#BSB25Project: To The Backstreet Boys On Their 25th Anniversary

“As long as there’ll be music, we’ll be coming back again.”

The line from an extended version of the Backstreet Boys’ “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” has evolved from a lyric in a song to make fans scream as teenagers to something that, as adults, we’ve come to believe as more of a promise.

Today, April 20, 2018, the Backstreet Boys are celebrating their 25th anniversary together. You can see 25 as a quarter of a century or as only the beginning of a long road ahead, but one thing is for sure – it’s a remarkable accomplishment for any band, especially in recent years.

And here they are. Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Nick Carter keep coming back for more, keep giving us more to look forward to, keep making music together and stay the family they always told us they were. These five men have spent more than half of each of their lives together – through the highest highs and the lowest lows, weddings, babies, triumph and tragedy – and they’ve done it all in the public eye.

And through it all, they’ve never turned their back on us, the fans.

They’ve made music… for us.

They’ve toured endlessly… for us.

They’ve spent days on cruise ships… for us.

They’ve reached out to ask our opinions so that they could keep it fresh… for us.

They’ve missed birthdays, anniversaries, and family moments… for us.

They’ve been open and honest every step of the way… for us.

They’ve remained a family so that we could all stay together as fans, making these memories, traveling the earth, making our own families in more ways than one…

And on this 25th anniversary of the Backstreet Boys being together, we wanted to do something… for them.

Late last year, we began the #BSB25Project…

Hundreds of fans came together from ALL OVER THE WORLD to donate enough money to take out an ad in Billboard magazine to celebrate our Boys’ anniversary together.

From $1 to $100 to sharing posts to donating merch pieces to auction off, we came together in a big way and exceeded the goal within a few months! No one can say that the love for the Backstreet Boys is any less than it was in the 90s. In fact, it has only grown.

So, in the April 21st issue of Billboard Magazine, there is a full page color ad (designed by fellow fan, Michelle) congratulating Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick on 25 years together and thanking them for everything they’ve done for us and everything they continue to do.

It’s the very least we could do.

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With the extra $800 donated to the campaign, we donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, who specialize in treating children with cancer, so that they may have a chance to live a long life and love a band + make as many memories as we have with the Backstreet Boys.

 

Congratulations on 25 years, Backstreet Boys. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything that you’ve done and will do in the future. You’ve changed our lives, you’ve given us life, and you have meant more to us than you will ever know. It has been an absolute honor and privilege to be a BSB fan because of you five gentlemen.

From now until forever.

Love, The Backstreet Army

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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

 

 

 

64 Fans On 24 Years With The Backstreet Boys

On April 20, 1993, Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick became the Backstreet Boys. Five guys worked their way out of Orlando, FL to stages around the world.

They kept working and working…

…Until they changed millions of lives with their music, their stories, and the human beings that they are.

In 2017, we are celebrating the success they’ve had as a group for the past 24 years. They’ve been through public ups and downs, losing a member and getting him back, album after album, tour after tour, weddings, babies, health issues and more.

For 24 years, they’ve had each other’s backs.

They’ve been each other’s family.

In turn, they’ve become our family.

Words aren’t enough for everything we’ve felt about the Backstreet Boys over the past 24 years, so we asked you to simply send in a few things such as when was the first time and the last time you’ve seen the Boys live and how the past years as a fan have impacted you.

Before you read on to the lovely things everyone else had to say, here’s where I want to start:

Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ, and Nick…

We are so sorry for not loving you sooner, but thank you for knowing that we would come around. We’re sorry for ever doubting, years ago, that you would keep coming back. Thank you for sticking with us when we may not have stuck with you. Thank you for continuously showing up when the world seemed like it was against you. Thank you for not giving up on us or giving up on each other. Thank you for making music that we can pass on to our children. Thank you for healing us in ways we never knew we needed.

Thank you for all of the memories you’ve given us.

Here’s to the next 24 years, Boys. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.


Name: Alma (Uraguay)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 2011

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: June 2015

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I’ve been through a lot of hell, and they have always been my safest place to hide, even when I choose to take a break from them, I always come back and fall in love all over again, I’ve been a fan for almost 20 years, I’m on my way to becoming a professional translator, I started translating their songs and ever since then I loved doing it, so now thanks to them, I found my passion and I’m pursuing it.


Name: Lizzy Carter (Paris, France)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 18, 2014

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 13, 2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Becoming a Backstreet fan was the best decision I made in my life. Backstreet music always brought me joy, Happiness & Peace. But The most thing that I like is the relationship instaured between the boys & us, fans. I mean, the way they put you comfortable is very special, especially when you meet them for the First time, which was my case in 2016. I am Proud of being a Soldier & I will KeepTheBackstreetPrideAlive till my last breath



Name: Janice Constante (St. Charles, IL)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 12/14/2016

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 12/14/2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: It made me think of being a cool Mom while driving my minivan with my 2 girls in their car seats with the windows down and blasting BSB music! I know exactly how it feels to be with someone that long because I’m with the guy I was married to in May of 1993!


Name: Virginia Kalavitinos (Hanover, PA)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: September 1998

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: September 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Their songs have gotten me through the worst time of my life especially when I lost my dad in 2000. The song ‘Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely’ has helped me a lot in my life.


Name: Ari (Bentonville, AR)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 3, 2013

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 3, 2013

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: In a family that never stayed together, the boys have been my ONLY constant for my life. They helped pull me out of deep anxiety & depression…got me through my first real heartbreak. My kids know every song word 4 word. The Backstreet Boys are my family in every way that matters. In more ways than some of my real family. BSB hold the most special place in my heart.


Name: Kathy Dominguez (Texas)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: June 4, 2014

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: June 4, 2012

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I would have to say just having their music around has brought me such joy!! Seeing them in Corpus in 2014 always brought me one of the best friends I could ever ask for!! I’m so thankful to BSB for being Krystle Johnson and I together!!! Hope and pray one day I get to meet them one day!!


Name: Jamie Salmonn (North Carolina)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: February 2000

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: It’s been amazing to know that the first musicians you ever really loved is still kicking butt and taking names all these years later! To love a group in your teenage years & for them to still be around and now YOUR kids listen to them and know their music is so awesome! I am beyond proud to be a BSB fan!


Name: Melissa Lamb (Ballston Spa, NY)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 1998

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 5, 2010

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The last 24 years with BSB has meant EVERYTHING to me! They’ve been there with me during my breakdowns and triumphs. When my mom passed in ’02 they were there. When I graduated in ’05 they were there, when I got married and had my babies they were there. My 5yr old was diagnosed with cancer when he was 9 months old and when he was getting treatment all he would listen to was BSB. They were the only thing that would calm him and lul him to sleep. I sent Brian a letter about my son and asked him for a signed photo not really expecting a reply. To my surprise I got a signed photo in the mail for my son. It sits on the mantle above the fireplace. I plan on going to see them if and when they have a world tour and I plan on bringing my son so he can meet Brian and the rest of BSB. I feel like BSB is apart of my family. Without them life would be pretty depressing.


Name: Kim Harris (Indiana)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2000
Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 6/11/2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The Backstreet Boys have been my constant for the past 24 years. I grew up with them, been to every tour. I never “grew out” of them. I’ve always declared my love for them! They sing beautifully, create great music, and put on an amazing show. They’re just a great, talented group of guys that will always have my love and devotion. They’re great to us, the fans…


Name: Ashley B (Lexington, KY)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 11/26/98

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 8/9/13

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I have literally grown up with the Backstreet Boys . I was born the same year Backstreet Boys were formed . I heard as long as love as you love me on the radio when I was three and starting singing along my went and bought me the CD and I was in . My sister was two when her and I saw the first concert and she knew every word at 2 . But now have they have impacted my life From good days and bad Backstreet Boys were there for me when I was having a rough day the Backstreet Boys were always there for me to make me feel better I am from the same place as Brian in Lexington KY . I feel connected to the group I have loved them my whole life and am a life long member of the BSB army.


