In the 22 years that the Backstreet Boys have been in existence, there has never been a time that we, as fans, get tired of seeing them live, meeting them, hugging them, and being in awe of their talent and kind hearts. However, there is always something about the first time that gets to you. There is always something about the first song, the first hug, the first smile that will take you back to the feelings that you could never replicate.
These 14 fans were kind enough to share their memories with us and will inspire you to take a walk down your own memory lane. After all, the first time is life changing. WARNING: You might get feelings reading these.
My name is Lianne and i live in Moncton, Canada. My first time meeting the Boys was on May 3, 2014. I had seen them in concert 4 times before but this was my first VIP event. Thanks to my awesome hubby for paying :). After 21 years my dream finally came true. It all happened so fast. I walked up to Howie first and he gave me a hug. Then Nick took my arm and pulled me to him…I almost died. After the photo, i hugged Kevin and AJ then it was over, but very worth the 21 years of waiting 🙂
My name is Debra. I’m 52 and have been a BSB fan for 18 yrs – here’s my story about the 1st time I met BSB!! BSB was to release their 1st album in the USA in NYC at virgin mega store so my friends and I decided to go (3 of us were from montreal and 3 were from toronto). I’ve been a Brian Girl since day one. Finally, in NYC, we were keeping eyes open for BSB on August 11th. We just finished dinner at pizza place on Broadway, walking out I just happened to look towards my left – “OMG it’s AJ!” “Hi ladies, what’s up?” “Just gonna check out Times Square”, asked him for photos (“sure”) When it was my turn,I gave him a hug and started to cry. He said “hey sweetie, why ya crying?” “I’m sorry but I just can’t believe I just met you”, “Hon, it’s just little old me, AJ!”. Above is the pic from August 11, 1997. He then spoke to us, took photos with my friends, saw me looking in my bag. “Did you lose something?” “No, forgot the bday card for my friend back home that I wanted ️signed if I’d be lucky to have met one or all of you”. He asked if I was coming the next day then said, “ok, then bring your card and I’ll make sure all the guys sign it!”
August 12th – now in line it’s 4:30 am ️(OMG) we are first in line (EEEKK). At 8:00 am, they opened to give us VIP bracelet for autograph session after inside was shaking so bad I was like “OMG Gonna meet BSB!” Saw part of mini concert now in lining up again my feet were so killing me, but we got to hear sound check. OMG now just 3 fans ahead of me and I can see table sitting behind that table was BACKSTREETBOYS: BRIAN ,HOWIE, NICK , AJ, KEVIN!!! Finally, my turn.
Brian in his amazing KENTUCKY accent says “hi darling, how are ya?” I was so nervous. “I’m fine!” “What’s your name?” “D-DEBBIE” Brian was so sweet he said “Well hi D-DEBBIE, my name is B-BRIANNN! So where ya from?” “MMMMONTREAL” “WOW! I like MMMONTREAL!” I told him my friends and I were waiting outside 10 1/2 hrs to met BSB. He poked Howie “hey man, did you hear that?!” ️️and signed my cd. I gave Howie a birthday card we had sent around the world ️signed by 88 BSB fans (had many bsb pen pals) and he was shocked. “Tell everybody thanks!” Nick said “hey..wow you guys waited for all long time thanks so much!” 2 more signatures on my cd. “Hi AJ nice to see you again..” “Got your friend’s birthday card?” “Yup.” “Give it to me. What’s your friend name?” “Natalie.” “Hey guys, listen up. Sign this card for Debbie’s friend” All ️signed!
