Backstreet Map: Locations You Might Want To Visit From BSB History

Sometimes things related to the Backstreet Boys are just as cool as seeing the Boys themselves. For years, fans have been sharing photos of themselves at different locations where Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick had a significant moment, whether it be filming, recording, or something featured in the documentary.

So, to keep everything in one place and to give everyone a chance to visit a few cool locations (or see other people visit + tell stories / share photos), we’ve asked fans to share with us and we’ll post them here. We’ll keep updating this post as long as you keep sending them in! Email us at whothebackstreet@gmail.com


LOCATION: “Incomplete” Filming Spot

“This is in the Antelope Valley. More precisely, Lake Los Angeles, 150th St East between Ave O and Ave K. The location is called Club Ed.

We were living out in Lake Los Angeles at the time and had NO IDEA that BSB were filming! That year we had the worst rainy season in years and all the roads were flooded. Looking back, we don’t know how they got in!! The spin off from Sons of Anarchy is currently filming here.” – Tammy Bays


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LOCATION: “Quit Playing Games” Filming Spot

Orlando, FL

LOCATION: Kevin’s High School

Estill County High School – Kentucky

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LOCATION: Backstreet Boys Photo Site / One Of Kevin’s Favorite Spots

WigWam Drive In – Ravenna, KY

LOCATION:  As Seen On The BSB Movie / The Richardsons’ Wedding Location

Lexington, KY

The Cathedral Domain Camp / Kevin’s Old House / Cathedral Church Of St. George The Matyr

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LOCATION: Brian’s High School

Tates Creek High School – Lexington, KY

— Credit: Ashley Darpino


LOCATION: Brian’s Church and High School (As Seen In BSB Movie)

“When I went to Lexington, Kentucky in April 2015 to see Brian and Kevin get inducted into the Kentucky music hall of fame we thought it was cool to visit Brian’s high school Tates Creek, not only because Brian went there but they showed it in the movie and that’s where he was when he got ‘The Call.'” – Amber


LOCATION: “As Long As You Love Me” Filming Location 

“Royal Laundry is located in Pasadena,CA at 439 S. Raymond St. It gave me all the nostalgia from the All Access footage where we see the boys goofing around outside with that memorable tile and windows in the background. The doors are an exit and royal laundry is closed but you can still pretend to run out like Leighanne and the rest of the girls!” – Amaris


LOCATION: The Backstreet Boys Hollywood Star

We always get questions about WHERE exactly this star is. Thanks to Ashley Darpino for sharing her photo and giving some markers about where it is!

You can find the star between Sycamore and El Cerrito, off Hollywood Blvd. There’s a Buffalo Wild Wings on the corner. It’s in front of the Live Nation building.


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“Sensoji Temple in Tokyo, Japan. This is where they shot ‘Bigger’. It’s in the Asakusa district.” – Andie

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All The Things We Loved About Being A Backstreet Boys Fan In 2017

We made it another year.

They made it another year.

2017 is ending just like 1993 – with the Backstreet Boys still a whole group, still as hardworking as ever, and still working on their next big thing.

Close your eyes for a minute and think about every single moment in your life, every moment that we’ve shared of theirs, every moment we’ve all shared together. Think about the world we live in – how it’s changed, how it’s remained the same, and how we’ve grown.

Think about all of those things… then let it sink in how crazy it is that we are all – the Backstreet Boys and the fans – still together. Wow.

Time. Look where we are and what we’ve been through…

We might be 24 years in, but it was a year for a lot of firsts.

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Obviously, we were here for all of them so we’re not going to list them all but…

First collaboration with other artists.

First #1 song on country radio.

First show in their quick selling Las Vegas residency.

First time wearing sequins onstage.

First time on The Bachelor.

First time hanging out with Steve Aoki.

First time they were in a rap battle with Charlie Puth.

Ok, maybe some were far more important and well noted than others, but we were equally excited about every one of these things this year. Every one of these things and every single thing the Backstreet Boys did that wasn’t listed here was one more moment for us to be excited to be a fan, for us to stick our tongues out at the people who said they wouldn’t last, for us to be proud of Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick… because we know how far they’ve come, how hard they’ve worked, and how much they’ve deserved every single success bestowed upon them in 2017.


