Happy Birthday, Howie D.

At the end of Summer, when kids are going back to school and Fall is upon us, Howie D. gives us one more reason to celebrate before the season’s end.

It’s been 44 trips around the sun for the spiciest (and arguably the quietest) of the Backstreet Boys and each year he just keeps getting better. While Howie keeps a pretty low profile when offstage, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t continually made a huge impact on us. The man gets better with age – google his photos RIGHT NOW! We can’t wait for at least 44 more years with Howie. What a fox!

Happy Birthday… to the stealthiest Backstreet Boy we know.

Happy Birthday… to the man who has proven that he can sleep literally anywhere.

Happy Birthday… to the man who stays low key but makes huge contributions.

Happy Birthday… to the man who made winking cool.

Happy Birthday… to the best party crasher.

Happy Birthday… to the man who taught us how to party all night.

Happy Birthday… to the man who apparently created the beat for “The Call”.

Happy Birthday… to the man who is always willing to stop for a fan and live up to his “Sweet D.” name.

Happy Birthday… to the man who puts up with Nick’s antics the most.

Happy Birthday… to the man who shows up to nearly every event, whether it be a BSB event, a wedding, a vow renewal, or a red carpet premiere.

Happy Birthday to the husband, the father, the brother, the son, the giver, the Latin lover, the hip shaker, the Backstreet Boy — our Howie Dorough!

We couldn’t imagine the Backstreet Boys without you. Thank you for giving us your all 110% of the time. We appreciate you more than you know.

 

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5 Positives (And Suggestions) About BSB Cruise 2016

So, Kristie’s Korner has been on a slight hiatus, due to me, Kristie, cruising with BSB. I can’t believe it’s been a week since we boarded the boat with BSB, but I’m back, and ready to share with everyone about the cruise! I’m sure you’ve heard the good, the bad, and the ugly. However, I am here to focus on the positives, and to bring you the main pros and suggestions that I’ve come to realize. I mean, we were on VACATION with the Backstreet Boys; how bad could it be?!

 

1. The concert.

Holy smokes. For those of you who have seen the concert either live or in videos, I bet you cried at least seven times. AT LEAST. For those of you who have not seen it, do yourselves a favor, and search it on YouTube immediately. I really don’t think there was a dry eye in the room; and Brian, just wow. So. Many. Emotions. This concert was probably one of my favorites, ever; and definitely, surprisingly upbeat for an acoustic concert.

Hey BSB: Keep bringing back the “oldies” and classics that do not usually get performed. There is a reason why so many of us voted for them! They definitely brought us back in time, and we thank you for that. It was a special moment felt by all as to why we became fans many moons ago.

 

2. Free time.

Points for free time to get to explore in the ports (and/or sleep, eat, spa, etc). However, call me old fashioned, but I still missed the beach party. So if that could be brought back next year, I know I would be extremely happy (as I’m sure others will, as well). The 4 nights worked out really well, too. I feel like it was plenty of time to fit everything in, while also getting our Backstreet fill. Whether it is a cruise, or a land event, I am sure we will be there, and ready to party!

 

3. The preferred event.

This year, the boys wanted to do a little something extra special for those fans who got the higher end cabins. The event was complete with free champagne, and was supposed to be a chill event for these fans to get to hang out with the boys, and for some of the time, it was. Note to boys: this was an amazing idea, and we appreciate the thought SO much. However, this event would be GREAT to do in the future if it was handled slightly differently (e.g. maybe everyone would have to be sitting down at a table in order to get a picture with the boys).

 

4. Solo events.

YES, yes and more yes. The more personal and intimate they can be while incorporating fans; the better. Kevin’s was my personal favorite; how AMAZING were those duets?! BSB has a lot of talented fans, that’s for sure! And Kevin wasn’t so bad, himself. Again, for those of you who have not seen videos, I strongly urge you to do so.

 

5. Deck parties.

Well, let’s start with the positives. The way these boys dressed up for theme nights still makes me laugh. Nick was once again the woman of the group– Anyone else starting to get a little concerned…? LOL. The costumes were so creative, and they really went all out this year. The boys really tried to have fun with their time to make it worthwhile for the fans; and we are SO appreciative of that.

 

To the fans: You have GOT to stop pushing, chasing, “stalking”, etc. In the wise words of BSB, “I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as you…” just stop being aggressive. I know there were a lot of first timers on this cruise, but let me tell you, on past cruises, the guys hung out around the ship ALL the time. This cruise, they were forced to hide and take back hallways to get back to their room just to avoid getting followed by mass amounts of people. If they see that you are calm, they WILL hang out with you, and you WILL get the attention you want from them; because that’s what they are on the boat for. They are on the cruise for YOU. They WANT to hang out with you, as a calm and civil adult fan; not someone they have to risk their personal safety to be around.

I will leave it at that as to not dwell on the past, because we cannot change it. We can only make positive change for the future. So, as a collective fandom– “I don’t care where you’re from”, but let’s vow to make this change for the better… so that next cruise can be better… because WE, as a whole, made it that way. #BackstreetArmy

5 Things We Hope To See On The Next BSB Tour

That’s right; Backstreet Boys are back (again)! …Even though we know they never left. It has been confirmed that the boys [guys?] will be performing 9 shows in Las Vegas as a trial for a possible future residency. Word on the [Back] street is that this will be part of their upcoming tour that will run somewhere between the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017. Backstreet fans everywhere are super pumped, and we know we are too! Here are some of the things we would LOVE to see!

 

1. Extra events.

Let’s all take some tips from Solo Nick- he set that bar reallll high. I mean- who wouldn’t want to have lunch, bowl, or play laser tag with your favorite Backstreet Boy?! Now it’s time for the AJ, Brian, Howie, and Kevin girls to get their chance. Also, BSB, feel free to bring back the after parties, especially in Vegas– we like those (when we’re not getting crushed in a crowd of people?) [*Cue Kevin’s calm down gesture on the bus in Rio]. You know you’re picturing it.

 

2. Backstreet Bus.

Ever wish you could travel in style on a tour bus like BSB (or WITH BSB)? For those of you and your friends who have already created your own mini-tours, have you ever thought of renting a RV/bus to travel around? Well, how about if BSB provides you with a tour bus? We should do this. Let’s make it happen.

 

3. More exclusive VIP.

The different levels of VIP are great because it gives many fans a chance to participate to their liking. However, for one of the levels, is having some kind of “Ultimate” VIP asking for too much…? A VIP with less fans and more time spent with BSB? …Because we all know that no one feels very VIP[-y?] when you’re rushed in and out with hundreds of other people. Just in case we forgot how amazing Nick Carter’s All Access/Ultimate was, BSB should find a way to do something similar. And of course, this goes without saying- we want soundcheck.

Another option is NKOTB’s version of the “Ultimate”. As an upgrade to your VIP package, you get an entire SOLO photo shoot with candid and group pictures without having to buy a completely separate VIP.

Finally, I think I’m speaking for many fans when I say- bring back the backstage tour! The on stage seating for Platinum VIP was fun and all, but the amount of individual face-time with the backstage tours is why fans love it. But… if there was ultimate VIP, you wouldn’t need the backstage tour, because going backstage would already be built into the package– hmmmm… something to think about, Wonderful Union….

 

4. A Chance to Vote.

Every fan has a dream set list they would love to see BSB perform in concert. Although we LOVE the iconic hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Everybody”, wouldn’t we all love a good “Let’s Have A Party” or “Back To Your Heart” thrown into the mix?! If fans get to vote on [at least a few] songs, then maybe we could switch things up for a bit. Just for fun.

 

5. A Baby.

Well, ladies and gents, if you have not yet seen it in the news– Nick Carter is a DAD! [WHAT?!] We are SO excited, and now all 5 guys can bring their little ones on tour! Can’t wait to meet the newest little Backstreet Boy, Odin!

 

 

**Take notes, boys (and WU); and we can’t wait to see you soon!

10 Reasons to Get Excited for BSB Cruise 2016!

Now that we have received our official itineraries, there are SO many things we are excited about for the upcoming cruise. Here are the top few things that we just can’t stop thinking about… so GET EXCITED!

 

1. EUROPE.
Have you ever dreamed of sailing the Mediterranean? How about with BSB? Just in case you forgot, this cruise is FOUR nights instead of three! Plus, this is the first year the BSB cruise is on a Royal Caribbean ship! I do enjoy Carnival for their “party” atmosphere, however their ships are not always the nicest. Royal Caribbean has nicer ships and for the most part better food …and as always, UNLIMITED food! BSB, Europe, AND unlimited food? Looks like dreams do come true.2014-03-27 22.39.48

 

2. Cruise terminal fun.
Who would ever think a cruise port terminal could be so fun? Sure with the long lines, security, and anticipation, one would think that a cruise port terminal is on the list of worst places to ever be. Not on a BSB cruise. Watching the boys enter the terminal and watching the board the ship is when the realization hits that they are walking onto the same ship you are about to walk on—for FIVE days straight!

 

3. The #BackstreetArmy reunites.
As with all BSB events, hanging out with friends and meeting new fans is half the fun (okay, or maybe more than half)! Some groups of friends may or may not be wandering around in custom matching t-shirts or full outfits (and that may or may not include my group of friends). Have fun with it- that’s the beauty of the BSB cruise.