Name: Miriam (Italy)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: April 30, 2008

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 10, 2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: A group of guys who care about their fans, who put what they love before anything else, deserve all my love an respect. These 24 years mean: music, love, devotion, dedication, passion, hard work and respect for what they do and who they/we are. Being a Backstreet Boys’ fan is the essence of my days, with their music, they can change my mood, my day, they can put a smile on my face in the hardest times. These years have been a constant growth in terms of love and respect for them, never I would have imagined to have such a great passion through the years and if I’m still here after 20 years of these 24, well it’s thank to my guys and to their immense love and the big happiness they give to me on a daily basis. I will always KTBSPA! Cheers! #BSB24


Name: Jessee Floyd (South Carolina)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2001

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2006

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The boys have always been there for me not matter what. Whether I was happy or sad. Brian and AJ’ s triumph over there struggles have shown me that you can overcome anything with friends, family, and God by your side! I will love them forever because of that!


Name: Gabriel Flores (Quezon Province, Philippines)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: I’ve never seen them in person. I REALLY want to.

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Backstreet Boys is already been part of me. Its members are really my inspirations. Their songs sing every moment of life. All of their songs are my favorite. And now, I am a year before my dream, I will be graduating in college; I will be able to buy tickets or something that can make me fulfill on of my greatest dream – to meet them personally. That’s how BSB really means to me.


Name: Pheng To-Amilussin

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 5, 2016

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 5, 2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: We see a lot of changes in the past 24 years. Being a fan since the released of their first single, I had to rely on MTV, borrowed cassette tapes, VHS tapes just to watch and listen to the Backstreet Boys. Then we had CDs, VCDs, and eventually Youtube. But nothing beats the feeling of watching the Boys perform live for the first time. It was only last year that I was able to save enough to be able to fly to Manila and watch their concert. The emotions were indescribable. We’ve watched them grow from young carefree boys to responsible family men. They are meant for greatness and I will be their fan until the end.


Name: Katie (Atlanta, GA)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2/25/2000

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 1/28/2001

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: To love five great guys that make great music for whole world to love! It always made me happy to put in one of theit CDs and dance around my room and love what I was listening to! Thank you guys for these past 24 years.


Name: Vanessa Ford (Portland, OR)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2000
Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2017
What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I was 8 years old and fresh off the spice girls. A friend showed me quit playing games and asked me who I thought was handsome. I was hooked on Aj. Growing up my parents fought a lot and bsb were the only ones that helped me sleep. Backstreet boys sang me to sleep for years. I was teased for being a fan, told it was a phase. As I grew up I continued to listen to them to help with anxiety. When I was pregnant I played unbreakable non stop, it helped me through my husbands deployment. Basically if I need stress relief, or help going to sleep, my boys always bring me comfort. I can always listen and watch them and feel comforted and loved. Now my son’s love the boys with me.


Name: Vanessa Court-Payen (Italy)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: October 5th 1999

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 14th 2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The Backstreet Boys shaped who I am as a person. I was bullied pretty badly in high school, and their music helped me escape from that.

When my mother died, they helped me by releasing tour dates two weeks after her funeral, which reminded me that there was something worth living for.

Through thick and thin, they’ve been there for me through their music, with concerts and music videos. They’ve helped me meet some of the best people I know (including my best friend at a Black & Blue show), and allowed me to travel to many places – for concerts, of course.

Oh, and, frankly, their music still makes me grin and dance around.

So, thank you, Boys, for everything. Thank you for your music, for your lyrics, for your lives. I’ll be right here for the next 24 years, ready for another album and another tour.


Name: Adelaida Precilda (Phillipines)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: June 2012

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 2015

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: They inspired me and their music gives me inspiration and somehow lifts my spirit when I’m down.



Name: Solange Latty (Melbourne, Australia)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2006

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2015

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Being a fan since the very beginning, these guys are truly a blessing. They have helped me through the passing of my father, with their beautiful music and kindness to fans all over the world. I have met them quite a few times in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane and worth every maxed out credit card! First meet and greet in 2015 and love them even more today, as a 36 year old!


Name: Kari Woodson (Springfield, IL)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: July 26, 1998

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: June 7, 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Where do I even begin?! I have been a fan for almost 20 years! When I was a freshman in high school they helped me through a hard time. I felt like the only time I was really happy was when I was watching or listening to them. These five guys mean more to me than they or anyone else will ever know! I am so thankful for them and their music and how it, and they have touched me. Also, the song Never Gone has a special meaning for me. My mom died in 2005 in a car accident and that song really helped me, but also made me sad! I can’t even really put into words how much these five guys mean to me! My dream finally came true on June 7, 2014 when I met them. I was so happy and excited to finally meet them! Thank you Nick, Brian, AJ, Kevin and Howie for your music, your love, your sacrifice, your hard work, for giving yourselves to us fans, and just for YOU!! I love you guys more than you could ever really know!! Happy 24th anniversary!!


Name: Melissa Mullins (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 1998

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The Backstreet Boys are like my happy place. Their music makes me happy & when I need someone they are always there.


Name: Saba (Pakistan)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2004

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: It’s amazing that after all this years they are still together. I still listen their songs.


Name: Shelby Leworthy (Australia)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: Haven’t Seen Them Live

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: It’s meant so much to me. They’ve made me smile when no one else could. Why get a boyfriend when you have the Backstreet Boys who’ll always be there for you.


Name: Alisa Stadler (Socorro, New Mexico)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 20 + years ago

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: Never live

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: They have saved my life and helped me to deal with the many hardships in my life. I have never been to a concert and I am 52 years old, the only one I want to go to is a Backstreet Boys. For Mothers Day my daughter is taking me to Las Vegas next month on a Wednesday. I just want them to know how much they have done for me!!


Name: Hisae Shiotani (Japan)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: Feb 25, 2001

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: Mar 11, 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I had a great experience since I knew BSB.  I traveled out of my country a lot for them. They made me strong so I can’t say enough thanks even if I told them “Thank you” thousand times! And I don’t stop this adventure!!!


Name: Tiziana (Naples, Italy)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: November 24, 2009

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 10, 2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: It’s hard to define with words what the bsb means to me, but happiness is the first word that comes in my mind, they are the joy to listen a favorite song, they are a part of me, that which one that makes me feel myself at “101%” they are that part of me that makes me believe that dreams can come true.


Name: Debra Gordon (Montreal, Canada)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: January 3, 1996

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 6, 2013

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: It’s been one amazing ride. The boys really care about their fans their songs all have meaning , I remember in 2016 when I was battling cancer their song ” show them what your made of ” became my battle song!!! I’m still in shock that I got followed by Brian & Nick!! I really can wait for Vegas which will be my first VIP took 19 yrs, but I know it’ll be one amazing memory I’ll never forget!!


Name: Miriam (The Netherlands)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: October 12, 2005

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 14, 2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: One word: Life!


Name: Nidia Oliveros (Guatemala)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: Never

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I never had the opportunity to see them but I love them and their music because they are unique. I can’t go to another place to see them and they never come to Guatemala but I never lose the hope and if I never could meet them I will always love them because they are part of my heart. Every time listened or see them they make me back in the time and I feel like a teen again. I wish they could know that I love them. Thank God for BSB. GOD BLESS YOU GUYS.


