Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Music News, Concert Reviews

Backstreet Boys are back in Tampa

Everybody, Backstreet's back. All right? It's been 20 years since the band formed in Orlando in 1993, so they're not boys anymore: Nick Carter is 33, A.J. McLean is 35, Brian Littrell is 38, Howie Dorough is 40 today, and "oldster" Kevin Richardson, officially back in the fold, is 41. After tours as a foursome and with New Kids on the Block in 2011, the band's brand-new album finds the boys' ooey-gooey offerings dressed up in the thumping production of today's club-ready pop. Sure, new stuff like Breathe and Trust Me kind of blends in with everything else on Top 40 radio, but classics like Everybody, Quit Playing Games and I Want It That Way are sure to set off the screams of vintage fans (most of whom are now parents and responsible adults with jobs, mortgages, etc.). Also in the lineup are Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D, starting at 7 p.m. Friday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $45.50-$133.25. (813) 740-2446. Then BSB baby brother Aaron Carter has a postshow performance and DJ set at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ($5 for women, $15 for men), so expect babysitters to be pulling major overtime this Friday night.

Ray Roa, Times correspondent

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