 

4. Door decorating contest.
BSB fans go ALL out. This is one of my favorite parts of the cruise. I HIGHLY suggest you take time to go around looking at other’s creative doors, because they really are amazing to see! And if you haven’t yet planned out a door decoration, it’s not too late! Plus, you never know who will stop by and sign it (yes, I’m referring to a Backstreet Boy). Speaking of decorations, the whole ship is decked out in BSB; from banners, to the elevator doors, to the infamous cardboard cutout of the boys in the lobby, just in case you forget you are on a cruise with the Backstreet Boys. Don’t forget to take a picture with it!2014-10-27 02.36.19

 

5. Cruise-exclusive merch.
…And it’s CUTE! I would especially build one of these bad boys into your BSB cruise budget. It is a very festive addition to your cruise vibe while you’re tanning on the Lido deck or roaming the ship with a drink in hand. Just another reminder that you’re on a BACKSTREET BOYS CRUISE! And there’s more where that came from. A whole merch store! That’s right; a STORE! Make sure you get your merch ASAP, because items WILL sell out!2014-10-24 13.29.05

 

6. Free time at port.
This year, there will not be a beach party [*Cue collective sigh]. Although I am super sad that there is no beach party, I am excited to have free time to explore the ports. I don’t know about you, but I don’t frequent Europe; so the more time I have to sight see, the better. Plus, it seems as though there will be more than enough other events to fill the time on the ship [see itinerary].

 

7. Photo ops.
For those of you who may not know, part of the cruise includes a formal M&G with BSB. Just like with any VIP/M&G, you can make it what you wish. Keep in mind, these tend to be slightly more rushed than concert VIP M&Gs. Just a reminder, you must have 4-5 people in your group in order to be let in to take pictures. Don’t get discouraged about the semi-rushed group photo, however, because let’s face it- you are TRAPPED on a boat with the Backstreet Boys. You WILL run into them at some point around the ship (but probably in the casino), and will potentially get a selfie or two. For those of you going on the cruise, please keep in mind, the more pushy you are, the less willing the boys will be to take pictures. Remember to relaxxxxxx; You are on vacation, after all.

 

8. The acoustic concert.
Well, we know Kevin is really pumped about this one. I personally was OBSESSED with the cruise concert from last year due to its high energy and nostalgia. For those of you who have not seen it, it was very similar to the Homecoming Live in Orlando Tour VHS.. and my little fangirl heart squealed. This year, fans are getting the chance to request songs that will be performed during the Acoustic concert. A lot of fans requested oldies but goodies (that the boys probably don’t even still remember the lyrics to); and I, personally, requested faster songs (such as the crowd favorite “If You Want it to be Good Girl”) so we all can stay awake. Will the boys actually re-learn the less popular songs and perform them? Only time will tell.

 

9. Living the #suitelife.
This year, for those fans in cabins who have reserved seating, there will be an exclusive “preferred” event. Who knows what that will entail, but it is OFFICIALLY on the itinerary (taking place in the lounge), and I am STOKED!

 

10. One big PARTY.
From the sail away party, to game shows, to deck parties, to the return of SOLO EVENTS! …the BSB cruise is one constant party. Dressing up for theme nights and seeing what crazy outfits the boys come out in is always a hoot. I know there are many fans wondering what getup the boys will come out in, especially for Leather and Lace night. Guess we will have to wait and see! If Nick actually dresses like a man this time, that would be great. LOL. Although Dorothy, from last year, was quite entertaining, it was just as equally traumatizing. Also, note to boys: PLEASE bring the sailor outfits back. Kthanks.2014-10-24 17.14.34_edited

 

As always, make sure to eat, drink, have a blast, and DON’T sleep! Can’t wait to set sail in 17 days! Can it please just be here already?

If you’re not going on the cruise, we’ll miss you! And I bet BSB will too. Just a friendly reminder, there is still time to book here! But if not, remember, you can still participate in What Happens on the Backstreet’s Couch Cruise. It is definitely a good time; not to be missed!

8 Emotions Only Backstreet Boys Fans Understand

Sometimes as a Backstreet Boys fan, you feel things. You feel things that no one outside of the fandom understands. Okay, maybe the younger generation of fangirls and fanboys might to a certain degree, but when you’ve been going through these emotions for 22 years, it’s different. You’re going to read this, and you’re going to feel relief that you are not alone in your wide range of extreme emotions as a BSB fan. You’re also going to realize that we really do need that Backstreet Wine suggestion to be real life.

1. The Irrational Anger From People Asking The Wrong Questions.

There is nothing worse than fielding questions from non-fans:

“You’re going to see them AGAIN?” Yes, yes I am. My money, my happiness, my life. Shut up.

“Which boyband is it again? New Kids?” Stop it.

“Woaaahh, they’re still around?!” SERIOUSLY?!

We never ask sports fans “Oh you’re watching that game again this week? Really?” We try so hard to nicely answer. We even try to spread the love and recruit new people to the fandom. At some point though, we’re answering through gritted teeth, hitting the computer keys with purpose, and look completely unreasonable in our responses. Geez, they say, I was just asking. Yes, you were just asking….for the 4th time. This week.

2. Deep Sadness Brought On By Withdrawal.

This starts almost immediately after the last concert you attend and is worse if you don’t have any other plans of seeing the Boys anytime soon. As you leave a concert, you will hear people muttering Ok, I still have the cruise, other people pulling out their phones to check the next tour date and mapquest how far away it is, and still other people sitting in their seats, refusing to leave. We all know what’s coming.

PCD.

No, not the Pussycat Dolls. Post Concert Depression. It’s real and it’s the #1 problem in the Backstreet Boys fandom. The depression gets so bad that, if we go months without something from the Boys, we will snatch up anything they provide. Oh you want us to pay $523 for a single song download of something we’ve already heard part of? Ok, let me get my credit card. We can’t take it. The depression HURTS.

3. High Anxiety From Ticket Purchasing Day.

There is nothing scarier and more anxiety-inducing than the day tickets go on sale. What’s the local venue time? How do we buy decent tickets to both (or all 6) concerts we’re going to?! CALL IN THE REINFORCEMENTS! Why won’t Stephanie/Kim/Amanda answer her phone?! DO WE WANT FANPIT?! Which VIP?! Platinum is ONLY a few $100 more. Why isn’t WonderfulUnion ANSWERING MY QUESSTIIOONN?! Left side of stage? Can someone tell me which side Nick favors? I want Brian to literally jump over my head.

This is why we need the BSB wine.

4. An Unusually High Amount of Skepticism About Any “Special Announcement”.

Anytime the Backstreet Boys say they’re going to make a special announcement, we’re usually already aware of what the announcement is. There are few times when they actually surprise us (Kevin is coming back?! AJ is going to be a dad?! Ok. You got us there, Boys), but we always have that little speck of doubt in ourselves that they’ll actually tell us something we don’t know. God love them, they try to surprise us, but we’re usually so thirsty that we suck up any bit of information before they can tell us. Maybe our skepticism is a shield. If we remain skeptic, we can remain calm…because as soon as something is confirmed, we’re going to LOSE. OUR. MINDS.

5. Containing Our Hope Brought On By Rumors.

In the midst of a Backstreet drought, we scour the internet for anything that might allude to future BSB plans. If someone posts something new, we approach it with gloves, discuss it in secret, have our qualms about it, and research the HELL out of it (Example: That mysterious Backstreet Project in NYC that sounded like it was going to Vegas). We act very reserved about any rumor. We act like Psshhh, there’s no way it’s going to happen. But the rumors keep us going, keep us secretly going, until we get mad that nothing is being said about it and mention it to the actual Boys themselves who can not figure out how we know things. Sloppy work, Boys. We’ve been doing this for years. You do you, we’ll do us.

6. Unreasonable Joy From 140 Characters or Less.

Do not act like any favorite/tweet/retweet from a Backstreet Boy isn’t your personal drug. Everyone knows that the insanity that ensues when a Backstreet Boy tweets is beyond anything (and the easiest thing) you’ve witnessed since becoming a fan. It’s a game. It’s a challenge. Your fingers fall off, your brain overheats from creating any attention-catching tweet you can think of, and any kind of acknowledgement sends you into a frenzy. Kevin sent you a heart! Brian sent you a chicken emoji! Howie FOLLOWED you! Call your friends, call your granny, hug your dog… THIS is the GREATEST moment in your LIFE.

7. Emotional Explosions.

This can happen when you’re least expecting it, but most notably in the first few minutes of a Backstreet Boys concert. You’re fine, you’re chatting with your friends, you’re checking Instagram….Then, the lights go out.

Oh my God. Oh. MY. God. OH MY GOD.

Once the music starts, your body literally doesn’t know what is happening. You want to run, you want to jump up and down, you’re most likely already screaming like Charles Manson has claimed you as his next victim, and you might be crying. You will remember this song playing for the rest of your life and it will never be the same.

Then you see them. You see them…and there’s not a TV screen separating you. You’re breathing the same air as the Backstreet Boys. Your brain is so confused that you’ve forgotten to breathe. And you’re still screaming. You look to your friend for help, but she seems to also be exploding into pieces of fangirl confetti.

