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Backstreet Boys are back

FOR many post-1980s fans in China, the American boy band Backstreet Boys was their idol and the boys will be back with a concert in Shanghai on March 14-15.

They will stage the show "This Is Us" at the Shanghai International Gymnastics Center, promoting their new album "This Is Us" on a China tour. It will be their third Shanghai show; the last one was in 2006.

The four-piece band has been together since it was formed in 1993 in Orlando, Florida. The four are James McLean, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and Howard Dorough. Founding member Kevin Richardson left in 2006 to start his family.

The Backstreet Boys have had 14 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and have sold more than 130 million records worldwide, making them one of the biggest-selling groups of all time.

When they returned to the pop scene in 2005, their sound had changed drastically, incorporating only live instruments and a more guitar-and-piano-driven pop-rock sound.

The band released two albums last year, "This Is Us," with a R&B sound, and "Unbreakable," the first since Richardson's departure.

"I am so excited my kings are back," says Chou Jia, a 26-year-old Shanghai woman. "I still remember their golden songs such as 'Get Down' and 'We Got It Going On,' which I listened to over and over again while in class."

She and her friends are definitely going to the upcoming Shanghai concert.

"We are growing together with our fans who are mostly post-1980s young people," says Backstreet Boy Carter, who is 30 years old now. "We look back on our career path. It's important for fans to remember our golden age and also to look forward to our changes and development."

The Shanghai concert will be vintage and fresh Backstreet Boys-style. Besides songs from the new album, they will sing "Get Down," "We Got It Going On" and "Black and Blue." And they will dance.

Interactive games are planned.

"We will also add some elements of drama in addition to singing and dancing," the group said in a statement.

The band, which performed at the Copenhagen climate conference last year, also promotes environmental awareness and protection and a low-carbon lifestyle.

The Backstreet Boys urge Shanghai fans to take public transit to the concert instead of driving. They recommend using handkerchiefs instead of tissues in the concert and remind people to turn off their computers before they leave home for the show.

"We were born and grew up in Orlando, which is very natural and beautiful," says Backstreet Boy Littrell. "We like the nature, enjoy staying outdoors and breathing fresh air."

Date: March 14-15, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai International Gymnastics Center, 777 Wuyi Rd

Tickets: 280-1,280 yuan

Tel: 962-388, 6217-2426


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