It’s 2017 and we are, as the universe would have it, older than we were when we first because BSB fans. We know this. There are some things though that, when we really think about it, make us make this face…
…. Because 1999 was only like yesterday…RIGHT?
- The Backstreet Boys will have been together a quarter of a century next year.
- Baylee Littrell, Brian’s son, is now older than Nick Carter when he joined the group (and will be able to get his driver’s permit this year).
- It’s been 17 years since the Backstreet Boys flew around the world in 100 hours to promote Black And Blue (and Kevin called AJ a dildo).
- There hasn’t been a new episode of Nick’s Corner in 6 years.
- Joseph Kahn, director of the “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” video, was 25 and unknown before the video came out in 1997. Now 45, he’s worked with all of the big names in pop music, including Taylor Swift, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.
- If you had a baby the same year Backstreet fans shut down Times Square and stood outside the window of MTV studios to catch a glimpse of the Boys for the Millennium release, the baby is now a legal adult. (This was just the first time)
- ….And it’s been 16 years since crazy fan Tiffany lost in the battle of BSB vs. NSYNC and threatened to kill Carson Daly.
- Nick’s first solo album, Now Or Never, is 15 years old. Brian’s solo album, Welcome Home, is 11 years old. Howie’s Back To Me is 6 years old and AJ’s Have It All is 7.
- We’ve been waiting for AJ’s latest solo album for 3 years. (That doesn’t make us feel old. We’re just saying.)
- None of the contestants on ABC’s Boy Band, on which Nick served as architect, were alive when the Backstreet Boys were at their peak.
- It’s been over a decade since Kevin left the Backstreet Boys.
- Except for Nick and AJ, every member of the Backstreet Boys hasn’t been single in 10+ years.
- The Rolling Stones article in which Brian proclaimed he only uses curse words in the Bible, there was a masturbation discussion and our squeaky clean views of the Boys were shattered is now 17 years old — and we are now closer to them than ever.
- VIP Meet and Greets weren’t a thing until 9 years ago – during the Unbreakable tour.
- People under 18 don’t recognize individual Backstreet Boys right off the bat (or know their songs as a group).
- We have to take Aleve before we go to Backstreet events
- We ask if it’s appropriate to take kids to VIP (and we talk to the Boys about our kids)
- We go to concerts and get impatient about what time they’re actually going to start because we’re getting sleepy
- We leave concerts wondering why our bones are cracking
- We’ve gone from throwing bras onstage to Bengay (Help yo boys out!)
- We’ve started stories with “I remember when the Backstreet Boys did that when I was your age…”
- The #1 thing that makes us feel old? We’ve gone from having our moms drop us off at concerts in our hometown to not having to ask permission to go to any Backstreet Boys event and paying for it ourselves. With the same band.
We may be older, but we’ve been beyond lucky to grow older with a band who has grown with us.