10 years doesn’t seem like a long time…
Until you think about all of the things the Backstreet Boys achieved and everything that we’ve been present to witness in that time.
While the 90s and early 2000s might have been the most prolific era for the Backstreet Boys to many and is factually so based on numbers, for us, the period from 2010 to 2020 holds a significant place in the hearts of the most dedicated of fans.
The Backstreet Boys started this decade as a foursome, with a new album freshly released and a tour on the horizon. While the rest of the world had largely counted the Boys out, they pressed on…and so did we, showing up to amphitheaters all over the U.S. that Summer and concert venues in Europe, Asia and South America throughout the year for the This Is Us tour.
It could be argued that this was the time that the BSB and the fans formed a deeper bond. It was us and it was them and suddenly, we all seemed to be in this time of transition. Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick were finding their groove as a quartet and the majority of us were finding our way in life as adults. 2010 was the beginning of something we could only imagine.
The rest of the decade saw the return of Kevin to the group, multiple Backstreet Boys cruises, a major arena tour with the New Kids On The Block that included a performance at Fenway, their first collaboration and single on a Country chart with Florida Georgia Line, a documentary, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an album on their own label, an album that went #1, a Grammy nomination, a record breaking Vegas residency and so. much. more.
Most importantly, there are all the memories we’ve shared in between. As we mentioned before, while this past decade may not have been the “peak” of Backstreet’s career commercially, it has been nothing short of defining in so many other ways.
We watched them rise back to a level of stardom they’ve deserved all along. We watched them exemplify hard work and determination over and over again.
We. Watched. Them.
For many of us, the years between 2010 and 2020 were the first years that we got to experience the Backstreet Boys on our own terms – as adults. We learned work-life-tour-event balance, we made friends all over the world with the rise of social media, we built trips around Backstreet adventures, we passed their music along to our children, and we’ve had experiences that we wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. To say that these years have made us proud is an understatement… because these men did it for themselves. Because despite the ups and downs, they recreate themselves, they learn, and the carry on. And if that doesn’t inspire you, what will?
So, while we could go on and on about everything Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick have achieved together and separately in this decade, we won’t…. because we were all there. And we were all together. And the memories that are flooding in as you read this are more than words could ever explain.
Here’s to more of that feeling when the lights go down, more confetti, more of hearing your favorite song performed, more friends and trips you never planned on, more begging for the things we want and making it work when we don’t get our way exactly. We may not have all shared the same feelings about things for the past decade but I think we can all agree that we can come together for these Boys.
Here’s to the Backstreet Boys and another 10 years…may we be lucky enough to be able to share in another decade of success, memories, and feelings that we’ll never fully be able to put into words. Together.
May we also be able to afford the Ticketmaster fees that come with loving a band.
(Looking forward, we’ve written about what we hope to see in the next 10 years — coming soon!)