He rented a limo for the 2 of us and everything! While we were waiting for the sound check party to start he was picking on me, telling me how much of a dork I was being. He was joking of course. When the sound check was over it was time for the meet and greet pics. When my husband and I walked up there all I could get out when I was shaking each of their hands was “hi”. “hi” really? Finally my life long dream of meeting the backstreet boys has come true and all I could say was hi? I felt like the biggest dork ever! Howie ends up taking all the platinum people on a backstage tour. At one point I was walking beside him and I couldn’t think of anything to say. Finally we got to where all the sofas were and he was talking about how he used to share a bus with Nick and AJ a long time ago and I blurted out “so has your cleanliness rubbed off on them?” really? did I just say that? Howie rolled his eyes and replied “yes they’ve gotten better.” Then the most embarrassing thing of all happened.. I tripped and almost fell over a glass coffee table in which Howie said “don’t fall” “are you okay?” I wanted to run seriously. I felt like the biggest dork on the face of the earth. At the end of the backstage tour we got our VIP passes signed by Howie and a picture with him. Even though some parts were embarrassing it’s a day I will never forget and my husband and I still talk about it all the time. He says his next goal is to get me on a cruise.. We’ll see.
We finally got in the line to meet the Backstreet Boys. I was sweating, jumping up and down smiling so hard. I walked over, they told me their names and gave me hugs! It was two days before my 13th Birthday (my mom told them), so of course they said “happy birthday”, all I could say for hours was “Nick Carter hugged me!” I was in complete shock! I saved the special shirt I wore that day, and it hasn’t been worn since, because it has BSB DNA on it! That was the greatest day of my life!
I’ve been a BSB fan since I was 11 years old so that makes 16 years this year. I’m now 26. It was totally love at first sight and I dreamed of meeting them ever since. Little did I know that come 2014 and the IAWLT tour, I’d actually get to fulfill my dream. When I heard that the Boys were coming to Finland on their tour I knew immediately that I just had to buy a VIP ticket so I could finally meet my idols. I had no idea what I was getting myself into by doing that. Me and my friend Heidi (who I’ve become super close thanks to the Backstreet Boys) bought Gold VIPs. The whole day ended up being more than I had hoped for. It started with us going to their hotel. I got not one but TWO selfies! And one of those was with my man Kevin! I’d been waiting for that for 15 years! That was just an added bonus to the VIP and the soundcheck party. We got to the arena and I was super nervous. I was in the front row at sc party and I even got to ask the Boys a question! Thank goodness I had been thinking about that before the show. While the Boys were singing Trust Me at the SC, Howie noticed me singing along and gave me the thumbs up. Oh how I love that man. Heidi and I got this brilliant idea of making our own shirts for the concert. That turned out to be one of the best ideas ever. The back of the shirt said KTBSPA and the front of my shirt said “Helloooo Mr. Richardson”. Her’s said “Hellooo Mr. Carter”. When it was time to go to get our M&G picture taken, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be, Which was good since I had something to give to Kevin. We had written a letter for all the Boys that I wanted to give to Kevin. Even got to talk to him for a minute which made this K-girl extremely happy. Oh and about my shirt? When I went to hug them and they saw my shirt, they said “Well hello Mrs. Richardson” to me! I totally didn’t mean it like that! I just wanted to show my love for Kevin! As I went to hug Kevin he gave me the biggest hug. It felt so good. Took me 15 years to meet them but it was so worth it. I’m so glad I waited until the IAWLT tour to buy a VIP since I got a picture with all of the 5 Boys. And as an added bonus I got an autographed photo of them! I will cherish that M&G my entire life. ❤
Ok, now don’t judge…yes I was 17 and my first concert was Never Gone. I missed out on the Millennium days and such because I was too young and I had no one to go with!
