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!

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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 Nick Carter’s Ultimate VIP Was EVERYTHING

  1. Getting to hang out with your friend, Nick Carter. 

Forget everything you thought you knew about “VIP”. As many BSB fans know, regular VIP includes a meet and greet, picture, and usually less than a minute of trying to gather all of your thoughts and form words. Not in All Access. Imagine getting to sit for hours talking to your favorite Backstreet Boy about literally anything you want- no limitations. Kind of like a Q&A on steroids, but an actual meaningful conversation. Plus, you have the added bonus of hearing insider information for the first time and plans for the future that Nick only wants you, his Ultimate VIPs, to know.

Speaking of Nick being our friend, a few lucky ladies decided to play Never Have I Ever The Name Game with him. Let’s face it, the Backstreet Boys, especially Nick, meet so many fans on a daily basis, of course remembering names is difficult. But not in All Access. Imagine you and Nick being on a mutual first name basis, and let’s just say, he has a really funny way of remembering names (a strategy taught to him by our other favorite Backstreet Boy New Kid, Jordan Knight).

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  1. Being exclusive.

One of the perks of ALL Access is that you get ALL of it; including participating in exclusive activities with Nick that only a few people in the world have ever gotten to do. Every single Ultimate differed from the last due to the venue and space limitations, but each one was special in its own way. For example, in New Jersey, Nick took his fans to the candy shop *Cue The Dan Band “Candy Shop” rendition*. In NYC, Nick (along with special guest, Hal, from Rose Tours) invited all of the current non-cruisers to join the party (at their own expense, of course). He even played roommate matchmaker for a couple of girls. Who can ever say that they shared candy with Nick, or got a personal invitation to come on the BSB cruise from a Backstreet Boy? The fans who did the Ultimate VIP; that’s who.

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  1. The bus. 

Only every fangirl’s dream ever… Okay, or maybe just mine? Ever wondered what Nick’s bus looks like? Well now the fans who did Ultimate VIP know. Except the ones who did All Access in NYC, because Nick didn’t know where the driver parked his bus. LOL! SMH, Carter.

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  1. Attending the unofficial Dead 7 pre-premiere/screening. 

If all of the above wasn’t enough, the Ultimates got to continue doing things that no other fans have ever gotten to do. These fans got a first look at his movie, Dead 7, and all of the boyband-filled gore and comedy that ensued. Being one of the first people ever to see the movie that Nick worked so hard to create was truly a shared special moment for both Nick and fans.

 

  1. The opportunity to be nicks security for the day. 

Yeah, we roll with Nick. Or should we say he rolls with us…?

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  1. Nick Carter pops champagne. 

And you drink it. After he serves it to you and toasts to you in the eyes, of course (or else it’s 7 years of bad sex) – according to Carter. So when Nick Carter wants to look you in the eyes, you make sure you look him in the eyes.

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  1. Making cameos on Nick’s social media.

Ever wanted to make featured picture and video appearances on nicks Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and/or Snapchat? Now, these lucky Ultimate fangirls (and boys) get to show their friends and family their one picture/video of fame, and Nick has the pleasure of reliving the fun memories of his Ultimate VIPs every time he opens his social media / camera roll on his iPhone! #Sorrynotsorry Nick.

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  1. #ThePerfectFans

Okay, so, the Backstreet Boys are fun and all, but sharing experiences with friends and other fans is truly one of a kind. Having good times with existing friends and making new friends while hanging out with your favorite Backstreet Boy is always where it’s at.

 

  1. A VIP ran by… You. 

Remember that time you got to run your own VIP? No? Then you haven’t been one of Nick Carter’s Ultimates. Nick really cares about what his fans want, and he is always looking for fans’ honest feedback in order to better himself and the experiences he shares with them. We asked… Nick delivered. Want to go on his bus? Want to go backstage? How about watching the show from side stage or being front row? (all while drinking complimentary champagne, sitting down if you prefer, or being able to leave your spot to use the restroom) – Just in case you don’t know, these luxuries are RARE at a GA concert. Speaking of front row… we all know what happens when you’re in the “Swet” zone at a Nick concert. You get all of *that* […picture it…] automatically just for being an Ultimate VIP. You even get a laminate that says “BACKSTAGE”. If you thought flashing your “regular ol’ VIP” laminate was cool, think again.

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  1. “Free” extras…

So you know those $100 selfies that Nick was selling to concert goers? Ultimate VIPs got those and an added post-show hangout included as part of their package. Sure they paid more already, but who’s counting? Plus, all of the Ultimate VIPs got longer photo sessions; pictures, pictures and more pictures; Selfies/videos/autographs, you name it; they got it all. Hence, ALL Access. Some lucky Ultimates even got to take pictures with Nick’s lens-free nerd glasses, basking in all of their Spencer’s store glory.

 

 

**We had a great time in All Access, Nick; we should definitely do it again. But ladies and gents- keep in mind, this does come with a price– getting sick for an indefinite amount of time if you catch the Nick superbug; and I can almost guarantee you will. But hey, at least you can say that Nick Carter got you sick…? #Contagion

Here’s Why We Really Loved The ‘All American’ Tour, Nick Carter…

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In January of 2015, we were made aware that Nick Carter was working on his 3rd solo project. We were thrilled that he kept referring to the new album as something he had really wanted to do for a long time, himself “in a bottle”, as he put it. Anything Nick has ever put his heart into is usually what we enjoy most.

Finally released in November, All American was different, but we were right about how much we would love. It was new, fun, honest, and felt real. Before 24 hours was up, we were singing along with the songs like we had had the album for months and of course, we couldn’t wait to see the songs live.

Most of us bought our tickets to see the All American tour right after we purchased the album and November to February became the longest wait ever. We were basking in the afterglow of seeing Nick pushed to the limits and baring his soul every week on Dancing With The Stars, excited to have seen him filming Dead 7 previous to that and this tour was our chance to tell him how proud we are of him.

Then, February came, and once again, Nick Carter blew us away.

The All American tour is honestly probably the most passionate we’ve ever seen Nick. It’s authentic, it’s a performer at his best (even when he’s sick), and it’s from him to his fans. This tour seems to have wrapped up everything we love about him into one show.

Hey Nick, if you’re reading this, remember this – we really appreciate everytime you show up for us. As adults, we know how much you have on your plate and how much goes into planning a tour and being out on the road, but you do it and you do it well. We don’t need a show full of gimmicks and hip thrusts (although we enjoy those too) to be entertained – your talent has always been and will always be enough. We are continually blown away by how much effort you put into every show for us, how your talent continues to grow with every tour, and how much you care about every aspect of what you’re putting out there. It is not lost on any of us how lucky we are to have an artist that tries his hardest to connect with fans, that tries to personally right any wrongs that might have happened and listens. That’s rare.

