Can You Get The Backstreet Boys To Their Concert Venue In Time? :: An Interactive Adventure

While most of the world is stuck inside, we wanted to find something new for you guys to do! Remember those activity books when you were younger that were a choose-your-own-adventure situation? If you liked those, this is for you!

A lot of fans have dreamed of working for the Backstreet Boys, but could you make all the right choices without getting fired first? We’ve created a scenario for you to find out below! All you have to do is pick which option you think would be best…and try not to lost your job before you make it. Good luck!! Let us know via social media how you did!

If you enjoyed this, let us know!! Also, if the form below won’t work, you can find it here as well.

How Kevin Richardson Taught Us All About Self Care Before It Was Cool

The year was 2006. It was the beginning of summer, shortly after the end of the Never Gone tour. All we had, as fans, were a few message boards online and MTV (or Much Music, depending on where you lived).

And Kevin Richardson left the Backstreet Boys.

In a statement, Kevin said that he wanted to “move on to the next chapter” and that there was nothing but love for his “little brothers” as they chose to continue on with the Backstreet Boys and their music. The remaining four, in turn, stated that Kevin wouldn’t be replaced and that the door was always open for his return.

To say we were heartbroken would be an understatement. We were kids, some of who idolized Kevin, but we all collectively could not imagine the Backstreet Boys without him. How could he do this, we thought. How could he leave us? How could he leave them? We thought he cared! Was it all a lie?

Now, in 2020, we get it and honestly, Kevin’s departure from the Backstreet Boys, a band he had poured his heart and soul into for years prior, has inspired us as adults. Before there were instagram posts and magazine articles about what self-care looks like and the many forms it takes, there was, for us, Kevin… taking a leap from something that he no longer felt inspired to take part in.

In the many interviews since his return to the group, Richardson has expressed that, not only did he want to see what else was out there for him, but simply that he didn’t feel passionate about being a Backstreet Boy anymore. He wanted to start a family, he wanted to try other things, and he didn’t think it was fair to the other Boys, the fans, or anyone else involved to drag behind.

And that act, leaving behind something great, something that works on the surface, something that pays for your lifestyle and more, is self-care at its finest.

The Backstreet Boys went on to make two albums without Kevin and a huge collaborative effort with the New Kids On The Block before he returned, fresh and invigorated and man, we feel it. We feel it in every interaction during a meet and greet, every selfie he’s stopped to take, every kind word he’s shared with us, every minute he leans down in the audience to touch as many hands as he can. Sometimes quitting is the best thing you can do for yourself so that you can come back bigger and brighter – and that is the case for Kevin Richardson. He is better because of it and so are we.

Earlier this week, while talking about Justin Timberlake’s departure from NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys discussed their Kevin-less ventures on Watch What Happens Live, to which Kevin (jokingly) claimed that “he’s no Justin”.

And he’s right.

He’s better.

At (mostly) a young age, we learned what it meant to have the courage to leave something behind for the greater good. We learned what putting your needs first looked like. We learned that putting your needs first also sometimes meant caring about what others were able to accomplish as well and that being honest is better than living a lie. We learned that burn out isn’t always forever and that what’s meant to be will be. We learned that no one that matters will love you any less for doing what’s best for you.

Because, for a lot of us, that is what Kevin Richardson has taught us. He’s taught us to be brave, that how you feel affects everyone around you, and that saying no is an option. Whether we consciously know it or not, his words and actions have stuck with us all these years and we are so grateful for every piece of his journey that he has shared with us, in ways that we now understand.

You’re a light, Kevin. We’re lucky to have you.

What’s Happening On The Backstreet: A January 2020 Backstreet Boys Update

There’s a little less than a month until the Backstreet Boys head back out on their DNA tour, but that doesn’t mean Kevin, Brian, Howie, Nick and AJ aren’t out and about!

Need a cliff notes version of things you might have missed? We got you!

Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell were on hand to induct Gary Baker into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame

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Gary Baker had a hand in writing Backstreet Boys’ songs like “Anywhere For You” and “Back To Your Heart” and last week, he was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. After working with the Boys, he became a friend and part of the family and asked Brian and Kevin if they would be part of his induction.

You can read the kind words that the two Boys shared about Baker here. They also joined Baker to perform “I’m Already There”, another one of his hits made famous by Lonestar. You can watch the performance here (or here, if you’re outside of the U.S.)

Howie D. opens musical in Omaha THIS WEEKEND!

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We’ve been talking about it for a while, but the time has finally come! Howie’s musical, Back In The Day, debuts this weekend in Omaha at The Rose Theater. We have everything you need to know RIGHT HERE!

Nick Carter introduced Shania Twain at the Nevada Ballet’s Black & White Ball

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Nick is still home in Las Vegas, enjoying time with his family, but he had a brief night out last weekend (with Lauren) when he attended Nevada Ballet’s Black and White Charity Ball.

What was he doing at this event? He had the honor of giving the history of the event plus announcing Woman Of The Year honoree, Shania Twain. You can see him welcoming her in here and Shania’s tweet about the event here.

AJ McLean Went On Tour With ATCK

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For two(ish) weeks, AJ set out on a mini tour with side project band, ATCK (short for All The Cool Kids). Made up of members AJ McLean, DJ Lux, Ryan Stevenson, Drew Webber, Paul Law and others, the band garnered the attention of Backstreet Boys fans everywhere as well as drawing in others who just happened to be in the same city. ATCK is a good time, performing covers of popular songs, a BSB tune or two, some of AJ’s solo work, and more, they are worth checking out if you see them in your city.

Keep up on their official ATCK Facebook page!

10 Backstreet Things We’re Looking Forward To In The Next Decade

LOOOOOOOKING back on the things they’ve DONNEEEEE….