Gloves are off, ready to fight
Like a lion I will survive.

We all worked together. 

With many new firsts this year for the Boys came many new firsts for us as fans as well. We relied on each other for successful times in Las Vegas, dug up any info we could to be where our Boys would be, and made sure to share all the accolades we could with any family member or friend that would listen.

Even in the darkest of 2017, we stood together. We listened and we protected – each other and the Boys. For those moments, a lot of us put aside differences for the greater good. In those moments, we proved that we are not just an “army”, but a family of sorts.

A fan-mily.


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In 2017, we loved Kevin Richardson for continuing to put his all into everything he does. He shows up, he’s present, communicating with fans (read about this experience), and he puts 110% into the “good” in life. For most of us, his Instagram stories (the best of which you can find on our FB page) were a definite highlight. We’ve never wanted AJ to be in the same room as Kevin so much as we did this year.

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In 2017, we loved Howie Dorough for maybe sharing more of his life with us than he ever has before.  We love Howie The Backstreet Boy, but Howie the dad might be even better. From James’ YouTube channel to Leigh D. in the Vegas audience fangirling over her man, we saw a different side to Mr. Dorough this year and we love it as much as the one that parties with us all night.

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In 2017, we loved Brian Littrell for being so warm. What does that mean, you ask? This year was a tough one for a lot of us. It was probably hard for Brian too – people came for him from all angles. But you would have never known it from the way he greeted and hugged every person that entered meet and greet in Vegas. He made us feel human. Onstage, he made us laugh. And, as we wrote earlier this year, the man has worked so hard to get back to where he was vocally. It’s an effort that has NOT gone unnoticed. We’re still rooting for him all the way and we’re still going to sing along because he’s done it for us for the past 20+ years.

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In 2017, we loved AJ McLean for being a ladies’ man. And by ladies, we mean a dad to two girls. We were thrilled when Rochelle gave birth to a second baby girl, Lyric, earlier this year. As much as we love every second we have AJ onstage, we love when he’s home sharing sweet moments with his girls just as much. He’s the dad every girl wishes for! Oh and did we mention how he exudes love for everything he does? It’s contagious.

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In 2017, we loved Nick Carter for his balance. While 2016 was definitely the year of solo Nick Carter, 2017 was the year of the Backstreet Boys…with a side of Nick projects. While working on solo music, hitting all of the BSB performances / appearances, appearing at conventions, judging on Boy Band and connecting with fans to hype and to lurk, he also spent time at home, sharing sweet videos of his growing son and photos of his family life. It wasn’t an easy year for Nick, but he remained resilient, balanced, healthy, and he continued to show up for the fans. We’ve never admired him more.


2017 was definitely one for the books. A new 1999. As we begin Backstreet’s 25th year together, let us not forget how incredibly lucky we are that we made it – that they made it. Let us not forget everything that thrilled us this year and leave behind all of the things that didn’t. Keep the high. Keep the excitement.

We’ve treasured every VIP, every concert moment, every final bow, every trip with friends and every time someone said “hey! Those Backstreet Boys are alright!”. Keep the memories and get ready for so many new ones.

Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick — thank you for the moments this year. We can’t wait for 2018.

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2 Giveaways You Do NOT Want To Miss If You’re A BSB or Nick Carter Fan Club Member

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

For Backstreet Boys fans, though, 2017 has been one of the best years yet. From the fastest selling Vegas residency (with show after show being added) to selling out a cruise to a #1 hit on country radio, Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick have had success after success this year. This means we, as fans, have had success after success (we’re the first ones to cheer them on), endless amounts of things to add to our calendar, and a steady stream of entertainment.

With the promise of 2018 being even better (25 years! An album! A tour! More Vegas!), the Boys are giving back to two Fan Club members in a big way this holiday season. Keep reading.

If You’re A Nick Carter Fan Club Member…

It’s likely that you are already well acquainted with the 10 Days Of Nickmas, where a different piece of Nick Carter merch or membership was given away each day leading up to Christmas Eve.

Today, on the 10th day, the biggest gift yet was announced. Nick is giving one fanclub member the chance to win BSB Vegas VIP Meet and Greets and Pit tickets for two!