Name: Elise (The Netherlands – Holland)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: December 9th, 1996

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 2017 (bsb cruise)

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The music of the boys helped me through some pretty tough times.. I still cry like a little baby when ‘Show me..’ comes along (my dad died and it was his favorite song). But at concerts I always have my besties by my side to give me a hug and to make sure AJ sees me and throws me a handkiss, sings to me and one of his signature bows where he smiles and raises his eyebrows (you all know what I mean).. Oh I could go on and on.. But the boys gave us so many memories.. They are the happy place we go to when we close our eyes and we want to build more memories to that smile on our faces glazing away in the far distance for many, many years to come!!


Name: Alexandra Sotomayor (Miami, FL – From Peru)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 9/2/1998

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 3/3/2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The BSB has meant everything to me since the first time I heard “QPGWM” in 97′ I fell in love with their voices & music. I came from Lima, Peru to the USA in 96′ along with my dad & brother, my mom passed away when I was 8 yrs old, to make long story short.. The BSB were (still is) my motivation and inspiration to learn the English language, they were my reason to keep pushing forward in my life and school (barely had any family) It wasn’t easy adapting to a new country and culture but thanks to my BSB, I had a reason to look forward to life every day, I learned their music by writing them in my journal, singing, doing scrapbooks, calling radio stations to request their songs, calling TRL etc! I came out of my shell, I grew up listening to their music and lyrics (still do). There are no words to describe what I feel about my boys and how their music has inpacted my life throughout all these years, growing up without a mother wasn’t easy.. To date, I still jam to their music and I relate so much to their music, every song has a special meaning to me because it helped through each stage of my life.. I love them! I’m a proud BSB Fan! 20 years & still counting KTBSPA!!!


Name: Delphine Z. (France)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 03/18/2014

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 05/14/2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: My sister and I fell in love with the BSB in 1996. We grew up with a dad suffering from a mental illness and their music was like refuge for us. In 2007, she had big health problems and she almost died. It was the worst moment of my life and BSB helped me holding on when she was in a coma. She kept crippling after-effects so in 2014 when we saw them live together for the first time, it was like if we went back in time when she was healthy and carefree. BSB are the best antidepressant ever ! They helped me holding on when I was totally lost and desperate. And since my Mum came to a BSB cruise with us, she’s a big fan too ! That’s a family affair ! We love you guys.


Name: Mary Irony Angel Atido (Cavite, Phillipines)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: Never

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Even though I never met them, I always think of them as a member of our family. All of us is a fan of them starting from my mother and her sisters and we keep on keeping the backstreet pride alive! Im just a 13 year old girl but eversince i was 5 or 6 years old I’m a fan of them (actually eversince i was in my mother’s womb). They help me overcome my problems on different situations. Their songs always motivate me and inspire me to never give up on your life no matter how hard the situation is.


Name: Matt Mayorchak (Albany, NY)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 06/15/2010

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 06/04/2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: 24 years ago I was not even born yet. I was born in 1996 right as BSB was breaking into the US. BSB has meant everything to me ever since. Aside from my parents they have been one of the best role models in my life. Themselves as well as their music continues to influence me and be an example of who I want to be as an adult.


Name: Ratih Dwiastuti (Indonesia)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: July 1, 2012

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 3, 2015

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: They teach me a lot of things. Here’s the summary. First, career is a marathon, not a sprint. They struggle, passion, and dedication in music industry taught me a lot to set career goals. Second, they taught me to always have pure heart, specially Kev :’)..last but not least, they are the best English teacher since elementary school until now! Ha! Well, there are no words can’t describe how proud i am to be backstreet boys fan. God sent the boys into my life and become one of my biggest booster to keep up a good life. “No one’s ever gonna love you (guys) more than God, Your Mama, and Me” 🙂


Name: Christie Brauer (Minneapolis, MN)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: February 17, 2001

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: July 15, 2011

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I was born in February 1993 – since I was born the Backstreet Boys have a been a group. That says a lot. I have never gone through a day of my life without them their music. They were my first concert, my first obsession and still to this day my favorite group. They are so talented and I am so grateful for the joy they have brought me. Thank you BSB.


Name: Elijah Gaudin Malolot (San Fernando Cebu, Phillipines)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: Not Yet

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: They inspire me In my Studies , and They Also Help me How To solve my Problems Through their Music.


Name: Melly (Edmonton, AB – Canada)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 1998

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Wow…it has meant finding my best friend, Sunnygirl20. Finding myself. Realizing that dream do come true. BSB have been there for me thru every major event in my life over the last 22 years. University, marriage, birth of my daughter and the end of my marriage. They have saved me.


Name: Emily Lin (Taiwan)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 02/22/2008

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 04/30/2015

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: BSB’s music has been the soundtrack of my life for 20+ years. From teenage crush to now, the Boys are like my oldest friend because they are always there when I need them, though I’ve only met them for a couple of times. They are my inspirations. They gave me the courage to take adventures and to dream big. Along the way, I’ve been to many places, met awesome people, and learned skills for myself to make a living now. Loving BSB has changed my life for good. I’m forever thankful for that.

“As long as there’s music we’ll be coming back again” is like the most beautiful promise between BSB and the fans. Here’s to more amazing music, tours, and epic BSB moments to come! And of course, I’ll forever be there keeping the Backstreet Pride alive! Happy 24th Anniversary to BSB! Cheers!


Name: Danielle (Maryland)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 1996

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: They have changed my life and made me a better person for the last 24 years and I’m happy with hey never broke up and still here I’m a big proud fan.


Name: Alida Abbott (Syracuse, NY)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 30, 1998

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 1, 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: My life changed in 1996 when I was visiting my dad’s family in Holland. I was watching MTV with my cousins and a music video with 5 amazingly talented guys filled the screen. “Get Down” was my first taste of BSB and I was hooked and desperately needed more. BSB has been a constant in my life, always there crooning exactly the right words when I needed them the most, during the lows (losses of loved ones) to the highs (marrying my high school soul mate) of my life. After 21 years of only seeing them from a distance, my inner 9 year old finally got her wish to meet them. And let me say, my life changed yet again. So thank you: Nick, Brian, AJ, Kevin and Howie for changing the life of that little 9 year girl.


Name: Karah-Leigh (Atlanta, GA)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 1, 1998

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 16, 2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: While I’ve only been a fan for almost 19 years, those have meant the world to me. BSB have saved my life more times than I can count. They have been the one thing I can always count on. They’ve brought me my best friends, introduced me to my love of writing which led to my career. It’s cheesy to say, but every time I’m down, they seem to make it right. To me, that’s what makes them LARGER THAN LIFE!


Name: Jessica McCartney (California)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 1, 2017

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 1, 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Ever since 2015, I’ve always loved the boys for being themselves and always being together. Unlike other boy bands, they’ve always treated each other like brothers and love each other for who they are. I’m so proud to be their fan for 2 years now. 🙂


Name: Maayan Ben-Yacob (Israel)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 11.5.2006

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 5.21.2015

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The past 24 years with BSB means the world. Their music was there for me when i was down having a bad time and when i had happy moments. today with the social media, you can feel how much they really care, trying to give attention to each and every fan. You really feel like they are part of you family. I’m so thankful i got to meet them personally and thank them for all those amazing years! My very special moment with the boys was on May 18 2015 when in was invited to their welcome dinner (first time in Israel) and got to meet them for the very first time, they were so nice and was really curious about me as a person and we had a really nice evening!


