“So proud of our boy!”
Those are the words Brian Littrell posted on Instagram along with a photo of his son Baylee’s first single, “Don’t Knock It”, already charting on iTunes a day after it’s release.
“So proud of our boy!”
Those are the words Brian Littrell posted on Instagram along with a photo of his son Baylee’s first single, “Don’t Knock It”, already charting on iTunes a day after it’s release.
When the Backstreet Boys formed in 1993, with their ages ranging from 13 to 22, they were only hoping to become a success and maybe, by some miracle, keep that success for more than a few years.
Fast Forward to 2018, Kevin, Howie, Brian, AJ, and Nick are celebrating 25 years together and their first single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, in the top 10 on the American Top 40 Hot AC Chart. Media outlets who had counted the Boys out just a few years ago are now aware of their ongoing success and reporting on it as such. Their Vegas residency, announced in 2016 and running since March 2017, is still one of the best selling shows on the Strip, not only garnering the attention of fans across the world, but quite a few celebrities as well (including Niall Horan, Snooki, Gwen Stefani and more).
When we said at the beginning of the year that the Backstreet Boys were only getting started, WE WERE NOT KIDDING.
There’s so so so so soooo much going on that between our longer posts, these catch-up posts are almost necessary because we’d hate for anyone to miss anything! So… here it goes:
These kids though…😂😍🛁
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) July 21, 2018
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) July 23, 2018
— Nick Carter (@nickcarter) July 20, 2018
— AJ McLean (@aj_mclean) July 19, 2018
.@brian_littrell :: Coming To An Airport Near You ✈🛩🛬
(If you're flying through Atlanta at least 😉) pic.twitter.com/NxtX5GKNZY
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) July 19, 2018
Fresh off a flight from Vegas, we’re still reeling from all the amazing things we saw going down this past weekend, the first week of the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas residency.
In short, wow.
While we are working on a review of VIP, the show itself and all of the ins and outs, we felt it was most important to start out with, our favorite, a deep appreciation for each of the Backstreet Boys themselves. Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick poured every bit of themselves into perfecting this show and it shows. It shows in their performances and in their faces when you tell any one of them how incredible it really is.
So before the next blog, where we get into the technical side, we want to take a minute to really talk about each of them. Sometimes in the big production of things, we forget that these guys are five human beings doing their jobs. They thank us for showing up, but we can never thank THEM enough for showing up for 24 years.
We will never stop being grateful for this guy’s return. While we loved the Unbreakable and This Is Us albums and tours, something about having Kevin there makes everything feel more complete. We absolutely couldn’t imagine the Backstreet Boys hitting Vegas in the way that they are without him. In VIP meet and greet, he makes sure that you don’t leave without hugging him and to look you in the eye while you’re talking, genuinely caring about what you have to say. On stage, he’s all about the perfection. He’s a visual pleasure – hitting every dance move with a crispness. Seriously, you can’t take your eyes off of him.
Ever the gentleman, Howie brings every bit of sweetness to the stage that he usually does….plus some hot!! Sweet D. has definitely only gotten better with age, as has everything about him. We really enjoyed his dance moves and the fullness that he gives to the collective voice of the group. Our favorite part of watching the shows, though, was the watching him interact with his wife in the audience. While other wives were there as well, it’s rare that we get a glimpse of the Doroughs together. Boy! Were they cute! The look on Howie’s face when he caught his wife singing along in the audience was something we were so happy to witness.
We’ve been praying and rooting for Brian since he spoke out about his ongoing vocal issues in 2015. While it is something he is still working on, anyone that didn’t previously know about it before entering the venue last week, wouldn’t have known. He. Sounded. So. GOOD. (Editors Note: So good that the first night, I cried.) We’re absolutely thrilled that “Darlin'” was brought back to showcase just how beautiful his voice has always been. There is also something to be said about the way he welcome EVERY SINGLE PERSON into the VIP meet and greet with open arms and seemed to try to put everyone at ease. We will never get enough of Brian Littrell.
