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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 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.
June 22, 2017 – Boy Band Premiere (Nick Carter) – ABC
Request free tickets to a show here
The show will air every Thursday for 10 episodes on ABC at 8/7c
July 16, 2017 – Celebrity Family Feud (Howie D.) – ABC
ABC – 8/7c
August 20, 2017 – The Nineties – CNN
The Boys filmed clips for a CNN doc about the 90s while in Vegas last month! Check it out on CNN at 9/8c.
July 29, 2017 – Smooth Tour (with Florida Georgia Line) – Target Field in Minneapolis, MN
August 12, 2017 – Smooth Tour (with Florida Georgia Line) – Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL
October 27-29, 2017 – Walker Stalker Atlanta (Nick)
November 8, 10, 11, 2017 – Larger Than Life – Las Vegas
November 15, 17, 18, 2017 – Larger Than Life – Las Vegas
December 29, 2017 – New Years Weekend – Cancun, Mexico
We are so thrilled that the Backstreet Boys, as well as Nick Carter’s, Fan Club have really stepped up their games! In fact, they have stepped up their games so much that, while we always try to tweet what’s going on, we wanted to put everything going on RIGHT NOW in one place.
Backstreet Boys Fan Club
- BSBVegas Cup Giveaway: If you’ve been to a Vegas show in April or June, you might have seen the blue souvenir cups that The AXIS was selling before and during the show. If you didn’t get to grab one, you’re in luck! There are two cups being given away to two FC members. You can find all of the details in this blog.
- Points Items: Remember when we weren’t sure what the point of the getting points was? Now, they have a purpose. You can find multiple items to use your FC points for in the EXCLUSIVE FC store (which is also a thing — you can buy items only available to members). Through July 9th, the BSB Air Fresheners are BOGO!
- Fan Club Exclusive Facebook Group: Wonderful Union really is listening to fan requests in regards to the FC. When the forum was taken away during the website revamp, fans were not so happy. This led to the creation of the Facebook group for members only! You can join here
- VIP Contests: They’re not going on right now, but for the previous Vegas dates, VIP was given away for each date. There’s also the possibility of winning Soldier Of The Month. That’s reason enough!
Nick Carter Fan Club
- Nick Interaction: From the beginning, Nick has always been adamant about his fan club being a place for fans to hang out and for him to interact with them. While it died out for a bit, he is back in the game and the FC is refreshed with new things all the time – including Nick dropping in the forum to answer questions from fans and blogs written exclusively for members.
- Spotlight Stories: Launched this month, Spotlight Stories give fans a chance to share their Nick-themed stories and memories with other fans based on a different topic every month for a chance to be featured in the news section and win some Nick Carter swag. It’s a win-win. Find the post in the Forum section under Nick Carter.
- All American Tank Top Contest: This contest ends in just under two weeks, but it’s definitely ones that members should enter. The Nick store has been filling up with cute merch and this is one of our favorites. Don’t miss your chance!
It seems like since the Backstreet Boys have been hot and heavy back on the scene (with media, nostalgia fans, and others), some things they have said has been taken out of context and run with. There are other things that have been said that have sent regular fans into a spiral of crazy.
As always, we’re here to help and, in this case, translate. We’re just clarifying things that have been said. We have all the faith in the Backstreet Boys and while we know that they are notorious for Backstreet Time, they have also been working hard and coming through for 24 years.
1. “We’re Working On A New Album. We Hope To Have A Single Out By End Of Year.”
What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: The Boys are working on a new album as they have been for the past year. They have recently signed a deal with RCA record which changes the game – in a good way. They are recording in Las Vegas and LA in their down time.
What The Backstreet Boys Do Not Mean:
– “We’re not working on a new album.”
– “We’re telling you this because it’s what you want to hear.”
– “We’ve been lying everytime we tell you about a new album with full knowledge that we’re not going to stay on the same timeline.”
2. “We’re Doing A World Tour Next Year.”
What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: They’re going on a WORLD TOUR next year with Vegas dates sprinkled in between.
What The Backstreet Boys DO NOT Mean:
– “We’re staying in Vegas and telling you we’re doing a world so you’ll leave us alone.”
– “We’re saying world tour, but we really mean a few places in the US only.”
3. “We Have Signed On For 53 New Vegas Dates.”
What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: They have 53 new Vegas dates coming up, including November, January, and February (presumably). The Boys have been 1000% transparent about the fact that they will be doing Vegas IN BETWEEN tour dates.
