“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.
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.
In honor of the @backstreetboys 25th anniversary, the Backstreet Army has donated $800 in their name to @StJude to give children an opportunity to live a long life and love a band as much as we have. ❤️@nickcarter @kevinrichardson @brian_littrell @aj_mclean @howied#BSB25 pic.twitter.com/jXApit6Tdw
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) April 20, 2018