I read on a Dutch BSB fan forum that the boys were coming to Berlin for a signing to promote the Unbreakable album. Well this was my chance to meet the boys! A few days later I met up with some BSB fans, who I’ve never met, in the middle of the night and we drove for hours until we arrived at our final destination, a mall in downtown Berlin. And then the waiting began. We waited for hours until the boys arrived (Backstreet Time!) and there were hundreds of people. Security wanted to shut down the event because things were getting out of control. I was so afraid I couldn’t meet the boys after all. But security pulled me out of the crowd and I was one of the last and lucky people who got to meet Brian, Howie, AJ & Nick that day. I was able to shake their hands (no hugs back then) and they signed my Unbreakable booklet. Fun fact: During the signing, AJ and Nick got into a discussion (about something stupid, nothing serious) while I was waiting for them to sign my booklet. So I just stood there *awkward*, waiting for them to stop talking until Nick noticed me, nudged AJ and said: Dude AJ, this girl is waiting! Sign her booklet! Nick gave me his typical Nick Carter smile, with a look on his face like *excuse him*. AJ looked at me and said: Sorry about that girl, we got a little sidetracked. How are you? I mumbled something like: Good…*smile, giggle*. After what felt like 10 minutes (reality: 2 minutes) they signed the booklet and I walked away with a smile on my face. I finally met them!
Age when I met the boys: 27The first time I met the boys was June 12 2011, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was during the NKOTBSB tour. I had never done a VIP before in my life. Never met the boys before. I didn’t know what to expect.I have been a fan of the boys since 1996 when I heard them on the radio. I didn’t know who they were at the time. I later was given a cassette tape of the US debut CD by my mother. The boys have helped me through everything ranging from deaths in the family to personal anxiety, and in the winter of 2010 when the NKOTBSB tour had been announced… I said to myself that I was going to do vip with my best friend Ali. I brought up the idea to her and said I would buy us both Silver vip with my Christmas bonus as my gift to her. As her gift for me, she fronted the extra money so we could get Gold. She wanted me to have some “alone time” with the boys. See, BSB, well Nick especially is one of the reasons I am still here. I owe a lot of my coming out of depression to him and the boys inspiring me. Meeting them was a HUGE deal.That day in June we went to the venue early and I stood in line with everybody else. I was shaking from nerves. I know they are regular people but it was the first time I’d met a celebrity. While we were in line we saw NKOTB finishing their own pictures. Joey came and gave us high five. Donnie gave my friend Ali a huge hug. After that I kind of started crying. It was becoming real for me then. As the line got closer and closer to the boys, the curtain separating me from them opened and I saw them up close for the first time in my life. I suddenly wondered if I had worn the right clothes for my pic, if I looked okay. I became self conscious, trying to calm myself down because I wanted to cry from happiness some more. It was my turn and I was frozen in place, I couldn’t walk over. The boys were looking at me, I could feel Nick staring. Brian came over to me and put his arms around me after I’d finally took a couple steps. He blew me away. Brian seriously gives the best hugs in the world. I felt myself calm down a bit after that. AJ said “hello sweetheart”. Then there was Nick. I kept telling myself don’t look at him, you’ll be a mess. I looked up and he was just looking at me, smiling. He said hi sweetheart just as AJ had done. He hugged me and I was surprised that he actually smelled good. (LOL) I saw Howie waiting for me to come over but Nick had just fully distracted me. I felt horrible for not going over to Howie. (i finally made up for it on the 2014 cruise) then it was picture time. I took the pic and then went up the stairs to go to sound check. I almost tripped going up the stairs. Then I got to my seat and the tears came. I turned to Ali and said “did this just happen?”I’ll never forget that day as long as I live, it was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.
I’m a 90s kid. Between 1997 and 2000, age 11-14, I was on the top of my “pop”-game, listening to Westlife, Steps, Britney Spears and, of course, the BACKSTREET BOYS!
As I grew older and began to experience the oh-so-known and overrated “teenage problems”, my music taste changed as music was my outlet to release my anger. And I was quite angry, I can tell you that! My inner pop-princess was locked away somewhere in a corner of my subconscious, but never really left.
So as many others, I lost interest and track of what my former idols were doing – I want to express my utmost sorry for this. If I knew then, what I know now, I would have NEVER let this happen! – After Never Gone, I completely lost it and I didn’t know the Backstreet Boys were still making music and touring (now is the time to shoot me, if u didn’t do that already).
