The tour announcement got us fan girls squealing with delight, and the AMA performance was just a little preview of what’s to come!
No wonder they saved NKOTBSB for last at the AMAs. The crowd needed all that time to prepare for the epic 90s boyband madness that was about to come at their faces! Everyone was anxious to see how Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block would make their new group work. So, how did they do?
Trick question. Never question NKOTB and BSB — especially if they were the soundtrack to your childhood/teenage years. The goosebumps started as soon as “Hangin’ Tough” and “Everybody” started floating out of the speakers…and it was a wild ride down Memory Lane from there. In fact, the opening mashed up lyrics pretty much sums up our feelings of the whole performance:
Listen up everybody if you wanna take a chance/oh my God, we’re back again
O-M-G is right. It was clear from the constant shots of the audience mouthing along to the hits and the steady screaming as the group launched into song after song (“I Want it that Way!” “Right Stuff!” “Larger Than Life!”) that fans are more than ready for NKOTBSB.
Also, if you think you were the only ones geeking out, you should know that reporters backstage went into full fan girl mode when they saw the super groups appear on the monitors.
Seeing the trademark dance moves and hearing those songs that we used to blast in our cars was enough for us to forgive some shaky vocals at times from the boys. If this performance doesn’t get you pumped to see them on tour, then you were probably not a fan of either to begin with.
Watch the performance again (or for the first time) and try not to chant along at the end to “all you people can’t you see, can’t you see…N-K-O-T-B-S-B!”