Backstreet Boys treated their Seattle fans to an illustrious show at WaMu Theater in May. The performance was part of the In a World Like This Tour, which kicked off in Beijing, China last May. There was no sign of fatigue in the band, who sang, danced, and charmed the pants of every single person in the audience.
The band formed in 1992/3 and has not lost their importance among their fan base since. In fact, based on the very young audience (many attendees seemed to be around 17 years old) the quintet has gained a whole two generations of fans. To maintain popularity among fickle music listeners is really difficult to do. It doesn’t hurt the band that they still look fantastic – and why shouldn’t they? The eldest Backstreet, Kevin Richardson is only 42 years old – but they moved as they did back on MTV, when they were part of the second significant wave of music videos. Plus they’ve continued writing new material, and working with some of the best in the business (Martin Terefe, Dr. Luke, etc.), so they’re talented and savvy.
I’ve always appreciated Backstreet Boys’ beats and honest lyrics. I’d never seen them live before, and to see them while being able to cover the show and getting so close to take photos was incredible. When the five of them – Nick Carter, Kevin Richards, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, and Brian Littrell – hit the stage, they were just overwhelmingly sexy. Each one is overly talented as an individual, and the show gave them time to share moments and talk to the audience. I liked that, a lot. The entire show was a high point, with songs such as “All I Have to Give,” “Shape of My Heart,” “We’ve Got It Goin’ On,” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” (including moves from the video!) “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart),” “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” “Love Somebody,” “The Call,” “In a World Like This,” “As Long as You Love Me,” “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of,” and “I Want It That Way,” (which made it onto Rolling Stone’s top 100 songs ever list the year it was released) proving their romantic and danceable depths. They personalized the show with taking the time to talk about Seattle, and not just saying “Hey Seattle!” Carter shared his love of Nirvana, and at one point they wore Seahawks’ jerseys with each band member’s name on the back. And, in general, they reached out to the audience in a rare way.
It was truly a dreamy experience. Thank you, Backstreet Boys, for being such positive force in my life.