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    [article] 'A word with Nick Carter as Backstreet Boys come to ...'

    Post by Gianna S. on Thu 27 May 2010, 8:37 pm


    A word with Nick Carter as Backstreet Boys
    come to Ruth Eckerd Hall May
    31



    By
    Stephanie Hayes, Times Staff Writer
    In Print: Thursday, May 27,
    2010



    Is this
    where we make the "Backstreet's back" quip?


    Let's not. It's way
    overused, not to mention possibly inaccurate. Nick Carter says the
    Backstreet
    Boys never went away even if you didn't notice. For 17 years the
    group has toiled to stay alive. They've sold more than 100 million
    albums. They've been golden boys and guilty pleasures. They lost a
    member and continued as a foursome. Their latest album, This Is Us, came
    out in 2009. The Backstreet Boys are back (fine) on a world tour, stopping
    at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Memorial Day.

    Carter, the teen idol
    who grew up in Apollo Beach and Ruskin, is now 30. He has navigated addiction,
    screamy reality TV and industry scandal, but says he's in a good
    place. He called from home in Nashville to talk about the tour and his
    favorite Tampa memories (RIP, stadium Bennigan's). And if Justin Bieber
    loyalists don't appreciate his music, he's content to count their
    moms as fans.

    Do you still keep a house in Tampa Bay?

    I don't,
    but when I get some time, I'm going to go look again in Tierra Verde.
    That's one of my favorite places.

    What was it like growing up here?

    My experience there was amazing. I have so many friends there. Tampa's my home.
    I'm a huge, die-hard Buccaneer fan. On my
    Twitter,
    I have the Bucs flag as my picture. I'm kind of a fanatic. I'm a little crazy, you know?

    What about the Rays?

    I'm down with
    all Tampa teams. I love the Rays, too.

    How is the tour going?

    The
    show itself is probably one of the best we've ever put on. It gets
    really big. We've got four girl dancers, a lot of people on
    stage.
    The new music, the new record, it's dance pop. It's basically what
    we've done over the years. Anyone that comes to the show is going to
    get an opportunity to go in a time warp and enjoy the '90s again.

    Are you playing more intimate venues in America?

    There are some places
    that are bigger and some places that are smaller. The show is designed
    for an extremely big place. We just did Asia and we were playing
    20,000 seats a night. We were playing 20,000 in Europe. We had to
    take smaller venues in the states. (Overseas) they're not afraid of pop
    music and boy bands.

    How is it different touring now than 10 years
    ago?


    I think it's more fun because, think about it, there are
    a lot of groups out there who probably wish that they could still be doing
    what we're doing, and they just can't because they gave up or they
    didn't believe in what they were doing or they moved on in life, and
    they're all sitting back and home and fat and we're in shape. We're out
    on the road and dancing and we're healthy and singing music and entertaining,
    and they're probably all kicking themselves in the butt.
    We stayed
    the course. It's been 17 years solid. It's almost like we're the pop
    version of the Rolling Stones.

    How do you feel about teen pop stars like Justin Bieber?

    We were there. We were doing the same
    thing and now we're in our own zone, our own generation. Their kids are
    into these new artists and their parents are going, "We had a pop band,
    too. We liked the Backstreet Boys." Now they're probably going to
    rediscover
    us again. That's kind of how it goes in life. When they rediscover
    us, they'll realize, wait a minute, it's not just nostalgia.
    It's
    not just old music. There's a new album out that's amazing.

    What surprises you?

    To this day, seeing all these fans coming to the shows.
    You see so many people coming still and it's like, man, they don't
    get enough. I guess they realize how great of entertainers we are.

    To be a Backstreet Boys fan is taboo. In some way, they like that.
    They like being a part of something special.


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