Name: Michelle Johnson (Toronto, Canada)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: November 11, 1999

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 17, 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Backstreet has always been the great escape for me – a fantasy if you will, that my 13 year old self clung bitterly to when I was getting bullied daily – at school, and at home. Imagining that words in songs like “The One” and “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” were crafted specifically for me, got me through hard days, and often hushed me to sleep when anxieties pounded at my door.

They have also always been the best form of comfort to me – helping to calm, and silence storms by simply hearing their melodies. I’m so grateful for them – being completely biased to AJ specifically – who more times than one, talked me off the ledge.

Many said it would be a phase, but here I am, 19 years later still going strong. Love you boys!


Name: Leonie (The Netherlands)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: June 5, 1999

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 11, 2016

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: BSB has changed my life from the first moment I saw them on TV. I was 9 years old and We’ve Got It Goin On was played. Immediately I was hooked! I fell in love with Nick Carter. From that moment I collected everything BSB related. Posters, bubble gum, CDs, VHS, sticker albums etc. BSB became a huge part of my life and they still are for 23 years now. I am incredibly proud of these 5 amazing guys! Nick, AJ, Howie, Kevin and Brian thank you so much for everything. You have no idea how much you mean to me. Happy 24th Anniversary! See you in Vegas in June!


Name: Nicole Cook (California)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 9/6/2001

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 3/4/2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: To me, the Backstreet Boys represent unconditional love. They have always been my go-to group when I’m feeling sad or happy. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten to appreciate how much they truly care for their fans because they continue to give us more. Last year for my 30th, I flew to Boston for Nick’s Appetizing afternoon, and it was so awesome to feel so pampered with a million hugs and memories that I will never forget. Last month when I got to meet all of the boys for the first time in Vegas, they were all so welcoming and made me feel special. Seeing them perform live is always such a rush and I love sharing that joy with all the new friends I have made along the way because of them. The Backstreet army is the BEST! Here’s to another 24 years!


Name: Sarah (California / New York)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: Oct 15th, 1999

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 4th, 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Words cannot describe what these Boys mean to me. From preteen to a full-fledged adult, I have grown up with them…regardless of the many ups and downs, they continue to be a consistent source of positivity in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough in recent years to meet them many times and experience first hand how humble and down to earth they are. They are the reason for some of my most memorable experiences and closest friends. While other fan bases get excited over “reunion” tours, we are so lucky that they’ve never stopped making music and continue to create joy in our lives!


Name: Ashley Darpino (New Jersey)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 7/31/2005

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 10/2013

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The Backstreet Boys are literally my safest place to hide. They’ve helped me through the toughest of times. I was always bullied as a kid and music was an escape. I never had many friends but though the boys I have the sisters I never had. The memories and adventures we’ve had will last a life time. We’ve watched them grow as we’ve grown up. So thankful for the last 24 years and can’t wait for what the future holds!!!


Name: Jennifer Webster (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: December 27, 1997

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 4, 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The last 24 years has saw me experience so many great adventures and friends. I met my best friend of 21 years after sharing a magazine that featured BSB. I have traveled for concerts to new cities and had instant friendships. Without BSB, I can promise you 90% of my life experiences wouldn’t have happened.


Name: lisakyu82 (Montebello, CA)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2005

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 18, 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Being a Backstreet Boys fan has taught me to go out of my comfort zone and try new things. I went on their European cruise, which gave me the opportunity to visit Europe, something I always dreamed about, but never did. I’ve attended concerts and shows on my own and met incredible fans. I’ve expanded my own creativity using their music and journey as inspiration. The Boys and this fandom has been a second family to me and I’ve been so incredibly grateful to each and every person I’ve had the great fortune to cross paths with on this magnificent journey. I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years bring us!


Name: _Pearl (Phillipines)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: Never

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Loving the Backstreet Boys is more than just the music; it’s the happiness they bring, the inspiration they give, in ways you can’t imagine. They serve as an inspiration to continue, to fight, regardless how difficult life is. Because of them, I learned to laugh and love; I learned the value of life, family, and friendship. Because of their beautiful families, I believe in forever. Through them, I’ve had these amazing friends from different countries that I chat with everyday. The boys brought us all together, my sisters from another mother.
Thank you boys for your love and appreciation, for treating us fans as family. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, passion and sacrifices. Thank you for being you..
Happy 24th Anniversary, boys! Keep rockin’ the world for 24 or even a hundred years more! I’ll be with you all the way, Keeping The Backstreet Pride Alive and being #BSBicted FOREVER.


Name: Ashley Darpino (New Jersey)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 7/31/2005

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 10/2013

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The Backstreet Boys are literally my safest place to hide. They’ve helped me through the toughest of times. I was always bullied as a kid and music was an escape. I never had many friends but though the boys I have the sisters I never had. The memories and adventures we’ve had will last a life time. We’ve watched them grow as we’ve grown up. So thankful for the last 24 years and can’t wait for what the future holds!!!


Name: Jennifer Webster (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: December 27, 1997

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 4 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The last 24 years has saw me experience so many great adventures and friends. I met my best friend of 21 years after sharing a magazine that featured BSB. I have traveled for concerts to new cities and had instant friendships. Without BSB, I can promise you 90% of my life experiences wouldn’t have happened.


Name: lisakyu82 (Montebello, California)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2005

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 18, 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Being a Backstreet Boys fan has taught me to go out of my comfort zone and try new things. I went on their European cruise, which gave me the opportunity to visit Europe, something I always dreamed about, but never did. I’ve attended concerts and shows on my own and met incredible fans. I’ve expanded my own creativity using their music and journey as inspiration. The Boys and this fandom has been a second family to me and I’ve been so incredibly grateful to each and every person I’ve had the great fortune to cross paths with on this magnificent journey. I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years bring us!


Name: _Pearl (@pearl_ktbspa) (Philippines)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: Never

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Loving the Backstreet Boys is more than just the music; it’s the happiness they bring, the inspiration they give, in ways you can’t imagine. They serve as an inspiration to continue, to fight, regardless how difficult life is. Because of them, I learned to laugh and love; I learned the value of life, family, and friendship. Because of their beautiful families, I believe in forever. Through them, I’ve had these amazing friends from different countries that I chat with everyday. The boys brought us all together, my sisters from another mother.
Thank you boys for your love and appreciation, for treating us fans as family. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, passion and sacrifices. Thank you for being you..
Happy 24th Anniversary, boys! Keep rockin’ the world for 24 or even a hundred years more! I’ll be with you all the way, Keeping The Backstreet Pride Alive and being #BSBicted FOREVER.


Name: Emma McGregor (Gloucestershire, UK)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 1996 smash hits poll winners party uk

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2014 birmingham nec uk

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: So many moments stand out, but 2 revolve around my 2 sons. In 2005 I was due to have my first child a week after a BsB concert, I ended up having him early and couldn’t go. My friends bought me some wonderful souvenirs back instead. I have been to at least 1 date of every UK tour that BSB have ever done apart from that year! Fast forward 9 years and I’m 4 months pregnant with my 2nd son in the pit at the NEC for the latest tour, I had the most amazing time. 4.5 months later I have prepared a CD full of BSB songs to play whilst having my c section but the delivery room didn’t have a CD player – the nurse suggested putting the radio on and randomly guess what was the first song that came on and also the song my 2nd son was born to? I want it that way! He’s called Ace Joseph. BSB has pretty much bench the soundtrack to my life!


