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2019 is almost here and the Backstreet Boys are already busy (which means all of us are too, right?). 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 indivual 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.
For any event where a ticket link is not provided, ticket details can be found at backstreetboys.com/events.
October 12th – 30th: DNA World Tour
Japan + Southeast Asia
November 2nd – 3rd and 5th-6th: DNA World Tour
Get Ticket Info (including FC presale) Here
December 7th-8th: German Comic Con (Nick Carter)
Tickets + Photo Ops ON SALE NOW
Unless you’ve been living under a rock far away from a Backstreet Boys fan, you know that Nick Carter and wife Lauren Kitt-Carter welcomed a daughter last week. Saoirse Reign Carter was born October 2nd, weighing in at just over seven pounds, in Las Vegas, where the couple lives with 3-year-old big brother, Odin.
What you may not know about is the journey that the Carter family has been on to get to a family of four. In 2015, when Nick and Lauren announced that they were expecting a little boy on Dancing With The Stars, we wrote an open letter wishing them well, about what wonderful parents we thought they would be, and how much we admired their honesty about a previous miscarriage.
Four years later, we are more inspired by their strength and honesty about their journey to becoming parents than ever before.
Last September, the Carters revealed that Lauren had suffered another miscarriage, this time further along — a little girl. While Nick expressed his grief about the loss in real time, being very open about the details and the reality of it, his wife took time away from social media, not addressing it until International Womens’ Day, what would have been her due date, in March.
“I’ve moved on from my losses, days like today remind me just how fortunate I am to have a healthy child and how BADASS women are, how much we endure with a smile on our face. If you are struggling to start a family or have had a loss this post is for you, you’re not alone and there is always hope,” Lauren wrote, sharing an ultrasound photo and her pledge to donate to Every Mom Counts, an organization that works to give every woman access to safe pregnancy and childbirth options.
In May, Nick and Lauren revealed that they were indeed expecting again via an instagram post while on tour with the Backstreet Boys in Europe. There is always hope.
Fast forward to October and, well, you know how this story ends — with a beautiful new beginning.
But it was this video of the hours leading up to Saoirse’s arrival to her birth that has not only tugged all of our heartstrings, but has really inspired the hope that Lauren referred to in her Instagram post many months ago, in so many of us.
“For 2 years I watched you endure some of the hardest things a husband could ever witness. Going through the ups and downs of pregnancy all in the hopes that just maybe, with a little help from up above, we would get to this point,” Nick wrote in a poignant post to Lauren, reflecting on their daughter’s birth and after seeing it all play out — wow, we. FELT. THAT.
So here we are, to the point of this post…
“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.”
The amount of ups and downs that this family has endured in the past few years is something that no one should have to go through. That amount of ups and downs on top of hoping, wishing and waiting for God and the universe to send you a happy, healthy baby is beyond tough.
But here they are. Nick. Lauren. Odin. Saoirse. A family that has been so wanted, HOPED for, and will undoubtedly share so much love between them for an endless amount of time. If that’s not inspiring, if that’s not the product of always looking forward and keeping the faith that’s what meant for you will find it’s way to you, we don’t know what is.
To Nick and Lauren,
Thank you for sharing your journey with us. Thank you for being so honest about not only the struggles and the fears, but the triumph and excitement as well. Thank you for sharing the beautiful moments as parents as well as the tough moments. Thank you for sharing your strength in the hardest of times and your encouragement to continue in the face of adversity. Thank you for the reminder to be patient with the universe, to count the blessings that we are given, and always give back to those less fortunate.
We have watched you grow together and watched you grow your family. We could not be more thrilled for the two of you to welcome Saoirse into the world because there are no two people more deserving of a light — a rainbow. Your immense love for her is already so apparent and she is beyond lucky to have a set of wonderful parents that have not only waited for her for so long, but who will protect her, teach her, and love her like every child deserves. She will, no doubt, move mountains.
You all have inspired a renewed hope in all of us… that anything is possible, that love is real and that we’re all going to be okay – it’s just in how you look at things. Your family has truly epitomized looking for the stars in the dark and the rainbows in the rain. Good things happen to good people and we are so happy to see it.
Wishing you all the best, Carter family — you deserve it.
It’s been a minute since we had a catch up post and between the end of tour, iHeart Festival and everything in between, there’s been a lot of great things going on in BSB land! As always, we’re here to make sure you see it all.
Where to start, where to start….?
