Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Backstreet’s back: See the boy band at Verizon Theatre August 30
Well I'll be damned.
Quit playin' games with my heart, boys. The Backstreet Boys have officially announced a U.S. tour, attempting to become as relevant as they were before.
The five-piece boy band sensation will promote a new album, In A World Like This, which is scheduled for release on July 30. The tour and album feature all the original members of the band (cue high-pitched screeching), who will be making their way to Verizon Theatre on August 30 supported by reality TV star DJ Pauly D.
“All five of us are thrilled to be back together and have the opportunity to play for the greatest fans in the world,” BSB member Nick Carter said in a press release.
Oh how I wish I were kidding -- that this was a ploy to make millions on the images of laid-to-rest ‘90s pop stars. Oh, but it's real. And now we must ask ourselves, What the hell is happening? And why would Nick, Howie, Brian, AJ, and Kevin waste their time making an album inherently set to flop, then book a tour that aims to sell tickets to nostalgic 20-somethings who haven’t wet their panties over BSB since Limited Too went out of business?
Now, now: I was true to Team BSB long before I realized Justin Timberlake actually had talent. But the Backstreet Boys lack the musicianship, for one, to make a legitimate comeback. And their entire careers were built on a “too hot to handle” image. Boys, Buzzfeed outed you in their "43 Things That Will Make You Feel Old" article.
OK, so perhaps the voices of these five artists will again revolutionize pop music. Perhaps a new generation of wide-eyed teens will connect with their odes about love and lust. Perhaps “Quit Playin’ Games (With My Heart)” really is the best song of all time and we just don’t know it yet.
Those still hangin' on can get tickets to see the Backstreet Boys Friday, May 17 through LiveNation.
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