The Backstreet Boys will be performing on Dec. 4 at Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA, Dec. 8 at the
Family Arena in Saint Charles, MO, Dec. 9 at House Of Blues Cleveland in Cleveland, OH, Dec. 10 at the Petersen Events Center
in Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 13 at the SECU Arena in Towson, MD, Dec. 14 at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT, Dec. 17 at
House of Blues Orlando in Orlando, FL, and Dec. 18 at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, TX.
back, all right! If you were a fan of boy band music in the 1990s, you'll want to score tickets to see the Backstreet Boys
as they embark on their very own reunion tour. You won't want to miss hearing their catchy pop hits once again on a live stage,
like "Quit Playing Games With My Heart," "As Long As You Love Me," "I Want It That Way," and "Larger Than Life." The boys
can still swoon millions of female fans after all these years, so be sure to book your seats early!
Backstreet Boys made history when they became the first group since Sade to have their first nine albums land in the top 10
on the Billboard 200.
The Backstreet Boys first formed in Orlando, Florida in April 1993. The
group is comprised of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell. They shot to fame with
their debut international album, 1996's Backstreet Boys. In the following year, they issued their second international album
Backstreet's Back (1997) and their U.S. debut album, which furthered the band's international success. They finally reached
global superstardom with their third full-length album Millennium (1999) and its follow-up album, Black & Blue (2000).
a two-year hiatus, they got back together and distributed a comeback album called Never Gone (2005). Richardson left the band
at the end of the Never Gone Tour in 2006 to pursue other interests. Following the split, the group put out two albums as
a four-piece: Unbreakable (2007) and This Is Us (2009).
In April 2012, the band confirmed that Richardson had rejoined
them. This allowed the band to make their very first performance as a reunited quintet that August, appearing as the closing
act in Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. Their first album back as a five-piece group, In a World Like This, which
also marked their first independent album, was published in July 2013.
The Backstreet Boys have sold more than 130 million
records across the globe. This feat makes them the best-selling boy band in history, and one of the best-selling music artists
on the planet. The boys snagged a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April 2013.
Cousins Kevin Richardson and Brian
Littrell both come from Lexington, Kentucky. The two boys grew up singing in local church choirs and festivals. Howie Dorough
and A. J. McLean originally hail from Orlando, Florida, and met each other in addition to Nick Carter through auditions for
a new boy band. When Dourough, McLean, and Carter realized that they could harmonize together with ease, they formed a trio.
Meanwhile, Richardson relocated to Orlando in 1990, where he took a job at Walt Disney World and worked on his music career
at night. Eventually, he became acquainted with Dorough, Carter, and McLean through a co-worker, and the four guys decided
to form a group together.
The new group's big opportunity came in 1992, when Lou Pearlman placed an ad in the Orlando
Sentinel to form a vocal group. McLean was the first to audition for Pearlman in his living room, and soon became the band's
first member. When 1993 rolled around, Pearlman held an open casting call, leading hundreds of young performers to audition
at his blimp hangar in Kissimmee. Later, Carter, Dorough, and Richardson were chosen after a successful tryout for Pearlman.
Littrell was the final member to join the group, and flew from Kentucky to Orlando to formally join on April 20, 1993, one
day after he received a phone call from Richardson about it. Once the group had officially formed, Pearlman named them the
Backstreet Boys, after Orlando's Backstreet Market, a flea market near International Drive which was a popular hangout for
teenagers in the area.
The Backstreet Boys gave their first public performance at SeaWorld Orlando on May 8, 1993. From
there, the group continued to perform in a series of venues in the summer of 1993, including shopping malls, restaurants,
and a well-known charity gala in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In February 1994, the group was signed to their first record deal.
Their self-titled debut album was released in the US in August 1997. The boy band's popularity instantly exploded across the
world, with the singles "I'll Never Break Your Heart," "Anywhere for You," and "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)." The album
peaked at No. 4 on the U.S. album chart and went on to sell more than 14 million copies.
Backstreet Boys' hit albums have included Backstreet Boys (1996), Backstreet's Back (1997), Millennium (1999), Black &
Blue (2000), Never Gone (2005), Unbreakable (2007), This Is Us (2009), and In a World Like This (2013).