FAN #BSBVegas FAQ: You Asked, We Answered

We’ve done a few posts about what to expect during the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas run, but we’ve since received messages, DMs, and the like asking more specific questions that we may not have addressed before.

So, in an effort to put everything in one place, we’re taking your questions via Email, Facebook and Twitter and putting our answers here. We will be taking them until the end of time and updating this post so if you have any questions (or tips that you wish you would have known), sent them our way!

—- FAQ —-

“Are they gonna have programs of the show?”

No. They haven’t, so it’s unlikely that they will.

“Are you allowed to bring anything for the boys (gifts, props, stuff to sign, etc.) at the show or the AP?”

Autographs and props are not permitted during VIP Meet And Greet before the show. You must leave your belongings on a table behind the VIP photo backdrop, so bringing a gift is risky. Personally, we wouldn’t advise it.

The afterparty is really up to you and how lucky you get. Again, we wouldn’t suggest a gift unless, perhaps, it can go in a pocket. The crowd is such that it would end up getting lost and, really, it’d be an inconvenience to carry around. That being said, the AP is a more lax scene where autographs are allowed (again – luck) — but BYOS (bring your own sharpie).

“Is there soundcheck or an opening number for the show?”

No. There’s no fan-allowed soundcheck and no opening act. There is, however, a 12-minute BSB mix that opens the show that EVERYONE is obsessed with.

“What’s the dress code?”

There’s not one. People wear everything from dresses to jeans.

“Are cameras allowed?”

Yes. NO DETACHABLE LENSES THOUGH. Cameras with detachable lenses will be taken and you will have to pick them up at the end of the show.

“Will Backstreet Boys keep their residency in Vegas for a long time?”

The residency is ending on April 27th – catch ’em while you can!

“Are you able to get close to the boys at all if you do an after party and you’re in GA?”

It really depends on the night, the crowd, etc. Is it possible? 100%.

Most people that have had luck getting close to the Boys at an AP with a GA ticket have left the concert early and booked it to Chateau to get a spot up close to their section. We will say that the Boys try their hardest to get to everyone who is trying to get to them. It can’t hurt.

“Does anyone know why the PIT tickets have seat numbers on them?”

Strictly for ticketing purposes. Normally the number is for the venue to keep up with number of people in the pit. There ARE NO SEATS in the pit. It is general admission, standing room only.

“What time should I get there? We have pit tickets but not VIP… VIP gets first entrance into the pit correct?”

Those with Beat The Line GA tickets get in first. VIP and GA have generally been allowed to line up at the same time.

Check out our GA “When Should I Line Up?” timeline below. This is strictly our informed opinion and for PIT ONLY. If you have seats, don’t worry about lining up until doors open.

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“Where should I go to get the most action from [insert Backstreet Boy]?”

To the concert and to the afterparty. ūüôā

The honest answer is that the Boys really try to divide themselves up evenly. There’s obviously the AIHTG spots in the 200s (covered in another FAQ post) and the VIP tables that are optimum spots for face-touching, hand-holding, and sweat, but as far as picking sides for pit — it’s pretty even.

If you HAVE to have an answer, we’d say Brian and Howie on the left and Nick and AJ on the right. Kevin is more centered and catwalk action, but Kevin being Kevin…he’ll try to reach whoever he can.

“Where is the Backstreet Boys merch store?”

At the beginning of the residency, the shop was The Axis Store and it was located to the left of the theater (if you’re facing out from the venue). It has since moved to the opposite side. If you find Zappos Theater, you’ll find the shop.

Merch can also be purchased inside the venue once the doors open for the show.

“Can we take our phones into VIP Meet and Greet?”

You can take your phone into the lounge before the actual meet and greet, but not into the area with the Boys.

“Where does VIP Meet and Greet take place?”

Inside Zappos Theater. Once you line up at the designated time (you’ll get an email 24-48 hours ahead of time with all the details, but you can also find an updated list here), you’ll check in at a table and get drink tickets. Once you check in, you’ll be directed to the upstairs of the venue, where there is a bar, a photo booth and a fun lounge with snacks, games, and seating while you wait for the Backstreet Boys. To avoid having to stand and wait any longer than you have to, you line up when your group is called to line up for the meet and greet portion.