Here’s the deal:

  • Enter Here!
  • You have until December 26th at 12am PST to enter.
  • If chosen, you must respond within 24 hours so make sure your email address is up to date.
  • You will get to pick the show you attend, but you have to make sure that you can get there. Travel and Hotel are NOT included.
  • You can not win if you’ve already won a Nickmas item this year.

If you’re not a Nick FC member yet, you can see the options + purchase a membership here.

If You’re A Backstreet Boys Fan Club Member…

As adults, we may not believe in Santa, but we do believe in the Backstreet Boys and they are delivering this year! Not only are we obsessed with the new Christmas sweatshirt, but we are also obsessed with THE BIGGEST GIVEAWAY EVER. Are you ready to LOSE it?

OK. Prepare yourselves.

Ready?

Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ, and Nick are giving one of you the chance to win your best life all the things in Vegas! This includes two VIP Meet and Greet passes, two pit tickets and two Ultimate After Party tickets to the Vegas date of the winner’s choice.

Once you’re done gasping…

  • Enter Here
  • The giveaway ends on January 15th at Midnight (PST)
  • Again, make sure your email address is updated! You have 24 hours to respond if you’re the winner.

Please make sure you can get to Las Vegas before you enter. Obviously things come up and emergencies happen, but if you know you can not feasibly get to show, please do not enter.

If you’re not a BSB FC member, you can be. Join here.

Are you guys as excited as we are?!

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Best of luck to everyone entering!

Oh, and if we haven’t told you already, we’re wishing you the merriest of Christmases, the happiest of holidays, and all of the best as the year comes to an end. Here’s to a new year of fun, memories, and lots of love! We can’t wait to share it together.

(FYI – We have nothing to do with these giveaways. We are not associated with the Boys. Don’t get crazy. We just want everyone to know about these things.)

REQUEST: What Historical Backstreet Location Have You Been To? Let Other Fans Know!

In the past, we’ve asked you guys to contribute to different posts here and there. Now, we’ve decided to put all current posts that we’re asking for your help with on one section of the site entitled “WHOTB: We Need Your Help”.

Recently, a suggestion was made that we have a post where other fans share places they’ve been that are “historical” Backstreet lesser-known landmarks. These places include:

  • Music Video Locations
  • Photo Shoot Locations From Long Ago
  • The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star
  • Random Places That Might Be of Interest In Visiting

Shoot us an email at whothebackstreet@gmail.com explaining the location you visited and photos if you like. Be sure to include WHERE the place is so that other fans may have a chance to visit as well. 

I’m sure this goes without saying, but don’t get creepy. We will not be posting residential places or anything of the sort.

This will be an ongoing post so there is no deadline. Once we get enough, we’ll start the post! Send away.

 

3 Years Of What Happens On The Backstreet

Together we’ve been through…

One World Tour.

A Vegas Residency Announcement.

The Beginning of a Fastest Selling Vegas Residency.

Con Appearances.

Nick’s Solo Album + Tour.

100 AJ Projects.

Kevin In An Indie Flick.

Brian’s Journey.

Dancing With The Stars.

Boy Band.

Two Cruises (+ One Future Sold Out Cruise).

Multiple TV Appearances.

A Documentary.

A Movie Starring Three Of Them.

Two Backstreet Babies.

One Backstreet Teenager.

The Recording Of An Album.

A Million New Memories + Victories + Celebrations.


Since beginning What Happens On The Backstreet 3 years ago this weekend, so much has changed and so much has remained the same. It’s been the time of our lives and in some moments, the highest of highs. But it hasn’t all been great. There have been some really weird times, for the Backstreet Boys and for the fans, but we have always ended up back here. Together. Like our five favorites, we’ve learned that the best way to get through anything is together.

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This year, I thought about shutting down WHOTB. The whole reason I began is because I thought that the Boys deserved better promotion and that the fans needed a place that was updated, but also a place that made sure to point out not to take ourselves too seriously. We achieved that. With nearly 6500 likes on Facebook and 6100 followers on Twitter, WHOTB has become bigger than I ever dreamed. 100 followers and 5 likes alone would have been crazy to me.