– There are many wonderful things that came out of the North American leg of the Backstreet Boys’ DNA tour, but among the hospital and foundation visits, one of our most favorite things happened in Louisville. After the wonderfully talented kids at Down Syndrome of Louisville made their own “I Want It That Way” video, Nick, Kevin, AJ, Howie and Brian made the meet and greet happen! Watch it all go down here.
– The Backstreet Boys sat down with CBS Sunday Morning and confirmed once again that not only would they “never turn their backs on each other”, that they are also not exactly who their “boyband” personas claimed them to be.
– 60 Minutes Australia also sat down with the Boys during their Philadelphia stop to talk about history, ups and downs, and more. We definitely recommend watching!
– The Boys performed a set at iHeart Music Festival before returning to the stage to perform “Let It Be Me” with Steve Aoki for the first time live. If you missed it, the show will air on television on The CW on October 2nd and 3rd at 8pm EST. Need to see backstage interviews? Click here or here!
– AJ is spending time in Nashville to do more solo work and he stopped by to chat with Bobby Bones on his podcast, The Bobbycast – Listen here!
– Steve Aoki and BSB weren’t alone on the iHeart stage! They brought along the stars of their “Let It Be Me” music video – the couples who faced hardships and proved what true love really is. The big love didn’t stop there though as the “BackSteve Boys” released a new version of their music video, giving more backstory to these lovely humans. Watch it now!
– You can get a “Let It Be Me” tee or hoodie here.
– The Backstreet Boys have added tour dates in New Zealand, Australia, and Latin America in addition to their upcoming dates in Asia and Hawaii at the end of this year. Find all current and confirmed DNA World Tour dates here.
We think that’s all for now! We leave you with this sweet video from Brian and Nick’s visit to Dallas Childrens Hospital last month. It’s sure to warm you ❤
Sometimes self-care looks like baths and spa days and settling in with a good book.
Sometimes self-care means logging off of social media, unplugging your laptop, and silencing your phone.
The internet can be wonderful! There’s a world of information out there, people to connect to, vacations to research and book, and friendships to be made.
But as many of us know, the internet has a dark side. Arguments, opposing opinions, cruel words, bullies, people with self-serving intentions that don’t care about others disguised as people who care… and that’s only the beginning. This side of things is so incredibly mentally taxing.
The dark side of the internet and social media will inevitably suck you in. It will shake you and it will break you if you don’t know your limits and log off. It will turn you into a person you aren’t. People will take advantage of your weaknesses if you talk too much, twist anything pure into something ugly, and turn your best intentions into something seemingly evil. Social media monsters will turn you into one if you aren’t careful. They smell the slightest bit of fear, the slightest minute of you believing them and they will prey on it. It’s called fear mongering and it’s dangerous to your mental health.
But, fan-mily, beyond the internet, I have news for you… there is a great big world.
There are seasons changing, people returning home from a long time away, babies being born, and millions upon millions of people fighting battles, celebrating life events and not talking about the thing that is consuming you online. Find them. Focus on these things. We are ALL recovering from something and we all have our limits. No one will fault you for taking a step back and going outside. Everyone needs a breath of fresh air, you know? Do the things that make you feel good.
Beyond that, if you must stay here, there are mute buttons, block buttons, deactivate buttons and so many more tools that are built to protect your mental state. Just please remember, friends, that despite what you are seeing on your timeline, not everything is bad, not everything is stressful, and everything will be okay. We strongly suggest muting those who make you feel otherwise. If you’re finding it all hard to see, to digest, to not stay out of it, log off.
This weekend, we tweeted that we were here for all of you. If you need to vent, an opinion, something to listen, etc. — our inboxes on Twitter and email are always, always open. We’re so thankful that the internet, even on the worst days, has allowed us to connect with so many of you. No matter what – we got you.
On a timely note, so many of you have chosen to use our inbox to express your concerns about recent events concerning Nick. We only have this to say — the universe is good to good people. We obviously love Nick and are praying, sending good vibes, etc. to he and his family as they await the arrival of their sweet baby. We are also praying for peace and healing for the family as a whole. This is something that no family should have to go through, especially publicly, but this is real life and as painful as it is to watch (and we’re sure, to live through), we can only remain positive that everyone will eventually be okay.
As for the rest, we’ve said all we need to say.
We leave you with this quote from Mr. Rogers: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
See the good. Be the good. Trust the universe. Send the good vibes.
Step back and see the big picture. Be kind to one another. Love each other.
Breathe. We love you all. It’s going to be okay.
The Backstreet Boys have officially wrapped another leg of the DNA tour (with the promise of more to come). We have showed up, sold out a large number of arenas, posted endlessly about our love for this tour, and are beyond prepared for more.