Once your meet and greet is over, you are free to leave and come back or wait inside the venue for theater doors to be open.

Read More About All Things Basic BSBVegas Here

— FAN TIPS —

Seating:¬†“If you can afford the good seats (table, pit, close rows, etc), go for it! The way the Axis is setup, it can be hard to see if you’re short and buy seats far back. There are screens, but they do different things during the show (not sure if this is a spoiler) and won’t always be showing the boys. So it can be hard to see if you’re like me and in row X at 4’11”

HOWEVER whether you are up close and personal or viewing tiny versions of the boys, the entire show is spectacular and can truly be enjoyed from any seat. I personally just wished I knew what my view would’ve been beforehand as I would’ve shelled out for a closer spot.”

Getting Around: “If you are going to be spending any amount of time in Vegas and on the strip. I suggest a buspass. My friend and I got the RTC app on our phones and paid 20 bucks for a three day pass that will get you on any bus going up and down the strip. You can even get to the Fremont Street Experience that way as well.”

Concert Prep:¬†“The part about eating is very important. I haven’t seen the Boys in Vegas yet, but the venue I saw Nick at for All American was GA only and we made sure to take turns holding each other’s places in line so we could eat. Cause there isn’t much seating and in the pit there was zero seating.

Edit: Also, wear comfy shoes. It’ll make all the difference when you’re halfway through the show after standing for hours.”

General Admission: “Note to those of you who cannot stand 8+ hours. They will NOT let you sit down in line. (OK maybe if you are the first ones in the 12pm-2pm hours for a bit). Once more people arrive and there is a line formed, they will NOT let you sit down. There is a little bar in the middle of the waiting area with stools, but if you go there, you will be out of line. About an hour before they let you in, you will get wristbands (different colours for each side). Then you go through metal detectors and get your tickets scanned. Then they try to make you take pics with your friends and a backdrop. Then there is another barricade. Then VIP and GA people are let in (sometimes at the same time). Then you line up against a wall for another half an hour or so, then you go in. (Hoping that no one tries to rush past you on the stairs) However that being said, the pit areas are very roomy and you can pretty much see from anywhere.”

 

 

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Get Ready For #BSBVegas With Us!

Awwwww yeaaahhhhh, boyyssss (If you didn’t hear that in Kevin’s voice, what are you doing with life?). We’ve made it! This week kicks off the Backstreet Boys’ first week in Vegas and we’re not sure anyone is ready for what is about to hit us…

… But we’re willing to try to be ready. ūüėČ

Each week (ish) of the Backstreet Boys Las Vegas residency, we will be updating What Happens On The Backstreet with a posts called What Happens In Vegas. In these posts, we will post different tweets, cool moments, and need-to-know things as they happen. We also want you to get involved! Details below.

The Playlist

Every good adventure should have a soundtrack. If you’re too busy to make your own, we’ve got you covered. Kristie and I took a while to compile (then toss out and compile again) songs that would bring the hype. We’ve got some BSB tunes, some 90s hits, some club mixes and, of course, a few Vegas themed.

From packing to traveling to getting ready for the show, we hope you enjoy this 100-song playlist as much as we do!

The Packing List

In all the excitement, we wanted to remind you of a few things you might be forgetting to pack:

  • Tickets (Or making sure you have the email for them)
  • Your ID (For basically everything)
  • Hair Tools (If you are traveling with friends, divide up who brings what)
  • Chargers (Phone, camera, self…)
  • Sweater / Sweatshirt (Las Vegas might be warmer than most places, but it gets chilly at night sometimes)
  • Comfortable Shoes (Most places are walking distance – save your feet for the show!)
  • Camera (Point and Shoots are allowed in the venue)
  • Deodorant (Backstreet Boys can make you sweat)
  • An Oversized Bag (For souvenirs)
  • Sunglasses (It’s always bright in Vegas)
  • Bandaids (Shoes and sequins hurt sometimes)
  • Your Sanity

If you think of anything else important, let us know!

