Going from Boys to men: Is it the dawn of a new (older) age of Backstreet Boys?
The Backstreet Boys are back again. And even though they’re in their 30s, they don’t care whether you label them a “boy band,” a “man band” or anything else.
The group, reduced to four of the five original members when Kevin Richardson left in 2006, are traveling around the world on a mega-tour promoting the band’s seventh studio album, “This Is Us.”
Along with the band, the tour will feature four female dancers and a DJ spinning pre-programmed mixes.
amNewYork spoke with 37-year-old “Boy” Howie Dorough.
Do you still consider yourselves a “boy band”? We never put the title on ourselves. We felt we were more what we called a vocal harmony group. … Just put us on the radio; we don’t care what you call us. Just play our music.
How do you make the transition from a “boy band” into a group of seasoned performers? It’s all about the music. You just have to be able to evolve with time and with the music and we’ve been able to do that, thank God.
What advice would you give to today’s younger boy bands? All the looks and the glitz and glamour and cars and all that stuff are just extra icing on the cake, but the cake really has to be about the talent. So I would definitely tell them to wisely craft their music.
Why did the band choose the title “This Is Us”? This is the album that we feel represents the Backstreet Boys. It has the elements of the old, what people have known of us and our biggest hits: the good pop melodies and good lyrics and wholesome, feel-good music. At the same time, [it’s] more modernized.
This is the first time since the “Black & Blue” tour you’ve featured dancers. Why the change? Each album dictates the tour. … [Also] we’re probably seeing, more than ever, a lot more guys at our concerts than in the past, and it gives them a little eye candy.
Backstreet Boys will be performing at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday at 8 p.m. $52.50. 311 W. 34th St., 212-279-7740