When all the other boy bands they helped spawn have come and gone, the Backstreet Boys have reinvented themselves -- again.
On this tour, the Backstreet Boys give new meaning to hitting the stage.
A boxing ring is rolled forward onto the stage as a hammed-up fight announcement is issued from the speakers, introducing the band: Nick Carter. Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and A.J. McLean.
Clad in boxing robes, the band bounces around the ring and kicks into Larger Than Life, a hit off its 1999 Millennium album. Within seconds, the Boys return in leather jackets and black T-shirts and launch into Everyone off their Black and Blue record.
Sometimes, Dorough wears a Black Sabbath T. Well, it is a different look for the still-influential Boys.You could argue that if it weren't for the Backstreet Boys, there would not be an 'N Sync -- or a Justin Timberlake. Well, you could argue that.
More safely, you could say if it weren't for the Backstreet Boys there might not have been Boyzone, 98 Degrees, React, b4-4, Westlife, Plus One, Dreamstreet, Wave, 5ive, O-Town, a1, the Moffatts, Savage Garden, LFO, Marshall Dyllon, I.D., 2Gether, mytown, soulDecision, BBMak, 911, Take 5 or McMaster & James. (Fans who recall that the last Moffatts concert ever took place at Centennial Hall on Aug. 25, 2001, can take a bow here.)
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