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Now, backstreetboys.com and nickcarter.net have picked up pace and are the regularly updated websites that the fans and the Boys have always deserved. In fact, when this blog isn’t being updated, you can bet it’s because I’m on one of those two. 2017 has become a better version of 1999 in terms of being a fan – we’re adults with access to Kevin, Brian, Howie, Nick and AJ. We’re meeting them. We’re traveling for them. THEY KNOW OUR NAMES. Isn’t this what we as fans have always wanted? What a time to be alive!

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That being said, it still seems important that we stick around for the little things. The blog posts may be less frequent than when I started (which drives me crazy), but I’ve made it a personal mission to remind all of us to take a minute to laugh at ourselves, remain positive in the face of adverse situations, and to stay updated – even if there are other places to do that now. You can never have enough Backstreet (or the truth), right?

If you’ve read this far, WOW! Thank you! Who are you people that keep reading the things I have to say? Ha!

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I’ve kept What Happens going for three years because of every single one of you reading this. I know so many of you now and have had so many conversations with you guys that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. You’ve poured your hearts out in stories, memories, and contributions to posts when I’ve asked. You’ve trusted me to post your personal moments, you’ve been so kind and you’ve also really let me know what you all think about things – good and bad. Most of all, you’ve shared these posts and you keep coming back. THANK YOU. Thank you for being a part of this and thank you for indulging me.

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A special thanks to Kristie for being the VIP Guru of WHOTB, but mostly for letting me bounce ideas off her, taking over when she knows something better than I do, and for pushing me to do things outside of my comfort zone (aka literally being my voice when I don’t want to speak up). Also a huge thank you to a few people (who know who they are) for listening, for making things happen, and for endless other things.

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So… here’s to another year of What Happens On The Backstreet and a WHOLE LOT happening on the Backstreet. 2018 will be a quarter of a century celebration for them and I’ll be damned if we won’t be there for every second. We’re staying RIGHT here. Together.

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I look forward to another 365 days of laughs, tears, memories, VIPs, concerts, multiple album release dates until we get a real one, AJ not doing some more things, rumors, coming together for the greater good and hating each other the next week (let’s be real – that’s what we all do, but we wouldn’t have it any other way). Oh, and we can’t WAIT to see everyone on the cruise.

Thank you again for sticking with WHOTB. As always, my inbox is open for suggestions.

XOXO,

Sara

 

 

 

2018: Upcoming Backstreet Boys Appearances and Events

Can you believe it’s already almost 2018 (or is already depending on when you read this)?! In 2017, we kept you updated with every confirmed BSB appearance and event – large and small – in one post and when we asked if you wanted it to continue, the response was an overwhelming YES!

2018 is going to be huge. We can’t wait to be here for all of it.

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.

December 10th // A Not-So-Silent Night – NBC

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Tune in at 10/9c on NBC!

December 13th // Under The Tree With BSB – Boston, MA

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You’re only way in is to WIN! Get the details here

December 14th // All Star Christmas – Uncasville, Connecticut

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Tickets on sale now!

December 16th // Merry Mix Show – Austin, TX

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Tickets on sale now!

The Backstreet Boys + Holiday Radio Shows: What You Might Have Missed

There’s a lot of things we’re all about at What Happens, but one of the biggest things is making sure that none of you miss a THING.

In the past week, the Backstreet Boys have hit Christmas radio shows in Charlotte, Chicago, Toronto, Indianapolis, and New York City – all leading up to the last show in Uncasville, CT on Saturday. With all of these shows have come backstage interviews and antics, plus some really great new photos! Of course, we don’t want you to miss them.

Below are all of the best interviews / videos and photos we could find. If you have anything you think should be added, don’t hesitate to send our way. We will be updating this post through the weekend.

WARNING: Binge watching these WILL give you intense Backstreet feels. We guarantee it.

B96 Backstage With The Backstreet Boys: New Album, New Tour

KISSMAS 2017 Backstreet Boys Interview: Vegas, 2018, and The Backstreet Project

Who’s The First Person The Backstreet Boys Send Their Music To? (Toronto)

What’s The Backstreet Boys’ Favorite Christmas Songs?

