Backstreet's Back! Alright!!!

It was an emotional Backstreet Boys homecoming.

August 25, 2019

(Photo by Norrel Blair)


It was odd that the Backstreet Boys basically predicted their "comebacks" with the line "Backstreet's back" in one of their first hits, "Everybody," but that line couldn't have been more appropriate to the 26-year-history of, in the words of Nick Carter, "THE boy band."

Returning to Orlando in grand style, Backstreet Boys Nick, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and AJ McLean brought their DNA World Tour back to where it all began.

And while the tour was designed to support the latest album, the boys knew what the fans were really there for...their amazing catalog of hits.

Following an amazing video intro, the guys were revealed on a gargantuan stage launching into "I Wanna Be With You." The years may have passed but the trademark moves are all still there.

The elaborate arena show was a sharp contrast to the intimate All I Want For Christmas show they did for Mix 105.1 back in 2013 at House of Blues.

"It's good to be home. You know we started right here," Brian said before performing a snippet of "Nobody Else" from new album DNA. The majority of the songs from the new album were simply sampled, while the lead on the song took a minute to connect personally with the audience.

As much of a signature for the group as the dance moves are their tight harmonies, and they were on full display as they performed "Get Down."

"It feels so good to be home. This is my hometown," Howie gushed. "I was born right down the street in 1973. I feel like I am truly a dream come true story. I just celebrated a birthday two days ago and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than in my hometown performing for friends and family," he said, while wiping away tears of happiness.

The guys have had several "comebacks" throughout their 26-year-history, but the ballad "Incomplete," from their 2005 album Never Gone, was one of their best post-90s tunes, and the sold out crowd showed their appreciation for it by screaming the song's title at the top of their lungs at the song's close.

As a testament to the control the guys had over the crowd, the audience stood as the show began and remained on their feet for the entire two hour show. 

"I'm a Kowboy for life," said AJ, a graduate of Osceola High School in Kissimmee, referencing his high school mascot. "The reasons we're still here after 26 years are, number one, the music, and number 2, we have the most kickass fans ever," he told the crowd.

The emotion for the homecoming was heavy and it hit Kevin hard as he was greeted with an overwhelming response and the tears began to flow.

"I moved here from a little redneck town in Kentucky in 1990 with 300 dollars," he said, recounting his initial days at Disney before Backstreet Boys became a reality. "It's a special night for us."

In fact it was April 20, 1993 in Kissimmee when they first met up. Kevin was 21, Howie was 19, Brian was 18, AJ was just 14 and Nick was only 12. Part of what gave them such a distinctive sound from the get-go was their amazing a capella harmonies, and they put those to good use as they performed "Breathe" from new album DNA

The "classic" tunes like "As Long As You Love Me," "Quit Playing Games," "Everybody," "I Want It That Way," and show finale "Larger Than Life" brought out the strongest reactions of the night from the predominantly female crowd.

"We may not still have the dance moves, but we would love to be doing this again for you in another 26 years," AJ told the adoring audience. Here's to another 26 years of Backstreet magic!