Backstreet Boys are back on stage and 'Larger than Life'
LAS VEGAS – The Backstreet Boys are back with a show called, you guessed it, “Larger than Life.” One of the best-selling boy bands of all time is hitting the stage in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.
Fox News talked with two members of the boy band, Brian Littrell and Howie Dorough about some of the memorable moments the band has had through the years and what it’s like to get back into performing now.
Dorough recalled when a group of fans in the ‘90s followed them on every leg of their festival tour.
“I remember one time going down to the lobby and talking to some girls and they’re like ‘oh yeah were on tour with you guys.’ … And I thought they were an act, and finally I watched the whole show, and I never saw those girls. Finally asked them, ‘Hey you guys said you were on tour?’ [They replied] ‘No, we’re literally on tour with you guys following you everywhere you’re going.’”
Littrell dished that the group is in the process of making their tenth studio album but did not give much away, simply stating: “We’re back in the studio as of now.”
Littrell said for the famed boy band, getting back on stage is like riding a bike.
“It’s just kind of in our blood, I would say. At this point 24 years later, we just kind of turn on and hit that switch and become a Backstreet Boy, and you remember the moves.”
But he also acknowledged there are challenges to performing those same moves at the age of 42.
“It keeps us in shape,” he said. “It’s something we enjoy doing… Who wouldn’t want to do this for a living?”
The group got their big break in 1996 when their U.S. debut album, “Backstreet Boys,” catapulted them to stardom. But they were prepared, having toured in Europe before they got their big break in the U.S.
“For us, it was a grassroots approach we call it,” Littrell explained. “… You know, I think our fans have proven to us over the years, it’s a true testament to longevity in the career world of today because it’s hard to have hit after hit after hit.”
He said things are different today with social media and the Internet allowing wannabe stars find fame.
“There's kind of more ways to get in trouble now as an artist, but that rise to fame is so instant now with YouTube, with Twitter, Instagram and all that stuff.”
The band is hitting the stages a few times a week with the last scheduled show on July 1st and Littrell promised a great experience.
“If you’ve ever been to a Backstreet Boys show… it’s going to be that on steroids."