A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys performing at the Forum (Rafael Orellana/Living Out Loud LA)
“That was fun,” said one concert-goer.
“Oh my God! How entertaining,” said another girl after walking out of the Forum.
Yes, those were some of the reactions after the Backstreet Boys show ended Thursday night in Inglewood, Calif.
After a solid opening act in Avril Lavigne, the Backstreet Boys were “back, alright” and they did not disappoint during their two-hour set filled with new and classic material dating back to the 1990s.
The Backstreet Boys, who first came together in 1993, entered the Forum stage in style, in blue suits, white shirts and shiny, black shoes. After dropping two tracks from their latest album, In a World Like This, the five-member ensemble – comprised of Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, A.J. McLean and Kevin Richardson – delivered the rather upbeat pop tune “All I Have to Give.” They all sported black hats while performing an impressive dance routine during these four minutes.
Twenty-five minutes into the show, BSB headed backstage for a wardrobe change. During the two-minute intermission, a comical video popped up on screen. It depicted all members in a behind-the-scenes interview, where they attempted to classify themselves in the sexy and funny categories, for example. The crowd responded positively, as the short flick ignited nonstop laughs and sighs.
“As Long As You Love Me,” an audience favorite, followed and BSB returned to the stage in street attire; they looked good, too. These boys never change: they seem fit as ever before. And that was particularly the case when they put their dancing on full display.
Carter, for some reason, tended to be the special one. Every time he sang a solo portion of a melody, the Forum erupted into cheers and claps. Is he the most attractive one? I’m not one to judge, but the ladies love him … guys, too.
BSB continued with “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of),” written by McLean and Richardson in collaboration with Morgan Taylor Reid and Mika Guillory. The track was dedicated to McLean’s and Richardson’s kids.
“Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” and “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” were performed before a beautiful a cappella section, highlighted by “Madeleine” and “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart),” set to acoustic guitar and cajon drum. The word ‘amazing’ doesn’t even begin to describe this portion of the night.
“The One,” “Love Somebody,” “Shape of My Heart” and “In A World Like This” arrived towards the end of the set, but everyone was waiting for “I Want It That Way,” off of their 1999 hit album, Millennium. This release went on to sell almost 10 million copies in 1999, making it the most purchased CD that year.
“I Want It That Way” is, unarguably, BSB’s most likeable tune they’ve released over their years. It helped them reach universal superstardom in the late 1990s and reached the top of the charts in more than 25 nations.
BSB’s encore featured the sexy and uptempo “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and the pop anthem “Larger Than Life” – two tracks with ideal choreography to close out the night.