On September 8, the Backstreet Boys took on Bridgestone Arena as part of their “DNA Tour”, capping nearly 30 years with a loyal fan base.
Backstreet is officially back since their last tour in 2019and it seems, for almost 30 yearsthe base of the group never left.
On September 8, we saw for ourselves how this 90s boy band charmed fans for so long when the street boys resumed Bridgestone Arena as part of their DNA World Tour (DNA).
DNA is the eleventh tour of the Backstreet Boys, named after their tenth album, “DNA”. As the album shines a light on the change in men’s lives as they grow up and start familiestheir set list is full of the same energy the band had as teenagers.
At 8:30 p.m. CDT, the boys opened with the soft but powerful tones of “I Wanna Be With You” from their 1996 album, and they brought the perfectly coordinated dance moves to match their vocals. They followed strongly with “Don’t Want You Back” and “No One Else Comes Close” from 1999, as the audience screamed and relived their teenage years.
After a few solos where Bryan Littrell and AJ McClean showed off their vocals, the band remembered how far they had come since their debut in 1993. Littrell, McClean, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough, all in their 40s and early 50 – followed by this lecture singing “Ain’t No Place Like You” of their “DNA“album. The song praised the value of family ties as the mega-screen played clips of the men with their wives and families, reminding audiences that the Backstreet Boys, too, are ordinary people.
Between some slower songs in a cappella style, similar to how the band practiced before writing their own songs, the men reminisced about when they first met. In 1993 Carter was only 13 years old and the rest of the band were between 18 and 21 years old. Growing up together, they are one of the oldest boy bands, which last almost 30 years without significant interruptions.
Amid many outfit changes, by far the best was near the end of the concert, when the men changed into unique all-white suits. They sang their best-known upbeat songs, from “I Want It That Way” to “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”.
When the crowd thought it was over, the men returned to the stage in custom Nashville Predators jerseys to sing “Larger than Life,” my favorite song and apparently the crowd’s too.
Throughout the night, it was clear that the middle-aged women of the Backstreet Boys fan base (oh yes, and us) are very loyal fans. The Backstreet Boys’ continued success is not just a reflection of their fans, but of their ability to adapt their style to different stages of life as they continue to pay homage to love and heartbreak.
It was my first Backstreet Boys gig, but it won’t be my last.