I’ve seen Backstreet Boys perform four times, including my first concert ever in 94. Then 22 years later, I attended my first solo Nick Carter concert — and I was blown away by the blast I had.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always known Nick Carter was talented, as are the other 4 members of BSB — I have the pictures of myself with face paint to show it. However, when someone is in a boy band for so long, you can never know what to expect when one of them hit the stage solo. Nick’s released solo music before, but this time around, I was in awe.
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“The environment is kind of like a rock concert, but more intimate,” he told me before his show on March 12 at PlayStation Theater in NYC. “It’s House of Blues types of show. We have the band, we pick up our instruments and just rock out! I love trying new things!”
And that was exactly what this was: a new spin, a new sound. Even if you hadn’t listened to one solo Nick song from All American or his other solo albums, you couldn’t help but bounce around and sing along. The dancing Nick does on stage was also a riot and honestly part of the show. Seriously, you can tell Sharna Burgess really did teach him a thing or two. We all knew he could dance (DWTS and those many years of choreography), but he totally got down. But ultimately, it was the singing I was most impressed with.
Whether slow songs like “I Will Wait,” rock hits like “All American” or BSB classics like “The Call” (my all-time favorite song by the band), Nick’s voice came out strong and powerful. Boy bands get stereotyped that they lip sync, can’t really dance if it’s not choreographed, and that they are too produced. Clearly, the men in the Backstreet Boys are not that.
Speaking of, Nick brought out a surprise guest, Brian Littrell for two BSB songs too, and the audience pretty much lost their minds. Of course many hoped it would happen, since Brian has been spending so much time in NY for his son’s Broadway show, Disaster. But for those out of towners or fans who don’t spend their time on BSB fan pages, it was a huge shock – and one they could not be happier about.
Nick also stayed on stage for nearly two hours, which in my mind, was quite surprising. Artists now usually play for a steady hour of live music (and not all of it is actually live). But Nick didn’t take long breaks and he didn’t miss a beat. With a few outfit changes and a live band, he kept the night going without missing a beat. It takes a real musician to do that.
The moral of this love fest? Don’t count out Nick Carter. The dad-to-be is much more than just a boy band heartthrob. In a world where many have become entertainers who sing a little at their shows, there are still a few talented singers who also really know how to entertain. And Nick Carter is one of them.
Find out more about Nick Carter’s tour here.