BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – Eight albums, more than 130 million albums sold worldwide, thousands of performances all over the world and countless awards and nominations – it’s been a good 20 years for the Backstreet Boys.
The Florida-based group, made up of Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson, is one of the most successful boy bands in music history. This year, BSB is celebrating its 20th anniversary and a new album,
“In a World Like This,” and its tour of the same name is making a stop at the BancorpSouth Arena next week. “Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D opens the show.
“It’s been really good,” Carter said of the tour in a phone interview with the Daily Journal from the group’s tour bus. “The shows have sold out everywhere we’re going. People are loving the shows. The reviews are fantastic, which is great.”
BSB will play tracks from “In a World Like This,” but Carter said fans who want to hear their favorites won’t be disappointed. And the group has a slew of hit singles: “I Want It That Way,” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “Larger Than Life,”
“Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely,” “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart),” “As Long As You Love Me,” “Shape of My Heart” and “All I Have to Give.”
“Thank goodness we have built up a catalog that a lot of people know,” Carter said. “We definitely have to do the old favorites for everyone.”
That’s a lot of songs to sing, and even more to perform. BSB is known for its smooth dance moves.
“We’re like athletes on stage. There’s a lot of dancing – it’s the whole package,” he said. “We’ve pulled all of our tricks out of the bag and all of the things we’ve learned during the years, and it really shows during the show. We believe a show is a show, and you have to perform. You have to entertain. People pay their hard-earned money to see you.”
And he and the group promise a good show.
“We’ve done 20 years of this, and this is the best show we’ve ever done,” Carter said. “The show is really huge, really entertaining, and there are a couple of artists that are capable of doing that and we’re one of them. It’s over the top.”
WHO: Backstreet Boys, DJ Pauly D
WHEN: 8 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: BancorpSouth Arena
COST: $64.50/pit, $59.50, $49.50, $26.75 plus fees
INFO: bcsarena.com, (662) 841-6528