AJ has always brought the right about of funk to the Backstreet Boys and Vegas is no exception. Always the one to walk on the line of what you should and shouldn’t say or do, he kept us on our toes. Then, there’s that voice. No one sounds like AJ McLean and we’re so lucky that he’s ours and that for the past 24 years, we’ve gotten to enjoy that gentle raspy voice live. Oh, and if you weren’t feeling comfortable in VIP after that Littrell hug, AJ will definitely make sure to make conversation that makes you feel like you’ve been best friends forever.
Oh, Nick. This is one man that leaves it all on stage. He is 110% all in on every performance and on fire from start to finish. His vocals are strong and fill the venue with sound that will make you feel some sort of way. We also have to mention that his Dancing With The Stars stint might be the reason his dancing is ON POINT these days, especially in dances like “The Call”. As for VIP, he’s working really hard at remembering people and there’s always something to be said for any artist that makes an effort.
Want to know what goes down in BSB VIP and our full review of the first week of shows? Stay tuned! (As soon as we recover…)
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We’ve celebrated February 20th every year as another year we’re blessed to have Brian Littrell in our lives. As everyone knows, his life has been one small miracle after another from the very beginning and we’re insanely lucky to be celebrating his birthday. For many of us, his being alive has changed our lives in one way or another, if even just for a small moment.
Now, we celebrate Brian turning 42 (what?!) and we can only hope that we’re lucky enough to have 42 more years with him.
Happy Birthday… to the man whose life has been a miracle.
Happy Birthday… to the man who is living proof that when life knocks you down, it’s best to get back up and carry on.
Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us that faith is everything.
Happy Birthday… to the man who showed us it’s possible to be someone important and remain down to earth.
Happy Birthday… to the man who makes us want to learn how to do handstands.
Happy Birthday… to the man who is always willing to be kind to fans.
Happy Birthday… to the man who took the time to hug every fan onstage during Platinum VIP during the IAWLT tour.
Happy Birthday… to the man who is always putting others first.
Happy Birthday… to the family man.
Happy Birthday… to man who has inspired us to be who we are and make no apologies.
Happy Birthday… to the man who is always ready to make someone laugh.
Happy Birthday… to the man who gives us a heart attack every time he jumps from heights.
Happy Birthday… to the reason we can’t say things like “gotta go” or “alright” like a normal person.
Happy Birthday… to one hell of a fighter.
Happy Birthday… to the Backstreet Boy, the father, the husband, the singer, the performer, the friend, the giver, the brother, the cousin, the son, the human.
Thank you for continuing to inspire us.
The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, formerly known as simply the Video Vanguard Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, was introduced in 1984 during the MTV Video Music Awards. The honor is given to artists that have contributed to the impact MTV has had on pop culture, acknowledging their body of work.
A few recipients of this award have included David Bowie, Madonna, The Beatles, George Michael, Janet Jackson, Bon Jovi, Beastie Boys, U2, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Most recently, the award has gone to Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Beyonce and Rhianna.
Somehow, the Backstreet Boys have been skipped over. From a fan perspective, we didn’t vote for them to be #1 on TRL everyday from for them to be looked over now.
Since 1993, Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick have not stopped.
They’ve had court battles, life threatening surgeries, and personal battles all in the public eye.
They’ve grown up, gotten married, and had babies.
They’ve continued to work hard, to tour the world, to make music, to produce music videos long past the times of TRL and regular on-air video play, and connect with fans long past the time that the general public supported them the most.
They have each other’s backs and they have ours. They’ve never been bitter that they don’t get the fair amount of attention that their individual and collective talents deserve. They carry on because this is in their blood, because they love what they do, because they are a family.They remain five of the most humble guys that are still making music.
Facts are facts.
Any appearance by the Backstreet Boys as recently as 2016 have garnered major attention from those who seem to have “forgotten” why they loved these Boys. Even those who aren’t fans can’t seem to deny the talent put before them.