Name: Chrissy Schulz (Germany)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 08/22/1997

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 03/11/2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Without the boys I wouldn’t have met my best friend 18 years ago and I couldn’t imagine that at all. And 2 of my fave memories: Being on stage with Nick during INBYH and not expecting it at all & seeing him during his solo show and realizing he knows my first AND last name! 😉


Name: Malinda (Reston, VA)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 09/14/1995

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: O8/18/2013

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The BSB’s music has helped me through a lot of the struggles I face being in the Autism Spectrum. They have been my escape, making me believe things will get better. I really miss them and I hope to see them again soon.


Name: Yael (Israel)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 17.5.2015

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 20.5.2015

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: My Backstreet Boys… How to even begin? I have so many memories forever connected with so many songs. BSB were, are, my life long soundtrack. From the rough high school years, to my military service, the countless hours of driving with one (or more) BSB Cd playing and me singing/ screaming along, and even giving birth with a BSB playlist!
I can’t and I don’t want to imagine my life without BSB music in it.
Over the years I was lucky enough to make some lovely dear friends (who I’ll meet some day, I’m sure!) thanks to our mutual love for the boys.
So thank you Nick, AJ, Brian, Kevin and Howie for everything you gave me on the last 24 years, Here’s hoping to celebrate the next 24 with you!


Name: Yekairy Presinal (From Dominican Republic but lives in Boston)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: August- 12-2013

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: August- 12-2013

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Words can’t express what they mean and meant to me for all of these years. They are amazing, I’m praying for the day I meet them in person. Backstreet Boys I Love you with all my heart!!!!!!!


Name: KTBSPA (Asia)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2016

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: 2017

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: Well, to start off i am NOT a 90s kid. The first ever time i heard a bsb song would be about 4-5 months ago maybe, but since then i have been hooked ! The first was quit playing which was oddly catchy, and then a friend of mine told me to listen to IWITW. At first i didnt think much of it, but it went on to become an all time fav. Well on thing lead to the next and now i know about 73 songs maybe? But they are amazing and its hard to listen to anything else except bsb. I even play them on guitar especially i want it and it sounds soooo good. I never really had the opportunity of experiencing them at their peak so i wish them all the best such that their new album is a huge success and brings them to mainstream pop back again. Backstreet’s really back , alright !


Name: Ilze (Latvia, but now lives in Germany)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 17th 2008

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 20th 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I just fell in love with a song, Incomplete, and it absolutely changed my life. It still gives me goosebumps, especially when I hear it live. And I was so proud by seeing the Boys for the first time in Latvia! AJ, Brian, Howie, Kevin and Nick care for and love every each fan and you really feel this! Boys have always been very nice to me, especially, when I remember Nick hugging me on a VIP. It made me feel so special! I’ve met many wonderful people who are now my friends supporting me through the years. And the music has give me strength and made me smile, even in sad days! Thank you, Backstreet Boys, for this amazing fandom! I couldn’t be happier! #KTBSPA forever!


Name: Neeratha J (Toronto, ON)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: August 6, 2013

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: May 8, 2014

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: The last 24 years with BSB have meant so much to me. I wish I could tell you how much every little thing you guys have done means to me or why it made my childhood + life that much better! I first heard you guys (Quit Playing Games) in Montreal in 1996 (I can thank my music loving Dad & HMV/BMG for that) and have been a fan ever since! Thank you for the amazing music and countless memories over the years! Thank you for always coming back better and kinder than ever! Y’all never fail to make me smile or make my days brighter. Your music, your story, your perseverance, and the way you treat your fans always inspires me. So proud to be a fan. CONGRATS on 24 successful years in this industry, you guys deserve it all! Here’s to decades more of good music, tours and memories with you boys!


Name: Anne @Banana_Anne (Montreal, Quebec)

Date / Year You First Saw The Backstreet Boys: 1995 at a shopping mall when I had no clue who they were! March 20 1997 1st official show

Date / Year You Last Saw The Backstreet Boys: March 11 2017 in vegas !

What Has The Last 24 Years With BSB Meant To You?: I can’t even began to say how much theses fives men have influenced my life ! People say they are just a band, but everyday they have taught me about perseverence, about love, about family, about overcoming obstacles, about respect, about passion, about friendship, about patience, about trust, about laughter and about life.
Their music is my happy place. But it goes beyond the music. I feel so blessed to be a Backstreet Fan because of everything they do for us and how they go out of their way to make us feel special, loved and appreciated; whether it’s a tweet from Nick, a smile from Brian, a serenade from AJ, a hug from Howie or a heartfelt thank you from Kevin. Thank you for the past 24 years & here’s to many more! I love you! #ktbspa


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Thanks to everyone who sent their photos in (especially those who included the date they first and last saw the Backstreet Boys). Special thanks to @sasarichardson on Twitter for sharing her incredible talent for our featured image!

ALERT: We Need Your Help For A Backstreet Boys 24th Anniversary Project!

The Backstreet Boys 24th anniversary is upon us and, as always, we are here to celebrate and reminisce together. Not only have our Boys been together that long, but we’ve also grown together. In typical What Happens On The Backstreet fashion, we’re asking YOU to participate.

Part One: We want to hear how the past 24 years of BSB has impacted you. How does Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ and Nick being together affect you? What has Backstreet meant to you? Have a really cool moment that you stands out to you as a fan? Is there something you really need to say? Fill out the form below!

We know it’s hard, but please try to keep your entries short-ish (150 words or less). 

Part Two (Optional): Send a photo to us (whothebackstreet@gmail.com) with a photo of yourself / fan art / fancy drawing that includes YOUR NAME and the FIRST DATE you saw the Backstreet Boys (live) and the LAST DATE. Be creative. We will be using these in a collage as the featured photo for the post. Anything other than this in the photo will not be used.

Questions? Feel free to ask!

If you’re a BSB FC MEMBER, check out this post about a special way to participate in a anniversary project exclusive to backstreetboys.com.

Also, don’t forget to purchase your EXCLUSIVE BSB anniversary shirt. As soon as you get your new tee in the mail, post a photo on social media using the hashtag #BSB24 to be entered to win a special BSB Anniversary Prize Pack! 

2 Years Of What Happens On The Backstreet

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Fan-mily,

It’s been two years today since I started What Happens On The Backstreet simply because I thought the Backstreet Boys (and the fans) deserved more than they were getting at the time. The BSB needed something to promote all of their goodness and fans needed something that would share the lighter side of things (most of the time) while still being informative, fun and something to share.

I honestly never thought I / it would last two years.

328,000+ hits, 3500+ FB likes, and nearly 4900 Twitter followers later, here it is.

2016 was a lighter year for the Boys and obviously, not much happening on the Backstreet until the past two months. For that reason, a lot of my energy has been spent on nickcarter.net and Nick Nation. You guys, though, keep sticking around! You keep reading what I write, you keep sharing it, you keep responding and you keep entertaining my ridiculous ideas.

If you’re reading this right now, you’ve made 2016 a really great year!

This year, we’ve changed layouts, added a writer (Kristie The VIP Guru), made so many new friends and had more fun interactions with the Backstreet Boys (including in person – WHAT?!).

2017 is fast approaching and it’s going to be a wild one! There’s a lot that will be happening on the Backstreet and we’re going to be here for every bit of it… as long as you are.

So, let’s stay friends, okay?

From the bottom of my heart, thank you guys for being so kind (and sometimes critical). Thanks for sharing your stories with me, sharing your ideas, and sharing love only BSB fans understand. I’m forever grateful for every moment.