This tour has been an escape for some of us and an adventure for others. A tour of firsts – first VIPs, first events, first solo concert altogether. In 24 cities and 32 days, no one has left disappointed with the show itself. Fans and non-fans alike have left impressed. It’s not just because you’re Nick Carter, the Backstreet Boy, but because you’ve reinvented yourself as a solo artist, because you leave yourself on the stage, and you do your own thing. We couldn’t be more proud. 

If there’s ever a moment where you think you aren’t enough, think again. Thousands of us don’t show up just for the hell of it. We show up because you do more than show up. We show up because we believe in you, because we know you work hard, and because your success is important to us. The All American tour has been no exception.

Thank you, Nick. For everything.

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There are three shows and two cities left on tour – if you can make it to Kansas City, MO or Nashville, TN this week, GO! On Sunday 3/27, I’ll be tweeting and retweeting all of your All American tour memories.

Use the hashtag #AllAmericanMemories and follow @WHOTheBckstreet and @_Nick_Nation_ to join in!

7 Reasons You Need To See Nick Carter On The ‘All American’ Tour

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Since January 2015, we’ve been waiting (kind of) patiently for new solo music from Nick Carter. More importantly, we’ve been waiting for a new solo tour. Now that we have the album, All American, we’re even more excited for a tour! If you haven’t bought the album yet, check out all the reasons you need it. After you buy the album, you NEED to find the closest All American tour date and buy those as well. Solo Nick concerts are totally different from Backstreet Nick…and we’re going to tell you why.

1. The Tour Is Intimate. 

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Low on theatrics and wardrobe pizzazz, Nick’s past tours have always been what we wish the Backstreet Boys would do at least once. The tour is limited on dates and the venues are smaller, but it provides an up close and personal experience for every fan whether you’re in front or in the back. You can literally feel the music flowing into your ears and taking over your body. If that isn’t something you want to feel, you’re lying.

2. VIP Is Everything You’ve Ever Wanted.

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I know, I know… VIP is expensive and it’s just one guy, but DAMN, Nick genuinely wants it to be worth it. Speaking from experience, I was skeptical. What are you going to do with one guy when you’re used to five? Ummm, have an awesome time is the answer! People that aren’t even necessarily solo-BSB fans totally dig the Nick VIP experience. Why? Because he’s completely present, incredibly appreciative, and so nice you’ll want to take him home (but don’t, because that’s frowned upon. Although his security said we could if we had him back in 24 hours, but I digress…). If you didn’t love him before, you will after VIP – trust me. You’ll actually want to squeeze his face off.

3. This Album Is Bomb…So The Tour Won’t Let You Down!

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All American is exactly what we’ve always wanted from Nick. An album that sounds like him. Tropical and chill. Crazy and gentle at once. It’s been less than a month since the tracks have been ours and we’re already dying to hear them live. It’s a new era for Nick Carter and you definitely won’t want to miss it. Plus, he always does the best songs from previous albums and maybe a few covers of other artists’ songs. The point is, the show is his to do what he wants and what Nick Carter wants is always a good ride for the audience.

4. There’s Always A Backstreet Song or Two.

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Because we want it that way. He wants it that way. Everyone wants it that way. And we’re in a severe Backstreet drought. Do it for the Backstreet songs! (If you do it for the BSB songs, you’re going to leave looking for more dates you can go to though…because you’re going to LOVE the whole thing.)

5. Nick Performs For The Fans.

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You might be thinking, ummm, doesn’t every artist? Well, kind of. It’s clear though that in putting together his tour, from the set to the venues to the VIP, Nick has listened to what the fans want. He takes critiques of the first few shows and changes it up in the next few. It’s why we love him and why you’ll love the show.

6. This Is His First Tour As A Near-DILF.

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This isn’t a really real reason to go see Nick on the All American tour other than if you’re in the gift giving mood, baby things are totally appropriate. Plus, who doesn’t love a dad glow?! Dad glows are hot. This tour is basically a Dad Baby Shower (that’s how you can sell it to your significant other who is jealous of your Nick affections…we got you covered.)

7. Because WHY NOT?!

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What are you doing that is sooooo important that you’d miss this tour? Just listen to the album. Listen to all the albums. Can you admit that you wouldn’t want to see them sung live? Can you admit that you don’t want to sing along with 3 or 4 of your best friends? It’s guaranteed fun or your money back.

Ok, not really money back. But you can comment on here and tell me how wrong I was.

But you won’t.

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Check out all of Nick’s upcoming tour dates HERE and keep checking @WHOTheBckstreet on Twitter for added dates, updates from nickcarter.net, and more!

7 Things To Remember About The Backstreet Boys “Into The Millennium” Tour

In 1999, there was no social media, there was no VIP, there were no digital music options and CDs were fairly new.

In 1999, there was us. Most of us were kids, most of us did not have kids, and all of us shared the same love we do today.

In 1999, there were the Backstreet Boys. Before wives and children of their own, they were coming into their own as adults and selling out arenas worldwide. They were creating a hysteria within us by simply showing up and singing their music.

The Into The Millennium tour would prove to be the point where many fans became hardcore fans, dedicated for life. It was the beginning of an era; not just for the Boys, but for pop culture. Allow us to remind you how awesome it really was:

1. Getting Tickets To The “Into The Millennium” Tour Was CUTTHROAT. 

The tour was the hottest ticket around and God bless our parents for indulging us on this one. Now that we are old enough to buy our own tickets, we know what our parents went through and it was even harder back then. Most arenas sold out in minutes and, please note, online ticket purchasing was not a huge thing in 1999. You had to actually line up at box offices and Ticketmaster vendors to get your tickets or go by phone (while you looked at the seating chart in the phonebook). The fact that the tour was selling so quickly with only these options is insane!

2. That Was Really The First Time Most Of Us Knew What It Felt Like To Feel Our Hearts Exploding.

That feeling we get now when the lights go down just before a BSB concert, all started with Millennium. As soon as Kevin raised his eyebrow and opened his mouth with the “Are you ready to paaarrrrr-taaayyy?!” – We. Were. Done. Our hearts were never the same and from that point on, we were addicted to the Backstreet high.

3. They FLEW! 

For the first and last time, the Backstreet Boys FLEW OVER OUR HEADS. We don’t know how they were talked into it (especially height-fearing Brian), but we were definitely aware that no other boyband was that awesome. We also couldn’t help but wish that one of them might fall on top of us (Look, we had no concept of pain then). Also, we obsessed over the story about Kevin’s pants falling while he was in the air and every girl wished she was there. Simple times, folks. 16 years later, Kevin rips his pants onstage and walks around like it’s no big deal.