#BSBVegas Scavenger Hunt

This is where you come in! Whether you’re with your friends, on your own, or making new friends, we definitely want to see your memories. We’ve compiled a list of photos we want to see from you while you’re in Vegas. Once you take them, send them to us / post using the hashtag #BSBVegasHunt and we will choose some of the best to feature in our weekly posts! Be creative.¬†

  • Planet Hollywood Sign
    • Whether it’s in the hotel or out, take a photo with something that says Planet Hollywood since it’s going to be home for our Boys for the next few months.
  • Backstreet Boys Advertisements
    • See an ad for the Backstreet Boys Larger Than Life in the airport or on the street? Snap a quick pic with it and send it our way.
  • Backstreet Merch
    • Whether it’s old or new, we want to see you decked out!
  • BSB Selfies
    • Happen to be lucky enough to run into a Backstreet Boy? Send those selfies!
  • Concert Going Outfits
    • Are you wearing something stellar? Is your group coordinating? Let’s see!
  • Elevator Doors
    • It’s somewhat likely that the Backstreet Boys will be plastered on the elevator doors of the Planet Hollywood hotel – be creative with commemorating that moment! Even if they aren’t, Britney is and she’s just as cool.
  • Those Drinks
    • Vegas is the best place for fun drinks! If you’re toasting with your BFFs or tossing one back before the show, give us a peek so we can share with others where to get a tasty libation.
  • Your Squad
    • Of course, we want to see all of you having the TIME of your LIFE. This one is an option to kill two birds with one stone
  • Concert Pics
    • Did you take a KILLER live pic during the show? Those are our FAVORITE!
  • VIP Laminates
    • If you’re hitting VIP before the show or the after party post show, take a fun pic with your laminate while you wait.

 

Have any more suggestions or maybe questions we can answer now or in the future? Let us know! You can email us by using the Contact button at the top, Tweet, or hit us on Facebook.

Kristie and I will both be in Vegas for opening week and can not WAIT to tweet live updates as well as post about it soon after. Follow our Snapchat (whothebckstreet) for photos from the shows and more!

XOXO – Sara

 

 

The Results: Unbreakable, This Is Us, and In A World Like This #BSBVegas

A few days ago, we posted a poll asking you to vote for which albums (Unbreakable, This Is Us,¬†and¬†In A World Like This) and which singles / songs should be included in the Vegas BSB setlist next year. Nick Carter ¬†implored fans on Twitter to let the other Boys know…

…And let them know, you did!

887 of you responded to the survey we posted (those TRL skills were back in full force) in 30ish hours that the polls were open. After lots of adding and double checking, we have the results. Just as you did with the poll, we need you to share these results to ALL of the Backstreet Boys on social media. 

The Albums

 

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The Singles

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The Non-Singles

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Dear Backstreet Boys, 

The fans are BEGGING you to go beyond the classics. Vegas is the GOLDEN opportunity to show fans that you have been successful beyond the 90s, to sell more copies of the albums they might not have heard, and to bring some nostalgia fans back with what would be “new” music to them! Not to mention, the fans going to Vegas that have been with you the ENTIRE time want to hear them again, which is apparent by the poll numbers. ¬†These are some of our favorite songs. These are some of YOUR favorite songs.

Thank you for asking the fans’ opinions. We can’t WAIT to see you guys in Vegas!

 

 

 

 

 

Sound Off: Do You Want To Hear Singles From ‘Unbreakable’, ‘This Is Us’, and ‘IAWLT’?

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Calling the Backstreet Army!

The Boys are planning for their upcoming Las Vegas run in 2017 and they need your help. If you want to hear singles from This Is Us, Unbreakable and In A World Like This in their set, Nick Carter is imploring you to tell the world (and the other four Backstreet Boys).

While we love the classics as much as everyone else, we definitely want more out-of-the-loop fans to hear some newer stuff too! We love these songs and we know they will too.

