The Backstreet Boys' 20-year reunion tour has officially kicked off. Backstreet's back, ALRIGHT!
It seems like just yesterday we were wallpapering our bedrooms with Backstreet Boys posters (ahem, maybe it was...), but it's actually been 20 years since BSB (that's A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Litrell) formed the famous boy band in Orlando, Fla. In the last two decades, fans have swooned over the quintet's epic career, which spans seven albums and countless chart-topping songs like "All I Have To Give," "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)," and "I Want It That Way."
Since there's no official BSB Day (we're currently petitioning the U.S. government to make it a national holiday), we wanted to properly honor the boys' reunion by 1) throwing a Millennium-themed dance party, 2) lighting a few more candles in our Nick Carter shrine, and 3) meeting up with the guys to chat about their greatest memories as a band and what's on the horizon. Yep, after regaining consciousness, we sat down with A.J., Kevin, and Brian last Saturday before their "Celebrating 20 Years" fan appreciation concert in Los Angeles to ask them 20 questions about their summer tour, forthcoming album and documentary, and their new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! (Oh, and it hardly needs to be said, but we will anyway: the guys have aged like FOINE wine.)
A.J. McLean, Brian Litrell, and Kevin Richardson share their favorite BSB memories of the last 20 years.
1.) First things first: What was the most embarrassing thing to happened to you guys on stage?
A.J. McLean: It's not about me, but when Howie fell in between the stage and the speakers! He just was dancing and then suddenly he was gone off the stage!
Kevin Richardson: When I ripped my pants during a show on the Millennium tour... and then, during "Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)," we used to fly in [on harnesses] and mine got stuck. The song was done, and I was still floating above the audience. The song ends. The guys were in quick change to start next song and I was like, "Can I get some help?!"
2.) What was your weirdest celebrity encounter?
Brian Litrell: I was in a tattoo place with my wife, like 13 years ago, and Kathie Lee Gifford walks in with Brooke Shields... It was just the funniest thing -- those two together in a tattoo place?
A.J.: It was meeting Alice Cooper... we golf together now.
3.) What's your favorite song from your own albums?
A.J.: I really loved this song on Never Gone, "Siberia."
Brian: Me too, I really liked "Siberia."
Kevin: "Lose it All" [from Never Gone]. The live version we worked on had this great Beatles sound.
4.) What was your favorite music video to make?
Kevin: It had to be "I Just Want You to Know," when we were rocked out as an '80s band. It was awesome! I think we all loved making that one.
5.) Who's your favorite current boy band?
A.J.: Ummm, the Backstreet Boys -- just kidding! Actually, touring with New Kids On The Block has been great.
Kevin: The Wanted. I saw them do an acoustic song on "Ryan Seacrest"... it was really good.
Keep reading our interview with the Backstreet Boys after the jump!