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    Jakarta Post review

    Post by Gianna S. on Thu 28 Feb 2008, 1:15 pm


    Backstreet Boys's concert takes fans for walk down memory lane

    Deanne Whitfield, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

    OK, so I have to admit I wasn't exactly excited about going to see the
    Backstreet Boys in concert -- even with the offer of a free ticket.

    I didn't even have time to warm to the idea of going to watch the boys
    perform because the promotion for the concert was ... where? If it
    wasn't for a billboard I spotted near Senayan on Sunday afternoon, I
    would have had no idea the former teen heart-throbs were coming to


    Their performance in Jakarta took place at Plenary Hall, in the Jakarta
    Convention Center, Senayan, on Feb. 25. The boys burst onto the stage
    at around 8 p.m. to begin their first set with the 1999 hit single
    "Larger Than Life" from their Millennium album, followed by songs from
    their Unbreakable album, which was released in October 2007.

    During the concert, the boys performed 23 songs from these two albums,
    as well as their albums Backstreet's Back, Black & Blue and Never
    Gone. Each gave a solo performance, with Brian Littrell singing
    "Welcome Home", a single from his solo Christian album of the same
    title, which was released in May 2006. Nick Carter belted out "I Got
    You", a single from his solo album Now or Never, which was released
    during the band's hiatus in 2002.

    I must say, the boys are looking good. After more than 15 years
    together -- charting 12 U.S. Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
    and selling more than 100 million albums worldwide to become the
    best-selling boy band of all time and the world's biggest money makers
    from concert and album sales (amounting to more than US$2.2 billion) --
    they still manage to bring that certain boyish charm to the stage. And
    who can deny the fact they have amazing voices.

    When I was given a press pass to go and watch the concert, I
    immediately envisioned the venue swarming with ABG (anak baru-gede, or
    teeny-boppers) and sighed at the prospect of a night spent protecting
    my eardrums from the hordes of screeching adolescents.

    On the night of the concert, however, I was surprised to see the
    majority of the audience consisted of relaxed couples in their late-20s
    to early-30s -- the same demographic as the Backstreet Boys themselves
    -- reminiscing, no doubt, about the early days of their courtship, back
    in high school or college, during the group's heyday.


    The boys pleased their loyal fans with the unforgettable number one
    hits "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)", "As Long As You Love Me",
    "I'll Never Break Your Heart", "I Want It That Way" and "Incomplete".

    They brought the show to an end with the 1997 hit "Backstreet's Back",
    with Nick Carter jumping down to stand at the stage barrier, where his
    female fans surged forward to lay their hands on him.

    The boys left the stage briefly and came back for their encore and
    final song, "Shape of My Heart", before bidding their Indonesian fans

    All in all, the boys put on a great concert and I quite enjoyed the
    blast-from-the-past atmosphere. I was somewhat disappointed for the
    boys, though, that Jakarta was not able to offer a larger audience.
    Once again, it seems event organizers and sponsors failed to
    successfully promote international performers. That, coupled with
    unreasonable ticket prices ... saw the audience reach no more than

    After their performance at Plenary Hall, the Backstreet Boys headed to
    Malaysia for their next show. The remainder of the Asian leg of their
    tour will see them perform in China, Taiwan and Korea, before they head
    to Mexico and then Europe and the UK, where the tour will end in London
    on May 14.


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