As with every tour, there are multiple things that we will forever associate with it. We’ve already written about Brian nailing vocals on the Euro leg and Nick’s performances of “The Way It Was” making us weak, but you guys, we are NOT sleeping on Kevin F**king Richardson and THOSE MOVES.
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) August 31, 2019
Ever since the Backstreet Boys’ Homecoming concert on television in the 90s, we’ve been obsessed with our very own groove master. The man can GET IT! After realizing that many of you felt the same way, we couldn’t help but ask for your best videos of Kevin getting down on the DNA tour.
As always, you’ve all delivered and this has turned into one of our favorite posts. We think you’ll agree. The eldest Backstreet Boy is likely how even Stella got her groove back, ya feel us?
One thing is for sure – we never want to live in a world where we don’t have the honor to dance with Kevin!
You mean like this? pic.twitter.com/0zXIKUDxwT
— ally (@allys_bsbtweets) September 10, 2019
— stefie (@girlygirlstefie) August 22, 2019
More than that in Detroit, he was dancing with us, it was awesome 😁 pic.twitter.com/O0NJK2krcL
— Susanah (@susanah_13) August 21, 2019
It’s short but so adorable pic.twitter.com/vKOpKvt61g
— Carrie L Graham (@CarrieLGraham85) September 10, 2019
— Tara (@SweetT422) August 22, 2019
— stefie (@girlygirlstefie) August 22, 2019
— Kristen (@BlueWaters9) August 21, 2019
— Jennifer (@kbnhachicky) September 10, 2019
— BSB Italia (@BSBItalia) August 22, 2019
Don’t go breaking my heart in Detroit pic.twitter.com/6rlClacmEd
— Susanah (@susanah_13) August 21, 2019
We couldn’t get enough of this guy lol pic.twitter.com/R27GQXoNN7
— :: kimburlyhavlik :: (@kimburlyhavlik) August 21, 2019
— Jhie 🧚🏻♀️ (@Jhie0730) September 10, 2019
Here’s mine from Nashville pic.twitter.com/zOIxVlBOA1
— Marilyn (@mss2120bsb) September 10, 2019
I love this man! pic.twitter.com/u7YsZCo0m8
— Misty Lambert (@MistressMia23) September 15, 2019
— Claire Robertson (@clairerob83) August 21, 2019
Smooth moves by Kevy Kev! pic.twitter.com/Q0HOSRRxfI
— Sarah (@tarheellove) August 21, 2019
— Danielle Montelongo (@DMontelongo31) August 21, 2019
— Judea🤦🏽♀️ (@Sweet_KaosKiddo) August 21, 2019
— Katarzyna L-M (@katarzyna_19) September 10, 2019
— Johanna (@johannaelise) August 21, 2019
— Liane Hayes (@bsbfrk411) August 22, 2019
— Wendy Hall (@asu2013mom) August 22, 2019
— Ilaria Serena (@iyla88) August 22, 2019
— Abbey Parkinson (@GabbyC80) August 21, 2019
From Kansas City!♥️♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/dHoVLUDAJj
— Nancy Q (@FancyNancy0707) September 10, 2019
— Noora Syrjälä (@Noora_S) August 21, 2019
— ✨Allison✨ (@allison_v2) August 21, 2019
Since the In A World Like This tour, Backstreet Boys fans have been given the opportunity to be closer than ever to our favorite band. General admission spots, more commonly referred to by fans as “the pit”, have been a staple since the 2014 tour, carrying through the Boys’ Larger Than Life Vegas residency, so we were thrilled to see the circle built into the DNA stage.
Please note that we’re not here to discuss the pricing or the way things played out with packages and whatnot. If you couldn’t afford the circle or couldn’t stand for a long period of time, we get it. From circle to nosebleeds, there’s not a single fan that shows up for the Backstreet Boys on tour that is better than any other.
But we want to talk a little bit about one of the most beautiful aspects of the DNA Circle.
Admittedly, we thought the circle would be more like the Vegas stage – low and loaded with Backstreet interaction. Would we still be able to see everything if we were under 5’7″? Would we be able to reach their hands? Would it be crowded? Would it be worth it? How do we go from the pits of IAWLT and BSB Vegas to this, which seemed to be a step backward?
We had all of these thoughts.
And we’re here to tell you — we were wrong.
Not only is there LARGE AMOUNTS OF SPACE in the circle – you can literally run circles or lay down and take a nap, whatever suits you – but it’s a whole new experience that we weren’t prepared for.