4. Kevin Rising Up And Playing The Piano Along With Nick On Drums.

While they played a few of their own instruments during the first Backstreet U.S. tour, there is not one of us who didn’t swoon when Kevin’s piano rose from the middle of the stage, playing an instrumental and then going into “Back To Your Heart”. Tie in Nick on the drums and the smooth vocals of Brian, AJ and Howie and we were puddles on the ground.

5. “The Perfect Fan” Got Our Moms Involved.

Brian wrote “The Perfect Fan” (scoring points with our moms) then invite moms onstage while they sang it (pretty sure that made him the top mom-approved BSB). Most of our moms were already fans of our wholesome Backstreet Boys, but this just allowed them to be out about it. Of course, we thought it was cool that our mom loved them too – that meant we could rewind the cassette tape in the car and play it over and over. It also meant we had someone going with us to the concert that had a credit card for the merch.

6. The Boys Were Untouchable.

At the time of the “Into The Millennium” tour, there was no such thing as VIP. You couldn’t just buy your way in to meet the Backstreet Boys and, really, with good reason. We were CRAZY. The majority of us were going through puberty and didn’t understand our feelings, we just knew that if we got within reaching distance of Nick, Brian, Howie, AJ, or Kevin – we were going to take one home. Mom would approve! There were very few lucky fans who received the chance to do meet and greets back then. My, my, how far we have come!

7. The Tour / Era Changed Our Lives.

While Millennium was really the height of everything career wise, the Backstreet Boys only used it as the first step to show us what they were capable of. Since then, they’ve continually impressed us with tour after tour, album after album, success after success. We have grown, the Boys have grown, and times have changed but the “Into The Millennium” tour was absolutely a game changer for all of us. 16 years later, we still have those 1999 feelings and we wouldn’t have it any other way (‘Cause we want it that way).

Fans Want It That Way: What Songs We Want To Hear (Or Not) On The Next Backstreet Boys Tour

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Every new Backstreet Boys tour brings new surprises and the one everyone always wants to know (but tries to avoid for fear of ruining their show) is the setlist. Typically, the Boys are promoting a new album on every new tour but, of course, can’t leave out their classics. Tour after tour, they have added new songs, brought back the insanely old, and have kept certain ones on the list, but we were curious as to what the general fan opinion is on what we love to hear, what we REALLY miss, and what we could do without. Here are the results…

What We Want Added / Kept

The songs fans requested to hear once more (or for the first time live) might surprise you. Topping the list were:

  • “By My Side”
  • “Siberia”
  • “Just To Be Close”
  • “Back To Your Heart”
  • “Drowning”
  • “That’s The Way I Like It”

I’d LOVE to hear “Just To Be Close” a cappella because it’s just simply amazing.  I’d also like to hear “Not For Me” because it’s one of my faves from Black & Blue.  – @Noora_S 

I wish they would sing Siberia unplugged. For me, that song is everything. Such a perfect breakup song. –@yael1983s 

“Feels Like Home” could be fun! – @Lethe85 

The best B-Side “By My Side” – @LivGitahy 

I would love to hear ‘Just To Be Close’ and ‘What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)’ And they CAN NOT get rid of ‘Larger Than Life’, of course, and ‘Permanent Stain’! – @LilliumD 

I’d add “It’s Gotta Be You”, the energy it’d add would be amazeballs. Especially since 10,000 Promises is already back – @TheDarkSideBSB 

Siberia, Shattered, Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon, Unmistakable, Something I Already Know. – @_SouffleGirl_ 

“Like A Child”, one of my fave songs when I was 13. I still regularly listen to it. Volume has to be way up though! – @Starshine_00 

Bringing back Unbreakable songs would be awesome, maybe “You Can Let Go”. – @Deise_r 

“Inconsolable” or my favorite -“Climbing the Walls”. Or anything with Brian doing the leads. “Like  A Child” would be perfect! – @ImanAg 

“Just To Be Close To You” and “I Still” – @Jhie0730 

“I Still” and “Get Another Boyfriend” because both are amazing songs and should just always be sung live – @AmyBChirps 

Love “Straight Through My Heart”….  good sound… Nice to dance to – @MigSelv8 

“Get Another Boyfriend” and something from NG like “Crawling Back To You” or “Climbing The Walls” – @teenie36214 

I would LOVE to hear “Crawling Back To You”. – @Toni4Kaos 

GIVE ME “I STILL” BACK DAMMIT! And “That’s The Way I Like It”. And “Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon”. And “Panic”. And “Any Other Way”. – @dubnoxious 

Drowning, Missing You, Unsuspecting Sunday Afternoon, Helpless When She Smiles, Bigger, By My Side. Songs that they CANNOT get rid of: More Than That, Shape of My Heart, As Long As You Love Me, All I Have To Give. –  ‏@Sushi_Flower 

If You Stay – @Shortybubbelz 

Back to your Heart – @LoveinLeighBri 

Siberia, Back to your heart, Don’t Wanna Lose You Now, Undone, That’s The Way I Like It.  – @Yahtzee27 

“Let’s Have A Party” and “If I Don’t Have You” – @AJChicaBitches 

“Hey Mr DJ” and “Try”!!! I absolutely love both of these songs!!! – @beautifulblck86 

“I still”… I’m so in love with that song! I always wonder why they don’t include it on tours – @BackstweetNews 

I wish they’d add “Back To Your Heart” and “Drowning”. Some “Lose It All” would be great as well – @BSBroxtheworld 

BACK TO YOUR HEAARRTTTT – @SasaRichardson 

So many amazing songs but for me it would be “Drowning” love that song – @mayanderson64 

One Phone Call!!!!!! – @NickCarterVEVO 

“If you knew what I knew”, I’ll never find “Someone Like You” & “If You Stay”. Great tracks! Miss all of it. – @bsbfcp_uae 

“Everyone” Is one of The best!!! It’s for us! – @anaizinhaaa 

Bigger, Undone, More Than That – @SAntonette14 

I’d love to hear “Siberia” live and they’re not allowed to get rid of “In A World Like This”! –@Kalayra18 

What To Throw Out

Sorry, Boys. We know that there are some songs performed that are “mainstays” but, forgive us, we may go to the bathroom during “Incomplete” and “I Want It That Way”.

