Backstreet's back, alright! With a new album at their feet and a brand new tour to support, The Backstreet Boys arrived in The Woodlands, TX on 8/31/2013 to play for a sold out crowd at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The boys have been sharing in much success this year, releasing a new album entitled "In A World Like This"-the first independently released Backstreet Boy's album-which soared to number 3 on the charts. The boys were at an all time high Saturday night, as they began to take fans on a ride through Backstreet Boy's history. Starting the show off with "The Call", a single released off the 2001 album Black & Blue, the boy's began to do what they do best; sing and dance with ease.
After 20 years of traveling the world as one of the most sought-after boy groups of their time, one would think that wear and fatigue would play a factor in your show. Much to my surprise, the boys seemed to share the same chemistry and energy that they formed back in 1993 when the band first had their start. Though with the years of success came hardships in the form of alcoholism, drug abuse and even severe illness. The Backstreet Boys looked to part ways with the past Saturday night, as they began to lay it all on the line for their faithful fans. All realms of the Backstreet Boy's catalogue were ventured into as they began to play some fan favorites such as "I Want It That Way" and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)". My personal favorites of the night were "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely," "I'll Never Break Your Heart" and "Quit Playin' Games (With My Heart)". The most heartfelt moment of the night had to be the performance of "Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)". The song was co-written by members Kevin Richardson and AJ Mclean who explained, "We wrote this song in honor of our newly born children...and we know most of you out there have some of your own as well. This is for all of you"
Although the guy's performances were stellar, what really brought this concert to life was the incredible stage lighting, sound and layout. From the seats to the lawn, the guys could be seen and heard for miles. Every song had its own unique stage presence. My favorite aspect of the stage setup had to be the walkway into the crowd. The walkway allowed for the artist to come out and sing, interact and connect with the fans on a much more personal level. The people in the lawn felt just as close as the people in the seats, a rare act on such a monumental concert as this. The guy's didn't hold back, receiving every hug and high five that went their way. The walkway also allowed for one of my favorite events for the night to take place. As Kevin Richardson was introducing the next song he wrote about his beloved newborn, he spotted an infant in the crowd. Kevin took this opportunity to greet the baby, a moment that will live forever in the lives of that family. Great stage performances, amazing lighting and a personal level feel are just some of the many aspects that make a Backstreet concert great. Although the Backstreet Boys deliver, what sets them apart from other artist is their sense of humbleness and gratification towards their fans.
The boys recently entered into the infamous Hollywood Walk of Fame. In an interview regarding the Hollywood Walk of Fame, member Nick Carter expressed his love to his fans when he said, "I want to thank everybody in general for sticking with us throughout the years...through the ups and the downs and the roller coaster ride that we put you on" I feel these words are really a great way to summarize what one can expect at a Backstreet Boy's concert. Ending on "Larger Than Life," a fan favorite, the boys took one last bow and the show had commenced. I encourage all Backstreet Boy's fan to see them now while you can. The boys are better than ever and you do not want to miss out on this incredible fan experience. You can head over to the guy's website at www.backstreetboys.com for all show listings and ticket prices.
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