If it comes down to music videos, please note that videos like “I Want It That Way” and “As Long As You Love Me” have 270+ million and 100+ million views on VEVO. That’s only in the past 7 years. Oh, and the “Everybody” video, directed by Joseph Kahn, who is now one of the biggest directors in the industry.
Also, like we mentioned, you can’t talk about TRL without talking about the Backstreet Boys. You can’t forget how they shut down Times Square on multiple occasions. You can’t forget the time they ran MTV on the day Millennium was released. You can’t forget the numerous VMA awards and performances in the US and Europe.
With the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas residency coming up, we feel like it’s the perfect time to bring them back to the forefront and give them the recognition that their 24 years of hard work deserves.
Don’t let us down, MTV. Don’t let the Backstreet Boys down.
Fans: In case this post is not enough, please sign this petition to let MTV know how many people think the Boys deserve this honor. Let’s get this!
It’s a new year and, for a lot of us, the first time we will be seeing the Backstreet Boys together on stage again since the In A World Like This tour. While hitting Las Vegas is prominent on the mind of many, there is so much more we are wishing for in 2017 for the Boys and for ourselves.
1. An Insanely Good Time In Las Vegas.
The news of the Backstreet Boys’ ‘Larger Than Life’ Vegas residency has already made major headlines. Thanks to their recent promotion, people from all over are making plans to infiltrate Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theatre between March and July to see our fab five hit the stage together. We couldn’t be more thrilled for them and we couldn’t be more thrilled for more than just the
normal fans to see them.
Kevin, Howie, AJ, Brian and Nick deserve this. They have worked hard and tirelessly for nearly 24 years. We can only hope that 2017 brings them the love and recognition that they deserve.
We also hope that our own time in Vegas is absolutely one for the books. We’ve made plans with our friends, are booking hotels, flights, nailing down times, buying VIP experiences and more. We can’t wait! If you haven’t gotten your tickets or VIP yet, get it and hit it or quit it, y’all! It’s a new experience for ALL of us involved.
2. A Sweet Little Addition.
Let’s not forget that in just a few months, we’ll also have a new Baby Girl McLean. We have never been quiet about how much we A D O R E AJ and Rochelle as parents and we’re super excited to see them with two. Not only are we excited to see them with a new baby, but isn’t everyone dying to see Ava as a big sister as well? We can already see the matching outfits and sweet instapics. Here’s wishing the McLean family a happy and healthy arrival of their little one!
3. Some Healing.
If you’ve been following What Happens On The Backstreet for any amount of time, you know that we have been rooting for Brian Littrell for a while now. It’s no secret that he has been dealing with vocal struggles for a while now and in recent performances, we’ve all heard and acknowledged his improvements. We will continue to rally around him and hope that 2017 brings even more healing and peace for him. As long as he’s showing up, so will we. We will sing along when he asks and we’ll stand by him when he doesn’t even know it.
4. More Progress On A New Album.
We’re waiting very patiently on this one. We’re absolutely dying for new music, but as the Backstreet Boys do, they’re taking their time to perfect things. We’re cool with that as long as they don’t disappear on us! We’re actually learning to enjoy the anticipation. Backstreet Time will be obviously be alive and well in 2017 as much as it has been the past 24 years. Go ahead, Boys… we’ll wait. Check out all the progress here.
5. Solo Things?
Nick has mentioned more than once that he might work on another solo album between Backstreet projects and we all know that the man NEVER stops. We’re, of course, also hoping that AJ finally releases his solo album as well. We really can’t take the teasing anymore!
Speaking of teasing, we’re looking at you, Kevin Richardson.
6. Shining Moments.
Howie D. is [finally] relaunching his solo site this month! We really hope that in this year, on the new album, in the Vegas run that Howie finally gets the big love he deserves. We appreciate you so, Mr. Dorough. Check out his fresh new site here.