Whenever they were played on the radio, however, the volume went WAAAAAAY UP and I sang along at the top of my voice, never failing to remember every single word.
In November 2013, I was in my car and I just finished singing along with “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”, when my attention was caught by the announcement of a Backstreet Boys tour with ALL band members (yes, emphasis on “ALL” – I personally didn’t realize what happened – shoot me, again!).
This was it. This was my chance to go on a road down memory lane and do what I didn’t do 15 years ago: see the Backstreet Boys perform live. I decided to buy tickets. Little did I know what impact that decision would have…
22 March 2014 changed my life. My friend and I entered a packed “Sportpaleis” in Antwerp. After the preshow by The Exchange and, apparently, Baylee (while he was rapping, I told my friend: “Wow, who is that kid? He has talent” – shoot me again… it gets boring, does it), you could feel the anticipation rising.
Imagine: 1 Sportpaleis – 13.000 people – the lights went out and as “The Call” started playing and those 5 fabulous men entered the stage, the crowd exploded and my jaw dropped. The rest is history…
This was the BEST SHOW I have ever been to. Both my friend and I were blown away. Their music, their looks, their moves,… How could we ever let that slip away from us over the past years?
Since that magical evening, it feels like I’ve been spellbound. I started reading about them and realized I had a hell of a lot of catching up to do…
Eventually I ended up playing their music every single day, standing front row at their next show only a few months later and setting up a Twitter account dedicated to my BSB love – which has brought me to meet all these incredible people who are – just like me – bedazzled by this vocal harmony group.
So this is my story, this is what my first BSB concert has done to me. I know I haven’t been the “best” fan the past years, but I’m “all-in” NOW, with hopefully many years to come. I sure will be there, keeping the backstreet pride alive.
I don’t actually remember my first concert cause it’s so many years ago way in the beginning. So I wanted to share my first VIP. And that was pretty recent, last year on March 22, 2014. I was 35 years old at the time and I finally saved up enough money to buy a VIP Gold. I was excited, I did meet the guys before, but this was just something I really wanted to do. Before we had to be in line for VIP, we were at the hotel the guys were at and we saw them. But we were late to get our VIP tickets. It was in Antwerp, Belgium and with a lot of stress and not getting to our own hotel to check in, I ended up getting dressed in the bathroom of a gas station. I can tell you, stress level was way up high! After me and my bestie (who I met in real life for the first time there) and my other good friend Anna got in line finally we got our tickets and stood in line for soundcheck. I had prepared a question for Kevin, but unfortunately, Justin didn’t came close, so I wasn’t picked. But it was okay, soundcheck was great and Kevin was being silly.
Then after soundcheck we got in line for the meet and greet. The wait was long as there were a lot of VIPS. I have to tell you a little short story, that 6 months earlier I had met Kevin at the studio’s in Holland and had a deep talk with him. He was so pure and so at ease at the time. It was a very special moment. So back to VIP. I went up to hug Howie, then AJ and from the corner of my eyes I saw Nick with this huge grin on his face. So when I went up to him he came to me and grabbed my head an hugged me (I am a short girl lol). Then Kevin took me away from Nick, saying to Nick it was his time now. He looked at me and grabbed me in his arms and said heeeeeeeeeeey baby, so happy to see you again! He recognized me and we had a long hug. I gave him the present I had with me. It were the official documents to a star I named to his father. Kevin was overwhelmed and loved his gift. We took a pic and he kept holding me and talked to me. Drew was already very impatient because they were running late bigtime and Kevin was taking long with me. Kev smiled to me and he said I could go and hug Brian. I totally forgot I didn’t hug him yet haha. So I went up to Brian and hugged him, already feeling Kev’s arms pulling me back. He kept thanking me for the gift. I told Kev I really had to leave now, cause Drew was about to explode. I said goodbye to him and as I was walking away, Kevin was still yelling to me, how he loved his gift and how thankful he was for it. Later that night I got a tweet from him. (and a lot more after as well) It was a rushed, but very amazing VIP! Until next time!