What The Backstreet Boys Do Not Mean:
– “We’re ignoring the rest of the world and staying in Vegas.”
– “We’re lying about the WORLD tour.”
– “We’re putting off the tour until we finish Vegas.”
4. “A Tour With The Spice Girls Would Be Cool.”
What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: Nick architect-ing with Emma Bunton aka Baby Spice on Boy Band has obviously dredged up the years old idea that the BSB and Spice Girls would collaborate on a tour together. THERE IS NO SOLID TRUTH TO THIS. Nick was asked, Nick answered honestly that it would be cool, media ran with it. If they did in the future, great. If they don’t, cool.
What The Backstreet Boys DO NOT Mean:
– “We’re never going to tour by ourselves again.”
– “We would 100% do a tour with the Spice Girls just to piss everyone off – specifically everyone who is begging us not to.”
– “Again, we’re lying.”
5. “We Love Our Fans.”
What The Backstreet Boys Really Mean: They love their fans. They love us enough to put up with screaming in their faces, uncontrollable crying, a little bit of stalking, incessant demands, unwarranted opinions, and a whole lot of things that would scare off any normal people. They get us. We get them. They’re listening, they’re working, and we are loving it!
What The Backstreet Boys Do Not Mean:
– “We’re saying this so you keep coming.”
– “We’re ignoring a bunch of you because we hate you actually.”
This post comes on the heels of a lot of things that have hit our Twitter in the past week. We love Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ and Nick and we believe in them. We are no strangers to Backstreet Time and, as working adults, we understand that things change beyond anyone’s control sometimes.
We’re asking you to please trust the process. Please trust our Boys and support them. Don’t miss out on enjoying everything they’re doing right now (it’s so much!!) worrying about what’s next. We completely understand how badly everyone wants to see the Backstreet Boys up close and personal and we have every bit of faith that they’re trying to get to everyone they can.
Be patient. Our Boys aren’t going anywhere and we can’t WAIT to celebrate 25 years with them.
2017 is only the beginning!
Let’s go back to the years between 2009 and 2011. The Backstreet Boys were headed from This Is Us to NKOTBSB. While Kevin wasn’t with the Boys at the time, all five were on Twitter, actively connecting with fans and making the most of the new social media platform.
Flash forward to 2017 and we’re down to one Backstreet Boy tweeting regularly with most of the others laying low. There’s even some of us who have scaled back dramatically on our tweeting. Twitter sometimes becomes a place where it’s easy to say mean things, become greedy, jealous and let ourselves get sucked into a world of not-so-nice feelings.
We want to change that… as much as we can – at least for a week.
After reading about Ed Sheeran recently leaving Twitter because of Lady Gaga’s fans coming after him and Lady Gaga asking fans (and everyone) to “work harder to be kinder”, we decided that this is OUR chance to all work together to work harder to be kinder.
So here’s what we’re going to do:
- All next week, we’re dedicating each day to kind things and a different Backstreet Boy. While our ultimate goal is to bring each one of them slowly back to social media, it is really just our hope that they see the kind words and that they feel loved.
They should feel loved everyday, you say? We’re sure they do, but there’s something magical that happens when everyone sends a lot of kindness in one direction.
- The only rule is that you tweet NOTHING rude. If someone gets tweeted, be happy for them. If you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing. We’re only asking that you TRY. Being nice, while being honest, can really change your day. We promise.
Which Day Are We Tweeting Which Backstreet Boys?
Check out the tweet schedule below. Use the hashtags and we’ll try to RT throughout the day.
Monday, July 10th: Kevin — #KindTweetsForKevin
Tuesday, July 11th: Howie — #KindTweetsForHowie
Wednesday, July 12th: Brian — #KindTweetsForBrian
Thursday, July 13th: Nick — #KindTweetsForNick
Friday, July 14th: AJ — #KindTweetsForAJ
Saturday, July 15th: Anyone Involved With BSB Anything (Wives, WU, BSB Team, etc.) — Including your friends! #BSBKindTweets
Let’s do this, Backstreet Army! We have nothing to lost and everything to gain. Spread the love and good feelings. ❤
We’ve done a few posts about what to expect during the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas run, but we’ve since received messages, DMs, and the like asking more specific questions that we may not have addressed before.
So, in an effort to put everything in one place, we’re taking your questions via Email, Facebook and Twitter and putting our answers here. We will be taking them until the end of time and updating this post so if you have any questions (or tips that you wish you would have known), sent them our way!