7. More Love, Less Hate.
We’ll post about it until we’re blue in the face, but the peace among fans has to start somewhere. It the battle of fans vs. the group / management, the constant complaining has GOT to stop. If you’re going to complain, be constructive and come with a resolution. Stop complaining for attention and stop the groupthink. Be the voice of reason. Shed light and stop starting fires. The less fires we start, the quicker we can build a bridge to repair all of the things that haven’t been the best in the past. In 2017, let’s all learn how to work together. We deserve it. The Backstreet Boys deserve. Everyone is working toward one goal – let’s get this!
If you have been a Backstreet Boys fan from the beginning, you know that nothing rivaled the friendship Nick Carter and Brian Littrell had. We wanted to find the Frick to our Frack and most of us have. Be prepared to read this post and send it to your best friend because you’re definitely going to relate!
1. You Don’t Even Have To Plan To Reenact Things… You Just Do.
2. Personal Space? WHAT Personal Space? Not Between You And Your Best Friend!
3. In Fact, Your PDA Is Pretty Out Of Control.
4. The PDA Is Usually Balanced Out With Inflicting Pain Upon Each Other.
5. …And Making Fun Of Each Other On The Regular.
6. You Always Make Each Other Laugh Harder Than Anyone Else Does.
7. And You’re Always First To Hug Each Other When You Need It (Even In A Crowd).
8. You Can’t Wait To Tell Each Other All The Best Secrets!
9. You Make Sure You Both Look On Point At All Times.
10. Pretty Sure You Look For Each Other In Your Significant Others.
11. And Your Best Friend’s Kids Are Basically Yours, Too.
12. You’re Each Others Back Up Dancers.
13. And You’re Each Others Biggest Fan!
14. Especially When You’re Singing BSB Songs To Each Other.
15. Sometimes You’re Over Each Other.
16. But Everyone Knows That Won’t Last. EVERYONE.
Here’s hoping you’re lucky enough to find the Frick to your Frack, the Nick to your Brian and may you live happily ever after!
Brian Littrell —
We’re all rooting for you.
You have always been a fighter in every sense of the word. From day one of your career as a Backstreet Boy, you have shared your story, shared your faith, shared your talent and all of those things have affected us beyond what you could even imagine. Some of us talk about it, some of us have had the chance to tell you, and some of us have quietly seen you as a hero for years. It could have been a song, it could have been your words, or it could have the moment you took with one of us to simply say ‘hi’. You’ve shared over half of your life with us and you’ve been (along with the other Backstreet Boys) keeping US going.
Now, it’s time for us to pay back the favor.
You have openly shared your recent vocal struggles with us and let us tell you – we appreciate it. You didn’t have to. You could have thrown in the towel and gone home, but you didn’t. You aren’t. Even in YOUR tough times, you’re still inspiring the masses to push on, to do what we can to be the best version of ourselves.
Because of everything you have done for us, we, the fans, feel like it’s important for you to know that we are never going to turn our backs on you. Maybe enough of us don’t say it all the time, but we hope you feel it – the love, the support, and the vibes we’re sending your way. Not for us… for you.
In a time where social media makes it so easy for hate and negativity to spread like wildfire, to infect the way people feel and perceive, it’s important to remind someone how much love and support is being sent from literally around the world. That’s what this is about.
No matter what the next chapter is or what the future brings, we’re always going to have your back, Brian Littrell. It’s the least we can do.
Thanks for everything you’ve done and continue to do.