UPDATE: 100+ responded within an hour and maxed out the results! Here’s the newest¬†link.

8 Pieces of Backstreet Tours Past That We’d Love To See In Vegas

The Backstreet Boys Vegas (Test) Residency is fast approaching and we’re squirming with anticipation. After two years of¬†In A World Like This, it’s hard to imagine a different show – something that’s bigger and better. This made us think.. wouldn’t it be cool to have our favorite parts of past tours all rolled into a giant, explosive show in Las Vegas? Here’s our top picks for what Backstreet should bring back (alright)!

1. A Few Songs From The Backstreet Boys Tour.

Many of us grew up loving the Backstreet Boys and if you did, you surely remember watching the Backstreet Boys Coming Home concert on repeat (on TV and VHS). Since that tour, we have begged the Boys to bring back songs like “That’s The Way I Like It”, “Like A Child”, and maybe even “Just To Be Close To You”. Not only are they instant nostalgia for us, they are genuinely likable songs that we want to sing along to. We also didn’t even know we wanted “Darlin'” back until the 2016 BSB Cruise acoustic performance (THE FEELS!). Time to dig into some classics, Boys. Make the old new again.

2. A Grand Entrance Like Millennium.

It’s been nearly 20 years and people still talk about the entrance the Boys made into the Millennium tour. We’re not asking them to fly in again…

…but maybe roll down the aisles on segways? Slide down on stripper poles? KIDDING!

The return of epic entrances should definitely happen in Las Vegas though. Something larger than life (ha!).

3. The Bridge From Black And Blue.

The bridge that started it all. Before there was soundcheck parties and VIP, there was standing on a chair to try to reach AJ who was hanging off the bridge over the crowd, trying to reach our hands. We’ll never forget the time our favorite leaned over and waved to us (DIRECTLY TO US – NOT THE GIRL BEHIND US, OKAY!?).

While the bridge probably isn’t feasible for the venue set up in Vegas, we can only hope that they continue to be out in the audience and bring something new and interactive to the table.

4. Kevin’s Piano From¬†Never Gone.

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Who doesn’t love acoustic / ballad singing Backstreet Boys? We love them even better when Kevin is playing a grand piano. Something about it is just so…heavenly? It’s such a chill vibe. It’s a toned down, throwback vibe.

Extra points if they choose two or three of us to sit with them around it.

Or sit on top of it? We’re not picky.

Can we also have a Sphynkter appearance?

5. The Solo Parts And Props From Unbreakable.

C’mon! That boxing ring was everything. We loved the concept and we’re hoping to see something like that brought to the stage again.

But let’s talk about those solo moments! First of all, we’ve never gotten a chance (other than the cruise) for Kevin to have his solo time. Second of all, this would be a good opportunity for AJ to test out some of that mysterious solo music he’s been working on¬†since we were born for the past year. Third of all, we just really love hearing them one at a time sometimes!

Also, bring back “Panic”. And Nick’s finest dancing.

6. The Video Segments From This Is Us.

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We love a good theme and the This Is Us tour delivered! Who could forget the fun movie-themed segments during wardrobe changes? We really loved having something fun to watch that tied the entire theme of the tour together and seemed well thought out. We’re not sure yet WHAT the theme should be or what they should do, but give us a minute.

7. The New Kids On The Block… You Know, From NKOTBSB.

DO NOT HATE ON THIS IDEA. Some of us loved NKOTBSB and wouldn’t mind a New Kid or two popping in. Maybe Nick and Knight can open? Is that allowed? Are there rules?

8. The¬†In A World Like This Vibe. Oh, and Kevin’s Red Pants.

The IAWLT brought a renewed energy and a renewed Kevin. 2013 and this tour was everything we had been waiting for. All five BSB were back together, a celebration of a milestone anniversary, and fans felt included throughout the whole performance. From fan pit, to afterparties, to Ultimate VIP onstage, we loved it all!

Oh, and Kevin red pants. Can they at least be on display in the halls?

Come to Las Vegas in March, April, or June and check our if any of our picks made the show. VEGAS, BABY!