Incomplete. I know we gotta keep it since it’s the only consistent post 2005 song but eh – @ForeverRebel 

Incomplete. – @jennifercw015 

Incomplete. – @Yahtzee27 

I Want It That Way. – @KatieOK_ 

Quit Playing Games – @MauraSull 

“The One” … it’s nice…but boring – @smeagols_twin 

For me, it’s “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” – @BSBroxtheworld 

I’d want to hear a song from IAWLT that they haven’t performed live to replace “Madeleine” (sorry!) – @teenie36214 

I’d have to say “I want it that way”. – @Lethe85 

I loved “Incomplete” when it was released but it’s too depressing and kinda boring now. – @Kalayra18 

16 Things We’ll Always Remember About The Backstreet Boys #IAWLT Tour ( + Fan Memories)

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We can hardly believe it! The seemingly never-ending In A World Like This tour is coming to an end on June 28, 2015 – TWO years after it’s beginning. Their 20th anniversary tour has gone just past their 22nd anniversary and traveled worldwide (twice in some places!). If people didn’t know that Backstreet was “back”, they certainly do now.

Although fans are ready for new material, new albums, new events and new tours, the IAWLT tour will have a special place in our hearts. The tour was monumental for many reasons and will perhaps go down in our memories as the new Millennium. We’ve tried to narrow it down to the biggest things we’ll remember. Here it goes….

[NOTE: On June 28th, the last day of the IAWLT tour, we will be trending the hashtag #TheWorldWillBeWaitingForYou with your fave pic from the tour as a reminder to the Boys as to what they mean to us, what this tour has meant, and that we will be loyal til the end.]

1. The Return Of Kevin.

We waited six years, many “open door for him to return” comments, and a few teases for Kevin to return to the Backstreet Boys and for the In A World Like This tour, he finally did. Honestly, it was like he never left. Kevin’s return brought a sense of order back to the group, a completed peace and harmony, if you will. Perhaps we didn’t even know how much we missed him until he was onstage or in VIP, connecting with us…because that is what Kevin does. You don’t ever forget the way he makes you feel.

2. The Official Afterparties.

This tour was the first tour for a consistent round of afterparties in nearly every city. While a few got out of hand, there was never a doubt that it added an element of fun to many tour stops and something totally new for us. We got an opportunity to see Nick in his DJ element, Howie, Kevin and AJ in their connecting-with-the-fans party element and a chance for us to hang out a little longer with our friends and our idols. Would you get a glowstick from Howie? A selfie with Kevin? The late night parties made us feel 18 again and something we appreciated them doing.

3. Those Blue Suits. 

We’ll never look at blue suits the same again. Just when we thought those light blue suits couldn’t get any better, the darker blue suits were broke out for the second leg and we had a whole new set of feelings. There is NOTHING better than a sharp dressed Backstreet Boy, especially when they’re dancing. Yeow!

5. Kevin’s Red Pants.

Oh, those red pants. See our previous post for the suggestions we have for those. Hopefully we haven’t seen the last of them.

6. Brian’s Circus Act.

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Brian has always done backflips across the stage, climbed on equipment, and flipped upside down but, on the IAWLT tour, it was taken to a whole new level. Besides using Howie and AJ as playground equipment and lifting Kevin nearly every show, we were forced to hold our breath everytime Brian jumped over stairs. We’re also pretty positive that he stayed on his hands more than his feet. Hey Brian, next tour, we’d like you to do a dance…on your hands. (Or don’t, because we love your face.)

7. The Acoustic Set.

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The Boys definitely showed off what they do best on this tour with an acoustic set in the middle of the show (and the return of 10,000 Promises, much to our delight!). Most of us instantly went back in our memories to the Coming Home concert in Orlando when they threw their band off the instruments and played themselves or to the Night Out With The Backstreet Boys acoustic concert. This segment in the show was a perfect mix of the two and we hope to see more of it in the future. Don’t get us wrong, we love the high energy dancing and the interactive pieces, but we love seeing them in different lights and proving to the world that they’re more than just a boyband.

8. Howie D. Shaking It.

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Who knew Howie had it in him? SO many nights during the IAWLT tour, Howie delighted us with a little latino rump shaking and we are forever appreciative. We also love how much fun the guys seemed to have with this. It was a win-win for everyone.

9. This Was The First Tour For A Few Of The Backstreet Babies.

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For AJ, this was his first tour as a dad. For Kevin, this was his oldest son’s first tour seeing him perform and his newest son, being born just before the tour, he won’t ever know when his dad wasn’t a Backstreet Boy. For Howie, this was his first tour as a father of two. Each of these photos shows their children at the beginning of tour and today. It may be the most telling sign of how long the tour actually went on and how lucky we are that these Backstreet daddies split their time between us and their babies. We’re so thankful for every sacrifice they make and for sharing their lives with us.

10. Baylee Littrell – Opening Act.

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Guys, remember when Brian and Leighanne ANNOUNCED that they were expecting Baylee?! Remember when he was a tiny blond baby with a tiny little microphone?! He’s (nearly) grown up and OPENED for the Backstreet Boys for a select dates on the IAWLT tour. We were blessed to watch this child grow up and now we have been lucky enough to see him follow in his dad’s footsteps. What a talent!! Also, seeing Brian so proud of the young man he has become was icing on the cake. When he’s famous, we’ll be those ladies telling our kids, “Oh yeah! I loved his father and I saw him when he was an itty bitty thing!” …. Maybe that will get us some cool points.

11. Nick Carter Became A Married Man.

We never thought it would happen, folks, but it did. On a short break from tour in 2014, Nick Carter tied the knot with Lauren and all five Backstreet Boys became officially off the market. What would happen now?! Ummm, nothing actually. He was/is still the same Nick we all loved from the beginning, just perhaps a little bit happier. Still, this tour was the first to see all five with a ring on it and it’s a milestone to be marked!

12. The Return Of “We Got It Goin’ On” (With The Original Choreography).

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Awwww, yeah! While it may not be a favorite of the Backstreet Boys themselves, this song with it’s original choreography hit us RIGHT in our fangirl feels. We were all so young when this song debuted, as were the Boys themselves, and it is one of those that takes us to another place in time. We appreciate them bringing it back and hope that it becomes tradition. The choreography, I might add, also makes for great photos.

13. The Fan Pit.

Oh, the fan pit. The most up close and personal we have been with the Backstreet Boys during a show than any other tour. While you did run the risk of getting your head knocked off if you were in the front and a Boy came over, SO MUCH cool stuff happened if you were standing there. Selfies with Brian, holding Kevin’s hand, rubbing Nick’s….back. It all went down in the fan pit.

14. The Feelings We Got Seeing Them All Back Together.

Nothing warms our hearts like seeing all 5 Backstreet Boys back together again. Nothing gives us more feelings than hearing that perfect 5 part harmony that we fell in love with from the beginning. Nothing will ever replace the love we have for these five men because they have continuously been there for us, healed us, bent over backwards for us, listened to us, and given up so much… for us.