The whole experience was better than I could have dreamed or wished for – Thank you soooooooo much boys!
My first concert was for the first tour Backstreet Boys January 03rd 1997…I had nose bleed tickets so I didn’t actually ‘’saw’’ the boys neither than hearing them …People were CRAZY I think I had trouble to hear the next fews days…I remember the first fews years they come in Montreal it was crazy like screaming sooo loud it was impossible to actually know which they were singing. In 1997 I went to the show with my cousin and a friend of mine…My mom told us we need to go out right after the show which we done to be able to saw the guys leaving by bus. It was my very first BIG concert and I was in love!
My first VIP experience was in 2005 for Never Gone…We couldn’t buy vip at this time it was only a contest…Which we didn’t win, but one of my friend at the time was at the Bell Center pretty early and one of the crew come to her and some other girls asking if they have VIP PASS…She said no and he said ‘’do you wanna go?’’ Of course she said yes but she told him that she had 2 others friends so he told her ‘’come back here at 3:00 pm not before and you will have your pass ‘’ I remember that this day I was feeling like SHIT!! I was so sick so I spend the day laying on a bench while my friend were talking how impossible it was and we will never have those pass. At 3pm, we go back close to the bus and stay there talking to each other when the guy came back. He look my friend and told her ‘’it was you this morning right?” She said yes and that we were her friends. He then said to wait that he will be back in 5 minutes….Longest 5 minutes ever….When he come back he said ‘’I promise you something I always keep my promises ‘’ He open his hand and have 3 bracelets for us….Only problem he had NO IDEA where we need to go to go inside….So we run around the bell center like idiot before finally finding the spot…Once inside in the line we wait….and wait ….and wait…Then Marcus * Aj bodyguard at the time* appeared. He told us we need to make 1 line, show our bracelet and that no one is allowed to run or stole someone spot. I was sooooo impressed/scared by him when I was in front of him – I put my bracelet in his face like ‘’don’t hurt me, I got it ‘’ Ended up second or third row in front of Nick…They played 2 or 3 songs – the only one I actually remember is Safest Place to Hide because my friend at the time asked it. And I Just Want You To know. It’s all a blurry in my head since I was really sick and I was sooo nervous..We didn’t have picture with the boys but at the end during I just want you to know, Brian brought Baylee on stage. He was shy at first than start running around and dancing. Brian try to make him talk in the microphone but he didn’t want. He end up playing drums and Brian looking at us screaming ‘’IT’S MY SON’’ ….It was a great experience which lead to many many more vips after that.
My first concert experience was awesome! I couldn’t believe it really happened (to this day still) Mine was last May 2014 in San Diego, we had great seats and a blast. I think Brian saw me a few times… They sound wonderful live. Hope to see them again!
My first BSB show wasn’t technically a concert. The first time I ever saw them perform was at the Jingle Ball in Columbus, OH on December 12, 2007. I had made plans with my friend Katie (whom I met on LD) and her sister, Carrie. The only other time I’d seen them perform was on Regis and Kelly earlier in the year for one song. So this was very exciting to me since this was a whole set I’d get to witness.
I had a three hour drive to Columbus and had planned on driving back home the night of. But, we got there at 11am and sat outside, in DECEMBER and froze our asses off so that we could get a decent spot. We were in a pretty good spot in line too. Despite the cold, it was so much fun waiting in line, just talking to other fans and to each other since this was the first time we’d met face to face. We had to walk 2 blocks away just to use a bathroom and the ONE time we left to go, THAT is when the Boys decide to venture outside to say hi to the fans. We were on our way back and we heard the screaming. We looked at each other and took off running back to the venue. We were so excited we ran across the road without even looking..lo Luckily no cars were coming. We laughed about that afterwards. But we arrived back just as they were heading back in. In the back of the venue there was a long gate that stretched clear across the parking lot. AJ had come out of the venue to have a cigarette and then came other to the gate and proceeded to touch EVERY SINGLE fans hand as he walked by. He went down and back up just to make sure he touched as many hands as possible. I just remember feeling that he really did love the fans that day because he didn’t need to do that.