Because this time, the “pit” felt like that Backstreet Boys had chosen to make us a part of the show. It felt like this tour is for us and equally ours all at once. For those of us who stood in summer heat of the “fan pit” for multiple concerts at outdoor amphitheaters during the IAWLT tour and returned time and time again to Vegas, cramming into both sides of the stage to be included in an unforgettable energy, the circle experience felt easy.
And it felt thoughtful.
We had the space to dance. We had the space to run around hugging our friends before the show started. And when the lights went down, we had enough space to back up and take it all in. When they jumped down onto the main stage, our fangirl hearts felt like they were exploding into the confetti that we would soon be showered with.
Then they started coming down onto the circle “sides” and all of our worries about the stage being too high were gone because Kevin, Howie, AJ, Nick and Brian are bending and stretching to touch every last person that’s reaching for them throughout the show. All the while, they can be seen by every person in the arena, from floor to ceiling.
When they finally made it to the “second stage”, we saw what they were seeing.
The view…well, it’s some sort of magic.
For years, we’ve wondered where the Backstreet Boys get their energy. We’ve wondered why they get emotional mid-concert. Standing in the circle, we got our answers.
We all joke about it not being such a bad view – to be staring at the back of the Backstreet Boys for some of the show – but to be honest, more than a few of us wondered if it was the *best* view.
Then you see it. You see Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick standing at the front of the stage, while thousands of people, floor to ceiling, scream for them. Scream with us.
You hear it. Every song you’re singing along to being sung from high, low and every side of the arena. For nearly two hours, you get glimpse of what the Backstreet Boys have been in and out of for 26 years. For those of us who traveled city to city for lesser known tours in the past, the feeling…the vision…is surely something that will make you swallow your emotions when you stop to take it in.
It felt like a warm hug from our favorite band.
As the five men continued to steadily circle around us from main stage to second stage and the in between for the whole show, there was excitement, a warmth and suddenly, the circle felt like it was a hug. The music wrapped us in its familiar tones, the Boys were present and performing but also including fans in every single moment and in those hours, in that circle, we were protected. Inside that circle, we were protected from the outside – the people who told us to stop wasting money on a band, the real life problems we might have been facing earlier that day, the anything-but-wonderful thoughts that we sabotage ourselves with. There is a comfort and a peace and a euphoria and a circle full of memories that will no doubt make this a chapter we won’t soon forget.
And an overwhelming sense of gratitude.
Building a circle in the center of the stage seems like a perfect way for the Backstreet Boys, ever grateful for their fans and expressing such repeatedly during their show, to take it a step further by giving us an opportunity to be as close as possible. Not only are those in the circle as close as possible, but they are a focal point of the stage and the show itself. It is not lost on us that it’s just another way of the Backstreet Boys backing what they’ve always said – that they would be nothing without their fans.
And, of course, the feeling is mutual. Where would we be without the Backstreet Boys? Not with these memories and moments to last a lifetime.
Everything has come full [DNA] Circle.
— Please Note —
This post is not written to determine the “level” of any fan. You can be in the nosebleeds or you can not see this tour at all and still be a huge, loyal, ride or die fan. In this post, I have used the phrase “some of the biggest fans” because there are people in the circle that are casual fans – ones who missed the past tours, albums, etc. – that might not get the same feelings. Before you come at us for this post, please understand that it is not meant to insult anyone who can’t afford it. This show is made to be seen from all angles and if you can swing it, please see it!
Also, this is purely subjective. This is how I felt in my experience and I know many who feel the same way. If you didn’t, that’s okay too! We get asked daily if we think the DNA circle is worth it, so here it is. For me, it was.
From hospital visits to sending love to a fan who was too sick to make it to her BSB concert, Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick are really giving back while out on their massive DNA World Tour. While most of these instances have been in the cities that they are visiting, the group has come together to make a huge effort toward one charity that will benefit the homeless in NYC while also involving fans!
Not only are they involving fans on the giving back, but they are also showing their gratitude by giving everyone the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with the band in Hawaii. Sound good to you? Keep reading!
1. For as little as $10, you have a chance to win an AMAZING trip to Hawaii!
Every $10 you donate to the Backstreet Boys’ Prizeo charity campaign grants you 100 entries into a giveaway for the grand prize – a trip to Hawaii and a luau with the Boys themselves! If your entry is randomly selected (just by donating!!) you are entitled to two VIP tickets to the Backstreet Boys concert in Honolulu, HI, on in November, Meet & Greet before the show, a seat at the Backstreet Boys table for a special luau, a goodie bag full of official merch AND roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for you and a guest.