Well, we’re tired of doing that. Let’s talk about what we want to see from Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick in future because as Nick Carter famously coded in his Millennium liner notes (someone please ask him how long that took to do), THE FUTURE IS SCARCE! We need some wishes granted pronto, ya know?

So here goes…

1. The Release Of A Christmas Album…And That Acoustic Album?

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Another year without a Backstreet Boys holiday album (where we are forced to turn to that other boyband who actually does have a really decent one) has come and gone, but after the Boys dropped news that they were going to move forward with churning one out in the near future, we have hope for one in 2020! At least one of the Backstreet Boys is hoping for the same — Brian Littrell is forecasting the release for 2020 as well. If we don’t get it by next Christmas, the Backstreet Army will be storming the North Pole to have a long talk with Santa.

There was also a collection of their past music rerecorded acoustically that has yet to be released. Fingers crossed that it’s in our ears at some point in the next decade.

2. The Backstreet Kids Growing Up!

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By the end of the next decade, the majority of the existing Backstreet kids will be teenagers!

We’ll give you a minute to stop your head from spinning.

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for these children and to watch their dads continue to be proud of them. We’re also thrilled to watch Baylee’s career continue to blossom (have we mentioned he’ll be nearly 30 by the end of the decade? Ouch. Our brains).

Mannnn, we really hope Nick is still making pancakes for Odin when he’s 13!

3. A Return To Vegas?

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We love, love, love the tour life and obviously, the Backstreet Boys coming to us is convenient, but there was something fun and magical about the Vegas residency. Maybe it was the fact that we could fit multiple shows into one trip without having to go anywhere (plus fit fun things in between) or maybe it was all of our friends meeting in one place or maybe things were a blur because we hardly slept (but were also more well rested than tour kind of?) or MAYBE it was the fact that the pricing was generally better than on tour.

WHATEVER it was that made us love the BSB Vegas residency, we hope that we have the chance to do it all over again….between other things, of course. It also beats the alternative to not having anything at all, right?

4. More VIP Events and Cruises.

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This decade has brought us so many new experiences with Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick. From different VIP Meet and Greet experiences to birthday parties to afterparties to cruises and so much more, we can’t go back to where we started now! Years ago, we never thought the opportunities we’ve been given would have even been possible, but here we are. These events are the location of some of our favorite memories and we hope to only make more.

An island event perhaps? A party bus? A party plane? We have hiiiiigh hopes!

5. Music. Music. Music.

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This is what we came for. This is why we stay. This is all we ask for even if we just got a new album.

Well, not all we ask for…but it is the basis.

6. A Grammy.

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FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, RECORDING ACADEMY….GIVE THESE MEN A GRAMMY.

The tears of Backstreet fans worldwide will surely cause a flood when they do, right?

7. More Moments We’ll Never Forget.

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The memory that just popped into your head while reading that — yeah, more of those. We’ve been lucky enough to love a band for almost 26 years and the number of things we’ve experienced because of them are endless. We know we reiterate it allllll the time, but damn, it’s really special, ya know? You know.

Also, can we get some wax figures, Madame Tussauds? That’s a moment we haven’t gotten yet and basically, they’re / we’re not getting any younger. We need them IMMORTAL.

8. AJ’s Solo Album.

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Just gonna leave this one (or two or three) here. 🙂 Maybe someday.

9. A Few Collaborations.

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We’ve had a taste of the Backstreet Boys in the country realm (where they won an award, joined in a stadium tour, and hit #1 on country charts with Florida Georgia Line) and a taste of the Backstreet Boys  in the EDM world (where they hit #1 on Dance charts, garnered a lot of attention with a music video, and more with Steve Aoki), but we want more! Of course we love the Boys on their own, but these collabs have proven to be excellent exposure and have exposed a lot of other celebrities as BSB fans (Tim McGraw and Lauren Alaina, anyone?).

Check out this past post for some ladies that we’d love to see them collab with in the future!

10. Another Decade.

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We’re aware that this is like your 3rd wish from a genie being to have more wishes but we’ve been spoiled to a band that sticks together and, well, we want it that way. Let’s be real though – whether the Backstreet Boys play until they’re Mick Jaggering or not, as long as we are alive, we’ll be shoving them down everyone’s throats forever make sure that the music, the myths, and the legends that Kevin, Brian, AJ, Howie and Nick are and have created will live on for decades to come.

And we’d also like some merch disguised as home decor, kthx.

 

Farewell To The 2010s Era of Backstreet

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.

Cheers.

(Looking forward, we’ve written about what we hope to see in the next 10 years — coming soon!)

28 Videos Of Kevin Richardson Dancing That Are Sure To Make You Happy

The Backstreet Boys have officially wrapped another leg of the DNA tour (with the promise of more to come). We have showed up, sold out a large number of arenas, posted endlessly about our love for this tour, and are beyond prepared for more.

As with every tour, there are multiple things that we will forever associate with it. We’ve already written about Brian nailing vocals on the Euro leg and Nick’s performances of “The Way It Was” making us weak, but you guys, we are NOT sleeping on Kevin F**king Richardson and THOSE MOVES.

Ever since the Backstreet Boys’ Homecoming concert on television in the 90s, we’ve been obsessed with our very own groove master. The man can GET IT! After realizing that many of you felt the same way, we couldn’t help but ask for your best videos of Kevin getting down on the DNA tour.

As always, you’ve all delivered and this has turned into one of our favorite posts. We think you’ll agree. The eldest Backstreet Boy is likely how even Stella got her groove back, ya feel us?

One thing is for sure – we never want to live in a world where we don’t have the honor to dance with Kevin!