What’s The Worst Present The Backstreet Boys Have Ever Gotten? (Toronto)

CHUM FM Interview (Toronto)

Virgin Radio Canada (Toronto)

Z103.5’s Pina Interviews The Backstreet Boys (Toronto)

Backstreet Boys’ Performance Opening (Indianapolis)

WZPL Concert Photos (Indianapolis)

Charlotte Meet And Greet Photos

NYC Preshow Chant

BSB Teaches NYC DJs The “Everybody” Dance

NYC Backstage Interview + Meet & Greet Photos

Connecticut Performance Photos + Meet & Greet

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15 Fans Share Kind Things The Backstreet Boys Have Done For Them

Over two years ago, we asked you guys to tell us some of the kindest things that Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ, and Nick had done for you, the fans. We loved reading all of the stories, from small things that made a huge difference to big things that made dreams come true – you can read them here.

Since then, we’ve heard so many MORE great stories about things between the Boys and fans and since it’s the season for heartwarming tales, we asked for more! Of course, you guys did not disappoint. Just when we think that being a Backstreet Boys fan couldn’t get any better, these Boys keep topping themselves… for us. If that doesn’t give you the feels, we don’t know what will.

Ready for your heart to be warmed?


“Every November, I post about my struggles with depression and how thankful I am to be here and being alive today. I’ve mentioned it a few times that a lot of the reason I’m still here is because of the boys. Now one thing is that I’ve never actually told them in person ‘thank you for inadvertently saving my life’.

 One November, I believe it was last year or the year before, I took a crazy chance. I DMed Nick on Twitter and wrote him a novel thanking him. I never expected him to answer because I’m sure he gets hundreds of DMs daily.
For some reason though, twenty minutes later he replied. He answered my message and said he was happy I was still here and doing better.
I cried. He didn’t have to read it.. It was LONG. so for him to just take time out of his day to respond made my day. I’ll never forget about how kind he was in that moment.” – Tracy

“It was August 10, 1997 – my friends and I were in New York City when BSB released their first album in the USA. One of my friends couldn’t come and she was a HUGE AJ girl . I had brought a birthday card just in case at the autograph session I could get AJ to sign it. August 11th, we went all over NYC hoping to find the guys. Now we were having supper on Broadway, thought it now would be a great idea to head back to our hotel as we still had to get ready for the autograph session the next day  so headed out of the restaurant when I turned to my left. “Lisa look it’s AJ!” He was so nice asked us where we were from (Montreal/Toronto) and thanked us for coming. He took photos with us. He was talking to my friends and I was looking in my purse “oh no!” AJ asked me “Hun, did you lose something?” “No it’s just that I left the birthday card at my hotel for my friend who I hoping to surprise with a autographed birthday card!” Before I could finish what I was saying, AJ said “are you coming tomorrow?” Yes – the autograph session. AJ said, “great so tomorrow make sure to give me the card and I’ll get all the guys to sign it!” When I saw AJ the next day, he was like “hi sweetie, where’s the birthday card and what’s your friend’s name?” He then signed it , gave it to Nick and said signed this birthday card for Natalie, Debbie’s friend then pass to Kevin. Howie was next and last but not least was Brian. AJ got the card back said “there ya go darling signed sealed and delivered!” Couldn’t thank him enough, thought my friend was going to die when she got her card.” – Debra Gordon

“My son was diagnosed with cancer on May 2nd 2012 8 months old. I got on twitter to kind of get my mind off of things for a minute, and saw that Brian was tweeting fans. I decided to tweet him and ask for some cheering up and he replied.  He said “Everything has a purpose and every moment should be savored. I’m so very sorry my family will Pray for your son.”
He will never know how much that meant to me. 

A couple months later I decided to write Brian a letter updating him on my son. I sent him pictures of my son getting chemo and a picture of my husband and I at a meet and greet in 2010.