Love, Love, Love,

Sara

 

 

23 Backstreet Boys Moments We’ll Never Forget

BSB is 23Can you believe it? Today the Backstreet Boys celebrate 23 years together and it’s just as much a celebration for us as it is for them. They’ve given us music, friends, some of the best moments of our lives, and everything in between. They’ve been our superheroes and we can’t imagine our lives without them.

Take a trip down memory lane as we name some of our top favorite moments with the Backstreet Boys in the last 23 years (in obviously no particular order).

1. The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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Obviously this list would be incomplete without the Hollywood Walk of Fame star our Boys received on their 20th anniversary. Our hearts were thrilled that Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ and Nick finally got the public recognition they deserved. We’re never going to forget how happy they all looked in that moment and how proud we were / are of them. Those are OUR boys! Talented, handsome, smart and five of the most hardworking guys you’ll ever meet.

2. The Documentary Release

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We waited (and waited and waited) for this documentary to be released… and it was well worth the wait. Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, aka The BSB Movie, was another one of those moments that we were proud to show the world what we already knew… and some things we didn’t. It was raw, emotional, open, honest and exactly what we wanted from the minute we heard the documentary was being filmed. We’re forever thankful to be fans of a band that can be real and inspire us to push ourselves beyond what we ever dreamed.

3. Kevin’s Return

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Sure, we were appreciative that the Backstreet Boys continued as a foursome without Kevin, but there’s something great about having all five of them back together again. It’s something magical. The moment they announced his return at the end of the NKOTBSB tour, we felt whole again.

4. The First BSB Cruise

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The first Backstreet Boys cruise in 2010 was a new experience for everyone, the Boys included. It was the first time fans from all over gathered in one place. It was the first time you could almost guarantee running into a Backstreet Boy unexpectedly on a boat (and with only half the boat, it was extremely likely). The buzz about the unknown was crazy and exciting! Six years later, the cruises keep getting crazier and the Backstreet Boys keep stepping up their party game just for us.

5. The Birth of VIP

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Remember when you thought nosebleed seats at the Millennium concert were as close as you were going to get to these five? Remember when the Never Gone tour came around and you had to win your way into soundcheck that didn’t even include meet and greet? Your 9 year old self would never believe in a million years that you’ve since then hugged Brian, that Nick kissed you on the cheek, or that Kevin held your hand for what seemed like forever. The VIP experience has meant more to BSB fans that anyone could ever fathom.

6. The Millennium Release

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The Backstreet Boys and their fans shut. down. Times. Square.

Long gone are the days of MTV studios in the center of NYC and Tower Record album signings, but the memories of the Millennium release day are still fresh in our minds. If you were lucky enough to be a BSB fan in 1999, you’ll remember where you were when the album dropped, how you felt, the tour selling out in minutes, and of course, Millennium TV.

We’re also not ashamed to admit we’ve kept that feeling with every album release since then.

7. The Backstreet Boys Joining Twitter

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Who ever thought the AJ McLean would personally wish you a Happy Birthday? That you’d get an answer about the Backstreet Boys FROM a Backstreet Boy? The moment the BSB joined Twitter actually changed our lives. Who knew 140 characters or less could change our day in an instant? They may not know how much their social media interaction means to us, but every fan remembers when we didn’t have it and we know how incredibly lucky we are to have that connection today.

8. Backstreet Boys Perform With Elton John At The Grammys

They may not have won an actual Grammy that night, but really, isn’t performing with Elton John at the Grammys a huge win?

9. NKOTBSB

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Love it or hate it, the formation of NKOTBSB was a supergroup move that no one ever saw coming. During this tour, we made new friends, we felt a new kind of electricity, and the press coverage was incredible. It’s safe to say we also recruited a few Blockheads to the Backstreet Army.

10. The First Time We Ever Saw Them

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It’s different for everyone, but each of remembers the exact moment we saw the Backstreet Boys. In a magazine, on TV, in concert… we all remember and we likely picture them in our head still looking like they did in that moment (even if they look better now).

11. TRL Moments

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Long gone are the days of music video countdowns, waiting outside to get a glimpse of the Backstreet Boys in the window of MTV studios while screaming our eyeballs out, and Carson Daly, but the TRL appearances are some of our fondest Backstreet memories. They didn’t even have to be in studio for us to be excited. Remember the days when Hanson and Britney beating the Backstreet Boys for the #1 video spot was our biggest upset? Take us back!

12. The BSB BBQ at Mixtape Festival

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We are still begging for more events like this! To date, this has been the only real land event with the BSB and it involved outdoor games, lunch, and…well..BBQing. It’s time to bring something like this back, Boys!

13. That Time The Boys Were Caught With Their Pants Down…

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Remember when this magazine cover came out and you were scared about what your mom would think? Still epic.

14. The Epic Bridge During The Black and Blue Tour

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The Black and Blue era may not have been the strongest time for the Backstreet Boys, but that bridge over the audience thrilled us to no end. Few of us had ever come this close to any of the Boys and most of us lucky enough to be under the bridge might have had fantasies that they’d fall off and into our arms. Admit it.

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15. The Fanclub Chats

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Before Twitter, there was the Backstreet Boys fanclub chats where you’d spend half of your life waiting for Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian or Nick to pop in. In the mean time, you’d make friends and talk about the dumbest stuff that only a BSB fan would care about. Then, if you were lucky enough to be there when a BSB snuck in, you had to be a speed reader to read all of the messages being sent. Ah, simple times.

16. Nick’s Corner / Harlem Shake Videos

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Courtesy of the brain of Nick Carter, we got videos like Backstreet’s Harlem Shake and Nick’s Corner that featured the Backstreet Boys doing weird things, like sticking their heads in buckets of ice or singing the “Stuck in Traffic” song. If you were a fan during that era, those two things just made you smile. If you’ve never seen them, get on it!

17. Around The World In 100 Hours

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Featured on MTV’s Diary and a VHS (!), the Backstreet Boys traveled around the world in 100 hours as a promotional tour for the Black and Blue album. How crazy is it to think we weren’t able to keep up with every move they made around the world now? We had to wait for MTV to show it.

It was also the first glimpse that anyone outside of Brazil got to see how crazy it is there for the BSB. Everyone remembers panicking about how they were going to get out of that bus…. and the girl from Canada hanging off the back.

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18. The Solo Tours

We love the Backstreet Boys together, but we’re also so proud that they’re a tight enough group to also have successful solo careers between group work. We support it! And we’re glad they never Timberlaked their group…

19. The Backstreet Babies

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When Brian announced that he and Leighanne were expecting a baby boy, we didn’t know how to feel – it was new territory. 13 years later, we’re cheering him on in his Broadway debut and awaiting the arrival of Nick’s son. What?! We’ve loved seeing each of these men become the best dads we knew they’d be and raise the cutest kids on the planet.

20. All of The Memorabilia We Could Get Our Hands On

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Remember the struggle it was to collect all of the toys at Burger King, even though most of us were too old for kids meals? Remember changing out your posters with every new issue of J-14? I’ll bet you’re aching to get that box of memorabilia out from under your bed right now. If you’re not, it’s because it’s still on your walls or proudly displayed in a semi-adult way in your house. Backstreet 4 lyfe.

21. Frick and Frack

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This may not be a “moment”, but whether Nick and Brian were ever your “favorite” or not, we all have a soft spot in our hearts for Frick and Frack. Maybe because we see ourselves in them with our own best friends. Everyone wanted to be BFFs like they were. Original #BestFriendGoals.

