Thursday, September 18, 2008

Backstreet Boys at it again

By Andrea Hoglin
Cardinal Staff

The 1990s boy band, Backstreet Boys (BSB), was recently in Minnesota on Aug. 23 for its Inconsolable tour.

The four remaining BSB, A.J. Mclean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrel, and Nick Carter, were introduced by Brian’s five year-old son at the concert.

Kristin Betlej, a long-time BSB fan who attended the tour concert, said about the experience, “It was a great concert. Everyone sang along and were standing the whole time.”

Even now, in their late 20s and early 30s, the BSB were doing their boy band dances and dressing up in costumes. At one point, the Boys dressed in boxing outfits and sang in the middle of a boxing ring.

The Boys combined favorites like, “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As You Love Me” and “Backstreet’s Back (Alright),” with current songs such as Kanye West’s “Stronger,” Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” and songs from their own solo albums. Now they all sing different genres; Littrel sings Christian, Dorough sings Latin, Carter still sings pop, and Mclean sings rock.

The opening band for the Boys was Girlicious. Girlicious made a short appearance on stage, only singing about three songs.

The band has released two albums since its 2000 hit album “Black and Blue” — “Never Gone” in 2005 and “Unbreakable” in 2007.

In the past few years, there has been a return of 1980s and 1990s bands. The 1980s boy band New Kids on the Block has recently come out with a new CD, “Summer Time,” and is currently on tour in the United States. Hanson had a comeback a few years ago, releasing the CD “Underneath.” The Spice Girls released a CD of their greatest hits and will have a world tour starting in December.

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