And you don’t have to do anything but donate! The more entries, the better chance you have to win. Make sure you scroll down the side to see all of your options.
2. Hawaii isn’t the only thing you can (potentially) get your hands on.
Like we said, make sure you scroll to see all of your options. While the grand prize is obviously the trip to Hawaii with all the Backstreet bells and whistles, there are other things you can reward yourself with in the meantime while you wait to see if you won or not.
$75 gives you 750 entries + the DNA album ($500, if you want it autographed plus 6000 entries) and $100 gets you 1000 entries and an exclusive BSB tee. A VERY limited number of Nick Carter personalized video messages were available and sold out quickly. Keep checking back for more “deals”!
3. The campaign was inspired by a viral video.
Remember the subway car full of passengers in NYC breaking out into a lovely rendition of “I Want It That Way” together last month? That video was the inspiration for this campaign to happen!
Joel Wertheimer, a civil rights attorney and former Obama associate staff secretary, filmed the sing-a-long, a warm moment among usually busy and bustling passengers looking to get somewhere quick in the city that never sleeps. When the video went viral, Joel took the platform to educate tweeters about Coalition For The Homeless, which benefits the less fortunate in New York.
One of those tweeters was Nick Carter, who revealed when the campaign started, that he saw Joel’s call to action, researched the charity, and found that it resonated with him. Not only did it resonate with him, but with the group as well….and that is how this campaign was born!
A joyful moment in time leading to even better moments for more people? We LOVE it!
4. All proceeds go to Coalition For The Homeless (the best part)!
It’s even easier to give back when you know that the giving is going to something great and the Coalition For The Homeless is just that. The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. The program helps more than 3500 men, women and children daily who are facing immediate issues and helps them get back on their feet and stay there.
The Coalition assists people in everything from knowing their rights as human beings to finding food and shelter to helping people escape scary situations and has been doing so for more than 35 years. Whether you are in the NYC area or not, take time to read about their mission and feel free to join in taking more action to help out!
5. You don’t have to donate to help out and join the BSB in doing good.
Don’t have the extra money to donate right now? That’s okay! All you have to do is spread the word. The more people that know about this campaign and the charity in general, the better for everyone. Doing good is not always defined by donating financially. We urge you to check out organizations and charities in your own backyard where you can volunteer — it will do your heart a load of good. ❤
If you plan on entering / donating to this campaign,
you have until 10/17 to do so!
Just by giving, you’ve already won.
Tour Season (proper noun): The period of time that the Backstreet Boys are on tour; a time of intense planning, prepping, overthinking and every emotion under the sun
It’s Summer 2019 and we are deep in the throws of what Backstreet fans call tour season. It’s the best of times, the worst of times, time of (nearly) complete irresponsibility, and severe lack of sleep, whether it’s due to travel, planning, or worrying. You know how it is.
We’ve compiled the top 10 signs for people who don’t, in fact, know how it is.
1. Slowly, Profile Pics Start To Change.
This is one of the best indications of tour season on social media. As soon as the first batch of VIP Meet and Greet photos are posted, people dump their best angled selfies and their family pictures for their latest photo with Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick. Soon, your timeline is full of people who have similar looking profile pics / avis and you have to squint to see who you’re really talking to….unless someone has a clear favorite and other BSB be damned, er, cropped.
2. You Know At Least One Person Traveling To A Show Everyday.
This probably contributes to the most amount of FOMO and greatest irresponsibility because as soon as your friend gets out of the concert and is telling you about it, the fumes of greatness are all you need to start planning another tour travel. Or to further your moping. It really depends on the day and time and alcohol consumption, right?
3. Everyone Is Asking For Suggestions About Different Locations.
Backstreet Boys fans have become masters at turning concert destinations into full blown vacations. After all, a concert is a perrrfffecccttt excuse to jet set to that one (or five) city you’ve always wanted to go to.
Of course, with the friends you’ve accumulated across the land just by being fans, you neeeeed suggestions about what to do and where to eat in the in between. There is ALWAYS someone asking for suggestions about random cities during tour season. Always.
4. FRIENDS! TOGETHER!
Speaking of your friend collection, tour season is PRIME TIME to get together! Half of the fun of tour season is either making plans to travel WITH your friends, happening to all be going to the same show or honestly just being like “my city or yours?” All the instagrammable moments, right?
5. Finances And Funds Are Whatever.
Literally, what even are bills during tour season? Not something anyone is particularly worried about. This season sees even the most responsible people going rogue “because YOLO”.