The doors opened at seven for the show to start at eight. I don’t think the ticket checkers even know what hit them…lol People were just THROWING their tickets at them and running like hell into the venue. Gotta love GA…NOT!!! lol We booked it to the stage and got 3rd row center. I was so happy about our position, especially since it was my first time seeing them in this kind of setting and seeing a whole set list! The thing was, they were main act. We had to go through One Republic, Colbie Calillat and surprise guest Blake Lewis before we got to the Boys. Colbie’s set was right before the Boys and people started getting pretty hostile about midway through her set. She was HORRIBLE. And her set seem to last forever. People started yelling for her to get off the stage at one point. It was pretty obvious most of the people in the audience were there to see Backstreet Boys!! Finally…it was time for the Boys set!!
I just remember feeling more excited than I’d ever been in my LIFE!! I was FINALLY seeing MY Boys perform right in front of me! And I remember being excited to see the choreography to Any Other Way. I’d seen it before in videos and couldn’t wait for it to unfold right before my very eyes! And…they didn’t disappoint! I stood in awe the whole set. Before, I was bitching that we’d been on our feet most of the day, my back hurt..but that was all forgotten the moment they stepped on stage. It was MAGICAL!
I had bought a shirt for Nick that I had hoped I could get to him..somehow. It said, “Beat a drum, Bang the drummer”..lol So, about halfway thru, I balled the shirt up tight so it would fly and was going to throw it on the stage. I decided to let Katie’s sister throw it for me because she was standing in front of me and had a better shot. Now, this thing was balled up TIGHT. She hurls this thing toward the stage and….BAM!!! It smacks Nick right upside his head! I. Was. MORTIFIED…lol Now, this guy never even batted an eye, never missed a dance step. Such the professional.
It was over so fast but I walked away with some great memories of that trip. My first, of MANY BSB adventures. That trip is what got me hooked on traveling to see them with friends.
After the show, we had found out where they were staying and we headed towards their hotel. We headed straight for the bar in the hotel and walked around it trying to spot any Backstreet Boy that felt the need to unwind a bit. Howie didn’t disappoint us! He was sitting in the back and we must have been so obvious because before we could even say anything he said “if you give me a few minutes I’ll make sure to talk to you guys before I leave”. We said OK and then went to the bar and parked it there for a while. Sure enough, a little while later Howie comes over to us and chats for a bit and then takes pictures with us before he headed to his room. We were beyond excited! After he left, we sat back down at the bar and had a few drinks. I had happened to turn around and look at the elevator bank just as AJ steps off the elevator! We head over towards him and he was in his bare feet..lol He chatted with us for a good while before heading back to his room. The night was so great!! After a few more drinks, we were feeling P.R.E.T.T.Y good and we find out which room Nick is staying in. Somehow Katie and I stumbled up to his floor and sat outside his door for a little bit (we didn’t knock or anything..even drunk we were too scared to disturb him..lol) Poor guy..there’s no way he didn’t hear us out there at 3am. Happy to report we left and didn’t get in trouble.
All in all, it was THE best first experience I could have asked for.
It did kinda end on a sour note because I HAD planned on driving back but going to their hotel and getting drunk off my ass wasn’t planned. So, Katie told me I could crash at their hotel for a few hours to sleep before I had to head back. I had parked my car near their hotel beforehand and when I got up to leave, I went to my car..and it was gone! I hadn’t seen the “No Parking” sign and my car had been towed. So yeah, had to go get my poor car outta impound before I could even start my hungover trek back home.
Since then, I’ve done a few more shows with Katie and Carrie. That’s why I love these Boys so much. I have met so many wonderful people and traveled to so many places to see them. The bond is REAL.