BSB Concerts: Abandon all hope of emotional control ye who dare to enter.

8. Incredible Sass In High Intensity Situations (Like VIP).

We fret and fret and fret about situations we’ll be in with the BSB until the day comes, and then we are so badass. Let’s use VIP as an example. You bought the VIP months ago, you have been planning what to wear, what to say, and what you want to look like in the pic for months before that. You may be nervous but the minute it’s your turn in line, you are sassy. You are fierce. And DAMMIT, you’re going to stand between AJ and Kevin and NO ONE is going to stop you (not even Nick Carter who wants everyone to stand with him).

If VIP isn’t your thing, you still know what we’re talking about. Oh that girl thinks she’s going to push me out of the way of Brian’s hand? NOPE! But, we really didn’t mean to shove her to the ground and stand on her. Behold, the power of Backstreet.

The BSB fan life is tough, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.

3 Things Each Backstreet Boy Does At Every Concert

Sure, there are certain songs that the Backstreet Boys perform at every show that make every performance complete, but for the fans, there are certain things that each Boy does that a concert wouldn’t be complete without. We think you’ll agree.

Here are 5 things each Backstreet Boy does at every concert (or it’s not a real show).

Kevin Richardson

1. Reaching into the audience to touch everyone he can. If you were in the pit at the IAWLT concert, there were perhaps a few times that you thought he was going to fall onto you trying to reach everyone.

2. Holding his mic with both hands. As displayed in the photo above, Kevin has the habit of putting both hands on a microphone when he REALLY wants you to listen.

3. Closing his eyes and raising his eyebrows. That’s when you know he’s into it, y’all.

Bonus: Sometimes he stops to have conversations when we scream things at him… like he can hear us.

Howie D.

1. That mini Salsa dance. You know the one. It comes out of nowhere when you’re least expecting it and it really doesn’t matter what song it is. “Show Me The Meaning”? Salsa. “Quit Playing Games”? Salsa. Nick Carter talking? SALSA.

2. Winking. What would our lives be without Howie winking? How else would we know he loves us?

3. Every other Boy annoying him. It’s like if any of the other Backstreet Boys get bored, they pick on Howie. Actually, it’s just Nick. And sometimes Brian.

Brian Littrell

1. Lifting a leg. The louder Brian gets, the higher his leg. The more into it he gets, he basically curls into himself. One day, he will pull a total Sonic The Hedgehog whilst singing.

2. Tricks. He will jump 12 feet and he will be upside down almost more than he is right side up. Much like Howie’s random spurts of salsa, if Brian feels the need, he will be backflipping across the stage, jumping over your head, and walking on his hands. Basically, he’s a monkey in human skin.

3. Waving. We may never know if Brian ACTUALLY sees someone in the audience that he’s acknowledging or he’s just pretending to make us fight with our friends over who he actually waved to. Which is it, Brian?!

Bonus: He will also act out any lyric that he can.

AJ McLean

1. When he gets so into it, he starts yelling. AJ’s singing, AJ sounds so good…oh my God, he’s coming at us and he’s yelling the lyrics. “Creepin’ up on your left, straight up funky when I get WIT YA…” This is usually followed by out of control thrusting. (There was also the time he started making up lyrics while yelling. “With bacon and eggs and ham..” – Raise your hand if you still hear it!)

2. Removing his sunglasses for effect. AJ doesn’t always wear sunglasses on stage anymore, but when he does, he will whip them off slowly while singing something soulful and looking directly at you. Suddenly, you will feel like you’re floating and you may have the urge to give him all of your money. And your bra.

3. Dancing like he has no bones. He’s bendy. He flops around in a beautiful AJ way.

Nick Carter

1. Drop Down. Nick starts the show choreographed, but as soon as he’s on his own, the boy is down on the ground. The more passionate he gets, the lower he gets. Think a guitar will keep him up? Oh no – it just gives his downward move some flair. Look at him!

2. The Dance. When Nick gets up, he’s up and he’s feeling it. We’re not sure WHAT he’s doing but it’s his own funky little Nick dance and we love it. Feel that music, Nick! Move, boy!

3. Stopping and Staring. If there is one thing he hates, it’s not getting attention. There is a point in every concert where Nick will stop. Nick will stare. And Nick won’t talk until you give him the cheering and applause that he wants (Like a male Tinkerbell). And we cheer everytime because OMG, it’s Nick Carter.

22 Things We Have Learned From The Backstreet Boys

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Since the Backstreet Boys formed in 1993, they have been learning. They’ve learned how to deal with fame, how to deal with highs and lows, and how to be successful in a world like this. 

Not only have these 22 years been a learning experience for the Boys themselves, but also for the fans. We have learned so much from these 5 men – some things that we may not even be aware of. Here are the top 22 things that we have the Backstreet Boys to thank for knowing.

1. We Know Which Countries Are In Which Time Zones.

As Backstreet fans, we can rattle off what time it is in any country that the Backstreet Boys have toured in. We need to know when we can find pictures, when they are performing, when they might be available for tweeting, etc. It’s a skill.

2. Bodyguards Aren’t Really That Scary After All.

When normal people think of bodyguards, they think of huge guys that will take you out if you get near your idol. When BSB fans think of bodyguards, we think of some of the best few guys we’ve met. Guys like Mike, Q, Keith, Josh and Drew are just as big of a deal to us as Kevin, Brian, AJ, Nick, and Howie. They may look tough, but they’re some of the nicest men we know and have probably held our purses for us more times than our significant others. We also probably have just as many pictures with them as we do with our Boys. Losing one of them is like losing a member of our Backstreet family as well, and there will not be a fan who doesn’t feel the loss of Q at every VIP. We appreciate these guys for protecting our Boys and being so good to us.

3. “Life Is More Than Just Stuff.”

This quote from Brian Littrell at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame resonates with us. Life IS more than just stuff and no one knows it more than us. Every year, we give up materialistic items in order to experience things and create memories. Even in the years we aren’t seeing the Boys, we take roadtrips to see our friends that we’ve made because of them. We spend time doing the things we love and don’t mind the ridicule we get from our family and friends who just don’t understand.

We are also lucky that we have a band that believes in this mantra, that is more concerned with giving fans what they want that what’s going to give them the most profit in the end. We learn from them that doing what makes you happy is always the best.

4. It’s Possible To Have Best Friends Across The Country… And Across The World.

Ask any Backstreet fan and he or she will tell you that we have friends in every timezone because of the Backstreet Boys. We are more aware of what’s happening in the world, cultures, world holidays, and have created our own family of friends because of a mutual love for five guys.

5. Just How Long We Can Go Without Eating and Sleeping.

Before the Backstreet Boys, we never knew how long we could withstand not eating or sleeping. Some of us have traveled to a concert, left the concert, and traveled 4 hours to a concert the next night. Some of us have sat in line outside of NYC’s Virgin Record Store just to get a wristband to meet the Boys later in the day. Some of us have learned how to order pizza while waiting in a line and some of us couldn’t fathom eating when you’re going to a BSB concert in 6 hours!

6. We Figured Out Whether Or Not We Get Seasick.

When the Backstreet Boys launched their annual cruise, some fans had never cruised before. Would we get seasick? Would we get homesick? DOES IT MATTER?! A few days stuck on a ship with BSB? Take our money and we’ll figure out the sickness later. Seasick meds sales shot up that year.

7. How To Squeeze Every Last Penny Out Of A Paycheck.

If BSB is on tour, we will NOT go without. Of course, we’ve all whined about how we didn’t know if we could afford VIP or if we could afford going to a show at all, but we make it work. They’re not coming to you? You find a date that works and you start digging in your couch cushions for money! Some of us have even taken on second jobs just for Backstreet money. If we want something bad enough, we will find every penny to afford it.

8. Music Heals Us.

The majority of us find solace in the Backstreet Boys’ music. Whether we’ve worked through something as tough as depression or something as small as a bad day at work, their music is home to us. It soothes our souls and takes us to a happy place. It transcends the bad feelings we might have and helps us to make it through another day. They will never know how grateful we are for their gift.

9. How To Make Travel Plans Faster Than Any Of Our Non-Fan Friends.

We know how to plan a trip across country faster than any non-fan friend because we’re used to last minute BSB events. We have more hotel rewards, more airline miles, and the people at the rental car place know us by name. More than likely, we also know where the celebrities stay in each city.

10. How To Be A Top-Notch Detective.

What do you mean you don’t know where the Backstreet Boys are or when they’re flying in or what flight they’re on or what they had for breakfast? Please. We all know. The Backstreet Boys have a secret? HA! We like a challenge. We could actually put on our resumes that we’ve worked for the CIA.

11. We Can Hash (And Rehash) Details For Hours Days Weeks.

Nick’s new hair? New leaked song? AJ’s cryptic instagram caption? We’re on it. We will have 32 different meanings for it, 444 opinions about, and ask continuous questions about it until we get answers.

12. How To Be Opinionated.

See above. When there is a drought in Backstreet land, we all have even stronger opinions about EVERYTHING they do. We don’t like Brian’s shoes? You’re gonna hear about it!