But actually it’s just that we’ve become so acclimated to tour season that we usually have funds stashed somewhere for occasions such as this aka loss of self control.
6. Aggression Is High. Standards (And Love) Are Conditional.
If you’ve been through any tour season, you know that with the crazy good, comes the crazy bad. Concerts and merch and pricing and VIP and the words SOLD OUT will bring out some kind of asshole monster in us all at some point or another. Whether it’s the hunger for more or the sleep that we are definitely not getting, we lash out more than we should sometimes.
And don’t even get us started on the normal things that we suddenly find unacceptable when it comes to tour season. One person online hints at something we were thinking and it’s all downhill from there. “WHY DON’T THEY JUST ASK US?!” – Every fan at some point during some tour season when we get cocky enough to think we know everything.
But it’s all okay as soon as the lights go down – trust.
7. Actually, Every Emotion Is High. We’re High.
As much as we can bitch during tour season, the love we’re feeling is even greater. The love for the band, our friends, the different seasons, etc. keeps us traveling from city to city, keeps us looking for new events to attend and keeps us coming back for more. Everytime. Every season. Always.
8. Only Fellow Fans Understand What You’re Talking About.
I mean, really, anyone else reading up to this point that isn’t a fan really wouldn’t understand any of it. But we do. An army. A fan-mily. Thanks to 26 years of tour seasons.
9. You Haven’t Been To Work For A Whole Week In A While.
What are vacation days / sudden “flat tire” call-out-of-work days and owed favors for? Tour season. Duh.
10. So. Much. Happiness.
Refer back to #7. The feeling a fangirl (or boy) gets from heading to an arena with their best friends in tow, running into friends you never see otherwise, and everything from VIP to seeing how close your seat really is to the minute the overhead music turns off and the lights dim, that’s the good stuff. Those are the moments that memories are created. Those are the moments that we go back to when we’re feeling lesser than. Those are the moments that we can forget everything else. In the height of tour season, we are happy….. and that’s how you know.
Before we even begin, can we just say that we LOVE when the Backstreet Boys poke humor at themselves and relax and this video is the ULTIMATE representation of just that. Even when they’re being ridiculous, they do it so well. SPHYNKTER!
1. Nick…is dat you?
2. Why does 1985 Nick look like he had drunk sex with someone at a hair band concert to actually create 1999 Nick?
3. Who is this “news anchor”? Did he think it was weird to talk about anus muscles for a gig?
4. Who uses two fingers to pick their nose? Is this something Nick really does? We need to know!
5. He yells “SPHYNKTER!!” the same way we yell “BACKSTREET BOYS!!!” We taught him that, you guys.
6. Do you think there was ANY question that Kevin would be the one driving?
7. Do you think AJ felt weird with that much hair?
8. Is there a reason they’re in New Jersey? Is this 1980s Jersey Shore? I feel like it is.
9. Kevin looks like he’s done all of this before.
10. Kevin actually looks like my dad.
11. Nick’s crazy eyes really freak me out. He looks like he would run over a possum for dinner.
12. The vintage look to this film is really selling the era. I dig it.
13. I have a question — WHAT does any of this have to do with the song? Just wondering.
14. Who are these sidewalk dancers and what are they dancing to that is so offensive??
15. I really wish we could hear this conversation. I really just want this video without the music.
16. This is honestly the most I’ve seen Howie in character in 26 years and I LOVE it.
17. How does Brian’s hair stay on so well?
18. Why do I feel like this is what Kevin and Nick do in real life?
19. AJ really is such a fangirl.
20. NICK’S EYES AGAIN. WHAT IS THAT?
21. Kevin checking out his eyebrows is iconic honestly.
22. Special Guest: Tukkhis. They went all-out boy humor with this video and I LOVE IT.
23. Ok, but like…how many people thought that was Leighanne on the hood of the car at first?
24. All of these people…I have no words. They play their roles very well. That is all.
25. Wait. Where is AJ’s 69 tattoo? Were tattoos not around in the 80s? He looks so…blank.
26. I know we should be like OMG I WISH I WAS MAKING OUT WITH KEVIN, but really, I want to know what highlighter he has on because he is sparkling. (1:55)
27. Literally everyone is booty dancing, making out, up on it, and then there’s Brian…worried about his what-appears-to-be Aerosmith shirt.