—- FAQ —-
“Are they gonna have programs of the show?”
Right now, no. The woman working at the Axis store informed us that JLo JUST got a program and she’s been there for a while. Perhaps if / when the Boys are there past the summer, programs will be available. That was her guess.
“Are you allowed to bring anything for the boys (gifts, props, stuff to sign, etc.) at the show or the AP?”
Autographs are not permitted during VIP Meet And Greet before the show, but props are allowed for photos. You must leave your belongings on a table behind the VIP photo backdrop, so bringing a gift is risky. Personally, we wouldn’t advise it.
The afterparty is really up to you and how lucky you get. Again, we wouldn’t suggest a gift unless, perhaps, it can go in a pocket. The crowd is such that it would end up getting lost and, really, it’d be an inconvenience to carry around. That being said, the AP is a more lax scene where autographs are allowed — but BYOS (bring your own sharpie).
“Is there soundcheck or an opening number for the show?”
No. There’s no fan-allowed soundcheck and no opening act. There is, however, a 12-minute BSB mix that opens the show that EVERYONE is obsessed with.
“What’s the dress code?”
There’s not one. People wear everything from dresses to jeans.
“Are cameras allowed?”
Yes. NO DETACHABLE LENSES THOUGH. Cameras with detachable lenses will be taken and you will have to pick them up at the end of the show.
“Will Backstreet Boys keep their residency in Vegas for a long time?”
Every one of the Boys has said that they will most likely hit Vegas with shows in between shows on a world tour next year. That being said, we know nothing for certain and nothing past 2018.
“Are you able to get close to the boys at all if you do an after party and you’re in GA?”
It really depends on the night, the crowd, etc. Is it possible? 100%.
Most people that have had luck getting close to the Boys at an AP with a GA ticket have left the concert early and booked it to Chateau to get a spot up close to their section. We will say that the Boys try their hardest to get to everyone who is trying to get to them. It can’t hurt.
“Does anyone know why the PIT tickets have seat numbers on them?”
Strictly for ticketing purposes. Normally the number is for the venue to keep up with number of people in the pit. There ARE NO SEATS in the pit. It is general admission, standing room only.
“What time should I get there? We have pit tickets but not VIP… VIP gets first entrance into the pit correct?”
Those with Beat The Line GA tickets get in first. VIP and GA have generally been allowed to line up at the same time.
Check out our GA “When Should I Line Up?” timeline below. This is strictly our informed opinion and for PIT ONLY. If you have seats, don’t worry about lining up until doors open.
“Where should I go to get the most action from [insert Backstreet Boy]?”
To the concert and to the afterparty. 🙂
The honest answer is that the Boys really try to divide themselves up evenly. There’s obviously the AIHTG spots in the 200s (covered in another FAQ post) and the VIP tables that are optimum spots for face-touching, hand-holding, and sweat, but as far as picking sides for pit — it’s pretty even.
If you HAVE to have an answer, we’d say Brian and Howie on the left and Nick and AJ on the right. Kevin is more centered and catwalk action, but Kevin being Kevin…he’ll try to reach whoever he can.
— FAN TIPS —
Seating: “If you can afford the good seats (table, pit, close rows, etc), go for it! The way the Axis is setup, it can be hard to see if you’re short and buy seats far back. There are screens, but they do different things during the show (not sure if this is a spoiler) and won’t always be showing the boys. So it can be hard to see if you’re like me and in row X at 4’11”
HOWEVER whether you are up close and personal or viewing tiny versions of the boys, the entire show is spectacular and can truly be enjoyed from any seat. I personally just wished I knew what my view would’ve been beforehand as I would’ve shelled out for a closer spot.”
Getting Around: “If you are going to be spending any amount of time in Vegas and on the strip. I suggest a buspass. My friend and I got the RTC app on our phones and paid 20 bucks for a three day pass that will get you on any bus going up and down the strip. You can even get to the Fremont Street Experience that way as well.”
Concert Prep: “The part about eating is very important. I haven’t seen the Boys in Vegas yet, but the venue I saw Nick at for All American was GA only and we made sure to take turns holding each other’s places in line so we could eat. Cause there isn’t much seating and in the pit there was zero seating.
Edit: Also, wear comfy shoes. It’ll make all the difference when you’re halfway through the show after standing for hours.”
General Admission: “Note to those of you who cannot stand 8+ hours. They will NOT let you sit down in line. (OK maybe if you are the first ones in the 12pm-2pm hours for a bit). Once more people arrive and there is a line formed, they will NOT let you sit down. There is a little bar in the middle of the waiting area with stools, but if you go there, you will be out of line. About an hour before they let you in, you will get wristbands (different colours for each side). Then you go through metal detectors and get your tickets scanned. Then they try to make you take pics with your friends and a backdrop. Then there is another barricade. Then VIP and GA people are let in (sometimes at the same time). Then you line up against a wall for another half an hour or so, then you go in. (Hoping that no one tries to rush past you on the stairs) However that being said, the pit areas are very roomy and you can pretty much see from anywhere.”
It finally happened.
The United States has gotten their head in the game to bring in heavy hitters and create a new boyband to take over the universe…at least for a little while. However, Nick Carter is not messing around – he stated in the premiere that he is looking for a successful “band of brothers” and what Nick wants, Nick gets. We can’t wait to see who the fab five turn out to be.
While you can read up-to-date recaps of interviews, episodes and more on nickcarter.net, we will be offering a lighter fan-side of things similar to our DWTS thoughts posts. As always, you can read our thoughts every Thursday LIVE via Twitter (@WHOTheBckstreet).
1. It Hit Us Hard That We Aren’t 16 Anymore.
Sure, we go to Vegas acting like we’re still teenagers, but when faced with boys that are ACTUALLY 14-19 years old, we realized how old we are, how illegal it is for us to have feels and why our moms were all about Kevin and Howie.
GIVE US SOME 24 YEAR OLDS STAT! Who is going to be the dad?! Who’s going to give “the look”? This is important.
2. We Wonder If These Contestants Would Pay Us To Read Nick’s Face For Them.
There wasn’t one Backstreet Boys fan watching who couldn’t tell exactly what Nick was thinking just by looking at his face, even if his mouth said something nicer than his expression.
3. These Boys Look A Lot Older At 14-15 Than Nick Did At 14-15.
What are these boys eating that their skin is so smooth, their hair is so great and their growth is so…grown-like? I mean, Nick was cute and all, but some of these boys are already hot. Please see #1.
4. How Long Until The Architects Collaborate?
We’re SUPER excited to see a new boyband come together, but any 90s girl is staring at Nick and Emma between performances, still wishing on every star for a BSB + Spice Girls tour. Then TIMBALAND?! The man behind a TON of recently popular songs on the radio? Excuse us while we mop up the drool at the thought of that collab.
5. Is Anyone Else Watching This Trying To Fit These Boys Into Backstreet Roles?
We pegged Sergio as a Nick/Howie mix and Cameron as a Kevin, banging his box and having a football background. How can we not try to find someone that fits OUR perfect boyband mold?
One 1D fan tweeted on the night of the premiere asking why they would make these boys dance when boybands “don’t do that anymore”. PUH-LEASE. Give me a boyband that doesn’t dance that’s still together though? I’ll wait.
The boys that dance together, stay together.
Or something like that.
7. Don’t Care Who You Are, Where You’re From, What You Did…As Long As You Sing and Dance Together.
Whether we agreed with the top 18 or not, we have to admit that as soon as they hit the stage and worked the crowd, we were in our element. And so were they! We can’t wait to see more performances.
8. Nick’s Great At The Constructive Criticism!
….Even when it’s not the nicest. For example, “you have to have talent to be in a boyband”. ZING! But in the nicest way.
9. Those War Room Scenes Are INTENSE.
CONFLICT! CONFLICT! CONFLICT! Legit the scariest part of the show. We don’t like anyone to get their feelings hurt or not get their way.
10. The Nick + Sergio Bromance Is Real.
And when we tweeted about it, Nick liked it. Move over, Howie. Seriously though, we can’t blame him. Sergio Calderon is a huge stand out and we can only hope he makes it to the end.
Or that he ends up in Nick’s next movie.
11. We Did NOT Expect Timbaland To Have Moves.
That “Everybody” dance though… (Watch here)
12. We Can’t Wait To See Where This Goes!
Like we said, super excited to see a new boyband and the different opinions about different singers (we definitely had them). As the journey continues, our thoughts will get more in depth…and we’re going to have stronger opinions.
Miss the first episode? Watch it here.
ABC announced Boy Band and we were ecstatic to watch a new reality based on one of our favorite subjects.