22. The Boys Supporting Each Other

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We all get a tingle when these five show up for each other during individual projects. Whether it be Dancing With The Stars, the Dead 7 red carpet, flying in to see Baylee in Disaster, showing up at weddings, baby showers, etc., the love they have for each other is real. They’re a family and we love seeing it to this day.

23. The Music

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Isn’t this obvious? This is what we showed up for in the first place. We all have the first song we heard the Backstreet Boys sing. We all sing along in concerts. We all have that one song that takes us to another place and we all get excited for a new album like it’s the first one they’ve ever released. Kevin, Brian, Howie, AJ and Nick have given us the gift of music over and over for the past 23 years and we couldn’t be more grateful for the way they’ve reached in and touched our hearts.

Happy 23rd Anniversary, Backstreet Boys!

Thank you for everything.

365 Days Ago, “What Happens On The Backstreet” Began…

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365 – The Number of Days “What Happens On The Backstreet” Has Been Open.

Today, we celebrate one year of being open as a site and I know that’s not as huge for many of you reading, so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

For those who don’t know, my name is Sara and I started WHOTB out of a need for a creative outlet. I’ve always been a writer and could write my way out of anything all the way through school. I’ve been a Backstreet Boys enthusiast since I was 9 and have stayed relatively quiet in the fandom until now. Once I jumped in hardcore, I felt there was a need for a fun Backstreet “buzzfeed” type website where fans could share their input, stay updated in fun ways, and know they weren’t alone in how they feel about things.

In one year, we’ve celebrated the IAWLT and mourned the end of it, rallied around Nick in his DWTS journey, cheered for a new Backstreet Baby, shared our VIP experiences, our BSB cruise memories, and so much more. I never expected WHOTB to be such a success. It started out as a hobby that I would work on during dull lunch breaks and weekends. I never expected it to turn into writing and moderating for nickcarter.net or writing for the BSB official site. That STILL blows my mind.

What also blows my mind is the incredible support from Backstreet Army. Never did I dream that I would get 100 hits in a year and here we are, coming up on 200,000. There’s 3440+ of you (including two Backstreet Boys) following WHOTB on Twitter and 2050+ on Facebook.  The kind words, funny replies, constant excitement for new things and huge love I have received is EVERYTHING and I am beyond grateful for each and every tweet, comment, message and email.  You wouldn’t believe how much it means to me. Having 4 out 5 Backstreet Boys and their wives read your posts is awesome, but the love from the fans themselves means just as much.

A lot of you have made comments assuming I have a team working on this site because I use words like “we” and “us” when writing. While this site is solely mine and I am the only one writing, my goal was always to make What Happens On The Backstreet feel like it was for everyone written by everyone. And some of it is. There are multiple posts that you have opened your hearts and shared your personal stories. Those are my favorite. Getting to know a lot of you has honestly been the best part of this whole thing. Thank you for trusting me to tell your story. Thank you for sharing my own work.

If you’re reading this, thank you, thank you, thank you. Hope to keep you around for another 365, fan-mily. As long as there is a Backstreet, I’ll be telling you what’s happening on it. 😉

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7 Reasons Why We Love Brian and Leighanne Littrell


The second of the Backstreet Boys to be married and the first to start a family, Brian Littrell will be celebrating 15 YEARS with his wife Leighanne on September 2nd. Wow, we can NOT believe it’s been that long. The couple has never been shy about publicly displaying the love they have for one another and the fairytale only grew sweeter when they added their son, Baylee, to the family! After 15 years, we couldn’t imagine not loving the Littrells.

1. The Way They Watch Baylee Perform On Stage HAD To Be One Of The Cutest Things EVER.

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Most of the Backstreet fans that have been fans for a while still see Baylee Littrell as a 4 year old. When he began opening shows on the last Backstreet Boys tour, we couldn’t believe how old he had gotten – and neither could his parents. Not only were we obsessed with his talent, we were also obsessed with his parents watching on. Our hearts grew three sizes watching Brian and Leighanne watch their son perform onstage with such pride! They’ve poured their hearts and souls into their boy and it shows.

2. They Support Each Other.

Since day one, Brian and Leighanne have been supportive of each other. Leighanne has been one of, if not the most, present wife on Backstreet Boys tours and events and has made numerous connections with fans, cheering on her husband when she can. Brian has also enthusiastically promoted anything his wife has done as well – from cameos in Olive Juice to modeling for / making appearances for the Wylee brand, run and operated by Leighanne! It’s clear that they’re each other’s biggest fans and we find it pretty endearing.

3. The Social Media Love Notes. 

While the Littrells are known for regular posts on instagram, they are also growing to be known for the sweet (sometimes sexy) comments they leave for each other. You’d think after 15 years of marriage, husbands and wives would be out of the “honeymoon” period – they wouldn’t think to tell each other how good they look, how much they miss each other, how happy they are to have each other… not these two. We’re literally on the watch everytime one of them posts now for the comment to follow… and then we punch our own significant other in the arm.

4. They’ve Stayed True To Their Roots.

Brian and Leighanne were both born in the South and in the South they have stayed. Opting out of Hollywood life while not on tour, recording, etc., the Littrells have stayed true to their roots by putting their roots down in Atlanta and quietly living a life with their friends and family. Their home may be a pretty big one, but they live a relatively normal life inside of it. They make their own meals, put up their own Christmas trees, throw their own pool parties, Halloween parties, birthday parties and shoot their own fireworks. They also don’t make any bones about what they believe and who they are. We LOVE the normal side of the Littrells and really, can not get enough!

5. They’ve (Willingly) Let Us Into Their Lives.

Whether it be keeping people updated on the 43 Christmas trees put up every year, posting pics from vacation, or signing autographs for Wylee orders that fans have ordered, Brian and Leighanne have invited us into nearly every aspect of their lives. Who remembers the time they took to do video chats?! Not only do they let us in on the mundane parts of life, they are also known for their fan events for HHC and Wylee – which end up being more like parties! These two are heavily involved in anything they set out to do to make sure that it is worth it for fans. They’ve made a real connection with fans when they didn’t have to and that is definitely one of the reasons we love them!

6. The Story Of How They Met Is Straight From A Movie.

A boy in a band married an actress from one their earliest videos — is this real life?! For Brian and Leighanne, it is. Their love story gave us hope….until the rest of the Backstreet Boys got married…not to any of us (Just kidding. Kind of.). Regardless of the fact that it never worked for any of us, the story of how they met on the set of As Long As You Love Me is a true testament to the fact that a higher power puts you in the right place at the right time.

7. They Work Toward The Happily Ever After. 

True love exists. True love will withstand the test of time. The Littrells are living proof. Marriage is not easy and 15 years is an eternity nowadays for any couple, much less a celebrity couple. They’ve made it no secret that making a marriage / family work while one half is away is not easy, but they’ve worked at it and they’re happy. It’s refreshing, it’s envy-inducing, it’s beautiful and it’s something we all want for ourselves. Brian and Leighanne have been a pretty awesome example of everything love is supposed to be.

Happy Anniversary, Brian and Leighanne. Congratulations on your continued success at Happily Ever After ❤

10 Reasons Why We Love Kevin And Kristin Richardson

It’s been 15 years since Kevin and Kristin were married, but you really wouldn’t know it. Why, you ask? Because this couple still looks like newlyweds! The Richardsons are setting an example for all couples and we’re obsessed. Here are just a FEW of the reasons why:

1. They’re Literally A Fairytale Come True.

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These two met at Disney World then she became a Rockette and he became a Backstreet Boy. Their story is a magical one and even more magical? They were dating before the celebrity and are still together 20+ years later. That is such a rarity in today’s world, much less in the life of fame. They may have had their ups and downs, but they’ve taught us that sticking it out is key and there is truly such a thing as soulmates.

