Does it just kill NSYNC fans to see BSB performing again? And with a new single (and video) out?
Okay, yes -- I, too, am an NSYNC fan -- albeit less than I am an BSB fan. I guess all the crap NSYNC fans always seem to put off on BSB fans makes me relate a lot less to that fandom. (grin)
Concert Review: Backstreet Boys
Thu Mar 31, 2005 06:30 PM ET
By Joshua Klein
CHICAGO (Billboard) - The screaming began before the Backstreet Boys hit the stage.
The audience, overwhelmingly female and ranging from preteens to adults, screamed every time the tour DJ played something they liked, the floor of the capacity House of Blues undulating with anticipation. But they saved their biggest scream for a song by Justin Timberlake, the breakout star of erstwhile Backstreet Boys rivals 'N Sync.
Does this mean the Backstreet Boys had given up? Had they finally conceded that their pop fluff was inferior to 'N Sync's, that they performed a different role in the pop market, a safe, reliable role consciously at odds with the more outre and trendy stylings exemplified by Timberlake and his cohort JC Chasez?
Indeed, when the Backstreet Boys hit the stage, dressed in their matching white suits, it seemed as if the last several years of pop music hadn't happened. The five Backstreet Boys performed all their instantly recognizable hits, also instantly dated to an innocent time and place when the stock market only went up, Americans felt safe at home, no wars were on the horizon, and boy bands roamed -- and ruled -- the Earth.
Of course, the cozy House of Blues is a far cry from past Backstreet Boys performance peaks; at their apex these guys were filling stadiums. Clearly the BSB could still play a much larger venue if they wanted to, but after almost five years off they felt a club tour was in order to dust off the cobwebs. Even automatons need to loosen up a little once in a while.
And loose they were. Shooting grins at one another, laughing and generally playing it very casual, these Boys (now very much men: some married, most tattooed, one out of rehab) seemed both refreshed and slightly aware of the silliness of their repertoire. Even the modern-day standard "I Want It That Way" was hardly sung with a straight face, and other ballads such as "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" and "The Shape of My Heart" came across as somewhat generic.
Whenever the Backstreet Boys tried to inject some personality into the songs, their limitations became much more apparent. As singers the group should stick to harmonies, especially because in a club the flaws of their shaky voices were all too obvious. Nick Carter, relishing his position as the group's new bad boy now that A.J. McLean is clean and sober, was particularly sloppy, spoiled by the adoration he nonetheless received by the crowd, while Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson embraced their carefully conditioned blandness to an anonymous degree.
Not that the fans cared -- and there still are plenty of Backstreet Boys fans. They cheered nearly as loudly for a handful of new songs as they did for "Larger Than Life" and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)." Then again, in many ways the new songs were largely indistinguishable from the old. Only time will tell whether that will help or hurt the Backstreet Boys as they try to smile and sway their way into the hearts of a new generation of music buyers.
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Crappy review, but whatever. That's nothing new!
At least the Boys are back!!!
I wish they'd end up playing Vegas this summer (seeing as we're going back then)...
Joshua Klein clearly doesn't 'get' it! (grin)