Post Concert Depression (also known as PCD): The undetermined period of time following a Backstreet Boys concert in which a fan experiences deep internal sadness, FOMO, and similar symptoms included but not limited to the ones found in this post.
We are officially in the Backstreet Boys DNA era! Can you believe it?
With every new era comes new questions, new things to figure out logistically, and, of course, a new show, setlist, wardrobe, memorable moments, etc.
Just like we did with BSB Vegas, we’ll be with you every step of the way. This post will be segmented and updated as needed with all the links to posts about tour, any new things you need to know and answers to the questions we get the most of. We won’t have all of the answers immediately, but we’ll find them for you when we don’t!
As always, if you have a question we didn’t answer, please feel free to CONTACT US!
**FYI: This particularly post will remain spoiler free. We’re not too into posting major details about shows, but if we do, we’ll do it here. Consider this a safe space.**
++ VIP Meet and Greet ++
– Meet & Greet + Green Room Experience (Ticketmaster / LiveNation – $800 + Fees)
One P1 Ticket In The DNA Circle (VIP SECTION OF THE SHOW)
M&G with Backstreet Boys Photo Opportunity with Backstreet Boys
Access To Backstreet’s Pre-Show Production Tour* (NO BSB PRESENT)
Access To Backstreet’s Pre-Show DNA Green Room Before The Show Light Hors D’oeuvres
Champagne Toast + One Backstreet Themed Drink Special* (NO BSB PRESENT)
One, VIP Only, Poster (Shipped After The Show)
One Special, VIP Only, Merchandise Package (Shipped After The Show)
One, VIP Meet & Greet Laminate
– Meet & Greet with Backstreet Boys (Wonderful Union – $500 USD + Fees)
Photo Opportunity with Backstreet Boys
Access To Backstreet’s Pre-Show DNA Green Room Before The Show
Light Hors D’oeuvres
Champagne Toast + One Backstreet Themed Drink Special
One, VIP Only, Poster (Shipped After The Show)
One Special, VIP Only, Merchandise Package (Shipped After The Show)
One, VIP Meet & Greet Laminate
– The above listed packages are the **ONLY** verified ways to meet the Backstreet Boys on the DNA World Tour.
– The Wonderful Union Meet and Greet **DOES NOT INCLUDE** a concert ticket.
– All Meet and Greet packages and upgrades include ONE professional photo with the Backstreet Boys, taken by their photographer, that will be uploaded to their website usually 24-72 hours later. You can find the photos here.
– Your photo with the Backstreet Boys will be individual – not in a group – unless you have a friend / friends you want in your photo. In that case, each person still has to have purchased a meet and greet. It is up to you who you want in your photo basically.
– Cell phones / selfies are not permitted. We would not suggest bringing gifts, props, etc.
– There are some cities that have begun to sell the DNA Circle tickets and Meet and Greet passes separately through Ticketmaster (or the ticket vendor). This is to sell previously unsold tickets — not added numbers. In these cities, people have the option to buy DNA Circle concert tickets (also known as the General Admission / Pit area on previous tours) if they want the spot during the show but don’t care about M&G or to buy the M&G pass but would rather sit elsewhere. **Check your city’s ticket vendor to see what’s available**
– Check in information (time, location, etc.) will be emailed to VIPers 24-48 hours prior to the show. If you purchased Meet and Greet through Wonderful Union, here is your resource for help: help.wonderfulunion.com If you purchased through Ticketmaster, contact their Customer Care for your region.
– IMPORTANT: VIP Meet and Greets are NON-TRANSFERABLE! Do not purchase them from someone else and do not purchase if you are not 100% you can attend. If you think a ticket might be a scam, contact us and we can likely help you out!
– Wonderful Union M&G is not available in all cities. It looks like the cities that are offering separate Circle tickets and M&G through Ticketmaster are not selling through WU. You can find a list here. You have to click ON the city / country on the website to access the WU VIP.
– Once VIP is sold out, it is SOLD OUT.
– Please note that the select cities in which VIP M&G through Wonderful Union is on sale is not favoritism for some fans over others or intentionally giving more opportunities. It all has to do with logistics, contracts, capacity, etc. In most places where WU is not offering M&G, Ticketmaster is offering the separate package. If neither is offered, it’s likely because they have reached capacity and are trying to keep the number of people attending M&G manageable.
– The VIP package through Ticketmaster that includes SIDE SEATING tickets does **NOT** include Meet and Greet.
– VIP Meet and Greet upgrades for Hawaii dates can be found by clicking here > the date > VIP.
