Who Are the Backstreet Boys Thank you Maggie for sending this article "I never heard of 'em." says a clueless dude as he helps construct the sets for Teens May cover. "Are they famous or something?" Everyone just blinks at him, all of us wondering if this, guy is yanking our chains. Then the photographers rocker-guy assistant, who is anything but a Backstreet fan in his heavy metal leather-and-spiked jewellry and waist-length hair, kills the moment: "Man, what planet do you live on?" Until five minutes ago, I would have offered a hundred bucks to find anyone who could honestly claim Backstreet ignorance. As the pop pioneers in the boy band phenomenon, you'd truly have to live in an adobe in Iraq to not have at least heard of the Orlando five. And I'm not saying you gotta like 'em, I'm just saying there is no ignoring 'em. For every thousand letters the Teen offices receive with BSB drawings, praise, collages and adoring love sonnets, there are Korn fans who would sooner wear orthodontic headgear to the prom then get into the BSB harmonizing groove. To each her own. Whoever's your favorite, there is no denying Backstreets enormous presence in music. Black and Blue, the bands 3rd multiplatinum CD following Millennium and it's pop apocolyptic Backstreet Boys, tops the guys total record sales at 63 million worldwide. After a short debate, the Teen staff agreed that for any true BSB fans, the ultimate story would be spending a day with the guys, topped with a backstage pass to a show go on their sold-out world tour. The guys agreed and asked us to meet up with them in Chicago. Fasten your seatbelts.
~(^o^)My Own Story (Freestyle Poem)
Time to write a new book
In the end, see how it looks
I'm on my journey full of delight and heartbreak
In the end, you'll see I ain't a fake.
And I don't know if you'll stay true
Even if I'm just nothing to you.
Time to separate for change
Looks so awful, maybe look so strange
I've got to break away
And create my own story;
People close to me I've left
Made my choice to leave, no regret
I know it also hurt me
But I leave to create my story.
Fed up with the craziness they've made
I'll smile when the price gets paid,
They made me hurt to be strong
And build a record upon my own.
I don't ask for your embrace
I know how love moves in mysterious ways.
I'll find my way to survive
And spread my wings and fly
Predestined to create
My very own story;
This is so personal, you see
The only one missing in you is me,
But it's just okay
I have to make my own story.
| Backstreet Boys. Why are they so special
Lots of Reasons The Backstreet Boys have got to have some special thing about them that throws the world into a screaming frenzy when they're around. Of course, there's the obvious fact that they're all gorgeous and can sing a tune like nobody's business! But what else is there, beneath the surface, that draws people to them? After all, they are a cut above the rest in an industry where boy singers are everywhere, all of them just itching for a taste of the stardom BSB have. So what's their special something, what's that little bit of magic they've got? Let's see ... They Care!
If you yourself have siblings, then you probably know it's hard to get along sometimes. You spend a lot of time together, you have disagreements. That's how it is with BSB. They truly are like real brothers to each other. And yes, they definitely fight. Sometimes pretty fiercely. One time, Kevin and Brian were arguing so loudly and heatedly that their limo driver pelted to the side of the road and wouldn't drive till the two calmed down! But the guys love each other like real siblings do too. "I'm not in competition wth the rest of the guys," AJ says. "We give each other energy - It's an all round good thing." If you've ever been to a BSB concert, you can tell that's true. You can practically feel the energy sizzling off the stage! The guys just click with each other, and that's 'cause they care about each other personally. Their Music Rates!
About a year ago, before Millennium came out, ALL-STARS was talking to the Boys about their upcoming album and what type of songs they'd have on it. And as much as they want to grow musically and appeal to adults as well as kids and teens, the group made sure they didn't get too far ahead of their main fan base. "The lyrics aren't over our you fans' heads," Kevin said. And when in comes to their concerts, AJ, Howie, Nick, Brian and Kevin go all out, as anyone who had ever seen them perform knows. They don't just put on some costumes and go out there and sing! When they were dishing what their shows for their Millennium tour would be like, Kevin insisted someone's never seen a concert before, we want to make sure they never, ever forget this one. And if they have [seen a concert before], we want this one to be the best one they've ever seen!" They Share The Spotlight!
We both love frozen yoghurt. That was very romantic and I'll never forget it." Kevin, it seems, has been in a long time relationship ever since he worked at Disney World as a Ninja Turtle! He doesn't want to reveal his girls name out of respect for her privacy, but he says she's the light of his life. An insider tells that Kevin is really at his best when he's with his lady. ALL-STARS sort of had to twist Nick's arm last year to get him to admit he had a girlfriend! Even though he's since broken up with the girl, he still has lovin' feelings for her. He says, "I never show any disrespect toward the ladies." And Nick isn't stuck-up about dating only other celebrities. "I personally don't think it's important to date somebody in the industry. It's all about fate. You could find somebody that you love at 7 Eleven!" They Haven't Gone Commercial CooCoo!
If they wanted it that way, you could see the Backstreet Boys' faces everywhere you look- on t-shirts, bedsheets, plates, dolls, notebooks, and so on. But the guys didn't want it that way. They've kept a tight leash on the amount of merchandising they've allowed with their images on it. After all, if they were in it only for the money, they could be making tons of dollars off of themselves! But no. "In regards to merchandise and stuff like that, that's one thing we've really taken control of ourselves because we don't want to be taking the American public for the money," Howie explains. "And so we want to have good quality merchandise out there." Brian adds, "I don't want a Backstreet Boys cereal!" Of course, the Boys have agreed to some Backstreet Boys merchandising you probably own a special something with BSB on it, right?! Whatever you have that's got Backstreet Boys on it is very special, just like the Boys themselves are special!*