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

November 21, 2010 |  7:30 pm

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