– Baylee Littrell will be opening for the Boys in North America. You can now purchase a VIP upgrade to meet him here. This VIP experience will be before the Backstreet Boys and will not interfere.
– Howie D. is selling a VIP event for certain dates on his website. These events have not been added or confirmed for North America, but they will also not interfere with BSB VIP.
++ The Show ++
– The show is 32 songs — more can be found here about the details that we do know!
– The show runs 1 hour and 50 minutes.
– You can exit the DNA Circle throughout the show. The entrance / exit is built into the stage. Trust us.
– There is plenty of space inside the DNA Circle and interactions are similar to that, if not better than, in the pit of IAWLT tour and Vegas.
– All dates and tickets for the tour can be found here.
– Everything about the Japan + Southeast Asia dates and tickets can be found here.
– As questions are asked and the shows begin, we will have more updates here.
++ FAQ ++
All of the questions that you ask and we answer via tweets or email, we’ll also address here.
Extremely likely. People with M&G are at the venue hours before anyone else and while it likely can’t be promised at EVERY venue, VIPers are usually the first ones in the building anyway and have some sort of priority by default. #DNAWorldTour https://t.co/O3Q5mqrDys
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) May 5, 2019
Meet and Greet takes place hours prior to the show. In the past, autographs and recording of the meet & greet has not been allowed and it will likely not be this time either. Sorry!! #DNAWorldTour https://t.co/OnUuCRHSQm
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) May 5, 2019
The Ticketmaster DNA Circle package DOES include a DNA circle ticket, but there are some cities that are now selling the option to purchase the ticket and the M&G separately.
Wonderful Union’s M&G passes do NOT include DNA Circle tickets.
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) May 5, 2019
Correct. There is only, standard VIP Meet and Greet option for this tour.
Honestly, it would be hard to have levels when the VIP package through Ticketmaster only includes certain things. Keeping up with the different groups would be a logistics nightmare. #DNAWorldTour https://t.co/NKwdU7KZaU
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) May 5, 2019
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) May 4, 2019
Hi @vegetapr69 — no dumb questions!!
– Merch tables definitely take credit cards.
– VIP Upgrades have not been announced yet for any U.S. or Canadian date. https://t.co/bOErXhwsjo
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) July 1, 2019
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) July 2, 2019
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) July 2, 2019
I believe that there were venues in Europe that kept their merch stands open after the show, but really, it varies by venue. If you’re in pit, you’ll have early entry though and honestly, the pit this time is huge. If you’re going WITH someone, we suggest taking turns going. https://t.co/xQm6VS0ehw
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) July 2, 2019
As far as wheelchair access, I know that this has been brought up several times and I believe the answers fall with individual venues. In past venues, wheelchair access in the circle has not been an issue. In some, the venue has accommodated wheelchairs elsewhere. (2/2) https://t.co/TynkpKwoQu
— What Happens On The Backstreet (@WHOTheBckstreet) July 9, 2019
++ Odds and Ends ++
– Be flexible! This is a new era, new album, new tour, new everything and everyone is learning. Things will inevitably change as things are worked out – it has happened with every tour thus far and will continue to happen. Don’t sabotage your own time.
– BE CAREFUL! With a tour as large as this, there are scalpers and scammers who are looking to trick fans into “a deal”. If the tickets are far overpriced or offered at a low price, verify that they are actual, real tickets. Again, keep in mind that the only M&G options are through Ticketmaster and Wonderful Union — you can not purchase them anywhere else.
– Afterparties, so far, have included Nick and Howie only and are being announced by the city. Make sure to turn on notifications for their socials and check nickcarter.net for updates on announcements! VIP and GA have been available with VIP including admission, meet and greet and a professional photo. Venues and dates are subject to change.
– As of 7/14, these are the cities with Backstreet Boys Meet and Greet upgrades left:
Salt Lake City
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.
…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.
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.
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.
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.
8. The In A World Like This Vibe. Oh, and Kevin’s Red Pants.
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!
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!
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The opportunity to be nicks security for the day.
Yeah, we roll with Nick. Or should we say he rolls with us…?
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- “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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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).
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”
- “Just To Be Close”
- “Back To Your Heart”
- “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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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…
—– What Was YOUR Favorite IAWLT Tour Memory? We asked. Fans Answered. —–
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
My best memories :
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
“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
“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.
“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
“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
“My favorite IAWLT moment at Citibank Hall, Rio de Janeiro, 1st concert!” – @donahellen
“My favorite moment was when I met them for the first time last year in Vienna. It was the best day of 2014.” – @swissgirl85