It’s been 17 years since the Backstreet Boys broke into the music industry, but 17 years later… they’ve still got it goin’ on.
At the height of their fame the Backstreet Boys were unstoppable. They burst onto the boy band scene in 1993 paving the way for countless other bands that followed. Releasing hit after hit, the band racked up numerous awards, remained within the top 10 on Billboard’s hot 100, and couldn’t go anywhere without being mobbed by crazed teenage girls.
Now, with eight studio albums under their belts, the seasoned vets have become one of the most successful groups of all time selling over 130 million records worldwide.
All this and they and can still – almost two decades later – make thousands of girls scream at the drop of a dime.
The Backstreet Boys kicked off their Canadian leg of their This is Us tour to a nearly sold out crowd in Vancouver Friday night. Greeted by a chorus of high-pitched screams and smiling faces, the boys burst through a giant white projection screen before launching into “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”.
From the moment the band opened their mouths the echo of supporters singing along held strong for almost the entire show. The boys filled their set will a number of hits off all seven records including, “We’ve Got it Goin’ On”, “Quit Playing Games with My Heart”, “As Long as You Love me”, “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely”, “All I have to Give”, “She’s a Dream”, and “The Call”.
In between growing up, departing ways with Kevin Richardson, personal tragedies and struggles, the boys didn’t miss a beat, putting on a solid show complete with choreographed dance routines, costume changes, and solo video shorts spoofing major motion pictures. Vocally the band sounded great, hitting all the high notes proving there’s substance behind the shiny boy band exterior.
Jumping from song to song, the band kept the in-between banter short and sweet as they quickly thanked the crowd for sticking by them throughout the years. They also kept the production simple with a DJ sitting center stage, bright colourful lights, and video montages.
The band tossed in a few more tracks, “Incomplete”, “Larger than Life”, and “Bye Bye Love”, before closing out the show with their first single to hit number one in over 25 nations, “I Want It That Way”. Returning to the stage the band said goodbye with their current single “Straight Through My Heart”.
From drug addictions, to battles of depression, to open heart surgery, the bands weathered their fair share of storms these last 17 years. Despite the bumpy road, the Backstreet Boys have continued to defy expectations, put out records, tour the world, and find longevity in an era declared dead by the media long ago.
As the band bluntly declared 13 years ago, Backstreets back.
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