13. We Know How Real Men Should Act.

Our standards have been raised when it comes to the men in our lives. We know five men who are kind, respectful, and talented and we expect no less from every guy we meet. Poor dudes.

14. When, Where, and Who Wins/Loses In A UK and/or Tampa Bucs Game.

Thanks to Kevin, Brian, and Nick, we will always know when these teams are playing and who is winning or losing and some of us have even started to care.

15. What Real Harmony Sounds Like.

Boyband? Please. Vocal harmony group is more appropriate. Let me hear One Direction sing acapella. That’s what I thought. The Backstreet Boys are so good at harmonizing, you WILL want to slap yo’ mama!

16. To Keep Our Standards High.

As we said, they have raised our standards for men, but they have also reminded us not to settle. They have pushed throughout their career to get what they want and be successful. They didn’t settle for low quality and they didn’t stop when they world told them they should. They’ve been an example of what you can achieve if you just keep going and that you never have to lower your standards because the world says you should.

17. We Know Every Way To Soothe A Sore Throat.

We’ve all been there – weekend at a BSB concert, work on Monday morning. We still scream like 14 year olds everytime and when we’re with our friends, we talk and laugh all night. We’re aware that by Monday, we will need cough drops and hot tea because we are, in fact, NOT 14 anymore.

18. You Should Always Use Hand Sanitizer. 

Really, because Nick Carter and his ongoing bout of illness. Not so much that we’re worried about getting sick from him, but moreso if Nick (or the others) get sick after we went to a show, your friends blame you. If you get sick FROM one of the Boys, it’s almost like you’ve really made it as a fan.

19. Once You Go VIP, You Never Go Back.

Everyone knows what we’re talking out. If you pay for the VIP experience once, you will be paying for it everytime. There is nothing like it. Kevin’s eyes and Nick’s hugs. Brian’s smile, AJ’s chatter, and Howie’s sweetness. NO ONE can stop once they start.

20. Ain’t No Party, Like A Backstreet Party.

Enough said.

21. What It Means To Be A Fan.

We have a real passion for these Boys. We care for them like they’re our family and we root for them every chance we get. How sad is the life of any person who has never loved a band they way we love them. How sad is it to have loved a band that never cared about their fans the way the Backstreet Boys do? We have no doubt that every word they’ve ever spoken about their fans is true and sincere because they’re still around because we are. Wow.

22. Dreams Do Come True.

Just as the Backstreet Boys believed in their dreams in 1993 and made them come true, we have been inspired by them to do the same. They’ve inspired us to try, to succeed, and to try again even if you fail. They’ve taught us that you have to work hard for your dreams to come true and you can do anything you set your mind to.

They’ve also taught 12-year-old us that you can eventually meet the five guys that changed your life and that they are as great as you always thought they were.

❤ Thank You, Backstreet Boys. For Everything. ❤

16 “First Time With The Backstreet Boys” Stories From Fans Around The World

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In the 22 years that the Backstreet Boys have been in existence, there has never been a time that we, as fans, get tired of seeing them live, meeting them, hugging them, and being in awe of their talent and kind hearts. However, there is always something about the first time that gets to you. There is always something about the first song, the first hug, the first smile that will take you back to the feelings that you could never replicate.

These 14 fans were kind enough to share their memories with us and will inspire you to take a walk down your own memory lane. After all, the first time is life changing. WARNING: You might get feelings reading these.

1. Lianne

image1My name is Lianne and i live in Moncton, Canada. My first time meeting the Boys was on May 3, 2014. I had seen them in concert 4 times before but this was my first VIP event.  Thanks to my awesome hubby for paying :). After 21 years my dream finally came true.  It all happened so fast.  I walked up to Howie first and he gave me a hug.  Then Nick took my arm and pulled me to him…I almost died.  After the photo, i hugged Kevin and AJ then it was over, but very worth the 21 years of waiting 🙂

2. Debra

IMG_4207My name is Debra. I’m 52 and have been a BSB fan for 18 yrs – here’s my story about the 1st time I met BSB!! BSB was to release their 1st album in the USA in NYC at virgin mega  store so my friends and I decided to go (3 of us were from montreal and 3 were from toronto). I’ve been a Brian Girl since day one. Finally, in NYC, we were keeping eyes open for BSB on August 11th. We just finished dinner at pizza place on Broadway, walking out I just happened to look towards my left – “OMG it’s AJ!” “Hi ladies, what’s up?” “Just gonna check out Times Square”, asked him for photos (“sure”) When it was my turn,I gave him a hug and started to cry. He said “hey sweetie, why ya crying?” “I’m sorry but I just can’t believe I just met you”, “Hon, it’s just little old me, AJ!”. Above is the pic from August 11, 1997. He then spoke to us, took photos  with my friends, saw me looking in my bag. “Did you lose something?” “No, forgot the bday card for my friend back home that I wanted ️signed if I’d be lucky to have met one or all of you”. He asked if I was coming the next day then said, “ok, then bring your card and I’ll make sure all the guys sign it!”

August 12th – now in line it’s 4:30 am ️(OMG) we are first in line (EEEKK). At 8:00 am, they opened to give us VIP bracelet for autograph session after inside was shaking so bad I was like “OMG Gonna meet BSB!” Saw part of mini concert now in lining up again my feet were so killing me, but we got to hear sound check. OMG now just 3 fans ahead of me and I can see table sitting behind that table was BACKSTREETBOYS: BRIAN ,HOWIE, NICK , AJ, KEVIN!!! Finally, my turn.

Brian in his amazing KENTUCKY accent says “hi darling, how are ya?” I was so nervous. “I’m fine!” “What’s your name?” “D-DEBBIE” Brian was so sweet he said “Well hi D-DEBBIE, my name is B-BRIANNN! So where ya from?” “MMMMONTREAL” “WOW! I like MMMONTREAL!” I told him my friends and I were waiting outside 10 1/2 hrs to met BSB. He poked Howie “hey man, did you hear that?!” ️️and signed my cd. I gave Howie a birthday card we had sent around the world ️signed by 88 BSB fans (had many bsb pen pals) and he was shocked. “Tell everybody thanks!” Nick said “hey..wow you guys waited for all long time thanks so much!” 2 more signatures on my cd. “Hi AJ nice to see you again..” “Got your friend’s birthday card?” “Yup.”  “Give it to me. What’s your friend name?” “Natalie.” “Hey guys, listen up. Sign this card for Debbie’s friend” All ️signed!

Finally was KEVIN. “Hey hey..what s up?” “Hi.”  “Hun, you ok ?” ️As by this time my feet were so major sore. “Nice to finally meet you, I’m so tired as my friends and I have been waiting 10 1/2 hrs to meet you guys.” He took my hand one of his hands was under mine put his other on top and said “It’s fans like you who make this all worth while, thanks so much!”
There you have it. I’d do it all over again just want to you to know. P. S. All the guys ️signed my CD

3. Melissa

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My husband had surprised me with a platinum VIP meet and greet with the boys when he got home from Iraq in 2010.
He rented a limo for the 2 of us and everything! While we were waiting for the sound check party to start he was picking on me, telling me how much of a dork I was being. He was joking of course.  When the sound check was over it was time for the meet and greet pics. When my husband and I walked up there all I could get out when I was shaking each of their hands was “hi”. “hi” really? Finally my life long dream of meeting the backstreet boys has come true and all I could say was hi? I felt like the biggest dork ever! Howie ends up taking all the platinum people on a backstage tour. At one point I was walking beside him and I couldn’t think of anything to say. Finally we got to where all the sofas were and he was talking about how he used to share a bus with Nick and AJ a long time ago and I blurted out “so has your cleanliness rubbed off on them?” really? did I just say that? Howie rolled his eyes and replied “yes they’ve gotten better.”  Then the most embarrassing thing of all happened.. I tripped and almost fell over a glass coffee table in which Howie said “don’t fall” “are you okay?” I wanted to run seriously. I felt like the biggest dork on the face of the earth.  At the end of the backstage tour we got our VIP passes signed by Howie and a picture with him. Even though some parts were embarrassing it’s a day I will never forget and my husband and I still talk about it all the time. He says his next goal is to get me on a cruise.. We’ll see.

4. Taylor

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We finally got in the line to meet the Backstreet Boys. I was sweating, jumping up and down smiling so hard. I walked over, they told me their names and gave me hugs! It was two days before my 13th Birthday (my mom told them), so of course they said “happy birthday”, all I could say for hours was “Nick Carter hugged me!” I was in complete shock! I saved the special shirt I wore that day, and it hasn’t been worn since, because it has BSB DNA on it! That was the greatest day of my life!

5. Noora

bsbscMy name is Noora and I first saw the Backstreet Boys in concert back in 2005 when I was 17. But that’s not the story I want to tell.

