Backstreet's Back... Alright?

Backstreet Boys
Oh what a blast from the past last night was!

I went to see the Backstreet Boys. They were supported by The Exchange (no, I have no idea who they are either but they seemed cool) and All Saints. Yes, All Saints.

What I learnt last night is that checking the set-list before going to a gig tends to be a good idea. Don’t get me wrong, Backstreet is definitely back, they’re still pretty fit and can do synchronised dancing, but I realised quickly once we got there that I only know a few of their songs. I thought because I’m a 90’s kid that I’d just recognise them. And I didn’t.

But, it was still a good night. What I really liked was the amount of audience interaction they did with the people who’d paid for the limited number of standing tickets. You know, it just makes you feel like they care about their fans and they’re grateful that people paid for tickets and came out and went to see them.

Also, the support acts were actually good. Though I hadn’t actually heard of The Exchange, they were a decent group – much better than when an act just has a DJ beforehand – as it gets the audience going. Likewise, All Saints put on a very good performance and sung a lot of their hits which everyone really got into.

I guess both bands are a little bit after my generation as a lot of the audience were a few years older than us (ranging from late 20’s to women in their 40’s) so I kind of missed the Backstreet Boys bandwagon when I was younger (they got together the year that I was born!) but it was still a good show. It’s the little things like a show running on time, the band spending time between songs chatting to the audience and interacting with fans that really made it feel that bit more personal – not something I’ve experienced before in an arena.

Would I see them again? