2017: Upcoming Backstreet Boys Appearances

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

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

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

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

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

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.

August 24, 2017 – Boy Band – ABC


The Backstreet Boys will be performing on the show’s finale! Tune in at 8/7c.

August 30, 2017 – CMT Crossroads – CMT


CMT Crossroads showcases a pop group and a country group singing each other’s songs and together. Backstreet and Florida Georgia Line’s episode will air on 8/30 at 10/9c.

Get Details Here.

October 27-29, 2017 – Walker Stalker Atlanta (Nick)



October 27, 2017 – QTOPIA – Atlanta, GA


TICKETS (On Sale Friday, 8/25)

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



10 Ways Fans Display Their Backstreet Memorabilia

We wanted to see how other Backstreet fans displayed their VIP laminates, concert tickets, autographed items, or any special BSB memorabilia now that we are grown (and know what our parents were mad about when we taped things to paint).

….And you guys answered! We loved seeing everyone’s creative differences.

Enjoy (and become inspired)!

“I have created photo collages that are displayed in my lounge room, I have often been told “wow you have more backstreet boy photos on your wall then wedding photos”. My book case proudly displays some of my keepsakes.” – Ree


Elia Esther Jaimes Jimenez, fan since 1997, has QUITE a collection down in Mexico!

“Since the past years, well since I had my first VIP photo with the boys I started to put the photos instead of posters. So this happen in 2008 when I had my first VIP photo.

Today my room has photos with each boy and 3 with all of them. My favorite is the big one, the VIP I shared with my sister in Las Vegas.
I also have the laminates hanging in the cover of my guitar hero’s guitar (Yes the one from the video game Guitar Hero). The first to signed it were Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick in the Unbreakable tour here in my city Puebla. Kevin signed it for me, even he wrote my name, he did it on the BSB Cruise 2016.” – @fabysc

“I have been a huge Backstreet Boys fan for as long as I can remember. Love these five guys so much! Will always be a Nick girl! Here’s how I show off all these amazing memories!” – Shanna

“I display mine proudly at my desk at work. It is my mini shrine complete with tickets, lanyards, autographs, my photos with the boys and friends and family. Some stories from my BSB shrine include the last thing I did with my mom. In July, 2011, we went on a 3 day, 3 city adventure seeing NKOTBSB in LA, San Jose and Las Vegas. The LA show was my first time meeting the boys. It was fitting that my mom came with me because she was my biggest Fangirl supporter and knew how much it meant to me. When they did their Millennium tour, the best tickets I could get were the very back row. The day of the show she surprised me with 5th row tickets and my teenage heart almost exploded. Anyways, about 4 weeks after we returned from our NKOTBSB trip, she passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. It was tragic but I am so grateful I was able to have that adventure with her. First time meeting the boys, 3 shows, front row in Vegas and they pulled me up on stage and sang to me. All these amazing memories with my biggest supporter. It will always be a precious memory. On a lighter note, you’ll notice pictures with my bestie, Sable. BSB and fate brought us together. We are both from the same city, both went to the first round of IAWLT in Vegas (concert and soundcheck party) alone. We ended up in line next to each other and chatted. 4 years later, we are besties, always have a buddy to travel anywhere, anytime, as many times as we need to see the boys. We’ve also traveled Europe together and are the best of friends, all thanks to our love of BSB.. I love the boys, their music, the fans and all the love and support that comes along with being a proud member of the BSB Army. I’m so excited for everything to come and for all the new tickets and lanyards I plan on adding to the shrine. KTBSPA!” – Taryn


“I made this shadow box after IAWLT. I wanted to somehow display the poster with my name on it. So…what better way. This tour holds some amazing memories for me. I can’t wait to do the same with my Vegas poster and passes when it gets here.” – Melly

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“This is my latest display for my VIP stuff.” – Carrie Graham


“I only have some M&G photos and posters, but in the past few weeks, I found a way to display a few of the special items I have.

 I have a baseball signed by all 5 guys from the 2016 cruise. My roommates and I dressed as members of the Rockford Peaches from A League of Their Own, so we happened to have baseballs on us. Long story short, we ran into one of the Boys’ friends, who liked my roommate’s outfit and commented on the baseball. We said how we’d love to have them autographed, and she said she’d make it happen. And she did! I placed this in a baseball display box.
I also got some playing cards, one of them signed by Howie. I found a backless frame and put 2 cards in their to display it.
And when I saw the Boys in Vegas for my birthday in March, I brought a sign that read, “May I have a rose for my birthday?” I was front row on the side, and Howie saw me (though I almost didn’t!) and tossed me his rose. It landed in the pit and a bunch of girls grabbed for it. A guy got it, and I remember him explained to what must’ve been his girlfriend or wife that the rose was meant for me. Much to her dismay, he gave me to rose, which by then was in 2 pieces. I dried it out and mounted it in a shadowbox.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with this bottle of water that Nick left on my table when I saw his final All American tour show in Nashville last year.” -Laura Fu

Kelli Marie Acord’s Collection


“I have my VIP passes and wrist bands and stuff in a cool thing I made for them. I have a ticket photo album for my ticket stubs. My favorite memorabilia that I have displayed are the custom kicks that Brian made me and gave me on the 2013 cruise.” -Amber America


Thank you to everyone who submitted their pictures/stories!

Thoughts We Had About The Backstreet Boys’ ‘Millennium’ Album: Then and Now

If you ask almost anyone about the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium album, they can most likely name at least one song off of the album and know it as the group’s biggest selling album to date.

If you ask a Backstreet fan about the Millennium album, they’ll most likely give you a monologue about which song they thought should have been a single (“Thanks Nick!”), where they were when they first listened to the album and how their parents fought for tickets to the sold-out-immediately tour – just like your grandparents whose stories you never wanted to hear. But this is your story and you’re going to tell it – dammit! (We’re especially going to tell everyone how Nick wrote a message in the liner notes that we had to decode using a PHONE. The original Taylor Swift.)

However, listening to the album now, listening to the songs as an adult, our thoughts are so much different than we were preteens screaming just because our favorite had a verse. Let’s talk about it!

(Also, looking at this tracklisting – wow, what a range of emotions, am I right?)

Larger Than Life

1999 Thoughts:

  • “Thank me in a different way?! WHAT?!” (This song might have created some of our first fantasies)
  • “AJ’s laugh is so scary and hot!”
  • “OMG IT’S FOR THE FANS. They’re so sweet.”
  • “I’m going to put these lyrics on a poster!!”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Still haven’t thanked me in a different way….Heh heh.”
  • “AJ’s laugh has to be bad for his vocal chords.”
  • “How is this for the fans exactly?”
  • *uses any opportunity to make ‘larger than life’ a pun / adjective*
  • “I CAN STILL DO THIS DANCE! *does dance while trying to drive*”

I Want It That Way

1999 Thoughts:

  • “What does this song even MEAN?”
  • “I’ll NEVER say I Want It That Way.”
  • “KEVIN!!!”
  • “I’m going to put these lyrics on a poster!!”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “What DOES this song mean?”
  • “Again?”
  • “I’m so glad Kevin came back to sing his part. WE MISSED YOU KEVIN!”
  • “They’re still my fire though….”

Show Me The Meaning (Of Being Lonely)

1999 Thoughts:

  • “Who made [insert favorite BSB] lonely?!”
  • *crying because it sounds sad even though we don’t really get it*
  • “This is DEFINITELY my favorite since it has all five Boys singing!”
  • “Eyes of stone observe the trends? Kevin is always SO deep.”
  • “I will NOT show them the meaning of being lonely. Gonna put that on my concert poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Oh, my feels.”
  • “I feel what you’re saying, Backstreet.”
  • “Remember how sad this video was?!”
  • “Damn, this song is so deep.”
  • “This song was the soundtrack to my teenage break ups!”

It’s Gotta Be You

1999 Thoughts:

  • “BABAY! It’s the way you MAKE MEH!”
  • “Tee hee. What is kindagetmego?”
  • “THIS SONG IS SO CATCHY! Let me turn it up!”
  • “Gonna put THIS on a concert poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Yessss. One of five upbeat sonnnggss.”
  • “This definitely sounds like a song that would be my go-to while I’m drunk.”
  • “It’s the way you…WOO WOO!” (We still didn’t grow out of this one.)

Don’t Want You Back

1999 Thoughts:

  • “Oh my gosh, what if mom hears him say SEXUALITY? Could he say it any slower?”
  • “I love when he says sexuality. Teehee.”
  • “Oh, Backstreet’s back. Clever!”
  • “I’m going to throw this song in my ex’s face one day. When I get an ex.”
  • “Hit me faster than a shark attack – I could use that for a poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “I’m so glad they’re doing this song live. It should have been a single…NICK.”
  • “Why is this song so hot?!”

I Need You Tonight

1999 Thoughts:

  • Every Non-Nick Fan: *skip*
  • “Ok, wait. Heaven in your eyes or I need you tonight?”

2017 Thoughts:

  • Every Non-Nick Fan: *skip*
  • “I really want to hear this with man-Nick singing.”

Don’t Wanna Lose You Now

1999 Thoughts:

  • “I hope my future boyfriend sings this to me. Swoon.”
  • “Hmmm…concert poster?”

2017 Thoughts:

  • *Cfrying while driving down the street*

The One

1999 Thoughts:

  • “Oh Brian co-wrote this! I love it!”
  • “Awww, he needs me like I need him. This is what love feels like.”
  • “I’ll be the one!! That’s going on a concert poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Why do I love this song?”
  • “What tempo even is this? How would you dance to it? Do you dance to it?”
  • “This song is comfort food for your ears.”

Back To Your Heart

1999 Thoughts:

  • “OK. WHO broke Kevin?”
  • “Why did Kevin write a song that he doesn’t even sing in?”
  • “What ARE they saying when they’re all singing different words? Why isn’t it in the booklet?”
  • “Of course he’d write a song with words we can’t really put on a concert poster. No wonder mom likes him.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • *crying, curled up in a bed*
  • “Why is Kevin so good at everything?”
  • “We need the piano back on tour.”
  • “Thank God we found out what those other words were.”

Spanish Eyes

1999 Thoughts: 

  • “What are Spanish eyes?”
  • “Do brown eyes count?”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “What are Spanish eyes?”
  • “Do brown eyes count?”
  • “Is this about Howie?”

No One Else Comes Close

1999 Thoughts:

  • “I hope I have sexual relations to this song.”
  • “This is so SWEET.”
  • “Where’s my scented markers? Gotta add this to my poster.”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “Is there a sexier BSB song? No.”
  • “AJ’s. VOICE. DAMN.”

The Perfect Fan

1999 Thoughts:

  • “BRIAN WROTE IT FOR HIS MOM? I gotta tell my mom.”
  • “This is TOTALLY gonna lock my mom in.”
  • *incorporates it into Mother’s Day for the next 8 years*
  • “If I put my mom is the perfect fan on a poster….”

2017 Thoughts:

  • “I hope my kids / future kids know about ‘The Perfect Fan’.”
  • “I’m going to have babies so this song applies to me.”
  • “Getting a tattoo for my mom….that says Perfect Fan.”

How Do You Display Your Backstreet Tix, VIP Laminates, etc.? Share With Us!

For years, Backstreet Boys fans have had posters plastered all over their bedroom walls. Now that we are grown, WE want to see how YOU display or store your VIP laminates, concert tickets, autographed items, or any special BSB memorabilia.

Do you still have those BSB posters plastered all over your bedroom like when we were teenagers, or do you have a BSB shrine for all of your guests to see when they come into your house…

…or do you simply wear your BSB merch to the grocery store?

Do you have any funny stories surrounding your BSB memorabilia? We want to hear and see it all! Send your pictures and/or stories to us using the form below!

Send your photos and explanations to whothebackstreet@gmail.com to be featured in an upcoming post.



What’s Happening On The Backstreet: August 24 – September 2, 2017

We asked on Twitter if you’d want weekly update posts to help you keep up with what is literally happening on the Backstreet — because these five are BUSY!

You said yes and here we are. These posts will come weekly (I’ll try, at least…) – usually on the weekend – and will not contain new content, but will try to include everything you might have missed from the previous week from the world of BSB (and our posts for the week).

Here are the highlights for August 24th – September 2nd:

BoyBand: The BSB Finale Performance and ‘In Real Life’

BSB + FGL Team Up For ‘CMT Crossroads’ – A Preview

BSB + FGL Perform All The Hits For ‘CMT Crossroads’ Watch online by selecting Xfinity and logging in with Facebook or Twitter

WATCH: Backstreet and Florida Georgia Line Performances 

BSB LIVE in Singapore on October 21st – Tickets on sale now! 

20 Weird-ish Things That Backstreet Boys Fans Love

Labor Day Weekend SALES: Backstreet Boys Merch // Nick Carter Merch 

20 Weird-ish Things That Backstreet Boys Fans Love

Sometimes we say “It’s a Backstreet thing, you wouldn’t understand”, we’re not kidding. After 24 years, there are some normal things any band fan would love, but there are also some very specific things that only Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ and Nick lovers would get.

We hope that you go through this list with this face….


1. A Photo Where Every Backstreet Boy Is Smiling.


This is our Moby Dick (something we chase after, for those who don’t understand the literary reference). As we’ve written before, the Backstreet Boys are guaranteed to do a number of things in most photos. One of those things is have 5 different facial reactions. A photo with every Boy looking like they’re in the same state of happiness is almost unheard of, but is one that will send us into a frenzy and proclaim it is as our new favorite photo. The reason why is unspoken – but we all know.

2. When They Use Nicknames For Each Other.


As much as we roll our eyes at the things nostalgia fans say (“OMG I loveeee the Backstreet Boys. Remember Larger Than Life?!”), Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick calling each other by the nicknames we found out about long ago in an issue of Tiger Beat sends waves of nostalgia and emotion over us in the best way possible. An unexpected reference to “Bone” or “Frick and Frack” makes our tiny little demanding hearts flutter.

It’s kind of like realizing your friend is throwing you a surprise party when you thought they forgot your birthday all together.

“HD” still throws us for a loop though.

3. When Nick or Kevin Sling Their Arms Around The Others.


Once upon a time, Nick Carter was a tiny little plant. Now, he’s a giant tree with arms along with Kevin Richardson. There’s something heartwarming about the way the stand in just the right spots to sling their branches long limbs over their other little buddies bandmates. Perhaps, like the nickname situation, it’s been happening since the beginning of time and when they do it now, it throws us back. Plus, even though we know they’ve been together a long time, they’re family, yada yada yada… it’s a reminder that they still really do like each other.

4. The Frick And Frack Moments. 

Let’s be real – Frick and Frack was one of the sweetest things about the Backstreet Boys in the 90s. Brian and Nick were the best friends we all aspired to be (or they just gave us an excuse to be both a Brian+Nick girl at once). People grow and people change, but we still get glimpses every now and then of one of our favorite 90s duos. You better believe when they brought back those nicknames for each other in 2016, we were almost to Kim Kardashian tears. ALL THE FEELS.

5. Nick’s Cackle.


Have you ever heard Nick Carter TRULY laugh? It’s such a national treasure. If sounds could be treasured… (Watch this)

Seriously – if there was merch that played this cackle, we’d be all over it.

6. Howie’s Wink. 


What is Howie Dorough without that wink? If you haven’t been winked at by Howie at LEAST once in your life, have you really even seen him? The answer is no. Just like the group itself, Howie’s eye never lets us down.

7. Kevin’s Instagram Stories.


“You’re in my instagram story!” – Kevin’s Attack Phrase

Again, we need it on a shirt. We need more Kevin (and his Instagram stories) in our lives. Kevin, the Backstreet Boy who literally DOES NOT care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you know you’re in his instagram story.

We especially love AJ in his stories.

8. Catching Brian’s Attention Onstage.


Whether Brian is your “favorite” or not, no one can say he doesn’t make an effort to see you amidst his onstage performances. In fact, that’s one of the best reasons to be front row (even though he’s been known to see further back and make sure you know he does because he’ll mock whatever it is you’re doing). Not only is his energy contagious, the man literally lays down on stage and takes your phone to capture the perfect selfie. Ugh, our hearts are swelling right this very minute.

9. AJ’s Stories.


If you ever wanted a story you’ve never heard before, go no further than AJ McLean. There’s almost nothing this man won’t talk about and we are HERE for it. Thanks to AJ, we have the story about Howie’s contribution to “The Call”, a story about Nick being thrown out in his underwear and more.

Not only do we love his stories, but anytime we get a chance to chat with AJ is a good time. He’s never met a stranger and we love him for it.

10. Their PDA.

While we may not understand their constant crotch grabbing, the group hugs, the high fives and the kisses (seemingly intended to annoy each other) is just another reminder that these five are family. It’s a constant in an otherwise unpredictable world.

11. Sneak Peeks In The Studio.


HIHGJOKWQOWEJGWOGJOSSB << Every text, tweet, social media post from a BSB fan after they’ve been spotted and / or post something from the studio. “But I thought you knew they were recording?” The normies say. To that we say, YEAHBUTTHISISPROOF OMGITSGONNABESOGOOD.

Admittedly, right after that, we start demanding more because sometimes we’re assholes but…such is life. At least we’re hype about it.

12. Those Harmonies. 


There’s no need for me to write anything right here. You probably read “those harmonies”, salivated a little, then instantly heard your favorite Backstreet harmony in your head. Every fan knows that BSB harmonies are like giant fluffy sweaters for your eardrum. Harmony and chill, you guys.

13. Their Mannerisms. 


Brian’s leg lift and his hands when he talks. Kevin’s mouth-nose scrunch thing when he sings long notes. Nick’s eyebrows and his point. Howie’s nodding. AJ’s …well…AJ has a lot. We’ve become accustomed to them and we wouldn’t have our Backstreet Boys without them.

14. Old Videos (And When They Remember Things They Do).


For some reason, we think we’re the only ones who remember scenes from A Night Out With The Backstreet Boys or MTV Diary and we’re not sure why. Of course the Boys remember it; they lived it. It’s always so sweet though when we’re not the only ones reminiscing.

15. Their Most Random Tweets.


We’ve posted about Kevin, Nick, and Brian‘s tweets, but we really love the most random, relatable tweets that put the Backstreet Boys on an insanely human level. Oh, and we equally love random tweets to ourselves. (We do not love the insane begging for them though – stop it, fans.)

16. Nick’s Corner.


BSB on Ice. The Backstreet Boys literally stuck their heads in ice to see who could do it the longest. We’ve never loved them or a space “owned” by Nick more.

17. When The Boys Remember Us.


Dear 12-year-old self,

When you get older, you will get to talk to Kevin / Howie / Brian / AJ / Nick. One time, if you do it enough, they might remember you. Don’t worry – you won’t die. It will, however, be a highlight of your life.

18. ANYTHING BSB-Related That We Can Get Hype About.


BSB Socks? Yep. BUY THEM.

AJ’s brother-in-law’s 3rd cousin on a TV show? Ok, we’ll watch.

New album in 3.5 years? CAN WE PREORDER NOW?!

There’s nothing we love more than a good hype. Except maybe the other things on this list.

19. Odd Items Of Their Clothing.


Kevin’s. Red. Pants.

The 5 items of clothing that Nick owns.

Brian’s hats.

AJ’s glittery things.

Howie’s dove shirt, to be honest.

20. Anytime We Convert Someone Into a Backstreet Fan.


Basically, our mission in life. We’re stealth and we LOVE a good conversion. Don’t show us your weakness! (Or do.)

We just really love them.

For everything.


