In 1998, Brian had major surgery and the record label neglected to cancel any shows. "It wasn't about me as a person and my health. We were a big stack of cash that they were going to have a piece of at the end of the day," he said.
In the documentary, Kevin says, "In 2006, I quit the group. I just wanted to be a normal guy for a while. I didn't feel inspired as much as I used to. I didn't love it, I didn't have the passion I used to have. Therefore, I left."
In Boston in 2001, the bandmates were supposed to throw out a first pitch at a baseball game and sing the national anthem. AJ had done so much cocaine, he couldn't make it.
When Kevin discovered AJ was on drugs, he managed to persuade AJ to go to rehab, possibly saving his life.
Nick reveals the precarious current state of the band, saying, "We don’t have a record deal. It's awesome, it's like starting over again. Having the freedom to create something from scratch."
Howie opens up about their new, possibly frightening, business model, saying, "This is something we felt we wanted to do ourselves. It's our money, so this new chapter we're embarking on is exciting. At the same time, crazy and scary."
Nick talks about how the old days with the band used to be. "We used to show up, and they'd say 'go in and sing this' and we'd go in and sing it. The producer would make it sound magical. The record executives picked the singles; there was no decision-making. Now it's like, 'I do have a voice, I want to make music for me, I want to make music for our fans. I want to make everybody happy.'"
When the band's creator and manager, Lou Pearlman, first formed the Backstreet Boys, he gave each member $75 a week.
Nick revealed he was offered a $50,000 contract to be on The Mickey Mouse Club the same time he was offered to become a Backstreet Boy. "My mother gave me the choice. I don't know why she left that decision up to an 11-year-old child, but it just kind of happened," he said.
In the movie, Brian gets emotional as he discusses his vocal tension dysphonia — the tightening of the muscles around the vocal cords, which cause them to work incorrectly.
As Howie reminisced about the old days, hanging out at their manager Lou's mansion, he said, "At the end of the night, we'd pull out one of Lou's porns and watch one of those every so often. The first time I'd ever seen two girls kissing each other was on one of Lou's videotapes."
Kevin found out his father was sick after he moved to Florida, but soon raced home to be with his dad. Shortly after Kevin returned home, his father died.
“They were like the Bobbsey Twins when it came to comedy and being clowns and pranksters," AJ said.
Howie discussed spending the early days of touring in Europe, mostly doing shows in Germany. "The first three years we were there so much, we all ended up having German girlfriends. If we wanted to communicate the international language of love, we'd need to learn some words real fast."
Because of his lisp and stutter, AJ said he played Dopey in Snow White because the character was mute. He also said his stutter still comes out if he's telling a lie.
Pearlman created the other famous boy band, *NSYNC. Many of the Backstreet Boys felt betrayed by him.
Turns out, their once-trusted manager was a crook and was arrested in 2007. The incident was an emotional letdown for all the Boys. Pearlman is now in prison.
Backstreet Boys: Show 'Em What You're Made Of opens in theaters and VOD today.
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