I would share with you. Also, it was a reminder that I have celebrated yet another milestone with the Backstreet Boys. They and their music are such a large part of my life, and it’s always been my dream to get to share it with my daughter. It was such a full circle moment for me from starting out 22 years ago when my Mom took me to my first BSB concert.
Sure enough, once you were born, you were calmed by music, especially the song, “Drowning”. Funny enough, that is one of my favorite BSB songs and was going to be mine and your daddy’s wedding song (but it got beat by a non-BSB song lol).
Now that you are a toddler, you have such an amazing, big, personality and love to dance at every chance you get (especially to BSB); It is infectious, and I can’t help but dance along. I can’t wait to keep dancing through life with you, and to watch you grow and be this happy forever. I can’t wait to take you to your first (of many) Backstreet Boys concerts and meet and greets, just as my mom took me growing up. I can only hope, as your mom, that you find something in life that brings you as much passion and joy as the Backstreet Boys have brought me growing up. I love you more than you will ever know, and I am so grateful to you for making me a mother.
Love you always and forever,
Your BSB-Loving Mama
Tis (finally) the season for the Backstreet Boys!
Our fave five have converged in California after a year long of across-country social distancing from each other to begin work on a ….wait for it…. CHRISTMAS ALBUM!
Aside from an album of unreleased songs, a Christmas / Holiday album is probably the most highly requested project from fans. While we’ve been slightly satiated from the two original Christmas songs that the Backstreet Boys have released over the years, we’ve had no choice but to jump to the *NSYNC Christmas album at the end of the yuletide season day.
BUT NO MORE! If all goes according to plan, 2021 will be our first NSYNCless holiday (ok, maybe) and we will be more festive than ever!
Of course, as we have with other albums, tours, and projects, we’ll be keeping this post updated with everything you need to know, from photos to mentions to any info we can find, until the album is in our joyful little Christmas-spirited hands.
UPDATE (September 2021): In a surprise to not very many, the Backstreet Boys have postponed the album’s release until next year. We will resume this post with all updates then!Continue reading “The One With All The Updates About The Backstreet Boys Christmas Album”
While we’ve all been at home for the past year, many things have changed. Some people have launched new careers, products, and brands, others have restructured and shifted their entire way of doing things to fit stay-at-home orders, and all of us have learned how to do something that we weren’t used to doing before.
For a long period of time during the coronavirus pandemic, nail salons were closed and a lot of people who were used to getting a fresh manicure / pedicure every few weeks were now relegated to doing it themselves.
And that’s where Backstreet Boys fans (and nail polish lovers everywhere) lucked out! In late 2020, AJ McLean and Josh Naranjo, who fans most likely recognize as AJ’s longtime security detail and friend, launched the Ava Dean Beauty brand, featuring four polishes and a top coat, giving fans the PERFECT excuse to learn how to perfect an at-home mani/pedi. (Note: Anyone who knows me knows that my nails are ALWAYS polished and having used Ava Dean for the past few weeks, I am IMPRESSED!)
The small business, which keeps family as the focus with the current polishes being named after AJ’s family members and images of dads painting their daughters nails decorating their instagram page, invites nail polish enthusiasts of all ages, gender and expertise to dive into world of color and often posts quick tips on how to make your next mani the best. In fact, their new website includes blogs that walk visitors through nail basics and more. From the bottles to the packaging to the polish formula, there is a personal touch on everything, designed with customers in mind.
While AJ’s family might be the inspiration for the nail polish, it is Josh who is running things behind the scenes! With such a great product and so many naked nails out there, we wanted to touch base with him for a little Q&A to reveal some things that you might not know about Ava Dean Beauty, a little backstory, and what’s next for the beauty line (including a little SURPRISE about the next color launching VERY SOON)!
Keep reading below for more details about a new product and a WHOTB giveaway!
How long has Ava Dean Beauty been in the works and was it called anything else before or was this always the plan?
Josh: Actually, this has been in the work for years. Knowing nothing about nail polish myself, I had to start from scratch. Along the way, I was blessed to get a mentor, which helped tremendously. (Shout out to John Heffner!)
After seeing Alex (AJ McLean) and his daughter Ava getting their nails done, is where my side of this kicks in. When I called him to share this idea of doing a nail polish/beauty line together, it clicked so easily for him. He has been wanting to do his own nail polish line for years. For those who may not know, AJ has been wearing nail polish and getting manicures and pedicures for over 20 years, consistently.