I’ve been a BSB fan since I was 11 years old so that makes 16 years this year. I’m now 26. It was totally love at first sight and I dreamed of meeting them ever since. Little did I know that come 2014 and the IAWLT tour, I’d actually get to fulfill my dream. When I heard that the Boys were coming to Finland on their tour I knew immediately that I just had to buy a VIP ticket so I could finally meet my idols. I had no idea what I was getting myself into by doing that. Me and my friend Heidi (who I’ve become super close thanks to the Backstreet Boys) bought Gold VIPs. The whole day ended up being more than I had hoped for. It started with us going to their hotel. I got not one but TWO selfies! And one of those was with my man Kevin! I’d been waiting for that for 15 years! That was just an added bonus to the VIP and the soundcheck party. We got to the arena and I was super nervous. I was in the front row at sc party and I even got to ask the Boys a question! Thank goodness I had been thinking about that before the show. While the Boys were singing Trust Me at the SC, Howie noticed me singing along and gave me the thumbs up. Oh how I love that man. Heidi and I got this brilliant idea of making our own shirts for the concert. That turned out to be one of the best ideas ever. The back of the shirt said KTBSPA and the front of my shirt said “Helloooo Mr. Richardson”. Her’s said “Hellooo Mr. Carter”. When it was time to go to get our M&G picture taken, I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be, Which was good since I had something to give to Kevin. We had written a letter for all the Boys that I wanted to give to Kevin. Even got to talk to him for a minute which made this K-girl extremely happy. Oh and about my shirt? When I went to hug them and they saw my shirt, they said “Well hello Mrs. Richardson” to me! I totally didn’t mean it like that! I just wanted to show my love for Kevin! As I went to hug Kevin he gave me the biggest hug. It felt so good. Took me 15 years to meet them but it was so worth it. I’m so glad I waited until the IAWLT tour to buy a VIP since I got a picture with all of the 5 Boys. And as an added bonus I got an autographed photo of them! I will cherish that M&G my entire life. ❤

6. Miriam

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Miriam, 27, The Netherlands.
* Age first concert: 17, on October 12th 2005, Never gone tour, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Ok, now don’t judge…yes I was 17 and my first concert was Never Gone. I missed out on the Millennium days and such because I was too young and I had no one to go with!

(Aw, don’t feel bad, since 2005 I’ve been to 6259 or something other concerts and traveled all over the world for these boys lol). I will never forget this concert. I begged my mom to go with me, skipped school, still remember what I wore that beautiful sunny day and loved every second of the concert, even though we had crappy seats all the way in the back of the arena.
* Age first time meeting them:  19, it was on October 10th 2007, Berlin Germany.
I read on a Dutch BSB fan forum that the boys were coming to Berlin for a signing to promote the Unbreakable album. Well this was my chance to meet the boys! A few days later I met up with some BSB fans, who I’ve never met, in the middle of the night and we drove for hours until we arrived at our final destination, a mall in downtown Berlin. And then the waiting began. We waited for hours until the boys arrived (Backstreet Time!) and there were hundreds of people. Security wanted to shut down the event because things were getting out of control. I was so afraid I couldn’t meet the boys after all. But security pulled me out of the crowd and I was one of the last and lucky people who got to meet Brian, Howie, AJ & Nick that day. I was able to shake their hands (no hugs back then) and they signed my Unbreakable booklet. Fun fact: During the signing, AJ and Nick got into a discussion (about something stupid, nothing serious) while I was waiting for them to sign my booklet. So I just stood there *awkward*, waiting for them to stop talking until Nick noticed me, nudged AJ and said: Dude AJ, this girl is waiting! Sign her booklet! Nick gave me his typical Nick Carter smile, with a look on his face like *excuse him*.  AJ looked at me and said:  Sorry about that girl, we got a little sidetracked. How are you? I mumbled something like: Good…*smile, giggle*. After what felt like 10 minutes (reality: 2 minutes) they signed the booklet and I walked away with a smile on my face. I finally met them!
* Age first VIP: 20, it was on April 6th 2008, Unbreakable tour, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
My first VIP wasn’t really something special. Yeah I met them again, got to shake hands again (no hugs, no kisses), I think they signed something again and we took our picture (with the barrier…bless Kevin for getting rid of that thing when he came back)..and there was $200 less on my bank account lol. I know, it doesn’t really sound that exciting or romantic but if you have the chance to ever meet the boys, try hotels, promo events, a cruise…you’ll have a far better experience 😉

7. Tracy

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Age when I met the boys: 27The first time I met the boys was June 12 2011, at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. It was during the NKOTBSB tour. I had never done a VIP before in my life. Never met the boys before. I didn’t know what to expect.I have been a fan of the boys since 1996 when I heard them on the radio. I didn’t know who they were at the time. I later was given a cassette  tape of the US debut CD by my mother. The boys have helped me through everything ranging from deaths in the family to personal anxiety, and in the winter of 2010 when the NKOTBSB tour had been announced… I said to myself that I was going to do vip with my best friend Ali. I brought up the idea to her and said I would buy us both Silver vip with my Christmas bonus as my gift to her. As her gift for me,  she fronted the extra money so we could get Gold. She wanted me to have some “alone time” with the boys. See, BSB, well Nick especially is one of the reasons I am still here. I owe a lot of my coming out of depression to him and the boys inspiring me. Meeting them was a HUGE deal.That day in June we went to the venue early and I stood in line with everybody else. I was shaking from nerves. I know they are regular people but it was the first time I’d met a celebrity. While we were in line we saw NKOTB finishing their own pictures. Joey came and gave us high five. Donnie gave my friend Ali a huge hug. After that I kind of started crying. It was becoming real for me then. As the line got closer and closer to the boys, the curtain separating me from them opened and I saw them up close for the first time in my life. I suddenly wondered if I had worn the right clothes for my pic, if I looked okay. I became self conscious, trying to calm myself down because I wanted to cry from happiness some  more. It was my turn and I was frozen in place, I couldn’t walk over. The boys were looking at me, I could feel Nick staring. Brian came over to me and put his arms around me after I’d finally took a couple steps. He blew me away. Brian seriously gives the best hugs in the world. I felt myself calm down a bit after that. AJ said “hello sweetheart”. Then there was Nick. I kept telling myself don’t look at him, you’ll be a mess. I looked up and he was just looking at me, smiling. He said hi sweetheart just as AJ had done. He hugged me and I was surprised that he actually smelled good. (LOL) I saw Howie waiting for me to come over but Nick had just fully distracted me. I felt horrible for not going over to Howie. (i finally made up for it on the 2014 cruise) then it was picture time. I took the pic and then went up the stairs to go to sound check. I almost tripped going up the stairs. Then I got to my seat and the tears came. I turned to Ali and said “did this just happen?”I’ll never forget that day as long as I live, it was perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.

8. Kristyna

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My age at my first ever VIP was 23, This Is Us tour 2009.
I was platinum VIP and the boys stood behind barriers for other VIPs, but they went in front of barriers for us platinum.
I didn’t count with that and was so excited. I walked to Nick first, hugged him and he grabbed my arms and posed me
in front of Howie and said, “this is Howie”, Howie was laughing and said to me,”good to see you´´ and I was so on the edge,
I offered him my hand to shake and he looked at my hand, hugged me and kissed my faces and said “nice to meet you´´.
Again, I was so on the edge, I didn´t expect it, I couldn´t even speak 🙂 Then we hugged with AJ and then I looked at Brian
and was thinking, “Oh my God, Brian´´ or something like that and he said “come here´´ and hugged me.
And then picture from Justin and backstage tour, amazing experiences, I will never forget them.

9. Kimberly

I’m a 90s kid. Between 1997 and 2000, age 11-14, I was on the top of my “pop”-game, listening to Westlife, Steps, Britney Spears and, of course, the BACKSTREET BOYS!

As I grew older and began to experience the oh-so-known and overrated “teenage problems”, my music taste changed as music was my outlet to release my anger. And I was quite angry, I can tell you that! My inner pop-princess was locked away somewhere in a corner of my subconscious, but never really left.

So as many others, I lost interest and track of what my former idols were doing – I want to express my utmost sorry for this. If I knew then, what I know now, I would have NEVER let this happen! – After Never Gone, I completely lost it and I didn’t know the Backstreet Boys were still making music and touring (now is the time to shoot me, if u didn’t do that already).

Whenever they were played on the radio, however, the volume went WAAAAAAY UP and I sang along at the top of my voice, never failing to remember every single word.

In November 2013, I was in my car and I just finished singing along with “Quit Playing Games With My Heart”, when my attention was caught by the announcement of a Backstreet Boys tour with ALL band members (yes, emphasis on “ALL” – I personally didn’t realize what happened – shoot me, again!).

This was it. This was my chance to go on a road down memory lane and do what I didn’t do 15 years ago: see the Backstreet Boys perform live. I decided to buy tickets. Little did I know what impact that decision would have…

22 March 2014 changed my life. My friend and I entered a packed “Sportpaleis” in Antwerp. After the preshow by The Exchange and, apparently, Baylee (while he was rapping, I told my friend: “Wow, who is that kid? He has talent” – shoot me again… it gets boring, does it), you could feel the anticipation rising.

Imagine: 1 Sportpaleis – 13.000 people – the lights went out and as “The Call” started playing and those 5 fabulous men entered the stage, the crowd exploded and my jaw dropped. The rest is history…

This was the BEST SHOW I have ever been to. Both my friend and I were blown away. Their music, their looks, their moves,… How could we ever let that slip away from us over the past years?