28. I really want to know one of these people.
29. Kevin is SO COMMITTED to that tobacco situation!
30. Could we not have done without puking girl?
31. Just as Kevin is committed to the tobacco, Brian is committed to swinging that shirt.
32. How come Nick has on 5 layers of clothes and the others have far lesson? Mullet men, I tell ya.
33. Oh, um, excuse me. This band looks… familiar?
34. I really want non-Backstreet Sphynkter to jump off the drum stage like this!
35. No facial hair AJ is always so shocking. Like a hairless cat.
36. You guys…Kevin has such a pretty ass face.
37. …But not with tobacco in it.
38. AJ’s drum stick move at 2:54 is never not weird. It’s like something that animatronic band at Chuck E. Cheese does.
39. Anyone notice that anytime Nick dons long hair, he becomes a totally different person?
40. I think Nick really was supposed to be in an 80s hair band.
41. This moment with the girl in the front row — that moment could be yours at any given moment on a Nick Carter solo tour!
42. Oh my God, I hate it when the Backstreet Boys play instruments so hard, my top flies off. The worst! I mean…Sphynkter.
43. Imagine a meeting for this concept where they agreed on this band name. Just imagine.
44. Why do the 80s BSB members in the audience honestly feel like they’re mocking us? I feel attacked!
45. ….But I mean, they’re not wrong.
46. WHY DOES BRIAN LOOK SO GREAT IN EYELINER AND ZEBRA PRINT?
47. Kevin’s tongue. We’re not referring to him as Dragon. (Do dragons have long tongues? It just seems appropriate.)
48. WHO was like, “Oh yes! We most definitely have to bling out Nick’s crotch!”?? Not complaining, but…who?
49. Dragon with that crouching guitar move. Yeow!
50. Howie should wear leopard more often.
51. Did fan Brian just get taken out for fanboying over himself? Can’t say I blame him.
52. Even Nick Carter wants to grab Nick Carter?
53. Why isn’t Mike in this video?
54. AJ making it around a security guard seem accurate. He looks like he could worm around.
55. Brian’s face getting stepped on still hurts me.
56. WHO ARE THESE VIOLENT ASS SECURITY GUARDS?
57. Nick really went full in on licking that woman’s face. Like…he did that.
58. The way they look on the car ride home really is more relatable after you’ve been on a Backstreet Boys cruise.
59. Why is it still day time?
60. Why are Brian and Howie still holding those shirts? After all that…
61. Did someone just say “The 80s were awesome”? Time travel detected.
62. The way Howie says “Sphynkteeerrrr” will forever be ingrained in my mind.
63. Why was the news guy at 80s Nick’s HOUSE to interview him but no one else?
That tailgate crew looked like a lively bunch.
64. “That was awesome.” – 80s Nick and Us
As you all know, the DNA World Tour era is in FULL FORCE!! While we’ve been working to keep our tour posts updated, there are a few other things, appearances, interviews, etc. that haven’t ended up in a post and SO…here we are. How can we be What Happens On The Backstreet if we’re not telling you what’s happening?!
Here are a few links to things you might have missed. Keep checking back to this post for the month of August for everything non-DNA tour related. As always, we’ll keep up so you don’t have to.
- AJ has made a few appearances at radio stations this week:
- We know a lot of you have had questions about whether or not the BSB Funko Pops would be a no or go lately, but check this out! As soon as we’re sure about a release date, we’ll post about it.
- AJ is also making an appearance at The Vanguard in Tulsa, OK on August 29th with his EDM side project – All The Cool Kids. You can find info on tickets and VIP here. 106.9 K-Hits is giving away tickets — find out details!
- All The Cool Kids aka AJ and friends are also doing an event on Sept. 6th in St. Louis, MO — Find out more!
- The Backstreet Boys Grammy Museum exhibit closes on September 2nd – don’t miss out!
- Howie’s musical, Back In The Day, opens January 31st and runs through February 16th at Rose Theater in Omaha, NE. Tickets are ON SALE NOW!
- Howie has announced few more listening parties before the Backstreet Boys concerts: Chicago and Boston
- The Backstreet Boys have donated their Winnipeg Jets Jerseys, worn during the concert, to charity and YOU can bid on them here!
- Watch a new Howie interview here and / or here
- Brian performed during a tribute concert for Michael W. Smith a few months back and it aired on television last week. Watch below!
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) August 3, 2019
Meet /mēt/ (verb): come into the presence or company of (someone) by chance or arrangement
Every tour, residency, and any event where the Backstreet Boys have offered any kind of Meet and Greet, VIP upgrades, etc., we’re always asked the same question — Is VIP Meet & Greet worth it?