2. We’ve Never Seen Two People So Happy Together.

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Kevin and Kristin tend to glow when they’re together. It’s not a fake kind of happy either. From the first time we saw them together, they both have looked a perfect kind of happy. That’s the happiness that only comes from being in love and we see it everytime. (P.S. They don’t age either.)

3. They Inspire The Rest Of Us.

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There’s not a lot of couples in today’s time that make us believe that true love exists, but the Richardsons are one of those couples that make us believe in happy endings. We’re sure they have their flaws just like every other couple, but the important thing is, that we see that everything can be fixed when you truly love one another. Marriage can work out and love can be kept alive after being committed to it for 15 years.

4. Have You SEEN Their Babies?

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As we mentioned in the last post, fans rejoiced when an announcement was made that Kevin would be a father. We were just as excited to see the couple be parents together and what their children would look like because, let’s be real, Kevin and Kristin are GORGEOUS. Then we melted again when they announced their second pregnancy. The joy radiating from both of them was contagious and beautiful. Also, we were right, their sons, Mason and Maxwell, are ADORABLE. Now, the Richardsons aren’t only the couple we want to be, but the parents we want to be as well. Everything from dressing up for Halloween to being normal cool parents, they make it look like the best thing ever. We can almost guarantee they’re going to be the cool parents to Mason and Maxwell’s friends growing up.

5. They Support Each Other.

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We love a couple that supports each other and lets each other do their own thing. Kristin has her own ventures in acting and photography while Kevin, obviously, has been recording and on tour since his return in 2012. They’ve always been so outwardly supportive of each other’s projects, whether it be environmental projects, film endeavors, or touring. Our hearts are warmed everytime we see them together on tour. Despite a long time on the road or Kevin’s being away from home, we also love that she enjoys the show just like a fan and hangs out at afterparties to, indeed, party. We dig it.

6. Tweets Like This.

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Enough said. This may be the cutest thing EVER.

7. They Vacation Like The Normies.

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When not on tour, there’s usually a few vacation photos that pop up from the favored couple and we always love that they look just like our vacations with friends. Fun and fuss free, no private beaches. And might we add, Kristin has had two children fairly recently and looks like THAT! She’s a goddess. Which makes sense since Kevin is pretty close to perfection.

They’re perfect, okay?!

8. This Is What Perfection Looks Like.

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Like we just said, they’re perfect. Okay, maybe not perfect, because who is? But we are certainly in love with them. You’d think they were just married yesterday.Nope, 15 years ago, folks. And they still look like this. What. Is. Their. Secret.

9. The Nicest People You’ll Ever Meet.

To our knowledge, we have never heard anyone have a bad experience with Kevin and Kristin. They are genuinely the sweetest people you could ever meet, together or separate. Kevin is notorious for how good he is to fans, but SURPRISE! So is his better half. Recently, at Kevin’s induction to the Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame, fans returned with nothing but kind words about the two.

10. Everyone Is Rooting For Them.

Kevin and Kristin are full of the love and light that we need more of in the world. They’re the couple that we love to love. The peace, trust, and happiness that their relationship is built upon is pretty apparent and the beauty of it shines through everytime you see them. Plus, they are two of the coolest people you will ever meet!

Happy 15th Anniversary, Kevin and Kristin – We love seeing your Happily Ever After! ❤

11 Reasons To Appreciate The Backstreet Boys’ Millennium Album

Admit it, you can still remember where you were the day the Backstreet Boys released Millennium. You can still feel the feelings. You can still hear your mom yelling at you to that music down. You can still remember the way your heart pounded as they took over MTV on May 18, 1999. Today, the epic Backstreet Boys album, the one that changed their whole career, is turning 16 and is still one of the highest selling albums of all times. This album was the epitome of everything that we ever loved about the Boys and with it’s release, pop culture was changed forever.

1. Millennium Gave Us Songs Like These:

Without these songs, people would have been left believing that boybands were just 5 guys attached to strings or dressed like dolls, looking pretty. The singles from Millennium are songs that will be forever remembered as some of the greatest of that decade. Some were deep, some were different, and they still looked good singing them.

2. The Release of Millennium Marked The First Time The Backstreet Boys (or ANYONE) Shut Down Times Square.

Who does that?! The Backstreet Boys. End of story. The Backstreet Army has ALWAYS been strong. BEHOLD, the power of fans.

3. The Iconic TRL Appearance / Performances.

If you were a BSB fan anywhere New York City when Millennium dropped, you were in the crowd outside of MTV Studios waiting for a glimpse of our Boys. Before social media, before selfies, BSB fans learned how to do it the hard way!

4. The Millennium Tour Was EPIC.

They FLEW in. No one was doing that at the time and this made our fangirling hearts flutter with glee as you realized, even in the 84th row, that MAYBE Nick Carter would see you. Maybe Brian would wave at you. Maybe Howie would wink at you. The possibilities were endless really IF you were lucky enough to snag a ticket. The Millennium tour sold out faster than most tours going on at the time and these tickets were GOLD if your parents were quick enough to get them.

5. The Promotional Commercials.

The countdown is on! Don’t act like you weren’t keeping a close watch on the calendar, marking down the days until Millennium would be YOURS.

6. You Learned The Elements Because Of The Millennium Booklet.

Most people learned their elements in school – We learned them from the BSB Millennium album.

7. We Learned That Not Only Could The Backstreet Boys Sing, They Could Write Too!

What’s the first thing we did when we got our hands on the album? Read the booklet inside the case to learn all the lyrics and drool over the photos. What was new this time? Writing credits! With Kevin penning “Back To Your Heart” (the song we wished he had written for us) and Brian penning multiple songs but most notably “The Perfect Fan” (the song that won our moms over), the BSB proved with this album that they were more than vocal talent and pretty faces.

8. It Brought Us The Disney Concert Special.

… That played repeatedly (to our delight) on the Disney channel for most of 1999. Suddenly, we all wanted to ride horses, play basketball on Houston St, shop at The Gap, and thought bowling was cool. Oh, and don’t forget AJ’s butterfly hair clips.

9. Our Moms Approved.

Millennium was / is an album that our moms turned up even louder when we got out the car to go into school. Sure, there were a few corny songs, but overall, it’s an album that everyone could tolerate and even enjoy. Your mom eventually even had a favorite (and probably still does to this day). Now, as we are having kids of our own, Millennium will be passed down for the ages as good quality music.

10. It Won HOW MANY Awards?!

4 Billboard Music Awards. 2 VMAs. Teen Choice Award. 4 World Music Awards. Multiple Grammy nominations. Many more..

And all of our hearts.

11. It Solidified What We Already Knew – The Backstreet Boys Are The Best. 

Millennium broke records. It showed the world what the Backstreet Boys could do. Ask the fans if they’re surprised and they will tell you no. Being a Backstreet Boys fan has been a blessing and for a lot of us, it started with Millennium. It has been 16 years since the release and while we’ve all grown, that album will always take us back. It will take us back to the hysteria, the excitement, the deep-rooted love that we share for five Boys in a band from Orlando. The feelings we had at on the release day of Millennium are the same feelings when we see the Backstreet Boys 16 years later.

How many fans get to say that? 16 years later…

Thank you, Boys, for Millennium. It changed our lives.