Since that magical evening, it feels like I’ve been spellbound. I started reading about them and realized I had a hell of a lot of catching up to do…

Eventually I ended up playing their music every single day, standing front row at their next show only a few months later and setting up a Twitter account dedicated to my BSB love – which has brought me to meet all these incredible people who are – just like me – bedazzled by this vocal harmony group.

So this is my story, this is what my first BSB concert has done to me. I know I haven’t been the “best” fan the past years, but I’m “all-in” NOW, with hopefully many years to come. I sure will be there, keeping the backstreet pride alive.

#KTBSPA

10. Denise

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I don’t actually remember my first concert cause it’s so many years ago way in the beginning. So I wanted to share my first VIP. And that was pretty recent, last year on March 22, 2014. I was 35 years old at the time and I finally saved up enough money to buy a VIP Gold. I was excited, I did meet the guys before, but this was just something I really wanted to do. Before we had to be in line for VIP, we were at the hotel the guys were at and we saw them. But we were late to get our VIP tickets. It was in Antwerp, Belgium and with a lot of stress and not getting to our own hotel to check in, I ended up getting dressed in the bathroom of a gas station. I can tell you, stress level was way up high! After me and my bestie (who I met in real life for the first time there) and my other good friend Anna got in line finally we got our tickets and stood in line for soundcheck. I had prepared a question for Kevin, but unfortunately, Justin didn’t came close, so I wasn’t picked. But it was okay, soundcheck was great and Kevin was being silly.

Then after soundcheck we got in line for the meet and greet. The wait was long as there were a lot of VIPS. I have to tell you a little short story, that 6 months earlier I had met Kevin at the studio’s in Holland and had a deep talk with him. He was so pure and so at ease at the time. It was a very special moment. So back to VIP. I went up to hug Howie, then AJ and from the corner of my eyes I saw Nick with this huge grin on his face. So when I went up to him he came to me and grabbed my head an hugged me (I am a short girl lol). Then Kevin took me away from Nick, saying to Nick it was his time now. He looked at me and grabbed me in his arms and said heeeeeeeeeeey baby, so happy to see you again! He recognized me and we had a long hug. I gave him the present I had with me. It were the official documents to a star I named to his father.  Kevin was overwhelmed and loved his gift. We took a pic and he kept holding me and talked to me. Drew was already very impatient because they were running late bigtime and Kevin was taking long with me. Kev smiled to me and he said I could go and hug Brian. I totally forgot I didn’t hug him yet haha. So I went up to Brian and hugged him, already feeling Kev’s arms pulling me back. He kept thanking me for the gift. I told Kev I really had to leave now, cause Drew was about to explode. I said goodbye to him and as I was walking away, Kevin was still yelling to me, how he loved his gift and how thankful he was for it. Later that night I got a tweet from him. (and a lot more after as well) It was a rushed, but very amazing VIP! Until next time!

11. Ana

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Of course I’ll jump at any chance to tell this story. I remember every detail.  My name is Alicia. I did my first VIP last summer in Jones Beach. I was 27. (I know I’ve been deprived all my life)
Okay so I was standing in line, just chilling, talking to other fans. (I saw Leighanne and Baylee and Leigh and James walk past. James is so cute by the way) When we got close enough to watch them taking pictures I just forgot about everything else, I was staring so hard that when I got closer I made eye contact with Brian and then Nick. Nick winked. They must’ve thought I was crazy. I swear I’m not a creep. It’s funny cause the man controlling the line, I’m not sure if it was Justin or Drew, he said welcome back to me and I told him this was my first time and then he told me I must have a doppleganger. We laughed and then the people in front of me were done and he told me to go ahead. My heart was beating so fast, I remember telling myself in my head to relax. They’re just boys. So I said “Hi Howie”, gave him a hug. Next was Aj. I said hi, gave him a hug, I remember him saying have fun tonight or something. (Next time I need to think of something else to say to Aj. Our interaction was so quick and he’s one of my favorites) Then Nick. I was like “Hey Boo” He said “Hey Boo-Boo, how are you?” I said “good” He hugged me and then he was like “Let’s take the picture”  and he kind of turned me around. I remember him leaning over (I’m so short) his chin was like right on my head and his hand was on my side. I remember Aj’s hand was on my back. I was just thinking Omg they’re touching me! So after they took the picture, Kevin just like popped out (it felt like out of nowhere) and gestured with his fingers to give him a hug. That was so cute. I was like “Hi Kevin” I felt like I was hugging a long lost uncle or something. I think he asked me how I was and then I told him my mom said to tell him hi, she likes him. He said “Oh yeah? Tell your mom I said hi.” He broke the hug and told me to enjoy the show. I told him I will and then Brian, and his eyes are sooo pretty. I was just smiling at him. I said “Hey Boo” (They’re both my boos, chill lol) He hugged me, I remember his arms were around my waist and I’m in my head like I’m hugging Brian! He said “How’s it going? Good to see ya” I just did not want to let go of him but I did. I think he told me to enjoy the show too (I dont know why they even tell us that lol) And I said I will but I just had to say something else to him. So I just thought of anything. I said “Next time you should come to Barclay Center. You could have the after party at my house. It’s right there.” (That was a joke. I don’t seriously want them to have the after party at my house. I’m not delusional.) He’s so cute. He raised his eyebrows and laughed. He was like “Oh yeah?’ I was like “Yeah” He said “Yeah son” and made this like gangsta hand gesture with his hand. I know I sound so hood when I get nervous, I don’t mean to but it’s so funny that he noticed that. And that was it. I went to get my purse from Mike (who’s cool by the way) and then I had to call my mom (like a big baby) cause that was all just crazy. I had to tell somebody. Lol.
They’re awesome for doing all those meet and greets. They probably don’t even remember but they made my whole life that day and they don’t even know it.

12. Priya

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My name is Priya and I was 30 the first time I met them.
After being a fan for 19 years I thought it was about time I finally met the 5 guys I had plastered pictures of all over my walls and adored since I was 11 years old. So when the boys announced the European leg of the In a World Like This tour and they just happened to turn up in London around the same time as my 30th birthday (I could not have asked for a better present) I decided it was now or never and went for the Gold VIP experience & after party.
I arrived at the O2 arena in London around 2pm after spending 2 hours getting ready in the morning – I had managed to find the perfect dress a week before that made me feel a million bucks – I felt I looked good! My sister and I joined the queue that was already forming outside gate A to pick up our VIP passes. We were shortly joined by another fan, Eugenia, who had bought my spare pair of tickets (who is now a friend!). We waited in that queue for what must have been over an hour. But the wait wasn’t all bad – we got talking to other fans in the queue (which is one of my favourite things to do as sometimes I feel like I am the only BSB fan in London and it’s a nice reminder that I’m not!) and the time quickly sped past. Once we got our VIP and afterparty passes, we then joined another queue to pick up our tickets to the show while Eugenia joined the 3rd queue to get into VIP. Being early did mean we were pretty close to the front of the queue for the Gold VIPs and thankfully Eugenia was there to keep our place in the queue while my sister and I went to get the concert tickets.
After all the queuing (and about 3 hours after I had arrived), we went in for sound check. London had the biggest soundcheck party of the whole European tour – 500 people! Amazingly, we ended up centre stage 2nd row from the front so had brilliant views of the stage and boys. I remember saying to my sister that if we wanted to ask a question we were in prime position to ask it as the boys were bound to see us so to start thinking! I was incredibly excited as this was the closest I had ever been to the boys before! Slowly the boys came out one by one and when my favourite Brian came out someone asked about Baylee, and Brian said he’d flown back to the states. Disappointed that I wouldn’t see Baylee sing I said (slightly loudly) that I had wanted to see Baylee sing. Brian heard me! He suddenly looked around asking who said that to which I replied me! My sister remembers him mimicking my British accent (which isn’t the first time he’s done that – I shouted I love you to him at the Fan Event last June and he said I love you too mimicking my accent) although I think my heart must have been pounding at this point as I cannot remember it at all. Brian joked saying I could see him on youtube, to which I said I’d already seen him there – so he teased me saying I could buy his record. When I asked when his record was coming out Brian did what Brian does best and was like “Tomorrow!” and smiled and laughed! I would have been happy had that been the most face time I got with the boys that day but there was more!
Q&A time came round far too quickly and Justin was put in charge of the mic. The boys answered 4 questions and it was time for the last question. My sister and I had come up with a master plan to get the boys to sing me happy birthday, it being my 30th and all, although the “plan” was just that, with no idea how we would get it to happen, and so I don’t think either of actually expected it to happen. So the boys say they have time for one last question and whoever goes crazy will get to ask it. Suddenly my sister goes mental jumping around going me, me, me! I also step in going “over here” and pointing at my sister. The boys can see us going mad. Eugenia was also on the other side of me and also helps attract attention. My sister and I look at Nick pleadingly (I have no idea what my sister wanted to ask at this point, just that she went crazy!) All the boys see us, and are pointing at us to Justin, who comes over and hands the mic to my sister. She asks them (rather nervously bless her) to sing me happy birthday and they oblige. Better still, AJ asks what my name is and when my sister replies, he says “Priya? – That’s a very pretty name Priya.” At that point I could have died and been perfectly happy with life as it had been! Other fans pipe in at this point also saying it’s also their birthday, and the boys are like “Oh, sure, now its everyone’s birthday”. They sung me (and everyone else) Happy Birthday and it made my life – I never thought I would hear THE Backstreet Boys sing my name, but they did – and totally beautifully! Luckily, my brain regained function for a split second and screamed “record this on your camera!” and so I got it on film for all eternity! I genuinely cannot wait till my next birthday so I can play it over, and over, and over again until someone threatens to kill me if I play it one more time.
Then it was time for my meet & greet. Being close to the front I didn’t have to wait long for my picture. Mike was fantastic and we chatted to him as he walked up and down the line taking people’s bags – so before I knew it, it was my turn! If someone had asked me what my dream experience was for meeting them for the first time, my immediate response would have been that they would have known me just like I knew them. I imagine it would have been a very strange experience for me to go up to someone I’ve known for 19 years only for them to not have a clue who I was, and yet, this is what I expected it to be like before I had got there. To go up to them and say “Hi, I’m Priya – you have been a huge influence on my life for the last 19 years” was what I thought I’d say but I wasn’t sure I liked it much. But before I’d even stepped up to the mark I heard AJ go “Priya!” and open his arms out for a cuddle! He wished me happy birthday again and I’m pretty sure I got a kiss on the cheek (although it all happened so quickly I hardly remember.) Then I moved on to Nick who squeezed me tightly in his arms (dream come true!). My sister and I decided we’d combine our pictures and have 2 with both of us in. So at this point it was time for my first picture. I wanted to be next to Brian and Kevin in the first shot so I ran over to the other side and squeezed in between the 2 of them. I don’t remember anything else at this point other than thinking OMG I am between 2 backstreet boys! The smile on my face in the photo tells it all! Kevin gave me a hug and kiss on the cheek and said “hope you enjoy your evening” before I had to move quickly again for our second photo – this time I was between Howie and AJ. I gave Howie a quick hug and hi then went back to Kevin for my second hug of the day! My sister and I had combined our gifts into one bag for each boy, and I wanted to give Kevin and Brian theirs personally. I gave Kevin the gift saying “this is for you” and he thanked me and gave me another hug. Then, the moment I’d waited for 19 years since I fell in love with him after seeing the snow version of the “I’ll Never Break your Heart” video – Brian! I heard the security guard at this point try move me along saying I was holding up the queue but I just ignored him and Brian did too (which was awesome!) I gave Brian the gift, he said thank you and gave me the longest hug ever! I know it was long because it was the only hug where I had time to think to myself “OMG I’m hugging Brian Littrell right now!“ I savoured every delicious moment in his arms and bless Brian cos he didn’t let go until I did (and I actually cannot believe I did!) I could definitely live in his arms forever!

