I never thought I would say the words “free” and “Backstreet Boys” in the same sentence. Ever. But I’m about to right now and I assure you the below is a true statement, so help me Oprah.
I saw the Backstreet Boys perform 15 feet in front of me for free. Nick Carter was 15 feet away from me. And let me tell you, baby boy hasn’t aged a day since 1999, he still looks fly as hell.
Yesterday I went to The Grove for their free concert series to make a childhood dream become reality; see the Backstreet Boys live. 12 years later, one of my childhood dreams came true. I do have to admit though, growing up I was more of an NSYNC girl and above all else I was a die hard Britney girl. But I wouldn’t be a true girl of the 90s if I didn’t know all of BSB’s hits. And you’re lying if you never cried to As Long As You Love Me or Quit Playin Games With My Heart.
BSB spent most of the time singing records from the new album that they just released on Tuesday but they did indulge the crowd a little and threw it back to As Long As You Love Me, complete with the 1997 dance moves that made every 20/30 year old woman in the crowd swoon like they were 20 years younger. The new material wasn’t actually that bad. It was catchy and they still harmonize like flawless little angels. Plus KEVIN IS BACK THANK GOD IT HAD BEEN WAY TOO LONG KEV.
The only major let down was them not singing I Want It That Way. That will forever remain the greatest mystery of the 90s and 00s. Which way is that way?…..But seriously, which way I genuinely want to know.
Hands down though, the best part of the show was BSB closing with Everybody (Backstreets Back). It’s finally hilariously ironic that they can say “Backstreets BACK ALRIGHT” and actually mean it. It was glorious and amazing and everyone lost their minds when they did the whole choreographed 90s boy band dance during the last chorus. Those boys who are now dads (minus Nick) can still dance. (FYI Nick Carter hip thrusting while singing “Am I sexual?” was probably one of the greatest moments of my 20s.) I felt like I was 11 years old again watching them on MTV. It was a huge full circle moment for 11 year old Sarah and one of the happiest moments for 22 year old Sarah.
In case you need reminding of how epic their choreographed dances were, here’s your Thursday treat.