15. The Triumph.

While all of the Boys have faced trials and tribulations through the two years they’ve been on tour, they stuck it out. They showed up because we showed up. They worked their asses off through 167 shows, traveled all around the world, battled sickness, left people they loved, healed in front of our eyes and were amazing throughout it all. These Boys showed us what they’re made of in every sense of the phrase and we were never more proud to tell the world we’re Backstreet Boys fans as we have been after this tour.

16. The Love.

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To The Backstreet Boys: We know we screamed it at you at every show we attended, but from the bottom of our hearts, we adore you and love you. You all constantly say how lucky you are to have the best fans, but we’re the lucky ones. You have been so much to us for 22 years and we are so blessed, in a world like this, to have you.

To Kevin: Thank you for coming back. You have touched so many of us around the world on this tour and your spirit shines through in every interaction you have with us. We love you.

To Howie: Thank you for always being so kind to us and willing to party with us as long as we’re down. We have loved watching you take leads on this album and this tour and we can’t wait to see more.

To Brian: Thank you for sticking it out. You will never know how much that meant to us. You’re an incredible person and the progress you’ve made vocally from the beginning of tour until now is INSANE. We are SO proud of you.

To AJ: Thank you for always being you. For being so kind hearted, for always delivering amazing sound and energy and for making us feel so appreciated. You are, and always have been, awesome.

To Nick: Thank you for continuing to grow with every tour. Thank you for the sacrifices you’ve made as a newlywed to be with us and for working your ass off to perform in the way only Nick can. It means the world to us.

Until we meet again, Backstreet, the world will be waiting for you…

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 unnamed“I can’t believe that the In A World Like This Tour is ending! It’s been a great tour. Honestly, the album and the tour couldn’t have been released at a better time in my life. I am really thankful.

The first leg of the US tour, I almost didn’t make it! I remember them announcing opening up fan pit for the August 13th (2013) Nikon Jones Beach Theater. I was actually on my way to the Hamptons for a beach party, but I had to make sure that I stopped at 10am to get tickets.  I knew I had to go because it was a venue that was kind of (3 hours away) close.

I arrived at the venue early. It was nice because I could hear the sound check party going on. It was funny because I ended up standing in the pit next to a lady from CT as well. It was my very first concert being that close to the guys, and I was able to touch them!

Fast forward to the 2nd leg of the tour, June 21st 2014 in Camden, New Jersey. This was probably my favorite concert because I decided to do Gold VIP.  At the sound check party, I ended up next to two really awesome chicks that I’m still friends with.

When I went to take the picture, I had forgotten that you were supposed to stop where you wanted to stand.  Apparently you can’t pass Nick when you’re trying to hug the rest of the guys because he pulled me in for the picture. I got weak in the knees and all I could think was “yes, I will” stand by you every single damn time. He said to me, enjoy the show sweetie. I have no idea how I even contained myself and acted normal. This is the exact moment that would be the start of my crazy fall adventures.” – Monica @Sushi_Flower

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Going on stage for the acoustic set was awesome.
I will also add living this moment in my country and celebrating the comeback of BSB in France.
For me, the most intense moment was the minute of silence in honor of Q #vivalaQ
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A few months ago they did this really fun-to-watch ‘most intensive quiz’ (as dubbed by B-Rok) where you had Team El Guapo (AJ and HD) versus Team Sexy Time (Nick and Kevin). The funniest part of this video was that each time Sexy Time scored, Kevin would crazily yell, “Sexy Tiiiime!” in that famous Borat accent, and Nick would laugh every single time. I love Borat, I love the movie and everything about it and Borat’s character and the accent and just the whole gimmick. That’s why when I saw this, I just knew I had to hear Kevin shout ‘Sexy Time’ in person. I had to hear him yell it live. Haha!
So last May (2015) I had the chance to go see our favorite Boys live for the second time during their IAWLT tour, and it was also my first time to experience the whole VIP deal where I actually got to meet and greet the Boys. Everything on that day was just so special, knowing the fact that it was a concert where all of them are complete, Kev’s back, and even before the day of the show I knew we were going to party like it was 1999!
As I said it was my first time to have the amazing VIP experience. I’d known and expected to have a really great time months prior to the show, right after I purchased my package. Slow and long months passed and my excitement was growing with each passing time. And when the day finally came… WOW! IT WAS UNLIKE ANY OTHER!
Nothing was more surreal than actually having the chance to see the Backstreet Boys in person, be able to exchange a few words with them, and have the chance to hug every single one of them! It was amazing! And even though the security kind of had to rush me because behind me was still a long line of fans, it still was worth it and was really really really a wonderful experience. It was funny ’cause, when it was already my turn to meet and greet the Boys, considering that it was my first time, I got way too excited and Howie was the one I walked up to first (or ran up to, more accurately), and I literally jumped into his arms and my tiny body bumped against his and the impact kinda moved him from his stance… Howie was just like, “Whoa okay you had me —” I don’t know why I couldn’t remember what the rest of his sentence was… probably because he was chuckling in his sweet Latino voice hahaha!
And then I got to AJ, to whom I excitedly exclaimed “Aaaaayyyyeee Jaaaayyyy” when I gently hugged him. He was calm and was like, “Hi, how are you?” But I couldn’t really answer back you know? I mean you get me, right? You know what I’d been going through that night? HAHA! Thinking back now, I wish I could’ve really prepared myself more for the meet and greet and maximized that time even though I had to rush through them.
And then I got to Nick, and this was the part where you got told by security to stop for the picture (between Nick and AJ) so that the awesome Justin Segura could take the most amazing photo in my life as a solid Backstreet fan. A few moments before the camera flashed, I excitedly wrapped my arms around my number one favorite Backstreet Boy Nicky C. As I hugged him tightly by his fluffy and huggable and warm waist, I squealed, “Nickolaaaaaas!” And Nick sweetly responded, “Hey, sweetheart.” I didn’t remove my arms around Nickolas and as Justin counted 1-3 for the picture, Nick also wrapped his arms around me WHICH REALLY REALLY MADE ME ABOVE-THE-HIGHEST-LEVEL-OF-HAPPY! But wait! I’d thought at that moment that THAT was it…but the awesomeness of the moment didn’t stop there! Literally 2 seconds before the camera’s flash, Nick even tightened his arms around my body and really pulled me close so that my head was leaning against his chest (he was so fluffy and it was heavenly hahaha). *CLICK!
I still hadn’t gotten over how on-cloud-nine Nick had made me feel, but I had to move on quick as I now got to Kevin, who very nicely bent down to meet my small height, welcomed me in his arms, gently embracing me.
Note: I made the great mistake of staring into Kevin’s magnetizing eyes. @_@
I was vulnerable. I failed to avoid it. I mean… I tried. I really did. But seconds before he enclosed his arms around me to pull me for a hug FATE just made a way for our gazes to connect and I fell for it and I really really really got drowned into some kind of alternate dimension just by staring at Kevin’s hypnotizing eyes even for only a few seconds! Thankfully he had to pull me in for a hug before his gaze could pull me into some deeper part of this world. The eye contact was disconnected and when we were finally enveloped into each other’s arms (and I was inhaling this particular heavenly Richardson scent from his denim jacket) I was able to say what I’d been planning to to say to him for a long time since I purchased my VIP package months before this amazing night. While embracing each other, I sweetly asked, “Hey Kev, can you say ‘Sexy Time’ in Borat accent?”
We slowly pulled away, and oops I did it again, I stared into his deep, enchanting eyes, awaiting his magical response.
With a serious but friendly look on his face, he went to even bore holes into my eyes and went, “Sexy Tiiiime!” saying it on average volume but with the energy and excitement I was looking for in his tone.
I couldn’t believe it. It was a fulfilling moment! I made him say Sexy Time! Dream come true! Dreams do come true! I win! I win at life! Wow! I giggled sweetly, genuinely satisfied by the amazing music his live performance of Sexy Time served me that very moment. Remembering I had to rush, I slowly turned away and moved on to Brian, whose eyes were also just another pair that had a contagious swirling effect. His eyes just… shone. It was brighter and more magical in person. It honestly felt like Christmas to look into his sparkly blue eyes.
“B-Rooook!” I excitedly hugged my favorite singer out of all the five of them, cherishing the moment.
“Hey, how’ya doin?” That Southern accent was honey to the ears, especially when you could hear him talk right next to your ear! Like with the others, I failed to make up a nice and quick reply and was left speechless again for the nth time that night because of how overwhelmed I was. When I pulled away from Brian, I knew I had to make this moment really wonderful because he was the last Boy and I already had to walk away for good, so I gave his biceps a gentle squeeze, calmly saying, “Love you, B-Rok,” before shyly walking away.
I had only begun taking my first two babysteps away from the Boys, readying myself to accept the fact that the amazing moment was over, when I suddenly heard, “Sexy Tiiiiiime!!!!!” this time in a much louder and more energetic voice. I looked back and my eyes were quickly magnetized back by Kevin’s gaze (even from afar his eyes could do tricks on yours), and he was smiling and I laughed sweetly, while I saw Nick laugh hysterically to his big brother’s funny antics. I really can’t believe Kevin did it for me. Others might laugh and say how small of a thing it was, but, they’ll never understand, you know? It just meant so much to me and made me so happy. And he even did it twice. Kevin is the real MVP!
That was a very, very special night and so far, nothing has topped it yet. I love you Boys, I miss you. Hope to you soon.
KTBSPA! – Janica (@annejanika)
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“I’m a BSB fan since the 90’s. Brian is my favorite BSB. Been to all their concerts in the Philippines but its my first time to finally see him face to face last May when they visited the Philippines again.

