We can hardly believe it! The seemingly never-ending In A World Like This tour is coming to an end on June 28, 2015 – TWO years after it’s beginning. Their 20th anniversary tour has gone just past their 22nd anniversary and traveled worldwide (twice in some places!). If people didn’t know that Backstreet was “back”, they certainly do now.
Although fans are ready for new material, new albums, new events and new tours, the IAWLT tour will have a special place in our hearts. The tour was monumental for many reasons and will perhaps go down in our memories as the new Millennium. We’ve tried to narrow it down to the biggest things we’ll remember. Here it goes….
[NOTE: On June 28th, the last day of the IAWLT tour, we will be trending the hashtag #TheWorldWillBeWaitingForYou with your fave pic from the tour as a reminder to the Boys as to what they mean to us, what this tour has meant, and that we will be loyal til the end.]
1. The Return Of Kevin.
We waited six years, many “open door for him to return” comments, and a few teases for Kevin to return to the Backstreet Boys and for the In A World Like This tour, he finally did. Honestly, it was like he never left. Kevin’s return brought a sense of order back to the group, a completed peace and harmony, if you will. Perhaps we didn’t even know how much we missed him until he was onstage or in VIP, connecting with us…because that is what Kevin does. You don’t ever forget the way he makes you feel.
2. The Official Afterparties.
This tour was the first tour for a consistent round of afterparties in nearly every city. While a few got out of hand, there was never a doubt that it added an element of fun to many tour stops and something totally new for us. We got an opportunity to see Nick in his DJ element, Howie, Kevin and AJ in their connecting-with-the-fans party element and a chance for us to hang out a little longer with our friends and our idols. Would you get a glowstick from Howie? A selfie with Kevin? The late night parties made us feel 18 again and something we appreciated them doing.
3. Those Blue Suits.
We’ll never look at blue suits the same again. Just when we thought those light blue suits couldn’t get any better, the darker blue suits were broke out for the second leg and we had a whole new set of feelings. There is NOTHING better than a sharp dressed Backstreet Boy, especially when they’re dancing. Yeow!
5. Kevin’s Red Pants.
Oh, those red pants. See our previous post for the suggestions we have for those. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of them.
6. Brian’s Circus Act.
Brian has always done backflips across the stage, climbed on equipment, and flipped upside down but, on the IAWLT tour, it was taken to a whole new level. Besides using Howie and AJ as playground equipment and lifting Kevin nearly every show, we were forced to hold our breath everytime Brian jumped over stairs. We’re also pretty positive that he stayed on his hands more than his feet. Hey Brian, next tour, we’d like you to do a dance…on your hands. (Or don’t, because we love your face.)
7. The Acoustic Set.
The Boys definitely showed off what they do best on this tour with an acoustic set in the middle of the show (and the return of 10,000 Promises, much to our delight!). Most of us instantly went back in our memories to the Coming Home concert in Orlando when they threw their band off the instruments and played themselves or to the Night Out With The Backstreet Boys acoustic concert. This segment in the show was a perfect mix of the two and we hope to see more of it in the future. Don’t get us wrong, we love the high energy dancing and the interactive pieces, but we love seeing them in different lights and proving to the world that they’re more than just a boyband.
8. Howie D. Shaking It.
Who knew Howie had it in him? SO many nights during the IAWLT tour, Howie delighted us with a little latino rump shaking and we are forever appreciative. We also love how much fun the guys seemed to have with this. It was a win-win for everyone.
9. This Was The First Tour For A Few Of The Backstreet Babies.
For AJ, this was his first tour as a dad. For Kevin, this was his oldest son’s first tour seeing him perform and his newest son, being born just before the tour, he won’t ever know when his dad wasn’t a Backstreet Boy. For Howie, this was his first tour as a father of two. Each of these photos shows their children at the beginning of tour and today. It may be the most telling sign of how long the tour actually went on and how lucky we are that these Backstreet daddies split their time between us and their babies. We’re so thankful for every sacrifice they make and for sharing their lives with us.
10. Baylee Littrell – Opening Act.
Guys, remember when Brian and Leighanne ANNOUNCED that they were expecting Baylee?! Remember when he was a tiny blond baby with a tiny little microphone?! He’s (nearly) grown up and OPENED for the Backstreet Boys for a select dates on the IAWLT tour. We were blessed to watch this child grow up and now we have been lucky enough to see him follow in his dad’s footsteps. What a talent!! Also, seeing Brian so proud of the young man he has become was icing on the cake. When he’s famous, we’ll be those ladies telling our kids, “Oh yeah! I loved his father and I saw him when he was an itty bitty thing!” …. Maybe that will get us some cool points.
11. Nick Carter Became A Married Man.
We never thought it would happen, folks, but it did. On a short break from tour in 2014, Nick Carter tied the knot with Lauren and all five Backstreet Boys became officially off the market. What would happen now?! Ummm, nothing actually. He was/is still the same Nick we all loved from the beginning, just perhaps a little bit happier. Still, this tour was the first to see all five with a ring on it and it’s a milestone to be marked!
12. The Return Of “We Got It Goin’ On” (With The Original Choreography).
Awwww, yeah! While it may not be a favorite of the Backstreet Boys themselves, this song with it’s original choreography hit us RIGHT in our fangirl feels. We were all so young when this song debuted, as were the Boys themselves, and it is one of those that takes us to another place in time. We appreciate them bringing it back and hope that it becomes tradition. The choreography, I might add, also makes for great photos.
