The two greatest boy bands in history, New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys, otherwise known as NKOTBSB, took Canada by storm in their first Toronto show last night.
Since the announcement of their NKOTBSB joint tour last year (read more), fans have been looking forward to the “Once in a lifetime” opportunity to see Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys, performing with Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood of New Kids On The Block. And let me tell you first hand, they were worth the long wait!
The Air Canada Center in Toronto was filled with over 14,000 screaming fans of all ages and backgrounds, waiting to see their favorite boy. After an opening by Toronto band, Neverest, Jordan Sparks took the stage to perform her hits and rev up the crowd before the drool-worthy NKOTBSB performed. While fans eagerly chanted “NKOTBSB” during a presentation of photos from the joint tour, New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys finally took the stage and opened with a recent New Kids’ hit, “Single.” Ladies (and gentleman) erupted in screams and applause, especially when they sang the lyrics, “I’ll be your boyfriend.”
Each band then took turns performing their greatest hits while the audience swooned, screamed, and shouted for more. Among New Kids’ performances were two of their greatest hits, “Step By Step” and “The Right Stuff,” complete, of course, with the original choreography. The Backstreet Boys performed all their classics, including, “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As You Love Me,” and “Quit Playing Games With My Heart.” Fans were in for a special treat when each Backstreet Boy went into the audience to choose a girl to serenade. Jealous eyes looked on (mine included) when the girls were brought on stage, each given a rose, and serenaded with “I’ll Never Break Your Heart.”
The show was full of high energy from the start, as if each band played off of the other’s energy. Surprisingly, NKOTBSB didn’t take the stage together as much as I expected. They did however, get together to sing their joint single, “Don’t Turn Out The Lights” which made older and younger fans go wild. The boys also took time to give praise to each member of the opposite band, which was quite surreal. The Backstreet Boys thanked New Kids for paving the way for boy bands, and New Kids thanked the Backstreet Boys for working hard and never quitting the boy band scene. Joey McIntyre even joked that he wants to do this for the rest of his life.
To close the show, NKOTBSB performed a mash-up of each band’s greatest hit, including the Backstreet Boys’ “Backstreet’s Back” and New Kids’ “Hangin’ Tough.” Of course this joint performance, included ever swoon-worthy choreography, as well as an explosion of confetti.
NKOTBSB is set to perform in Toronto again on June 9th, before continuing to Boston and the rest of their North American tour.
Seeing the two greatest boy bands perform together was simply amazing. With my Backstreet Boys t-shirt folded and put away, my voice gone from screaming marriage proposals to Nick Carter, and my ears still ringing from the thousands of screaming Canadians last night, I proudly say:
Keep the Backstreet-New Kids pride alive because boy bands are here to stay!