The whole experience was better than I could have dreamed or wished for – Thank you soooooooo much boys!

13. Stefie

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My first concert was for the first tour Backstreet Boys January 03rd 1997…I had nose bleed tickets so I didn’t actually ‘’saw’’ the boys neither than hearing them …People were CRAZY I think I had trouble to hear the next fews days…I remember the first fews years they come in Montreal it was crazy like screaming sooo loud it was impossible to actually know which they were singing. In 1997 I went to the show with my cousin and a friend of mine…My mom told us we need to go out right after the show which we done to be able to saw the guys leaving by bus. It was my very first BIG concert and I was in love!

My first VIP experience was in 2005 for Never Gone…We couldn’t buy vip at this time it was only a contest…Which we didn’t win, but one of my friend at the time was at the Bell Center pretty early and one of the crew come to her and some other girls asking if they have VIP PASS…She said no and he said ‘’do you wanna go?’’ Of course she said yes but she told him that she had 2 others friends so he told her ‘’come back here at 3:00 pm not before and you will have your pass ‘’ I remember that this day I was feeling like SHIT!! I was so sick so I spend the day laying on a bench while my friend were talking how impossible it was and we will never have those pass. At 3pm, we go back close to the bus and stay there talking to each other when the guy came back. He look my friend and told her ‘’it was you this morning right?” She said yes and that we were her friends. He then said to wait that he will be back in 5 minutes….Longest 5 minutes ever….When he come back he said ‘’I promise you something I always keep my promises ‘’ He open his hand and have 3 bracelets for us….Only problem he had NO IDEA where we need to go to go inside….So we run around the bell center like idiot before finally finding the spot…Once inside in the line we wait….and wait ….and wait…Then Marcus * Aj bodyguard at the time* appeared. He told us we need to make 1 line, show our bracelet and that no one is allowed to run or stole someone spot. I was sooooo impressed/scared by him when I was in front of him – I put my bracelet in his face like ‘’don’t hurt me, I got it ‘’ Ended up second or third row in front of Nick…They played 2 or 3 songs – the only one I actually remember is Safest Place to Hide because my friend at the time asked it. And I Just Want You To know. It’s all a blurry in my head since I was really sick and I was sooo nervous..We didn’t have picture with the boys but at the end during I just want you to know, Brian brought Baylee on stage. He was shy at first than start running around and dancing. Brian try to make him talk in the microphone but he didn’t want. He end up playing drums and Brian looking at us screaming ‘’IT’S MY SON’’ ….It was a great experience which lead to many many more vips after that.

14. Becca

My first concert experience was awesome! I couldn’t believe it really happened (to this day still) Mine was last May 2014 in San Diego, we had great seats and a blast. I think Brian saw me a few times… They sound wonderful live. Hope to see them again!

15. Jen

My first BSB show wasn’t technically a concert.  The first time I ever saw them perform was at the Jingle Ball in Columbus, OH on December 12, 2007.  I had made plans with my friend Katie (whom I met on LD) and her sister, Carrie.   The only other time I’d seen them perform was on Regis and Kelly earlier in the year for one song.  So this was very exciting to me since this was a whole set I’d get to witness.

I had a three hour drive to Columbus and had planned on driving back home the night of.  But, we got there at 11am and sat outside, in DECEMBER and froze our asses off so that we could get a decent spot.  We were in a pretty good spot in line too.   Despite the cold, it was so much fun waiting in line, just talking to other fans and to each other since this was the first time we’d met face to face.  We had to walk 2 blocks away just to use a bathroom and the ONE time we left to go, THAT is when the Boys decide to venture outside to say hi to the fans.  We were on our way back and we heard the screaming.  We looked at each other and took off running back to the venue. We were so excited we ran across the road without even looking..lo  Luckily no cars were coming.  We laughed about that afterwards.  But we arrived back just as they were heading back in.  In the back of the venue there was a long gate that stretched clear across the parking lot.  AJ had come out of the venue to have a cigarette and then came other to the gate and proceeded to touch EVERY SINGLE fans hand as he walked by.  He went down and back up just to make sure he touched as many hands as possible.  I just remember feeling that he really did love the fans that day because he didn’t need to do that.

The doors opened at seven for the show to start at eight.  I don’t think the ticket checkers even know what hit them…lol  People were just THROWING their tickets at them and running like hell into the venue.  Gotta love GA…NOT!!! lol  We booked it to the stage and got 3rd row center.  I was so happy about our position, especially since it was my first time seeing them in this kind of setting and seeing a whole set list!  The thing was, they were main act.  We had to go through One Republic, Colbie Calillat and surprise guest Blake Lewis before we got to the Boys.  Colbie’s set was right before the Boys and people started getting pretty hostile about midway through her set.  She was HORRIBLE.  And her set seem to last forever.  People started yelling for her to get off the stage at one point.  It was pretty obvious most of the people in the audience were there to see Backstreet Boys!!  Finally…it was time for the Boys set!!

I just remember feeling more excited than I’d ever been in my LIFE!! I was FINALLY seeing MY Boys perform right in front of me!  And I remember being excited to see the choreography to Any Other Way.  I’d seen it before in videos and couldn’t wait for it to unfold right before my very eyes!  And…they didn’t disappoint!  I stood in awe the whole set.  Before, I was bitching that we’d been on our feet most of the day, my back hurt..but that was all forgotten the moment they stepped on stage.  It was MAGICAL!

I had bought a shirt for Nick that I had hoped I could get to him..somehow.  It said, “Beat a drum, Bang the drummer”..lol  So, about halfway thru, I balled the shirt up tight so it would fly and was going to throw it on the stage.  I decided to let Katie’s sister throw it for me because she was standing in front of me and had a better shot.  Now, this thing was balled up TIGHT. She hurls this thing toward the stage and….BAM!!! It smacks Nick right upside his head! I. Was. MORTIFIED…lol  Now, this guy never even batted an eye, never missed a dance step.  Such the professional.

It was over so fast but I walked away with some great memories of that trip.  My first, of MANY BSB adventures.  That trip is what got me hooked on traveling to see them with friends.

