Being a diehard fan of any band is a totally chill situation… says people who are not diehard fans of any band.
If you’ve been a Backstreet Boys fan for any reasonable amount of time, you have more than likely been through your fair share of tour cycles. You’ve been through the highs and lows, the crazies and the calm, etc. You know how this goes… but do others? It’s time to reveal to the world what we put into the concert process (and poke a little fun at ourselves)!***
***We know this is not EVERY fan. No need to comment if you can’t relate
***It’s all in good humor. Don’t get twisted, fam.
2-3 Years Before New Tour: Begin begging for new tour
9-12 Months Before Concert Date(s): Purchase tickets for at least one show
11-12 Months Before Concert Date(s): Ask about Meet and Greet options
8-9 Months Before Concert Dates(s): Start thinking about what to wear
9 Months Before Concert Date(s): Make sure not to get pregnant
7 Months Before Concert Date(s): Ask about M&G options again. Think about adding another concert date….because your friends are going, duh.
6 Months – One Week Before Concert Date(s): Start posting the countdown that you will post every 2 weeks for the next 6 months and get more and more desperate about how much “YOU NEED THIS CONCERT, TIME WITH FRIENDS, VACATION UGH”
Oh, and keep asking about meet & greet.
One Month Before Concert: Literally throw a fit all over the internet because you don’t know VIP Meet & Greet details yet and DON’T THEY KNOW YOU HAVE TO PLAN AND YOU CAN’T JUST DROP $500 ON A WHIM?
7-14 Days Before Concert (8am): Come unhinged at the fact that VIP M&G options have been released and it’s not *exactly* what you wanted
7-14 Days Before Concert (8:15am): Start asking your friends what they’re doing and assemble teams for buying VIP upgrades, while also still refusing to “pay that much” because “you can live without it – you’ve met them before”
7-14 Days Before Concert (8:30am): Start a separate conversation off of the group text with friends you really want to go to VIP with because other people can’t make up their minds and you don’t care anyway and DECISIONS NEED TO BE MADE BECAUSE THEY GO ON SALE TOMORROW
VIP Meet & Greet On Sale Day (9:35am): Freak out because your Fan Club presale code isn’t in your dashboard even though it isn’t supposed to be there until 9:50am
VIP Meet & Greet On Sale Day (9:50am): Copy your presale code and start making empty threats about what you’ll do if you don’t get your hands on the upgrade you swore you weren’t buying 3 days ago.
VIP Meet & Greet On Sale Day (10:00am): TWEET FOR HELP BECAUSE YOU CAN’T FIND…. oh wait, nevermind…it’s working now.
VIP Meet & Greet On Sale Day (10:03am): Time to post on every social media platform about your new purchase(s)!
—- This is where the timeline varies based on tour, travel, etc. so let’s skip ahead to everyone’s favorite… CONCERT DAY! —
8am…ish: Lay in bed and think about how you couldn’t sleep because TODAY IS CONCERT DAY.
8:15am: Eat breakfast…because it’ll be the last meal you eat today.
8:30am: Post on socials that “TODAY IS THE DAY. Might go live later. Idk.”
8:45am – 11am: Counting hours that you have before you head to the venue.
12pm: Start thinking about a different outfit, even though you’ve decided on your outfit months ago, but today it looks different.
12:45pm: Decide to just wear the original outfit.
1pm: Get the opinion of your friends and ask what they’re wearing.
1:15pm: What about shoes? Should you bring two pair?
1:20pm: Get sidetracked because there is always SOME kind of drama that you’re more interested in.
1:40pm: OH MY GOD GET IT TOGETHER! YOU ONLY HAVE 7 HOURS UNTIL THE CONCERT AND 3 HOURS UNTIL VIP CHECK IN.
1:45pm – 3pm: Get yourself together….which basically means actually putting effort into your hair and makeup (if that’s your thing), even though you know it will mean nothing by the end of the night.
3pm: Approve yourself in the mirror and take selfies with the besties.
3:05pm: Post to your insta stories to make everyone jealoussssss.
3:15pm: Head to line up for VIP check in even though check in doesn’t start until 4pm but like…WHAT IF THE EMAIL WAS WRONG, OKAY? What if you miss Brian walking into the venue? How will you live with yourself if you’re not standing in line, actively pretending like you don’t see him and it’s all chill?
3:20pm: Make friends in line and bond over past experiences. Meet at least one fan who will try to one-up you on everything. Meet another who has never been to VIP before and relish in the newness of a fresh fan.
3:30pm: “Whyyyyy do we have to get here so earrrllyyy? I could run this better myself.” (Even though you didn’t have to get here this early and you literally work at Starbucks.)
3:45pm: Scroll through social media and ask other fans where they are, even though you have no intention of meeting up with them….but it’s nice to know.
