NKOTBSB Mashed-Up And Rocked Out At The AMAs — And We LOVED It!

Mon, November 22, 2010 6:58pm EST by 4 Comments

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!”

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–Jenna Mullins, with insight by Kirstin Benson

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Posted at 5:35 PM on January 2, 2011  

I was 18 or 19 when I first heard New Kids on the Block and 27 when I first heard Backstreet Boys. And a male fan that likes pop songs! So, I’m a little later than the core teenage fan bases of the group, but the pandemonium of the groups in their primes with sold out tours and hits was astounding! Just imagine what their big tour’s going to be like!!!!

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Posted at 5:32 PM on January 2, 2011  

I just saw them on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on Dec 31st doing that same set. They sounded great in that performance as well. It will take time for them to gel with the mash up and the switching around of the group’s hit songs, but they sounded great. And they need to do a Larger than Life single of both groups together singing to launch before the big tour–all day in my head–the big Bon Jovi-ish anthemic chorus of All You People Can’t You See Can’t You SEE—NKOTBSB!!!!! That’s been in my head the past 2 days!!!

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Posted at 2:47 AM on November 23, 2010  

I wasn’t a fan of them then, was slightly embarrassed for them last night( and I was a kid- i must have had great taste). Overall they sounded and looked unrehearsed and I just sat and wondered ” Are their fans embarrased that they actually liked them back in the day?”

I guess nostalgia is a hell of a drug because I can’t see how your heart didn’t hurt a little when you saw this performance. Maybe it will get tighter, their tour will probably do great though. Some of the audience did seem into it, but they seemed into everything that night, they stood for damn near everyone.

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Posted at 9:16 PM on November 22, 2010  

NKOTBSB seems a bit ill-advised as a name. “New Kids On The Backstreet Boys?” Sounds wrong, in a way.

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