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    [article] "Still fight in the Boys"

    Post by Gianna S. on Fri 07 Nov 2008, 5:40 pm



    Still fight in the Boys



    Thu, November 6, 2008

    When all the other boy bands they helped spawn have come and gone, the
    Backstreet Boys have reinvented themselves -- again.





    By
    SUN MEDIA AND NEWS SERVICES







    Touring to support Unbreakable, Backstreet Boys return to JLC.

    On this tour, the Backstreet Boys give new meaning to hitting the stage.
    A boxing ring is rolled forward onto the stage as a hammed-up fight
    announcement is issued from the speakers, introducing the band: Nick
    Carter. Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean. Clad in boxing robes, the
    band bounces around the ring and kicks into Larger Than Life, a hit off
    its 1999 Millennium album. Within seconds, the Boys return in leather
    jackets and black T-shirts and launch into Everyone off their Black and
    Blue record. Sometimes, Dorough wears a Black Sabbath T. Well, it is a different look for the still-influential Boys.
    You could argue that if it weren't for the Backstreet Boys, there would
    not be an 'N Sync -- or a Justin Timberlake. Well, you could argue
    that.


    More safely, you could say if it weren't for the Backstreet Boys there
    might not have been Boyzone, 98 Degrees, React, b4-4, Westlife, Plus
    One, Dreamstreet, Wave, 5ive, O-Town, a1, the Moffatts, Savage Garden,
    LFO, Marshall Dyllon, I.D., 2Gether, mytown, soulDecision, BBMak, 911,
    Take 5 or McMaster & James. (Fans who recall that the last Moffatts
    concert ever took place at Centennial Hall on Aug. 25, 2001, can take a
    bow here.) Other fans will already know the Backstreet Boys return to the John Labatt Centre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
    It's never been dull around the Boys. Initially managed by Lou Pearlman
    (who helped spawn 'N Sync but later faced 25 years in a U.S. prison for
    financial crimes) and Johnny Wright, the group first met phenomenal
    success overseas. Its 1996 self-titled debut
    sold more than 7.5 million copies internationally, and the 1997
    follow-up, Backstreet's Back, shifted 10.2 million units worldwide. For the next few years, the
    Backstreet Boys were unstoppable. Millennium (1999) sold a
    then-record-breaking 1.1 million copies in its first week of U.S. sales
    (a record later shattered by 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, which sold
    2.4 million). It hit No. 1 in 25 countries, leading to worldwide sales
    of 21.6 million. There was a problem. The Boys churned out albums even when they thought they needed time off.
    "When it's no fun anymore, that's the big thing. I think across the board, none of us were having fun," Littrell says.
    The fun stopped completely when McLean's entry into rehab in 2001
    forced the band to postpone their Black & Blue tour. Soon after
    that, the band decided it was time to take a longer break to reassess
    their future. The Backstreet Boys
    scattered, and pursued their individual goals for the first time in
    years. Carter released a solo album that fared poorly; Littrell and his
    wife had a baby; Kevin Richardson appeared on Broadway in Chicago;
    McLean concentrated on his sobriety, while Dorough focused on producing
    and writing songs for other acts. Oprah Winfrey deserves some
    credit for getting the group back together. On a show focusing on
    McLean's battles with substance abuse, she coaxed the remaining
    Backstreet Boys to surprise him on air. After the emotional reunion,
    the group holed up in a hotel room and started talking about a
    comeback. "There was probably even some
    doubt among us when we first started talking about it," says Dorough.
    "But I think no matter what we did individually . . . we all realized
    our strength was among the five of us together." Original member Richardson
    left the band in 2006. "There's some things I need to do first, for
    me," McLean recalled Richardson saying after a 2005 concert. The group had been discussing
    "when we wanted to start recording again," McLean says. "Everyone was
    ready, but that was the first time Kevin put it out in the atmosphere
    that he wasn't." In June 2006, Richardson made the official statement he was moving on to "pursue other interests."
    Although all were supportive of Richardson's decision, McLean says
    replacing him was never even an option. They turned down an offer to
    star in a reality show to find a new member, and opted against changing
    the group name to Backstreet. "This is a new band, but this is a brand, and it's the Backstreet Boys," McLean says.
    The latest transition began for the Backstreet Boys with the 2005 album
    Never Gone, released five years on from their chart-dominating pop
    glory days. By that time, their boy band
    contemporaries had faded from the limelight, and their second acts were
    meeting with mixed results. Timberlake found great solo success outside
    of 'N Sync, but 98 Degrees fizzled as group member Nick Lachey hawked
    his solo album on an MTV reality show and became tabloid fodder for his
    brief marriage to Jessica Simpson. Despite all that, thanks a bunch, Backstreet Boys.
    You were the originators of the new wave of teen pop, the first commando forces in the boy band invasion of the late 1990s.
    ---
    BACKSTREET BOYS STORY
    1992: Orlando, the happiest place on Earth: pop impresario Lou Pearlman
    getS a stirring in his loins when he realizes the world needs a new boy
    group and he's just the guy who can make all the money. An ad is
    placed: "Producer seeks male teen singers that move well." The seed is
    planted. There would be more. 1993: After numerous rounds
    of auditions, the final lineup is chosen: Brian Littrell, Kevin
    Richardson, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean and Nick Carter. The Boys
    perform their first concert at Sea World. Girls scream. The American
    music press does not. 1994: The Boys release their first single, We've Got It Going On. It tanks.
    1995: But the Europeans love it, being frightfully ahead of the curve on such things. The Boys tour and conquer Europe.
    1996: The Boys tour Canada.
    1997: Armed with glowing press from the UK (and Canada), the Boys
    release Quit Playing Games With My Heart, an instant hit in America.
    The self-titled second album, which would eventually sell 10 million
    copies, is the No. 3 record of the year. The era of boy bands begins. 1998: Legal battle with
    Pearlman. Demise of group is predicted, even though the Boys are
    nominated for best new artist at the Grammys. They don't win. Rival boy
    band 'N Sync appears. 1999: Demise is predicted.
    Boys release third album, Millennium, which sets a record for the
    highest first-week sales ever, with 1.1 million. 2000: Demise is predicted.
    Boys appear on the cover of Rolling Stone without pants, are nominated
    for five Grammy awards. The merchandising juggernaut hits high gear
    with everything from comic books to action dolls. 'N Sync snatches the
    boy band crown with first- week sales of 2.4 million for No Strings
    Attached. The Boys' fourth album, Black & Blue, is released, . 2001: The Boys announce a
    world tour, but trouble strikes when the band announces A.J. will enter
    rehab for alcohol abuse and depression. Dates are postponed, A.J. is
    released and the tour continues. Demise of group is predicted, but not
    as confidently. There is speculation that the group disbanded entirely
    at some point. McLean insists that was never the case. "We kind of took
    a small break," he says of the time off. "We needed a break, mind you
    -- we were touring for pretty much nine years straight." 2003: Backstreet's members
    find their way back together, when they surprise McLean on the set of
    The Oprah Winfrey Show, where he'd come to discuss his drug problem. "I
    cried like a little girl," McLean says. 2005: The Boys play London's John Labatt Centre in September with 8,000 screaming fans welcoming them.
    2006: Kevin Richardson leaves, Boys continue as a quartet.
    2008: The Boys are back at the JLC.
    ---
    IF YOU GO
    What: Concert by U.S. pop group the Backstreet Boys. Canadian R&B star Divine Brown is also on the bill.
    When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
    Where: John Labatt Centre
    Details: $49.50, $65.50 plus applicable charges and fees. Call 1-866-455-2849 or visit johnlabattcentre.com