13. The Fan Pit.
Oh, the fan pit. The most up close and personal we have been with the Backstreet Boys during a show than any other tour. While you did run the risk of getting your head knocked off if you were in the front and a Boy came over, SO MUCH cool stuff happened if you were standing there. Selfies with Brian, holding Kevin’s hand, rubbing Nick’s….back. It all went down in the fan pit.
14. The Feelings We Got Seeing Them All Back Together.
Nothing warms our hearts like seeing all 5 Backstreet Boys back together again. Nothing gives us more feelings than hearing that perfect 5 part harmony that we fell in love with from the beginning. Nothing will ever replace the love we have for these five men because they have continuously been there for us, healed us, bent over backwards for us, listened to us, and given up so much… for us.
15. The Triumph.
While all of the Boys have faced trials and tribulations through the two years they’ve been on tour, they stuck it out. They showed up because we showed up. They worked their asses off through 167 shows, traveled all around the world, battled sickness, left people they loved, healed in front of our eyes and were amazing throughout it all. These Boys showed us what they’re made of in every sense of the phrase and we were never more proud to tell the world we’re Backstreet Boys fans as we have been after this tour.
16. The Love.
To The Backstreet Boys: We know we screamed it at you at every show we attended, but from the bottom of our hearts, we adore you and love you. You all constantly say how lucky you are to have the best fans, but we’re the lucky ones. You have been so much to us for 22 years and we are so blessed, in a world like this, to have you.
To Kevin: Thank you for coming back. You have touched so many of us around the world on this tour and your spirit shines through in every interaction you have with us. We love you.
To Howie: Thank you for always being so kind to us and willing to party with us as long as we’re down. We have loved watching you take leads on this album and this tour and we can’t wait to see more.
To Brian: Thank you for sticking it out. You will never know how much that meant to us. You’re an incredible person and the progress you’ve made vocally from the beginning of tour until now is INSANE. We are SO proud of you.
To AJ: Thank you for always being you. For being so kind hearted, for always delivering amazing sound and energy and for making us feel so appreciated. You are, and always have been, awesome.
To Nick: Thank you for continuing to grow with every tour. Thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made as a newlywed to be with us and for working your ass off to perform in the way only Nick can. It means the world to us.
Until we meet again, Backstreet, the world will be waiting for you…
—– What Was YOUR Favorite IAWLT Tour Memory? We asked. Fans Answered. —–
The first leg of the US tour, I almost didn’t make it! I remember them announcing opening up fan pit for the August 13th (2013) Nikon Jones Beach Theater. I was actually on my way to the Hamptons for a beach party, but I had to make sure that I stopped at 10am to get tickets. I knew I had to go because it was a venue that was kind of (3 hours away) close.
I arrived at the venue early. It was nice because I could hear the sound check party going on. It was funny because I ended up standing in the pit next to a lady from CT as well. It was my very first concert being that close to the guys, and I was able to touch them!
Fast forward to the 2nd leg of the tour, June 21st 2014 in Camden, New Jersey. This was probably my favorite concert because I decided to do Gold VIP. At the sound check party, I ended up next to two really awesome chicks that I’m still friends with.
When I went to take the picture, I had forgotten that you were supposed to stop where you wanted to stand. Apparently you can’t pass Nick when you’re trying to hug the rest of the guys because he pulled me in for the picture. I got weak in the knees and all I could think was “yes, I will” stand by you every single damn time. He said to me, enjoy the show sweetie. I have no idea how I even contained myself and acted normal. This is the exact moment that would be the start of my crazy fall adventures.” – Monica @Sushi_Flower
My best memories :
Going on stage for the acoustic set was awesome.
I will also add living this moment in my country and celebrating the comeback of BSB in France.
For me, the most intense moment was the minute of silence in honor of Q #vivalaQ
“I’m a BSB fan since the 90’s. Brian is my favorite BSB. Been to all their concerts in the Philippines but its my first time to finally see him face to face last May when they visited the Philippines again.
Brian, after having some pictures taken with fans, he started walking back to his hotel room. I thought I would never get the chance. But then he looked back and I braved the crowd and asked him one last time for a picture and he did. I almost melted and his smile was so awesome. I was his last photo that time and then he went straight to the hotel elavator. Haha. Just a simple encounter with my idol and that to me was very memorable.” – Toni PH
“In A World Like This will always be one of my all-time favourite tours for a couple of reasons. To start, the show is bad-ass! It is electric, and sweet, and soulful, and sexy – in other words, everything you’d expect from a BSB show but done to perfection. So great, I HAD to see it twice! For the first time ever in my BSB concert-going history, I travelled to another town to go to a show. Driving to Hamilton for the 2nd Canadian Leg of the tour with some of my oldest friends are memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Last but most certainly not least, in fact probably the most important moment of all, is my meet and greet with the boys. This was my first time meeting Kevin and he did not disappoint, and equally as important the other boys were still just as sweet as ever. Being able to hug them all and say thank you to them is something that I will remember always. Cannot wait for the next tour!” – Amanda A.
“They said that we’re (Philippines) the best singing crowd on the entire tour. It’s funny though, because we’re singing all their songs, AJ said that we are all Backstreet Boys because we know all the song.” – @JocasDLozada
“If we’re talking about strictly the show itself, then it would definitely have to be (Vienna) when Larger Than Life started and Nick ran and started spraying water all over the fans. When the song was at its end and the heavy guitar part started, Nick started crawling with his tongue out towards the smaller stage! He was out of control!” – @KaosNevena
“My favorite IAWLT moment at Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, 1st concert!” – @donahellen
“My favorite moment was when I met them for the first time last year in Vienna. It was the best day of 2014.” – @swissgirl85