I told Brian that my son loves BSB and something about their voices puts him to sleep during his cancer treatments. At the end of the letter I asked Brian if he could send my son a signed photo and if he couldn’t I completely understood. I checked the mail about maybe a month later and to my surprise there was a large envelope in my mailbox. I opened it and there was a signed photo from Brian for my son. When I showed my son the photo his eyes lit up and he smiled even though he was only 10 months old at the time. The cancer took my sons vision months after that so he cant see it anymore but it sits on the mantle above the fire place in a frame. Its one of our most treasured things in our house. Brian didn’t have to sign a photo, he didn’t have to reply to my tweet, but he did and I appreciate it so very much.” – Melissa Lamb


“It was at the Backstreet Walk of Fame ceremony. We all stayed behind after it was over in hopes of meeting our favorites. It was like trying to get through a brick wall. I had just about given up trying to get Brian’s attention, Nick had somehow noticed me. I was in tears, happy of couse, and he must have recognized the Wylee shirt I was wearing. He automatically went to Brian and I froze as he pointed my way. Nick smiled before turning towards another fan. Brian was coming towards us but security held him back. He was not pleased, LOL! Sadly, didn’t get to met him. It was a small thing but it meant the world to me.” – Becca XO


This happened during the This Is Us tour. I had given Howie a Father’s Day card that I had made for him during meet and greet being that it was a few days from the date of my show. He did an interview with E! news a few days later and had a tour of his bus. I remember him calling it the “King James bus since there was baby stuff all over. Towards the end of the interview he stops and grabs something off the window of the bus and says “and this here is James and Dada from the cruise. It was a little dark so I didn’t notice at first, but then I saw the border of the picture and realized it was the card I had given him. He put my card in the window of his bus. When we give guys gifts we often think of what they do with them, if they keep them and it just touched me so much that not only did he keep it but had it on display. The guys really do appreciate everything we give them and they do keep at least some of them. Just another reason why Howie is Sweet D.” – Ashley Darpino

“A Backstreet Boy that did something I felt was above and beyond for me was AJ.

On September 22, 2017 I had my second back surgery in four and a half years. A friend of mine tweeted all the boys asking if they would send me a good luck message in preparation for the surgery. Well AJ saw the tweet and instead of sending well wishes via a tweet he took the time to send me a personal message wishing me good luck.
To me that was a big deal, I wasn’t expecting a tweet but was blown away that he took the time to send a personal message, for that I will forever be grateful.”  – Erin

“So, two separate encounters.

The first one was August 10th-11th 2013 in Cleveland, OH afterparty. I wound up being the last person to get my pic with Kev, Howie & Nick. They had ushered my friend to a table in the back of the room far away from the stage they were going to be dancing & spinning tunes with fans. (We are both wheelchair users)
After the pic, they were going to take me where my friend was. Kevin grabs my shoulder & tells the guy, “I want her up front on the side so she can see everything!” (When Kev speaks, people listen!) I said “What about Terra? They got her & we sat right where Kevin wanted us!! They pulled all the fans up to dance with them a few at a time. At the end of the night, Howie whispers to his security guy & Nick whips off his headphones (he was spinning the tunes). Howie & Nick jumped off the stage & danced with Terra & I for a few minutes!! Terra & I were on cloud 9!!

The second one – I was on the BSB Mediterranean cruise & AJ told me I looked fantastic at one of the theme nights! I also got selfies with every single one of the Boys!!” – Cindy Cuchna


“Well, I have many things about BSB that I will never forget.

My first time meeting them in at Calypso in Limoges in 2011. Then Meeting Howie for the first time, I stood beside him, my hands were shaking, I asked him if I could give him a hug and he said yes. I was in heaven. My friends and I followed the BSB all over Calypso. Howie kept looking at me smiling,winking.
Then I got to meet him again at my first after party of theirs that I attended in Ottawa Ontario . While waiting for them to enter to do their meet and greet, Howie stopped held my hand looked at me and said sorry and apologized for not singing to me at the concert. I was like “Omg, that’s ok.”
In 2013, I met them again but this time in Montreal. That was an awesome after party. Nick was dancing with random girls, I was just watching and all of a sudden he turned around and he ended up standing in front of me so him and I did some sexy dancing.  Anyway, Howie said that he loved my poster. I wrote 100 Kisses 4 Howie. Then 2014 I met AGAIN. Lucky me. In Kingston Ontario. That was also fun. At the after party, Howie touched my hand and held it for awhile. I was in heaven once again. Never would have thought since I was a teenager that I would meet them. Now I am 36 years old and I still love them.” – Gail Archambault

“As one of the million die-hard Backstreet fans, it’s always been easy for me to find whatever the Backstreet Boys do to be beyond nice. It’s like I easily so greatly appreciate whatever it is that they offer their fans. New records, announcement of their new show schedule, collaborations. Even the littlest of things like their cute social media posts, an Instagram story of their Vegas Residency shows, their randomest tweets, whatever it is.