    Source: London Free Press


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    Re: [article] "Still fight in the Boys"

    Post by Missatothaz on Mon 10 Nov 2008, 1:58 pm

    hehe, nice summary of their story...

    An ad is
    placed: "Producer seeks male teen singers that move well."

    did it really say that? I didn't know that
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    Re: [article] "Still fight in the Boys"

    Post by Gianna S. on Mon 10 Nov 2008, 3:24 pm

    ^^yeah as far as I remember it went like that.
    I guess I read it in 'Backstreet Mom' also.


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    Re: [article] "Still fight in the Boys"

    Post by Missatothaz on Mon 10 Nov 2008, 6:53 pm

    haha, can you imagine Nick reading it and thinking study "why yes, that's me! I'm a singer and I know how to move! *replies to the ad*
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    Post by Gianna S. on Mon 10 Nov 2008, 7:51 pm

    ^^LMAO well imagine Kevin reading that and replying hahaha (I know he didn't answer to it lol)


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    Re: [article] "Still fight in the Boys"

    Post by sweetkay780 on Mon 10 Nov 2008, 8:07 pm

    even Nick didn't really know how to move back then. I think just some years ago he finally got his arms and legs under control. Wink lol
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    Post by Gianna S. on Mon 10 Nov 2008, 8:11 pm

    sweetkay780 wrote:even Nick didn't really know how to move back then. I think just some years ago he finally got his arms and legs under control. Wink lol

    LOL yeah it always looked as if his arms and legs were going a different direction as the rest of his body.


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    Post by sweetkay780 on Mon 10 Nov 2008, 8:22 pm

    Gianna S. wrote:
    sweetkay780 wrote:even Nick didn't really know how to move back then. I think just some years ago he finally got his arms and legs under control. Wink lol

    LOL yeah it always looked as if his arms and legs were going a different direction as the rest of his body.

    Exactly! Sometimes it looked hilarious! Very Happy He was better at this Basketball than at dancing. But I still liked it. It was his very own special style. hihihi
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    Post by Gianna S. on Mon 10 Nov 2008, 8:25 pm

    hihihi yeah it truly was special


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