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The Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter talks Tampa, Justin Bieber and growing up a teen idol

It says something about the Tampa Bay area that one of the biggest stars to come from here is Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys, who was raised on the mean streets of Ruskin.

"My experience there was amazing," he said in a recent interview with Stephanie Hayes. "I have so many friends there. Tampa's my home. I'm a huge, die-hard Buccaneer fan. On my Twitter, I have the Bucs flag as my picture. I'm kind of a fanatic. I'm a little crazy, you know?"

So were his fans, back in 2000, when a ridiculous 45,000 screaming Backstreet Boys fanatics crammed into Tropicana Field to watch the group in concert, when they were the biggest pop band in the world.

Things have changed since then. For one thing, the Boys are now a four-piece, after the departure of Kevin Richardson. For another, the band's days of playing 45,000-seat arenas are probably over. Instead, the Backstreet Boys will hit Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday; tickets are $52.50. Click here for details.

Before he returned for a hometown gig, Carter chatted with Stephanie about life as a Tampa Bay Bucs fan, the differences in touring now versus a decade ago, and the newest mop-topped boy idol on the scene, Justin Bieber.

"We were there," Carter said of Bieber's reigning status as the teen pinup du jour. "We were doing the same thing and now we're in our own zone, our own generation. Their kids are into these new artists and their parents are going, "We had a pop band, too. We liked the Backstreet Boys." Now they're probably going to rediscover us again. That's kind of how it goes in life."

Click here for the full interview with Nick Carter.

Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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