That’s why I couldn’t have been more overwhelmed with sheer delight the day I had my first ever meet and greet with the Boys during their In a World Like This concert tour here in Manila, Philippines back in May 2015.

It’s been two years, and yet each time I look at this photo of mine with my idols, it’s still almost unbelievable that this day happened.

People who aren’t BSB fans don’t probably know this – but I am just proud to say that the Backstreet Boys are the awesomest kinds of idols/role models you will ever meet, because they always, always, make sure that they give back to the fans by making them feel special whenever they have a chance. I’d had this experience during that day and indeed, my favorite Boys made me feel special, which truly overwhelmed me.

Before the meet and greet, they held a soundcheck party (they usually do this before their shows) where we got the chance to ask them questions and bond with them more. It was a given that fans would be yelling for them, shouting all their names, asking for a wave, a hi, a flying kiss, a wink, everything. I mean, how often does a Backstreet fan get a chance to hang with their favorite boys, right? There were a bunch of us, screaming fans in there. But it was all so clear to see how all five of them were just too genuine on greeting back every single one of the fans at soundcheck. It was heart-melting to see. I knew they all couldn’t glance in each of our directions to return the attention, but I shouted a delighted “Hi, Nick!” of my own anyway — and amidst all the fans’ joyful voices and the noise from the sound system around the venue, Nickolas Gene Carter, actually acknowledged this amused, screaming voice of mine, glanced my way, his oceanic gaze beneath his nice cap meeting mine; Nick gave me a nod and that sweetest smile, followed by a soft wave.

He said hi back to me WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING! Neither Nick nor the rest of the Boys knew how I couldn’t have been more shaken to the foundation of my soul by that simple gesture, but that was just the beginning of my unbelievably awesome, unforgettable night.

During meet and greet, it just all dawned on me – all the stories I’d been reading from fans around the world about their beautiful and memorable meet and greet experiences with BSB – I was able to experience them all that night.

When my turn came for the picture-taking, I truly got too excited and ran with so much energy, I almost knocked Howie off where he stood. Nervously laughing, I apologized repeatedly, but Howie calmed me down by sweetly laughing it off. AJ asked me how I was to which I simply responded by saying how happy I was to finally see his awesome tattoos in person. He laughed and hugged me. Next was my favorite Nicky C., whom I greeted so joyfully with a “Nickolas!”. “Hey sweetheart,” he said softly as he enveloped me into the tightest hug I have ever received in my entire life. Kevin locked me in a world of our own with his hypnotizing stare before embracing me into his arms. After that, I asked him if he could say “Sexy Time” in Borat accent, which he did twice and I laughed with the rest of the Boys. Brian also asked how I was, but the glint of his blue gaze made me lose all sense of sensibility to say something sensible back – so “I love you B-Rok” was my only response as I got his warm hug.

Why Howie’s called Sweet D, AJ’s certain way of talking to a fan that will make you feel like you two have been close for years, Nick’s sweet words and tight embraces, Kevin’s melting, overpowering gaze and genuine interest in your stories, the twinkle in Brian’s eyes when he casts you a smile as he welcomes you into a hug – THEY ALL GOT TOO REAL FOR ME THAT NIGHT AND I JUST COULDN’T EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN HOW AWESOME THESE GUYS WERE TO THEIR FANS. SUCH DOWN-TO-EARTH, SINCERELY KINDHEARTED MEN WHO HAPPENED TO HAVE SUPERSTAR-LEVEL-TALENTS!

One of a kind.

The sincerity of their thank you’s, their warm gestures, their words of affirmation. They’re all just too real. I can’t believe how a group of talented, larger-than-life celebrities can actually keep a beautiful bond with their fans by never failing to give them appreciation in any way they can. It is very rare. The Backstreet Boys – they’re rare, and I am so darn blessed and just super proud that I belong to the Backstreet Army.

