Last night, all of my prepubescent dreams came true when I saw The Backstreet Boys perform live at Jones Beach’s Nikon Theatre. Thank God this is a written piece—my vocal cords are shot from screaming “I Want It That Way” and “Backstreet’s Back” all night long. My mother can vouch for me on that one.
Yes, I took my mother to see the Backstreet Boys in concert. What of it?
When I found out I would be covering BSB for work, I had no idea what to expect. Despite the fact that I scribbled “Mrs. Nick Carter” all over my notebook in sixth grade, I had never actually seen him or his bandmates in concert. My friends are wise to my Backstreet Boys obsession, but I ultimately decided the spare ticket would go to my mom.
When she mentioned how excited she was to see Nick Lachey, though, I slightly regretted that decision.
It’s been more than a decade since I had been at the Nikon Theatre and the In A World Like This show was first-class all the way—as were our VIP passes, which let us jump the line and get comfy in front-center orchestra. In fact, I think my mom was way more impressed with my job than she should be.
People treated opening act, DJ Pauly D, as an excuse to hang out in the parking lot and tailgate for an extra half-hour. I have to say Jesse McCartney is still adorable, all suited up with some sexy dance moves. As my mom pointed out, he looked like a young Leo Dicaprio. Not such a bad observation, even if it came from my mom.
Okay let’s get to the good stuff. Backstreet’s back and ohmygod we’re all dying. AJ pointed out that Jones Beach may be the loudest crowd they’ve ever played for—clearly he don’t know how we Long Island Jewish girls do.
Us ladies dominated the sold-out stadium, though I did spot a few males (mostly patient boyfriends and fathers). BSB planned to take us back to 1999 and oh how they did: There were some computer-generated images on stage (mostly of tumbleweeds and cactii) but from “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” to “As Long as You Love Me,” it was like no time had passed.
It’s the 21st century, so the Boys devised some audio-video magic—a.k.a. trailer for the upcoming Backstreet Boys movie—to keep us occupied during their two-minute costume change. Between the teaser, the screaming fans and just being so damn close to them, I kept finding myself caught in a Conrad Birdie effect, where I literally thought I was going to pass out every time they opened their mouths to thank us for being the best fans in the world.
Aw, boy bands are so appreciative when they grow up.
AJ mentioned that now he and Kevin have babies and it was weird he meant small children and not a hoard of teenage groupies.
The boys did treat us to some of their newer stuff like “Madeleine,” dedicated to the LGBT youth who still struggle with bullying. We also heard their new single, “In A World Like This.” After watching the music video, I had been curious if BSB swapped out their dance moves for guitars. “We picked up some instruments in case we couldn’t still shake what our mama’s gave us,” Howie revealed during the show.
No worries, Boys—me and my mama agree, you still got it.