What’s Happening On The Backstreet: August 19 – 23, 2017

We asked on Twitter if you’d want weekly update posts to help you keep up with what is literally happening on the Backstreet — because these five are BUSY!

You said yes and here we are. These posts will come weekly (I’ll try, at least…) – usually on the weekend – and will not contain new content, but will try to include everything you might have missed from the previous week from the world of BSB (and our posts for the week).

This one is coming a little early — but there was so much this week and we’re not even through!!

Here are the highlights from August 19th-23rd:

Did You Learn Something Funny From The Backstreet Boys? Share It With Us!

In the 24 years that the Backstreet Boys have been around, most of us have gone through a few different stages of life. Whether it be a word you didn’t know when you were younger until a Backstreet Boy said it or how to book your own trips, we’ve all learned something that you wouldn’t normally learn from a boyband.

So, we’re asking you — have you learned something funny / weird / unexpected from a Backstreet Boy?

Happy Birthday, Howie D.

At the end of Summer, when kids are going back to school and Fall is upon us, Howie D. gives us one more reason to celebrate before the season’s end.

It’s been 44 trips around the sun for the spiciest (and arguably the quietest) of the Backstreet Boys and each year he just keeps getting better. While Howie keeps a pretty low profile when offstage, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t continually made a huge impact on us. The man gets better with age – google his photos RIGHT NOW! We can’t wait for at least 44 more years with Howie. What a fox!

Happy Birthday… to the stealthiest Backstreet Boy we know.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has proven that he can sleep literally anywhere.

Happy Birthday… to the man who stays low key but makes huge contributions.

Happy Birthday… to the man who made winking cool.

Happy Birthday… to the best party crasher.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us how to party all night.

Happy Birthday… to the man who apparently created the beat for “The Call”.

Happy Birthday… to the man who is always willing to stop for a fan and live up to his “Sweet D.” name.

Happy Birthday… to the man who puts up with Nick’s antics the most.

Happy Birthday… to the man who shows up to nearly every event, whether it be a BSB event, a wedding, a vow renewal, or a red carpet premiere.

Happy Birthday to the husband, the father, the brother, the son, the giver, the Latin lover, the hip shaker, the Backstreet Boy — our Howie Dorough!

We couldn’t imagine the Backstreet Boys without you. Thank you for giving us your all 110% of the time. We appreciate you more than you know.


7 Things You Need To Know From The Backstreet Boys ‘CMT Crossroads’ Taping

In the beginning of August, I was lucky enough to attend the taping of CMT Crossroads with the Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line and believe me when I say, you do NOT want to miss this show on TV on August 30th! As always, anything I gather from events will be given to you guys and this is no exception.

Like country music or not, you have to admit that it’s nice to see the Boys accepted and respected by so many different genres and proving, once again, that they’re capable of being successful in anything they try when they do it just right. With a #1 country single and their first time collaborating with another artist, we’d say they’re faring pretty well.

Now, about CMT Crossroads….

(FYI – Apologies for the grainy pics and videos. I only had my phone because my intention was to live in the moment, but…. 🙂 )

1. Florida Georgia Line and The Backstreet Boys Sound Even Better Together Live.


You may watch the BSB + FGL performances on TV or online and think “meh, I’m only here for Backstreet”, but man… these 7 men sound really great together (and we’re not just saying that)! The five voices of the Backstreet Boy gave a smoother sound to Florida Georgia Line hits, while the country duo’s vocals gave a totally different vibe to Backstreet classics (in a good way).

You really have to see them live to fully appreciate it though. Fingers crossed it comes through on the CMT Crossroads episode! We also kind of hope that there are more opportunities to see the two groups together in the future (or at least the BSB dipping their toes into the country scene).

We will warn you though, hearing BK and Tyler sing parts of the Boys’ songs took us a little off guard, but they did alright for a couple of country boys!

2. This Is A Brotherhood.

Better than the way they sound is the way they interact. While Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard “couldn’t believe” they were sharing the stage with the Backstreet Boys still, Kevin, Brian, AJ, Nick and Howie were vocal about how they were fans of FGL music before the two groups collaborated.

