BY SHEENA BARNETT
TUPELO – It was ladies’ night at the BancorpSouth Arena on Wednesday.
One of the most successful boy bands in history, Backstreet Boys, rocked more than 4,000 fans, mostly women, on its “In a World Like This” tour.
When Backstreet Boy Nick Carter walked out on the platform to the roar of deafening screams, he laughed and said, “Somebody should’ve warned me you were gonna be this loud.”
Backstreet Boys celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the group tore through hits like “As Long As You Love Me,” “All I Have to Give” and “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”
“Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D kept the audience on its feet when he opened the show, mixing hits like Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” and Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”
Fans began lining up early in the day, many with homemade shirts and signs.
Shae Roberts, 28, of Guntown, was one in line early. She sported a shirt that read “Backstreet’s back” on the front and “Alright” on the back.
“I saw them for my 14th birthday, and my brother got me tickets (to this show) for my 28th birthday,” she said.
A trio of friends, Karen Dedeaux, 34, of Pontotoc, Brittany Davis, 23, of Guntown, and Hannah Stewart, 23, of Saltillo, were at the front door just before 5 p.m., with homemade signs on pillowcases for Backstreet Boys that read “Brian you are hot” and “Howie (Dorough) don’t break my heart.”
“I saw them in Memphis two years ago,” Dedeaux said. “When I saw them perform, I grew to love them even more. We’re hoping to have front row.”
“We’re gonna run,” Davis added.