4pm: Answer the 45th person walking by about what you’re standing in line for.
4:15pm: Regret sets in about the shoes you’re wearing, but YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE A WEAK BITCH. Your legs look BOMB.
4:25pm: “The VIP lounge better have like…real food. I’m STARVING.”
4:45pm: “I’m like…so chill. This is my 345th VIP. This is what happens everytime.”
5pm: “OMG I don’t know WHAT they’re doing and what’s taking so long. Probably Nick. We always blame everything on him. HAAAAAAAAAA.”
5:15pm: “IF THIS LINE DOES NOT MOVE I SWEAR TO GOD.”
5:20pm: You check in and return to normal human being…omgomgomg…Backstreet Boys.
5:30pm: “Oh my god, snacks! Oh my god, I can’t eat!”
5:50pm: Run to the restroom for the 4th time because you’ve got nerves…but also you’ve had two drinks.
6pm: Talk to old friends, new friends…or avoid them…it all really just depends.
6:10pm: OH MY GOD, WE SMELL BACKSTREET BOYS.
6:15pm: OMG WE SAW KEVIN’S HAIR.
6:17pm: “OMG I TOOOOTTALLLLYYY MADE EYE CONTACT WITH AJ.”
6:20pm: Line up for the photo. Change back into your hot girl shoes if so inclined. The pain wasn’t worth it and you’ve been walking in flip flops since you got inside.
6:30pm: Act chilllll. You’re sooooo chill. You’re a pro.
6:31pm: But like, really, what are you going to say?
6:32pm: Is Nick going to remember your name? WHY DOESN’T HE KNOW YOUR NAMMMEE?
6:33pm: JK. He totally knows it.
6:34pm: This line is NEVER MOVING…WHY DOES NOTHING EVER…
6:35pm: Oh wait. We are SO CLOSE.
6:40pm: OMG. There’s Brian.
6:41pm: But like…it’s fine.
6:46pm: Tell Kevin that everything has been SO WONDERFUL.
6:47pm: Quietly walk out of M&G and grab your purse…then grab your friend and go over EVERY SINGLE THING THAT JUST HAPPENED.
6:50pm: “But wait…did that happen?”
6:55pm: “I think I might have blinked. I hope I didn’t blink.”
7pm: “I AM SO HUNGRY! A drink will fix that, right?”
7:15pm: Text all your friends about VIP before you forget the newness.
7:20pm: Post an obscure tweet on Twitter so everyone will want to know more.
7:25pm: Buy another VIP for a concert that you may or may not have tickets to yet. Who cares?
7:30pm-8pm: Take your shoes off and save your energy because we’re all getting older and you’re not going to make it…
8:05pm: “Where is my hair tie?! Why did I wear my hair down?? So hot. Ugh, but it’ll crease.”
8:10pm: “Oh my goooddd…where areeee theyyyyy?”
8:15pm: Scream the moments the lights go down because you need to scream about something, but it’s also just the opening act so…minimal effort.
9:15pm: Just as you’re about to whine for the 45th time, the lights go down again. It’s real this time. Oh my God, it’s REAL. R E A L.
9:17pm: CAN’T BREATHE
9:18pm: ARE YOU CRYING? I’M CRYING. Where did these tears come from?? Is this just sweat?
9:20pm: This girl beside me BETTER NOT try to get in my way.
9:20pm-11pm: A weird state of euphoria where time does not exist, all of the fangirl demons that possess you pour out of your orifices, you sing along to the songs you swear you hate, you fEeL sOmEtHiNg when even your least favorite Backstreet Boy so much as makes eye contact with you, and SURPRISE — you’re now best friends with the girl beside you (at least for tonight). Oh, and you DEFINITELY put your hair up halfway through.
11:05pm: Walk out like a zombie in a delightful daydream and try to force others to scream sing with you because IT CAN’T BE OVER.
11:15pm: WHERE CAN YOU GET PIZZA ASAP OMG. Also, you need to sit down and look at the next few tour dates and make them work because you are GOING.
11:20pm: Analyze every moment with your friends who were there because you need to know one more time that that just happened.
11:45pm: Wonder when Justin will upload Meet and Greet photos. Ask everyone online even though you’ve done this before.
Next Day: REFRESHREFRESHREFRESH on the photo page because you gotta get those social media likes while it’s fresh. Panic to anyone that will listen that you think you blinked / were talking.
Once Photos Are Up: Post the HD version of the VIP pic (after you ask people how to do that) and add casual, cliche caption (i.e. “Always in the VIP”, “About last night”, etc.)
Next 25 years: Do it all over again. Never regret one minute.
**This is strictly humor based and the times are not entirely accurate for this tour**
Featured Photo: Justin Segura