Brian, after having some pictures taken with fans, he started walking back to his hotel room. I thought I would never get the chance. But then he looked back and I braved the crowd and asked him one last time for a picture and he did. I almost melted and his smile was so awesome. I was his last photo that time and then he went straight to the hotel elavator. Haha. Just a simple encounter with my idol and that to me was very memorable.” – Toni PH

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“IAWLT Manila, Philippines May 5, 2015
Few memorable things to me is when me and my friend decided to check in on the hotel, where they had been chek-in.
I had a lot of memories but of course as a b-rok girl, my memories with him are the most special. It was after his gym and when he saw some fans (more or less 10 people) waiting outside, he ran away from us, but what’s funny is he ran on the wrong side of the hotel, he ran on the hotel exit door. He has no choice but to return and gave us time, one by one. I able to talk and hug him
Meet and Greet: Another memories is during the meet and greet, prior to it I already rehearsed my script, but when its my turn to him, I was shocked when he first said “It’s you again”.. its a 3 word that means so much to me, because he remember me (even during Manila tour only!)
Concert: -When Brian fall on stage during the song Don’t want you back.
               – When Brian also hand over the towel to me on the moshpit after he wipes on his face.” – Schenley
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So… IAWLT tour memories… oh man, so many to choose from! I saw two shows last year, one in Rotterdam (Holland) and one in Amsterdam (also Holland). And I was lucky enough to have gold VIP both times, as well as PIT tickets (by the way, best invention EVER!). I was only going to do VIP in Rotterdam, the first show, but once it was over I didn’t feel like I actually experienced it (if that makes sense), so I decided last-minute to do VIP in Amsterdam as well. And so glad I did!
First, a little background for a better understanding of the moment… hope you don’t mind. Way back when, during the Millennium and Black & Blue days, I was part of this BSB message board. We had an awesome group of women there from all over the world, we talked for hours every day and we were all really close friends. Unfortunately we have drifted apart mostly, but some of us are still friends. A few years ago one of the women committed suicide, which was very sad ☹ Then, during the 20-year-anniversary event, I heard the boys talk about Madeleine and it reminded me so much of Marybeth, although the circumstances were different. So, during my meet & greet in Amsterdam I asked Kevin (he was her favorite) if they could maybe dedicate Madeleine to our friend (all the while Nick was twirling my hair, which I didn’t even notice at first ). He then had to discuss with Nick, as he would be introducing the song (meanwhile, Brian took over Nick’s task). They made a note of it and said they would try to do it. Then, picture time! This one felt so different than the one in Rotterdam, much more personal somehow. This sounds really cheesy, but I could just feel their love for me and all their fans, and it made me love them even more! (Also, after the picture Brian called me back for a proper hug, so sweet! He apologized for being sweaty, bless him!). I’m so happy with this picture, it really captured the moment.
Anyway, fast-forward to the concert… After Howie was done shaking his ass, AJ then dedicated the next song (Madeleine) to Marybeth. I can’t believe they did it! It was an amazing moment, Howie’s ass-shaking right before was so perfect, it would’ve totally cracked her up. During the song, Kevin was quite emotional, as was I and my friends from that group who were in the audience. It was a moment to never forget! I’m sure she was looking down on us right then, and she’ll always be with us when they sing that song
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“In A World Like This will always be one of my all-time favourite tours for a couple of reasons. To start, the show is bad-ass! It is electric, and sweet, and soulful, and sexy – in other words, everything you’d expect from a BSB show but done to perfection. So great, I HAD to see it twice! For the first time ever in my BSB concert-going history, I travelled to another town to go to a show. Driving to Hamilton for the 2nd Canadian Leg of the tour with some of my oldest friends are memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. Last but most certainly not least, in fact probably the most important moment of all, is my meet and greet with the boys. This was my first time meeting Kevin and he did not disappoint, and equally as important the other boys were still just as sweet as ever. Being able to hug them all and say thank you to them is something that I will remember always. Cannot wait for the next tour!”  – Amanda A.