The answer is… that it’s different for everyone. It’s a matter of priority, expectations, and personal perspective. So, in short, the answer is that we have no real answer, but we can tell you what we think.
When we were kids, the idea of meeting the Backstreet Boys was a pipe dream. They were untouchable. They were only on our televisions. They were only 36 rows away from your seat at their sold out concert. Meeting Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick was something we could only dream about.
Sure, there were radio contests and there was the chance that you may know somebody who knew somebody who could maybe you into their presence and on the off chance that you did get a photo with them, you barely got a millisecond to say anything.
Fast forward to the Never Gone tour where you had to join the fanclub to enter to win admittance into their soundcheck. We entered, some of us won, and although it wasn’t a chance to meet the Boys, it was a chance to be closer and they were some of the best days of our lives.
Eventually, things evolved into being able to purchase a VIP Meet and Greet, which included various additions depending on the era. Some included backstage tours led by one of the Boys, some included soundcheck, some included merchandise, etc.
All of them included a meet and greet with the Backstreet Boys. The one thing that we had dreamed about since becoming a fan and there it was – an option for us to purchase. It was an option for us to tell them our names, to say thank you, to hug the people that made the music that got you through the best times and worst times, and have it commemorated forever.
But at some point, it went from being less about Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick and more about us, us, us. Things went from being grateful for the opportunity to why do we have to wait so long? Why are they overselling? Why aren’t they adding more? Why can’t they do it for free? Why aren’t they offering ____ like they did last tour? Why are we let in and left? Why do they call it VIP if we’re not treated like VIP? Why is am I paying for a lounge I don’t care about? Why don’t I get enough time to use the lounge? Why isn’t the lounge filled with food I want? Why can I not bring props to make my photo even more different? Why can’t I bring gifts? And the all time most asked question — why is meet and greet so quick?
As we’ve stated on our Twitter, if the Backstreet Boys spent 2 minutes with every person who went through the meet & greet line, they would be standing there for over two hours before performing a two hour show…every night. We’ve seen multiple people suggest “tricks” to stretch out their meet and greet, but the truth of the matter is, we wouldn’t suggest being that person either. The truth is — if you’re chill and plan out what you want to say, you’ll have plenty of time to say what you want and make it count. Personally, we’ve always been able to say most of what we wanted to say and do what we wanted to do and when we haven’t, it’s been our own faults. The Boys have been nothing but kind and willing to listen. They’ve been MORE than willing to comply with crazy photo ideas and make an effort to make the most of the time that we are all given together.
Quality > Quantity. It IS possible to have an amazing 30 seconds that you will talk about for the rest of your life, but it’s up to you and your attitude walking into it.
The truth about VIP Meet & Greet is that it’s up to you. This tour is offering an actual limited number VIP experience with a backstage lounge with snacks, photo opportunities with your friends, and a place to chill while you wait (which you might not be able to fully appreciate unless you’ve been to VIP on past tours, waited for hours in the heat outside and had to eat before you came) and meet and greet. You get the chance to meet your favorite band members, to hug them, to thank them, to create a memory. Whether you think it’s enough that they’ll remember you the next time or not, why does it matter? You’ll remember it. We guarantee that you’ll treasure it. And you’ll have a friggin photo to prove it! With YOU by yourself with ALL. FIVE. BACKSTREET BOYS.
The truth about VIP Meet & Greet is that you owe it to yourself. Yeah, of course the Backstreet Boys need fans to show up, but when it comes down to it – VIP is going to mean more to each of us. Every M&G serves as the moments we’ve dreamed about when we were teenage girls with posters on our walls coming to fruition. Every M&G is a different experience and an opportunity to make the best out of a concert experience and time with your friends (or to make new ones). You owe it to the girl (or boy) who never thought they would be cool enough to do this.
Our biggest, most honest suggestion is not to sabotage your own decision or experience by listening to those who have. For every person complaining, there are 100 people who wouldn’t trade their VIP for a thing and would do it again in a heartbeat. If you can live in the present, go in without expectations and with a sense of gratitude, we guarantee that you won’t regret it. However, you also owe it to yourself to read honest reviews beforehand and decide if it is something that you would be satisfied paying for for what you receive. If it’s not, that’s okay too!
We would like to end this post by also saying that what you can afford does not make or break your experience either. If you can’t swing VIP or you weren’t able to grab one for your show, if the VIP experience doesn’t sound like it’s for you, if you’re going alone or sitting in the nosebleeds, your Backstreet Boys experience is still what. you. make. it. And if you haven’t guessed by now, that’s pretty much how we feel about everything.