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    Wilkes-Barre review 11-01-2008

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    Wilkes-Barre review 11-01-2008

    Post by Gianna S. on Mon 03 Nov 2008, 1:18 am

    Source: Times Leader

    Backstreet Boys and shrieking girls meet at arena

    The biggest-selling boy band in history entertained a small but spirited crowd at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza Saturday night.

    Backstreet Boys, with their trademark harmonies and dazzling choreography, sang their greatest hits and songs from their latest album while the audience made up of mostly teenage girls shrieked in delight.

    The foursome of Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean, who burst onto the scene in 1997 with a self-titled record full of hits, were introduced like prizefighters and performed their opening number in a boxing ring. (The other Backstreet Boy, Kevin Richardson, left the group in 2006.)

    “We are going to take you on a trip down memory lane and sing some songs from our new album,” Dorough said following the third number.

    “Thanks to you, Backstreet Boys have been a band for over 15 years,” chimed in McLean. “We love each and every one of you.”

    After a slew of selections from their 2007 album “Unbreakable,” the boys led a sing along on one of their biggest hits, “I Want It That Way,” a song from their second album which spent 10 weeks atop the Adult Contemporary chart and reached No. 6 on the Hot 100 in 1999.

    Other early highlights included a trio of songs from the new record: “Any Other Way,” “You Can Let Go” and “Unmistakable.”

    Each member of BSB took a turn in the spotlight beginning with Dorough, who sang a new song called “She’s Like The Sun,” which will be featured on his upcoming solo album. Carter did “I Got You” from his 2002 record “Now or Never,” and Littrell did the title track from his 2006 album “Welcome Home.”

    The best of the bunch was McLean’s offering, “Drive By Love,” which prominently featured a wailing electric guitar and was the most radical departure from the BSB sound.

    Following “More Than That” from 2000’s “Black & Blue,” the four singers jumped off the stage, giving kisses to some of the screaming girls. Then McLean announced the boys will begin recording a new album in December, and the girls screamed some more.

    Beginning with a medley of “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” and “As Long As You Love Me,” the giant screens alternated between scenes from Saturday’s show and clips from their videos of the late 1990s. Throughout the evening, with just about every song came a change in wardrobe as the boys went from silk boxing robes to black leather jackets to sleeveless T-shirts.

    Other standouts included “Trouble Is” and “Incomplete” from the latest album, and “All I Have To Give” and “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” from the first one.

    BSB ended with a super-charged version of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and encored with “Shape Of My Heart.”

    Donnie Klang, who was awarded a solo contract from Diddy following his appearance on the 2007 season of “Making The Band,” opened the show with a 25 minute set. During his final number “Easier Said Than Done,” he passed out a dozen red roses to audience members.

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    Re: Wilkes-Barre review 11-01-2008

    Post by Gianna S. on Mon 03 Nov 2008, 1:18 am

    You can find fan pictures in our 'Eye Candy' section

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    Re: Wilkes-Barre review 11-01-2008

    Post by Gianna S. on Mon 03 Nov 2008, 1:51 pm

    Another article from The Scranton Times-Tribune

    Backstreet Boys return to deliver the goods


    Published: Sunday, November 02, 2008
    Updated: Sunday, November 2, 2008 4:19 AM EST

    WILKES-BARRE TWP. — The Backstreet Boys are back, alright.

    was clearly evident Saturday night at the Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
    as the talented foursome known as the Backstreet Boys, sang, gyrated
    and did everything seemingly right as the audience shrieked, oooohed
    and aaahed as the Boys showed that they are back and stronger than ever.

    Backstreet Boys in concert present a very polished, glitzy production
    of talented guys that have mastered multi-part harmony in the finest
    tradition of street corner, a cappella doo-wop. That’s not to say that
    they can out-sing Boyz II Men but it is to say that they know exactly
    what their audience wants and they deliver the goods.

    It’s not
    clear whether the less-than-ominous entrance in boxing robes was a
    spoof on “Rocky,” a challenge to fight with music critics that have
    panned them from day one or a statement that they will keep fighting no
    matter what.

    the Backstreet Boys reverted to their saccharin-laced, syrupy harmonies
    that had the mostly female audience yearning for more all night. An
    aside to the Boys: It was not necessary for you to keep encouraging the
    girls to scream. They had that covered nicely by themselves.

    lineup now includes Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and A.J.
    McClean. Original member Kevin Richardson split off in 2006 to pursue a
    solo career.

    While Mr. Richardson’s loss has not been
    catastrophic to the Boys in concert, they do present a slightly
    stripped down version of their five-part harmonies that vaulted their
    earlier work to stardom.

    Let’s also not forget Max Martin,
    though, without whose able-bodied production and songwriting help the
    Boys may have never left the launching pad.

    Each song’s opening
    notes were greeted with a frenzy of screams as their adoring audience
    turned into their backing vocalists and joined in on versions of
    “Larger Than Life,” “Everybody,” “Any Other Way,” “You Can Let Go,”
    “Unmistakable” and “More Than That.”

    The ballad “Show Me the
    Meaning of Being Lonely,” showcased the Boys sitting around a table
    playing cards, each with a glass of brandy telling their own tale of

    By contrast, their rousing version of “I Want It
    That Way” had the audience all on its feet singing along to every word
    each seeming to want to be the girl of the Boys’ dreams, as the song

    Try as it might, even the acoustic imperfections at
    Wachovia could not dampen the Backstreet Boys’ performance as their
    buttery smooth harmonies overcame the continually neglected challenges
    of the mortar and steel building.

    The Backstreet Boys have always been and continue to be a near perfectly assembled pop product.

    called them the Benetton Boys when they played at the Kirby Center.
    They have matured a great deal since then. They now shop at Abercrombie
    and Fitch.

    The quartet did a very classy thing Saturday
    afternoon by visiting a young lady in a local hospital who was the
    victim of a hit-and-run incident.

    The Boys signed autographs, posed for a picture and even gave the young lady a private, a cappella concert.

    Very classy indeed.


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