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“They said that we’re (Philippines) the best singing crowd on the entire tour. It’s funny though, because we’re singing all their songs, AJ said that we are all Backstreet Boys because we know all the song.” – @JocasDLozada

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“If we’re talking about strictly the show itself, then it would definitely have to be (Vienna) when Larger Than Life started and Nick ran and started spraying water all over the fans. When the song was at its end and the heavy guitar part started, Nick started crawling with his tongue out towards the smaller stage! He was out of control!” – @KaosNevena

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“My favorite IAWLT moment at Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, 1st concert!” – @donahellen

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“My favorite moment was when I met them for the first time last year in Vienna. It was the best day of 2014.” – @swissgirl85

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“My favorite memory from that tour has to be the Paris concert! An absolutely fantastic atmosphere, better than I’ve ever seen! And Brian kissing the Platinum VIPs on the cheek remains a highlight for me.” – @SilverMoon28

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“In Kuala Lumpur : When brian took my phone and take video+photo selfie. And when Kevin recognize my sign “Thanks For coming back, Kev!” & he said thank you. And finally,I have met my “online” friends.” – @kevinbsb_id

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“Being in one of Leighanne’s instagram videos for as long as you love me was my favorite especially because Brian made a special appearance!” – @yahtzee27

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“Super special for me… It was my first entire show ever and VIP with my best friend and the best of it was our surprise for my favorite boy… We sang HAPPY BDAY in Spanish for him! 20/Feb/14 in Barcelona.” – @ladytorcida

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“I attended two shows on this tour & me being 13 at that time of both shows I was scared of criticism & how people would react of me Going to their concert. I remember my first one.. Back in August of 2013 crying tears of joy because it was actually happening & seeingBrian & Leighanne be so proud of Baylee made me so emotional.. (That is one very talented kid) I’m very proud of him also. First time I’ve Lost my voice at a concert & had to drink lemon juice.. It was all worth it. After the concert.. My cousin couldn’t find her car because of The people.. It was all so real. I absolutely loved it! My second BSB concert was back in June of 2014 in Cincinnati (both were in Cincinnati) I remember getting to the venue 5 hrs before the Show even started.. I ran into some people from twitter I met. Of course, I was scared of criticism.. I introduced myself & most of them  Were just so excited & happy to see me.. I was too. Me & mom waited for non-VIP people to arrive & I knew that it was getting close time For the show to start. I could hear sound check & them singing.. I thought to myself.. “This is really happening again & they sound amazing”. We go inside the venue & just quickly went to our seats… I was that excited. About an 1hr & 15mins before the show started.. Kristin Walked by with Mason following behind her & little Maxwell was in a stroller… (Can’t believe how much he’s grown up) I remember telling my Mom that was Kristin, Kevin’s beautiful wife who walked by & she said.. “Wow she’s so tall & pretty..” I agreed with her. I was honored to Spend father’s day with the best five fathers anyone could ask for.. (Nick is father to Nacho… Just kidding. hopefully him & Lauren will Have one soon)
The show starts & all I hear is just excited screams of everybody.. I was so ready for them to come out. They’re on the Stage & I’m just screaming with excitement.. I look over at my mom & told her “Thank you for me listening to them when I grew up..” She got Teary-eyed because that’s all she listened too when she was pregnant with me…
AJ coming off the stage & being about 100ft Away from me was amazing for me to see. I’ll never forget that. After the show I bought a poster & two shirts… Love them! I’ll never forget these 2 unforgettable concerts & I thank them for making it So special for me & mom. Me & my mother get into play arguments over who Kevin waved at first me or her.” – @daribeari

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“My favorite IAWLT tour memory was meeting Kevin and getting my first selfie with a Backstreet Boy. It was also my first BSB after party at the Jones Beach show, first leg of the tour. I also met Leighanne and she was super nice.” – @frickingkaos

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“This is a pic I took of Nick in Jaffa, Tel Aviv (Israel) before they went cycling in the city, May 17th, 2015.” – @ImanAg

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“Seeing all 5 Boys at the M&G as well as the show. It brought me back to being a giggly teenager. Made me appreciate them even more.” – @Jhie0730

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“My favourite IAWLT tour memory is without a doubt my Gold VIP experience. The best day of my life happened on April 4th, 2014.” – @daisywoodcock

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“My favorite memory of iawlt tour was my personal moment w/nick carter! For the last concert in israel i was 1st row and made this sign:

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As he was the only one I didn’t get to selfie with while the boys visited Israel, I hoped I would be lucky enough. Nick noticed it at the show He doesn’t let go of me the entire show and gave me all the attention he could! That was amazing of him! But unfortunately, he couldn’t selfie, obviously this would cause a lot of mess but!!! He was so cute when he was talking to the audience and then asking to give his guitar pick To someone special… Then he pointed me to come over and came off stage to give it to me personally along with a kiss and a hug!” – @MaayanBenYakob

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“My wonderful memory from the IAWLT tour. Meeting the amazing boys in their 1st visit in Israel for 22 years.” – @Oshrat_tz

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I saw BSB in Helsinki on March 7th 2014. The entire day couldn’t have gone any better. My friend Heidi and I decided to get Gold VIPs and pit tickets. Best. Decision. EVER! We were so excited to go to the sound check cause it was the first time for both of us. And she had never seen Kevin live so I was really excited for her to see him. Before the sound check we decided to go to their hotel. After a few hours of waiting the Boys finally came down to see us before heading to the venue. I was so nervous. I had been waiting to meet them for 16 years and it was finally happening. I got selfies with Howie and Kevin. I couldn’t believe I got a picture with Kevin! That was my dream! I told him how much I had missed him and how glad I was that he’s back. He was so humbled and just thanked me. That made me feel so good. Then came the sound check which was everything I could’ve hoped for. I even got to ask the Boys a question! As the M&G time was coming closer I started to feel really excited. Finally I’d get to meet my Boys! I walked up to them and remember thinking that this can’t be real. I can’t believe I’m actually going to meet them and get a picture with them. They were so nice and so sweet. They even called me Mrs. Richardson because my shirt said “Helloooo Mr. Richardson”. I thought it was so funny. When I went to hug Kevin I didn’t want to let him go. He hugged me so tight! It was absolutely everything I had dreamed it would be. We had the best time in the fanpit (best invention ever!. We even got to hear AJ and Redrama sing Clouds live! That was a special treat for the Finnish fans. The entire show was UNBELIEVABLE! The Boys looked and sounded incredible. And I was really happy to see some of their old school dance moves come back (which I absolutely love). I was dancing, singing and screaming the entire time. I didn’t want it to end! Once again the Boys had proven why they are pop royalty. I left the concert with so many great memories and with a stupid grin on my face that lasted for days. We went to their hotel after the show to wait for them to get back from the afterparty. All the other Boys went straight inside but as Howie was taking his bags from the car he asked us if he had enjoyed the show. He even took a final picture with us! He really is Sweet D. That was the perfect ending to a perfect day. I didn’t think it was possible but I actually fell in love with them even more. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next. ❤  – Noora (@Noora_S)

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“My name is Jackie (@candy_perfumed_ ). I’m 36 years old and I live in Berlin/Germany.  I have to say the best memory of the IAWLT tour for me was definitely March 4th 2014 where the boys stopped in Berlin/Germany. I dunno where to start because it’s been the best meet & greet ever. I’ll always remember that special day!