Love and Light,
Do you love Backstreet Boys and Disney just as much as I do? Sometimes I literally cannot decide which one I like more (or which one is Hot, Hot, Hot-er). Upon returning from my recent trip to Disney World, and hopeful for upcoming BSB events, I was inspired to write this post. There are obvious correlations between BSB and Disney, such as when the guys performed at multiple Disney events (including Disney World Christmas Parade 1997 and Disneyland Christmas Parade 2012) and, let’s not forget, how Nick Carter auditioned for the Mickey Mouse club in 1989 (when I was… hmmm zero years old). Luckily, he also auditioned for the Backstreet Boys, and took that life road instead. For those of you who have never been to Disney World/Land, do not worry– because Backstreet World is basically the same thing:
1. Backstreet World and Disney World are both the most magical places on earth.
In a [Disney] World Like This, Backstreet Boys got you. Oh, and did we mention that they are both from Orlando, FL? You know you want to go watch the Homecoming: Live in Orlando VHS right now. While in Backstreet World (AKA attending one of their concerts), you may turn into each of the Seven Dwarfs or the Inside Out characters during the various points of your experience. You are always in a crowd full of people and your body hurts from standing and waiting in lines for hours for a 5 second experience… but you mostly will experience/inhabit “Joy”, and it is always worth it. It really is an emotional “ride”, and both worlds are sure to give you memories that will last a lifetime.
2. Backstreet Boys Go To Disney.
Two of my favorite things together?! Mind. Blown. AJ just loves going to Disneyland with his family, and tells people where he is all the time because he loves the attention, apparently? Tell us something we don’t know.
3. Backstreet Boys are Disney characters.
Have you ever been walking around Disney parks and catch a glimpse of Aladdin, and have to stare at him because you could swear it is Kevin? Or have you gone to a Backstreet Boys event and see Kevin, but picture Aladdin? Either way, the feeling is mutual, and this is just too precious not to relive.
Just look at that stud. You know you’re picturing him belting out “A Whole New World” [DONT YOU DARE CLOSE YOUR EYESSSSS]. For those of you who have not yet seen Kevin and Lalie singing this together on BSB Cruise 2016, here it is.
4. Backstreet Boys orrrrr… Dapper Dans?
The Dapper Dans are an old time acapella group, and apparently the “original boyband”, at least as far as Disney is concerned. You can catch them covering “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” here. Who knew you can listen to Backstreet Boys music on Main Street USA?
5. Magic Kingdom.
In your own Fantasyland, you can only make believe that you are a Disney princess and your favorite Backstreet Boy is your Prince Charming.
I don’t know… $350? $600? Which VIP package do you want?
We’ve been all around, all around the world… Showcase. Epcot World Showcase is where you travel around the world to different countries, just like you do when you travel to see different shows of the tour. Or like when you play the Backstreet Boys “Around the World: game or watching the VHS/DVD. Totes the same thing.
7. Hollywood Studios.
Your life is like a movie: the Backstreet Boys movie, that is.
8. Animal Kingdom
You know what happens to you when the Backstreet Boys come out on stage. The noises that come out of you sound nothing like humans, and we love it.
9. Bring your wallet.
In both Backstreet World and Disney World, you buy expensive tickets and wear expensive merch with the Backstreet Boys/characters’ faces on it, and as much as you try, you just can’t say no to buying all of it. The boys’ names might as well be Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie and Daisy (sorry Nick and Howie).
10. Backstreet Time.
Need we say more?
11. Helpless When We SMILE.
In both worlds, you’re always taking pictures with the boys/characters. Well, this looks oddly similar to VIP.
12. There Is Something For Everyone.
In both Backstreet and Disney Worlds, there is good entertainment and plenty of shows with singing and catchy tunes, including the Country Bear Jamboree.
Nick… Is that you on the banjo?
We always live by Peter Pan’s mantra, and we “never grow up”. We might break down and… spend all of our money on BSB events so that we can fangirl?… just like a child. But it’s okay, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
14. When You Wish Upon a [Shining] Star…
You know you used to, and maybe still do, wish for Backstreet Boys life events to happen (e.g one day maybe you’ll get to meet them or be front row). Anddd then your dreams come true and fireworks burst as you stare into your favorite Backstreet Boys’ eyes as he’s singing to you. Yeah, it’s like that.
Always let your conscience be your guide.
As in: Do you really need to go to another BSB show?
We know the answer is ALWAYS yes.