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    [aricle] 'The Boys are back in Biloxi'

    Post by Gianna S. on Tue 01 Jun 2010, 12:04 am

    The Boys are back in Biloxi

    By JAMIE BATES - Special to the Sun Herald

    Together almost 20 years, Backstreet Boys Nick Carter,
    Howie Donough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean have sold more than 76
    million records worldwide.But while probably still best known for
    their successes in the late 1990s, the band is not standing still. As
    they kick off their 37-stop tour of the U.S. and Canada, AJ McLean took
    time to talk with the Sun Herald recently about what the band is up to
    and what fans can expect when they appear at the IP in Biloxi on June 4.


    COURTESY BACKSTREET BOYS
    The Backstreet Boys are Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell,
    Nick Carter and AJ McLean.


    Whatís life on the road like? Do you love it or hate it?

    Life on road, itís kind of a love-hate relationship. I love what I do, itís
    all I know, and I absolutely love being on stage. I love to perform for
    people. But now you know, Iím getting older, I got engaged, I am
    starting a life of my own. Itís different ó Iíve got my own house, my
    dogs, and when Iím on the road for too long, it gets a little hard. When
    Iím home, I enjoy being in my house. I donít want to go out. I just veg
    at my house, work out, play video games and write music, really. When
    Iím on the road, I try to take the crew out for golf, or dinner, or do
    things like that. Iíve really gotten back into photography as a hobby. Iíll
    get up in the morning, go out and walk around, especially if itís a
    place I havenít been to before or a place Iíve been to but not really
    seen, and take my camera, look around, take random pictures of random
    people and cool stuff. Iíd like to put together a coffee table book or
    something like that.

    Whatís next for the Backstreet Boys? Another album?


    We are going back into the studio in September to work on
    the next record and we have some pretty big surprises for that ó which
    we canít talk about just yet, but Iím sure after say, the (June Cool
    Boston show, people will have an idea about that.

    Hmm, thatís cryptic, could it be a collaboration, perhaps?

    PossiblyÖ.

    Or maybe a new sound?

    Maybe a little bit of both. Weíve just started talking about
    what direction we want the next record to go in. You know
    when you continue to grow, obviously our (fan) demographic now is
    25-45, weíre a little older, theyíre a little older. Granted, we
    still have a lot young people who come to our shows, but our core
    audience is older, so probably leaning toward a little more of a
    grown-up sound, maybe a little Eagles-ish. Weíre trying to keep that
    longevity going, permanently putting our feet in the ground and saying,
    weíre here today, coming up on 20 years, and itís good.

    Who are your influences these days, who are you listening to?

    The Temper Trap, One Republic, Muse ó a little of
    everything. I go online and seeing whoís new. Iím a bit obsessed
    right now with the one kid, I donít know his name, the kid that just got
    the record deal with Ellen DeGeneres, who did Paparazzi. He is sick,
    heís amazing. Iím sure we are all gonna know his name soon.

    But Iím all over the board. My iPod is all over the map,
    everything from Enya to Nine Inch Nails to a lot of old Johnny Cash.
    Itís crazy, and I try to bring all the sounds I listen to, to bring it
    into the studio. So if thereís a song that one of us writes, and we
    listen to it, one of us might say, you know, I see that going more
    Johnny Cash, or more Prince, or whatever.

    When you come together, and you all have your own perspectives,
    does that mean you have to compromise, you know how they say
    a compromise means nobodyís happy, or is there a common thread?


    Definitely with the rest of the guys there is a common ground.
    We all have very eclectic selection on our iPods.
    Like Brian listens to everything from Frank Sinatra to rock and
    roll, ÖBlack Sabbath, whoever, and thatís why we have a unique sound,
    because we all bring different elements to the table and we find the
    common ground.

    So what can folks expect when you come to the IP?
    Is it very different from the old style?

    Itís very different from the old stuff. About 85 percent of the show is dancing, start to finish,
    straight music start to finish, thereíre no breaks. We donít have a
    band this time; we have four female dancers and a DJ. One of my favorite
    parts of the show are the four films that we taped and transposed
    ourselves into ó Iím in ďFight ClubĒ and ďThe Matrix,Ē Brianís in the
    ďEnchanted,Ē Howieís in ďFast & FuriousĒ ó we utilize those films
    for quick change time, and we changed the dialogue so itís really funny,
    and really cool. Itís a really well-rounded show ó we do about
    three quarters of the new CD, and every one of the ďChapter 1 Greatest
    HitsĒ. Be prepared for an absolutely amazing kick-a-- show, and
    thanks for all the love and support for all the years. We are
    anxious to come to Biloxi for this show ó bring the whole family out and
    get ready for two hours of entertainment.



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