Backstreet Boys: ‘Fans Are Gonna Freaking Love’ Our Tour
The guys opened up to Rolling Stone this week about the tour and the songs from their upcoming album, also called In a World Like This.
As for the tour, AJ McLean reveals, “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, stuff like that that is gonna take fans down memory lane and really bring them back to the Never Gone tour, the Backstreet’s Back tour, the first album.”
AJ also gave a little sneak peek about what fans can expect from BSB’s stage show. “The whole premise of the show is we wanted to write out a script and make this like a mini-film or like a Broadway show,” he says. “It’s very theatrical; it’s unlike any tour we’ve ever done before and we’re taking it back to the grassroots of just being about us and our music. And I think the fans are gonna freaking love it.”
They’re also going to go crazy for Backstreet’s upcoming eighth album, which is expected to be released on July 30.
Since it’s the boy band’s 20th anniversary, they have grown up so much and that comes across in the new material, explains Howie Dorough.
“This album, Kevin [Richardson] came back in and said, ‘Twenty years have gone by, our lives have changed and not only our lives, but the lives of the fans have changed. And we have a lot more to talk about: we’ve grown up, our fans have grown up. Now four of us have kids, four of us are married, Nick [Carter's] engaged, we have a lot more to talk about now.’ And that’s what we did on this record: when it came to writing, we touched on subjects and really not putting any boundaries or limits on where we go with our music.”
And don’t just expect pop songs on the new album. AJ says there will be a “big rock ballad” called “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of.” “It reminds me of a U2 record or an Aerosmith record.”