We had many different names in mind. I think we considered around 10-15! After Lyric was born, AJ wanted to include both of his daughters’ names, and that’s where Ava Dean Beauty was born. We were able to capture both of his daughters’ names – Ava Jaymes and Lyric Dean.
Do you think quarantine helped or hindered the launch?
I think it did both, honestly. When the economy shifted, dramatically, most people pulled back and chose to conserve.. and rightfully so. One thing I learned about nail polish is that it is, historically in cosmetics, the second to last thing to be cut from the budget when the economy slows down. Fun Fact: lipstick is the last.
Do you anticipate events based around the polish / beauty line when tour returns?
Absolutely! That was the plan for 2020 when we were laying out a tentative roll-out time– manicure and pedicure events throughout the country. We definitely hope to resume these events once touring starts again.
Would you consider doing nail art contests on socials?
Yes, it’s about time we do that and let everyone be able to show off their creativity! 2020 lead a lot of people to do at-home manicures and use it as a form of self-care.
Do you think there was less pressure releasing a polish line with a fanbase already semi-in place or was there more pressure because expectations are high?
We are so thankful for the fanbase that has trusted and believed in us. It was really an organic way to start, having such a diverse group of fans. We are really fortunate for the overwhelming positive response, and it has encouraged us to keep developing quality and responsible products.
With the Kardashian beauty lines, they often collaborate with their sisters. Would Ava Dean consider a collab with the other Backstreet Boys, other celebs, etc.?
We are definitely open to opportunities to work with people that align themselves with the same values of Ava Dean Beauty, some of those values being products that are vegan, animal cruelty free,10-free, and socially responsible. You know…things that make you larger than life. (Note: Man, we love a good pun!)
Do you anticipate a launch of nail tools, merch, etc. or are you strictly sticking to beauty products?
We have a few things in the works, but at the moment, we are focused on nail polish. We want to build a credibility with our customers, so they can turn to us for the latest in seasonal shades.
Which is harder – being on tour or running a business?
Whoa…well, I believe both have equal challenges. Constantly being in different places around the world, means a lot of adjustments. This demands a lot of attention.
Running a business creates a lot of different responsibilities at the same time. People turn to you for answers, such as, multiple vendors, consultants, manufacturers, lawyers, accountants, independent contractors, and most importantly, the customer. We would be nothing without them. None of this would be possible.
What’s your ultimate goal with Ava Dean Beauty – the biggest thing that would mean success to you?
We want to grow this brand to where it’s recognized as one of top brands you want to continue buying. Our goal is to build a trust!
We hope to one day be available for retail around the world. Ultimately, we hope that we make Ava and Lyric proud of what they helped inspire, and maybe they take over! (Note: ISN’T THAT THE CUTEST VISION?!)
Would you be interested in collaborating with beauty / nail YouTubers / influencers in the future? (For example, Simply Nailogical, who I am a big fan of, is a BSB fan.)
Funnily enough, we have been seeing Cristine’s (Simply Nailogical) artwork on socials ever since we dove into learning this business. She and Ben are the perfect example of growing an organic brand…..staying consistent and evolving.
We hope to be able to reach out to nail influencers around the world and their respective followers. Cultures have different styles and shades they lean toward, but one common thing is nail polish, and we would love to explore that.
We, as fans and nail polish aficionados, can not WAIT to see what Ava Dean Beauty has in store next.
NEW PRODUCT ALERT: In fact, we know a little something about the next polish that will be available VERY SOON and we can’t wait to get our hands on it (and get it on our hands). It’s inspired by AJ’s grandmother and if you pay close to attention to AJ’s social media, you’ve likely seen it already…. 🙂
GIVEAWAY TIME: With the launch of a new polish coming, Mother’s Day coming soon, and Ava Dean Beauty being family-centric, we wanted to launch a giveaway! If you are in the U.S. (the only place that ADB polish is currently able to ship), we want to hear about you and your mom, stepmom, grandmother or mother figure sharing special BSB moments (big or small) and why she is the Perfect Fan!
While we will feature all stories in an upcoming Mother’s Day post, we will choose one person to win a gift card from Ava Dean Beauty! You can submit your stories below.