NKOTBSB surprises, delights, frightens at the American Music Awards - Reverb

Pop & Circumstance: NKOTBSB, WTF?

No explanation needed.

No explanation needed.

New Kids on the Block. Backstreet Boys. New Kids on the Block. Backstreet Boys. New Kids on the Backstreet Boys. Sounds a little violent, if not sexual.

Does anyone else find this collaborative tour slated for next year to be strangely outdated? Sure, it’s a comeback tour, but with nine men onstage, the idea seems awfully overwhelming, even with stadium seating inside a major U.S. venue. That’s a lot of testosterone. (It’s also a lot of hair gel.)

So, the lineup. We’ve got the “Kids” — who are really in their 40s — Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood. The “Boys” are lacking one original member, Kevin Richardson, who left the group in 2006 to move on with his life. However, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter are ready and willing to get this party started. Again.

NKOTBSB’s Sunday night performance at the American Music Awards had Twitter in a hash-tagging frenzy due to the fangirls of decades past. The mash-ups between the two bands were surprisingly well executed (sure, they can sing, and Nick Carter is looking fine), but the real question on everyone’s mind was, why did this need to happen at all?

Why would the members of each respective group want to sing another boy band’s songs? Why would the late ’80s fans of NKOTB be placed in the same demographic as the late ’90s fans of BSB? A 12 year-old “Blockhead” in 1990 would have been 21 when BSB came out with the best selling album of 1999, “Millennium.” Don’t most fangirls grow out of the teen heartthrob phase before then?

I guess not. Audience members were singing and clapping along to the performance that some say saved the AMAs altogether, which had the lowest viewer ratings in the show’s history. It seems that two boy bands are better than one, as the first tour dates in Toronto and Chicago sold out in minutes.

On Sunday, during the chorus of BSB’s “Larger Than Life”, the nine men sang “All you people can’t you see, can’t you see, N K O T B S B!” subbing the acronym for the actual lyrics, “How your love’s affecting our reality.” Eesh. You’re affecting something, boys.

A whopping 24 dates have been announced for NKOTBSB’s tour, starting in June. Buy early.

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Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a Pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.

  • Jenny Wheeler

    Yet another cynical money grab, IMO. Hilarious video though. Those dudes still have some tight moves.

  • http://twitter.com/haggishead Kathryn Stewart

    Why is doing what they do a “cynical money grab”…. while the rest of us are simply thankful to have a job. Hopefully we enjoy doing what we do and are not the subject of derision from music critics professional or not? That final performance of the night on the AMAs was entertaining as hell-fun, energetic and frankly better than over half the other younger and “more relevant” artists. More power to these guys for continuing to work , for giving their fans joy and maybe I’ll just check them out this time around!

  • http://twitter.com/jordantj nicole dohrn

    You know I was about 7 when I heard nkotb for the fist time and fell in love with them and listened to their tape every night before I went to sleep. i was 13 when the backstreet boys came out and loved them and i still do. i eat sleep and breath the backstreet boys. i lost my virginity to the backstreet boys,named my first born after a new kid,first concert when i was pregnant at 15 and just recently took my kids to see them in Kansas City Missouri. And we are planning on going to the NKOTBSB show this summer.And as for the AMAS I watched the show and they did save the show bc if they was not the last ones i would have turned it off.my daughter is a fan of justin b and she didnt even like the show until NKOTBSB.Like the guys have said they make music for music lovers not people of any particular age group.KTBPA

  • Crazy_blues55

    I went to the Kansas City, MO concert too….that is too weird but its awesome at the same time lol…at first i was a BSB fan but im starting to get into new kids now too….im 19 so i was still pretty little when the new kids were big back in the 80’s and early 90’s

  • MilliVanilli

    I dont know about you guys but the Dallas show was out of this world!!!!!!!!  I love all kinds of music from symphony to rock n roll and this show was non-stop and the choreagraphy and voices still have punch!!! Congrats to the boyz….you know how to put on a good show….signed….girl from the 80’s

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