ABC announced that Nick Carter would be joining the show as an architect with Emma Bunton (aka Baby Spice) and we almost came unglued. Nick back on our TV every week for the Summer? Commercials that feature “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”? You’re being so good to us, 2017!
Let’s go over a few other factors that play into our excitement.
1. Nick Carter As An Architect.
Let’s just get this out of the way and not even pretend that this isn’t a MAJOR reason we’re excited to watch this new reality series. Anytime we get a Backstreet Boy on the TV on the regular is a good time to be alive. If Nick’s guest judge stint on DWTS was any hint of how well he’ll do on Boy Band, we’re here for it.
Judge away, Nick Carter. Mold this boyband!
2. A Spice Girl and Timbaland.
While Nick’s fellow architects are two of our favorite people in the music industry, we’re also excited for selfish purposes. It only seems natural that this bond between architects will extend beyond the show and into our grubby little hands with a Spice Girls or Timbaland + Backstreet collab, right? RIGHT?!
3. A Plethora of Future Boybanders To Choose From.
We can say that the Backstreet Boys are our only ones all we want, but be real, our “yeaaahh” answer to “Am I the only one?” is a lie. While the Boys may be the only ones in the moment they ask, and ultimately our ride or die, we’re always up for fresh boyband blood. If they can sing, dance in synchronization, point at us and pay homage to their predecessors, we’ll give them a chance.
Learn a little more about the sweet-faced, talented contestants here and get your boyband brackets ready!
(But if they ever win a Grammy – before the BSB – we’re finished.)
4. We Love To Have A Say!
Just like we voted our fingers off for Nick during Dancing With The Stars, we will also vote for our favorite boybanders. After all, we ARE the experts. Actually, we should take turns as the 4th architect, right? We HAVE been doing something right for 24 years. While Nick, Emma, and Timbaland might know what it takes to be in a boyband, we can pretty much predict how well they’ll do in real life.
Like, which one of these boys can take a crazy fan running at them screaming? Actually, can that be one of the things they have to go through? Should they go on a cruise first and see how that goes? Being in a boyband is tough work and how you handle fans can make or break you…. believe us.
Anyway, once Boy Band moves into live shows, watch our social media for how you can vote!
Want to read more about Boy Band? Head to nickcarter.net where interviews and updates will be posted. We will also be doing our best to give you our thoughts every week following the show (similar to our “Thoughts About…” DWTS posts).
Of course, we’ll be live tweeting as well.
WHO. IS. READY?! Grab your popcorn and your expectations – we’re about to get ourselves a new BOY BAND!
Boy Band premieres tomorrow (Thursday, June 22) on ABC at 8/7c
The Backstreet Boys are teaming up with The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas to benefit you and some sweet animals! With animals being something that both Kristie and I care deeply about, we couldn’t not work this collaboration into a post somehow. It was announced earlier this week that simply by donating $100 or more to The Animal Foundation in Las Vegas, you can get Backstreet Boys tickets for a future concert in Vegas.
Allow us to pull your heartstrings a little more and give you a few more details.
What Is The Animal Foundation?
They are an organization operating the largest open-admission animal shelter in the state of Nevada, providing refuge for more than 30,000 unwanted, lost, and neglected animals per year.
Currently the shelter is at capacity, meaning they need more people to adopt these sweet animals and give them a forever home.
How Do I Give And Get Free BSB Tickets?
On June 23rd and 24th (Friday and Saturday), anyone can purchase a $100+ giftcard from PETCO or PETSMART and bring it to to Lied Animal Shelter, 644 North Mojave Road in Las Vegas, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Go to the large white tent on the property to make the transaction. You must have a receipt for proof of purchase dated between June 15 and June 24, 2017. Live Nation Las Vegas will send a ticket confirmation to the individual donor within a week of the close of the promotion. Offer is good for redemption during November and February show dates.
Tickets are limited to TWO PER PERSON, with limited quantities available.
“We try to take advantage of every opportunity we can to give back,” says Brian Littrell, “We hope our support draws awareness to help shelter animals and increase adoptions during the summer months when animals in Las Vegas most need our help.”
I Don’t Live In Las Vegas. Can I Participate?
Unfortunately, you can not get the free BSB tickets, you can absolutely still donate! Check out these options for donating or the shelter’s Wish List on Amazon. You can also check out your local animal shelters to see what their needs are. The summer is brutal for animals and we implore you to help however you can!
Check out some of the sweet babies your donations will be helping take care of until they find their forever home!
Please share with anyone in Las Vegas — these animals ARE up for adoption!