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June 8, 2014

Backstreet Boys transforming into real band

OKLAHOMA CITY — After the 21 years together, the Backstreet Boys still haven’t shaken the label of ‘boy band.’ Despite the fact they have kids, bills and a sorted past, most of America still sees them as the kids that burst onto the scene in 1995.

However, with their latest album “In a World Like This,” the band wants to prove it can stand the test of time as more than a bunch of boys who can sing. They want to be seen as a band.

That was the theme of the Backstreet Boys concert Friday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena as part of its ‘In a World Like This’ summer tour. And they showed it right off the bat when their opening act, Avril Lavigne, suddenly came down with the flu minutes before she was to take the stage.

After being in the game for more than two decades, BSB didn’t get flustered. Brian Littrell simply brought his young son onto the stage and had him sing a few Jackson 5 classics.

The tour promoters told the crowd if they were unhappy about Lavigne canceling, they could get a full refund. A small amount of the fans took the offer.

The rest waited 30 minutes for BSB to reach the stage and were treated to two hours of a solid concert.

Littrell was joined by A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson. Richardson had left the group for six years before rejoining BSB to record “In a World Like This,” and is now back with the group permanently.

The show consisted of a steady mix of the Backstreet Boys’ mega hits that helped them sell 130 million records, which allows them to call themselves the best-selling boy band in history. Songs included “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” “Quit Playing Games with my Heart” and “Backstreet Back.”

But BSB also made sure to promote their new album. That included doing an acoustic set of their latest offerings in which each member played an instrument.

“We’re up here playing with instruments,” Carter said. “Your favorite boy band is turning into a real band.”

 

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