I had a PIT ticket and platinum VIP for the show. Since my friends just had concert tix I had to go all alone to the SC party and so I had to stand there waiting for the VIP check in to begin. It just took a few minutes than I had some nice company by 2 girls who was there on their own, too. We had a lot of fun at the check in and at the SC as well. We’d partied in the front row.

After the SC was done it’s was photo time…..

One of the girls was about to meet them for the very first time and was nervous as hell. That was sweet. So…I was next….AJ was the 1st who greeted me with “Hi sweetie…” a hug, kisses on cheeks, short talk… next Howie…hug, kiss…pretty short….then next up I got blinded by the spotlight right in front of Nick…he was making fun out of that situation…he was trying to convince me that he blinded me and not the light….ahhhhh yeah. For sure it’s like that Nick! Kev was up next …hug, kisses, short talk and the last one (and best) was Brian who smiled at me with a big grin on his face. He said “Hello”, kissed my cheeks and immediately he gave me a big bear hug. This felt so, so good that I had to squeeze him a little more and longer…as Mike was like “It’s time for the photo right now!” I still couldn’t let go and said to Brian “No, I can’t…”he had to laugh out loud , but he was also still hugging me, too.

Then I had to made the pic. As it was shot, Brian was had his arm around me.

…then he turned to me and asked me what my name is and this turned out to be a really funny situation, because I told him and he didn’t understand it, so I said it again and he was even trying to spell it and created some so funny names and I had a good laugh about Brian being so confused. Mike was still in my neck to tell me I had to hurry…Brian was still talking to me…so I said to Brian: “You can call me Jackie.” He laughed but understood it this time and then he had to go back because the next fan was waiting to greet him.

It still makes me smile when I think on that weird situation. It was so cute how hard he was trying and didn’t get it correctly. By the way, I have the same first name as his mum does. That makes it even funnier!

The PIT was the best decision. It was the 1st time they have had Pit tix in Germany.

My two new friends from the VIP before hadn’t those PITs so I went in there alone again, saved my place in the front row and got me a drink from the bar.

While we were waiting in the PIT, I got pretty fast into some conversations with other fans around me and we had a blast at the concert.

It was so close to the stage so the boys could interact with us pretty much (Brian sang to  me a few times and made some funny non verbal communication and Nick does his kind of things while pointing at me and looking directly in my eyes  and in the PIT I had even a lot of space to dance).

As I had platinum I was able to go on stage at their acoustic set. There was the girl from the VIP again….yay! We were seated in the second row. Right before the set Brian came around to say “hi” and to kiss on cheek to each of the fans on stage. I was so freakin nervous to see him walking around and knowing he would be right in front of me again. When he reached me he grinned and said “You’re Jackie,right?!”I was totally confused, but happy he’d finally known my name and remembered it! He excused himself for being sweaty, gave me a hug and kissed my cheek. I had such a good time and it was simply amazing to get view of what the boys see while they are on stage! Wow it was overwhelming to see all those people and lights. Thanks for giving us this great opportunity! I loved it!

All of these things make this day to an unforgettable day in my life. And I wanna thank the BSB for all they have done for us in the past 22 years! I’m so proud of you guys and I love you from the bottom of my heart! Thanks for letting us be part of your ups and downs in life!

A special thanks goes out to Brian….I can’t tell you how proud I am that you work so hard on your vocal issues! You sounded amazing and I thank the lord for giving us a gift like you in our lives!!!

Hope there will be another 22 years to come with you guys!!!”

6 Things That Kevin Richardson Could Do With Those Red Pants

They were perhaps the most iconic things that came out of the soon-to-be-over In A World Like This tour. They showed up to every show. They were constantly talked about, begged for, and stared at… and it had nothing to do with Nick Carter. We are referring to Kevin’s red pants. You know the ones – THE red pants. We’ve pondered so many things about them: Are there more than one pair? Are his perfectly matching shoes actually attached? How has the color lasted for 176 shows? The biggest question recently though… What will happen to the pants now that tour is over? We have a few ideas.

1. Sell Them On Ebay.

This seems like the most obvious choice. With fans clamoring to get in own Kevin’s pants since tour started, he could really make a killing for them. Of course, it could be a fundraiser. Think how many forests you could save with one pair of pants, Kevin. Or all of the equipment you could supply to a high school football team. It’s a win-win situation. Except that anyone who buys the pants will have to look over their shoulder for the rest of their lives because fans are SERIOUS about these pants.

2. Cut Them Up and Distribute The Pieces In His Solo Album.

Just as the NKOTB sold limited edition DVDs with pieces of their Fenway banner, Kevin could easily sell double the albums by including small pieces of the red pants in a limited number of albums. Why do you have 2354 Cover Story albums? Duh, because you were trying to sew the beloved pants back together!

3. Keep Them.

Could the red pants return on the next tour? Will he dye them another color? Orange perhaps? We can continue down the rainbow…

4. Pass Them Along To His Boys.

We all know that Kevin is a huge fan of recycling so why stop at plastics and environmental things? The pants could be folded into the closet for when they are old enough to wear them. They could tie the legs around their necks and use the pants as a cape. Maybe even Kristin can wear them and do something fancy…because let’s face it, the woman never looks bad in ANYTHING.

5. Give Them To Nick So He Can Be Kevin For Halloween.

Let’s face it, that IS Nick’s life dream.

6. Whatever The Hell He Wants To Do.

Those pants are literally a part of Kevin’s legacy. The denim jacket and the red pants are going to go down in history and while the other boys changed up their wardrobe throughout the two years, the returning member was loyal to his look. For that, you do you as you always do, Mr. Richardson…

But, we do want to know what brand they are to hold up so well and if they’ll hire you as their model!

We’ll miss you, Red Pants. You were talked about almost as much as Nick Carter’s hair.

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