After 20 years of being together, the Backstreet Boys are celebrating by launching a new single, a new album, and a world tour.
It’s like 1993 all over again. Nick, Howie, Brian, AJ and Kevin are back together, best friends and in my mind, writing love songs about me.
And while a lot of things get better with age, the Backstreet Boys had to work hard to regain the relationship they once had with one another.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, AJ explained that to rekindle that BSB magic, they lived together in a house in London and bonded.
Now there’s a reality show I’d watch — The Real World: Backstreet. Come on, I can wish.
The end product of their bonding is their new album In a World Like This, due out July 30.
Plus, the Boys just released the title track from their album. This is definitely a new and grown-up Backstreet.
In the chorus, they sing, “In a world like this/ Where some back down/ I know we’re gonna make it.”
Who knows if they are singing about a specific girl (me) or if perhaps they are singing about the band. As much as I hate to admit it, they are most likely singing about themselves and the work they put in as a band.
Of course, these guys aren’t the same youngsters we fell in love with 20 years ago.
Said 41-year-old Kevin Richardson, “We’ve grown up, our fans have grown up. Now four of us have kids, four of us are married, Nick’s engaged, we have a lot more to talk about now.”
But don’t think that we’re not going to see those old fun BSB dance moves we watched at their concerts, screaming while tears streamed down our faces. Oh, wait. Was that just me?
AJ said, “We’re bringing back old choreography, stuff that people haven’t seen in probably 15 years, from the hat routine to the original ‘As Long As You Love Me’ mic routine.”
While the Backstreet Boys’ new album won’t be available until July, you don’t have to wait that long to buy the “In a World Like This” single. It will be available June 25. And, the Backstreet Boys In a World Like This tour will kick off Aug. 2 in Chicago, Illinois.
We have the new song for you right here, and you can check out the tour dates below.
Backstreet Boys “In a World Like This” Tour Dates:
Aug. 2: Charter One Pavilion — Chicago, Illinois
Aug. 3: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater — St. Louis, Missouri
Aug. 4: Toledo Zoo Amphitheater — Toledo, Ohio
Aug. 6: Bell Centre — Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Aug. 7: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aug. 8: DTE Energy Music Theatre — Detroit, Michigan
Aug. 9: PNC Pavilion — Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 10: Jacobs Pavilion — Cleveland, Ohio
Aug. 12: Bank of America Pavilion — Boston, Massachusetts
Aug. 13: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater — Wantagh, New York
Aug. 15: PNC Bank Arts Center — Holmdel, New Jersey
Aug. 16: Susquehanna Bank Center — Camden, New Jersey
Aug. 17: Farm Bureau Live — Virginia Beach, Virginia
Aug. 20: Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion — Raleigh, North Carolina
Aug. 21: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre — Charlotte, North Carolina
Aug. 22: Chastain Park Amphitheatre — Atlanta, Georgia
Aug. 23: Live Nation Amphitheatre — Tampa, Florida
Aug. 25: Cruzan Amphitheatre— West Palm Beach, Florida
Aug. 30: Verizon Theatre — Dallas, Texas
Aug. 31: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion — Houston, Texas
Sept. 5: Comerica Theatre— Phoenix, Arizona
Sept. 6: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre — Irvine, California
Sept. 7: Mandalay Bay — Las Vegas, Nevada
Sept. 8: Sleep Train Amphitheatre — San Francisco, California