After the show, we had found out where they were staying and we headed towards their hotel.  We headed straight for the bar in the hotel and walked around it trying to spot any Backstreet Boy that felt the need to unwind a bit.  Howie didn’t disappoint us!  He was sitting in the back and we must have been so obvious because before we could even say anything he said “if you give me a few minutes I’ll make sure to talk to you guys before I leave”.  We said OK and then went to the bar and parked it there for a while.  Sure enough, a little while later Howie comes over to us and chats for a bit and then takes pictures with us before he headed to his room.  We were beyond excited!  After he left, we sat back down at the bar and had a few drinks.  I had happened to turn around and look at the elevator bank just as AJ steps off the elevator!  We head over towards him and he was in his bare feet..lol  He chatted with us for a good while before heading back to his room.  The night was so great!! After a few more drinks, we were feeling P.R.E.T.T.Y good and we find out which room Nick is staying in.  Somehow Katie and I stumbled up to his floor and sat outside his door for a little bit (we didn’t knock or anything..even drunk we were too scared to disturb him..lol)  Poor guy..there’s no way he didn’t hear us out there at 3am. Happy to report we left and didn’t get in trouble.

All in all, it was THE best first experience I could have asked for.  

It did kinda end on a sour note because I HAD planned on driving back but going to their hotel and getting drunk off my ass wasn’t planned.  So, Katie told me I could crash at their hotel for a few hours to sleep before I had to head back.  I had parked my car near their hotel beforehand and when I got up to leave, I went to my car..and it was gone!  I hadn’t seen the “No Parking” sign and my car had been towed.  So yeah, had to go get my poor car outta impound before I could even start my hungover trek back home.

Since then, I’ve done a few more shows with Katie and Carrie.  That’s why I love these Boys so much.  I have met so many wonderful people and traveled to so many places to see them.  The bond is REAL.

16. Angeleena 

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❤ Thank you, Boys, for changing our lives. One concert, VIP, hug, hello, wink and song at a time. ❤

5 Things That Make Backstreet Boys Withdrawal Worse

We all think seeing the Boys during “down” time is a good thing… until we experience the even more severe withdrawals.

1. Watching The Movie.

A good majority of us were so excited to settle in on Friday night for the television premiere of Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of. All the feelings came back of the first time we watched, hanging with our friends, having watched all the promotional interviews the Boys were doing, and finally getting to see the documentary that we had waited years for. In January, some of us were fresh off of the Nick & Knight high, some of us were still reeling from the Backstreet Boys cruise, and most of us had high hopes for 2015. What none of us saw coming were the intense feels we got from seeing concert footage. Almost all at once, we were tweeting the Boys that we missed them, we missed the IAWLT tour, and even that we wanted the Millennium tour to come back….from 1999. We were actually willing them to turn back time for us (impossible as it may seem). Reality once again hit us hard that for the U.S. and a few other countries, we won’t be seeing them on tour this year. We talk ourselves into this being ok…until it’s NOT. You could say we’re a little Inconsolable. (Oh my gosh, we want that tour back too!)

2. The Announcement Of Tour Dates… Nowhere Near Us.

Tell me why we know where they’re touring this year, those of us who are not in those continents know we’re not going, and yet we STILL get upset that there isn’t some renegade tour date near us. Yes, Backstreet Boys, go to China, South America, Vegas and Florida. We’re so completely irrational in the Backstreet Boys drought that some of actually start looking up airfare out of the country and applying for our passports. Tell me WHY we can’t handle the fact that they are not touring in the same spots this year. The thing is, we’re okay with their being a new album and a new tour and we’re okay with waiting…until they announce someone else is seeing them that isn’t us. Fangirl Mode: CRAZY STATUS.

3. Evidence Of Solo Work.

Ok, Nick-AJ-Kevin-Brian-Howie… we know that you are all working on solo things and we are THIRSTY. Now is the time to strike. As Nick and AJ have proven in the recent months, if you release it, we will be slaves to your solo work. We will trend it, we will listen to it, and we will promote it. We are willing to sell our souls and firstborn children for any kind of performance we can attend. FEED US YOUR ART.

4. Promises.

What about your 10,000 promises, Backstreet? Particularly YOU, Mr. Carter. Nick tweeted in January that we would “be seeing a whole lot of [BSB] this year”. In the U.S. specifically.

*Crickets*

WHERE ARE YOU GUYS?! Why are there secret projects going on in NYC that are supposedly happening in Vegas!? Granted, that wasn’t a promise – we’re just really good at figuring things out. What’s the deal with just showing up in Chicago all willie-nillie like it’s not a big deal that you’re there?! We. Haven’t. Seen. You. Since. January. After two years of seeing you and…it’s just really hard, ok?

5. Hinting At What’s Next.

Everytime we read something new that confirms new stuff for next year, we do the fangirl dance. We are literally SO excited for what’s coming, dear Boys, and we think you know. Forgive us for being impatient but honestly, we’re not used to things not on Backstreet time. We thought when you said you’re going to head back into the studio this year, we thought you really meant two years. While we are excited, the hints are giving us major anxiety and making us do crazy things (like picking apart everything one of the Boys says to decode the cryptic message he’s trying to send us – “OH MY GAH! They’re going to do a complete duet album but acoustic, but unreleased songs too and put it in a box set, with the movie soundtrack”)… our speculation is really quite out of control. We usually end up curling up in a corner, listening to In A World Like This on repeat until we soothe ourselves….or until we’re chasing Nick, Brian or Kevin all over Twitter for tweet. That’s all we have.

Oh, Backstreet Boys, we can’t wait until 2016. ❤

6 Phrases That Make Backstreet Boys Fans Angry (And They All Have To Do With A Break Up)

It has been happening for years. We have been dealing with it for years. We have been fairly nice about it for years. But it’s been happening more lately and people don’t even know what they’re messing with.

The Backstreet Boys, as a group, formed in 1993 and HAVE NOT DISBANDED since then. 

Yes, they’ve been on a short hiatus. Yes, they sometimes take 234 years to record an album and yes, they tour it for 75 years and YES, they ARE still touring. The media, non-fans, and semi-fans don’t realize what they’re messing with everytime they utter the words “when the Backstreet Boys broke up” or “Backstreet Boys are back..”. We hear those words and real BSB fans hulk out into raging beasts. It doesn’t happen all at once though. It’s a process.

1. “Backstreet’s Back!”

This usually comes from the uninformed media who think they’re being cute. While we twitch a little, we tend to send out a small disgruntled tweet, roll our eyes at their lack of research and move on. At least when this is said, our Boys ARE getting press and they ARE back. So we cross our fingers that people get the message this time.

P.S. They never WENT anywhere to be back. We really should just get that tattooed on our foreheads. Yo, BSB, merch idea!

2. “OMG Backstreet Boys Are Touring Again! We Have To Go, Guys!”

Nostalgia fans… the headache of the fandom. These are the people that gave up on the Backstreet Boys after Millennium and decided that since they broke up with them, the band broke up too. Newsflash: THEY STAYED TOGETHER WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT. At this point, we’re resisting the urge to tell these nostalgia addicts not to come to the show to get drunk and sing in our ear and say things like “OMG THEY HAVE A CRUISE?! Becky, we totally have to go!” We’re literally holding our hands not to punch you.

3. “Wow! The Backstreet Boys are still around? I thought they broke up a long time ago.”

Yes. But you won’t be for much longer. This is usually a question asked to our faces and something we try to explain without clenching our teeth too tight. And don’t you DARE ask this question then walk off in the middle of us telling you every accomplishment they’ve had since you apparently thought they disappeared. We will come after you.

4. “But I Thought That One Guy Left…”

He did leave. And then he came back. This is what happens when you close a book before it’s done and you just assume it’s over. WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?! You don’t just end things where you assume they end.

Now our anger is getting serious. Especially when you combine this statement with the previous question. Stand back, we’re going to explode…

4. “I Wish It Was Still 1999 and Backstreet Boys and NSync Were Still Together…”

Look, we’re really sorry that you chose to like the Backstreet Shadows, er, Nsync, but DO NOT utter this statement in front of us. It’s your lucky day because the Backstreet Boys ARE still together and ARE touring. But maybe it’s not your lucky day since we might have just knocked your front tooth out. Sorry about that. Fan-Hulk.

5. “We Survived The Backstreet Boys Breaking Up.”

Oh really? So you’re a time traveler? BECAUSE THAT HASN’T HAPPENED YET. This statement is most recent because of Zayn leaving One Direction and all the “cool” former boyband aficionados coming out of the woodwork like it isn’t a big deal. First of all, NO ONE in this situation is even breaking up. Second of all, shut up. SHUT. UP. You know NOTHING about the struggle of what it is to be a fan of a band that you constantly have to defend as still being together.

Together. Not BACK together. TOGETHER FOR ALMOST 22 YEARS. Stop being so bitter that your band isn’t.

6. “…Reunion Tour…”

IF by reunion tour you mean, since their tour that they did together two years prior and they’re just reuniting to go back on the road, okay fine. But it’s usually NOT. You can’t reunite when you aren’t un-united. Let us break it down for you. After Millennium, there was Black and Blue (2000), Never Gone (2005), Unbreakable (2007), This Is Us (2009), NKOTBSB (2011), and In A World Like This (2013)…. THAT THEY ARE STILL TOURING THE WORLD TO PROMOTE. Get your heads out of the trend bubble and find your way back to the real music.

Also, do yourself a favor and see “Show Em What You’re Made Of: The Backstreet Boys Movie”… You’ve been missing out.