I don’t think the Boys have any idea how they fulfill one’s hopes and dreams every single time they do a meet and greet. I don’t think they have any idea that they are capable of delivering immeasurable amount of joy to someone for every meet and greet they do with the fans.

But our dearest Backstreet Boys, if you’re reading this, please do know that the five of you are such big blessings to millions around the world. Keep doing what you love, keep enjoying the life you have, may you keep inspiring us. You are the best people in the world, and we will be supporting and loving you forever.

I love you Backstreet Boys, thank you for being a source of light in my life since I was 5.”

– Janica Catabay


“Kevin (my all time favorite one!) on the first day of European cruise, he came out of his cabin and we were just two waiting for him. He told us to be quiet and let us come towards him. We chat a couple of minutes and took some pics! This made my cruise worth it since Kevin has been my love since ‘96/‘97.

And I must say also July 8th 1999, because of this I fell in love with them (I used to like them but not as the fan I am today!). I’ll make it very short. I was at Pisa with my Dad and AJ and Howie were there too. I was leaving when I saw them! We went to eat on the same restaurant on purpose and luckily the waiter sat us on the table next to them. They were very nice to us, interacting and joking with us. I got Howie’s autograph in the bathroom and AJ’s before he left, telling me “bye sweetheart” I was 11 y.o. so this was very like “Woah” to me!” – Manoela


“On February 17th, 2017, I broke my ankle. I was so damn sad, I cried all day. I wrote a tweet to Nick, saying: “Nicky Love, I broke my leg today… that means I can’t dance my fav songs of my fav singer. I’m so sad.”

And he replied within a few seconds:
“How did you break it??”

This was the best thing Nick has done to me. I love you, Carter. Thank you for being you.” – Gaia


“Something I thought was really nice is 1 time on Twitter I joked with Brian about him calling me(because of a contest to win a phone call from Howie) and eventually he really did, but he did it randomly just one day while at home before getting ready to have movie night with Leighanne and Baylee. But I just thought it was so cool of him to take time out of his day (on an off day) and call me.” – Amber


“One of my favorite moments in life is because the Backstreet Boys went out of their way to do something special for me, and it meant the world. In 2013, at the 2nd tour date for the “In A World Like This” tour, I was finally going to meet all 5 boys at the same time. I’ve been a diehard fan since 1998 and had met each separately a few times, but this was the moment I had been waiting for since I was 12!  And when it was my meet and greet turn (I got the gold package so I was able to have a solo pic with them) I thanked them for their song “Never Gone” along with their mere existence and the rest of their music. And I told them that how after I lost my mom to Pancreatic Cancer, my family and I had the lyrics to “Never Gone” printed on her funeral pamphlet, since the words are just so beautiful and perfect if you lose someone. I asked if they could autograph the pamphlet, but of course the security guard freaked out because of the “no autographs rule,” but Nick stepped up, told the security guard to chill out, and that they’re going to do it because “it’s a memory thing.” And then they all signed it! It was just such an amazing experience. I started balling. It was so emotional on SO many different levels. It not only made my day, my year, but also is definitely one of my greatest memories ever. 🙂 They are truly such amazing, kind hearted, wonderful men! KTBSPA!” – Angeleena Marie


“In 2013, I won tickets to a private acoustic session with the Boys in Raleigh, NC on the day of their IAWLT concert. After the meet and greet was over, the Boys all left. My cousin and I were leaving too when we noticed a few girls running around the corner. We followed because hey— When the Boys are in town and you see girls running…you go, too! It was Howie running to grab his tour bus. He had stopped to take a few pics but was being motioned to get on the bus so they could go. I guess he saw my disappointed face because he told them to hang on and called me over to take a picture. My first one on one BSB selfie. Totally made my day! Howie is a total sweetheart and all my BSB interactions with him have always been wonderful. Love our Boys.” – Diana


“AJ saved my life when he caught me after my heel got stuck in the platform of the barricade. I totally would’ve smashed my face if he wasn’t right there.” – Allie