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On the American Music Awards red carpet: Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block talk touring

A number of female reporters began to blush at the American Music Awards on Sunday night when a motley crew of boy banders -- consisting of members of New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys -- made their way down the red carpet.

The two groups, who performed on the awards show, are hitting the road together in May.  

"We're gonna do a mash-up of some of the greatest hits of both groups as well as give each other both a chance to be onstage and show off some of our biggest hits," BSB's Howie Dorough said of the tour. 

On June 1, they'll be stopping at Staples Center, which BSB's AJ McLean called an "awesome venue. The fans here in L.A. have always been good to us."

The men were the last remaining musicians on the carpet only minutes before showtime Sunday. We started to talk to Brian Littrell, also of BSB, but he was quickly pulled away. Of course, not before he could plug the tour once more.

"Get your tickets now, because they're selling out," he advised. "We sold out Chicago in 15 minutes, so get 'em now!"

Teenyboppers, you've been warned.

-- Amy Kaufman


Comments () | Archives (3)

Epic! Just saw it and was blown away. What a great idea, putting these two boy bands together. Great to hear music again instead of talking or electronically altered vocals. This tour could be the biggest thing in 2012 music.

Teenieboppers? Their fans are in their twenties and thirties!! I'll be taking MY CHILDREN to see Backstreet with NKOTB. I cannot WAIT!!!!

I have nothing against the Tween revolution and the reorganization of the the music industry to accommodate their young style. I have never actually heard or watched them perform, I could be their grandfather. Additionally my wife and I, more her, have raised a few of them who are into their own careers now. So rather than compare the music I grew up with which included Rosemary Clooney, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett, Waylon Jennings, James Brown, all of Motown and Sly and the Family Stone, the Stones, Beatles and the Who, Bruce. Just imagine figuratively if this awards show interchanged with the singers and bands I just rattled off. As knowledgeable adult music lovers,some of us play instruments, I do. We have no concert show on television.


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