Backstreet Boys coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall
For those of you who are too young to remember the '90s, the Backstreet Boys were kind of like five Justin Biebers, but with more interesting facial hair. For a brief time around the turn of the millennium, they were the most popular young men alive, even more popular than James van der Beek and Jonathan Taylor Thomas combined.
In the past decade, though, I Want It That Way has proven it's probably the catchiest boy-band song from the late '90s. So now that the former Orlando boy banders are touring again, fans are snapping up tickets left and right.
The Backstreet Boys are coming to Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on May 31, according to their Web site. We would not be surprised if this show sells out, considering their "Backstreet Boys Cruise" in December almost immediately sold out.
And we do remember the mass hysteria that followed the Boys around back in 1999 and 2000. In 2000, for example, 45,000 shrieking fans crammed into Tropicana Field to watch the group descend from the rafters on surfboards, wearing "futuristic warrior uniforms" and throwing stuffed animals to fans. Yes, that actually happened.
One thing to keep in mind: The Backstreet Boys are now a four-piece, after Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006. But if the poster in your locker was of Brian Littrell, A.J. Mclean, Howie Dorough or hometown boy Nick Carter, you probably won't notice Richardson is gone.
Tickets are priced at $52.50, $62.50 and $85, and they go onsale April 23. Click here for details.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*