While they’re fans of each other, they’ve always formed quite a leveled brotherhood. Watching them interact onstage and work out vocals almost felt like we were in their livingroom, watching seven friends having a good time. There’s nothing better than music that flows from an easy collab and this is DEFINITELY what that is.

3. Nashville Loves The Backstreet Boys.

With the exception of NKOTBSB in 2011, the Backstreet Boys have not been together onstage in Nashville since the Black and Blue tour in 2001. Sure, Nick has been a resident (which he made sure to remind everyone during the taping) and they’ve recorded here on the DL (to most Nashvillians), but doing CMT Crossroads proved to Tennesseans that Backstreet has still got everything they had years ago.

Girls around us couldn’t contain their excitement (“OH MY GOD I LOVE THIS SONG!”), multiple people around us couldn’t believe how well they aged (“Damn, they still look good!”), and others shared their whispered memories of seeing Nick around in the town of Franklin, where it was filmed (we won’t share those 😉 ).

The audience sang along louder to “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” than any other song that night and the atmosphere was ELECTRIC. We, the people of Nashville, can only hope that the Boys come back soon.

4. BSB Does Country REALLY Well.

Obviously, Kevin and Brian were shoe-ins for the country scene, but Howie, Nick and AJ are SHOCKINGLY good at getting that twang just right. While some country music lovers love to argue that the FGL sound isn’t really country, it’s far more southern than anything the Backstreet Boys have ventured to work on before. We’re not saying the Boys should go straight country, but it bodes well for them to have friends in low places. Just watch the video of “Cruise” below!

(Points if you got that Garth Brooks reference)

5. A Live Band Is Everything.


UGGGGGGGGGGGGH. Shout out the Tyler Hubbard on the piano and the band that played behind both groups all night. We really really really really really miss a live band backing the Backstreet Boys.

6. They’re All Perfectionists.


Of the eight songs they performed (we’ll let you be surprised which ones), they performed the majority of them twice. While they did a little man-huddle to discuss whether or not to redo a few, it seemed like someone had a little final say. We’ll let you guess that one too. HINT: He’s on our side and even Tiger Beat listed him as a perfectionist in 1998. 🙂

But they were polite and asked if we minded. Of course NO ONE minded. Except maybe the Boys onstage who kept reiterating how hot it was. Pretty sure that was their own fault, if you know what I mean (haha – I’m so lame).

They’re also such perfectionists that the lyrics to all the songs were scrolling on a screen in the back. We know ALL the tricks!

7. We Can’t WAIT To See It On August 30th.


The whole thing was SO good and it went by SO quickly! It felt like the party was just getting started during the last song and people milled about after BSB + FGL left the stage, wondering if it was okay to start an “Encore” chant. I, for one, can not WAIT to relive it on August 30th on CMT at 10/9c. I also can’t wait to hear what everyone else thinks!

NOTE: It will only air on CMT, but will most likely be online shortly after. Watch our social media for links.

Check out my videos below and photos here!

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There’s also THIS sneak peek!

What’s Happening On The Backstreet: August 8 – 18, 2017

We asked on Twitter if you’d want weekly update posts to help you keep up with what is literally happening on the Backstreet — because these five are BUSY!

You said yes and here we are. These posts will come weekly (I’ll try, at least…) – usually on the weekend – and will not contain new content, but will try to include everything you might have missed from the previous week from the world of BSB (and our posts for the week).

Here are the highlights from August 8th-18th:

APPEARANCE ALERT: Backstreet Boys will perform on Boy Band finale next week (Thursday 8/7c)

Girl Power: A Shout Out To The Wives Of Backstreet

8 ‘Boy Band’ Finalists: Who Are They?

FACT OR FICTION: #BSBVegas Backstreet Boys VIP Meet & Greet Edition

‘Backstreet Boys’ + ‘Backstreet’s Back’ Albums Celebrate 20 Years Since Release

BSB ‘Smooth Tour’ Meet and Greet Chicago Photos

BSB Chicago Afterparty Photos

NEW: Nick Carter Fan Club Membership Package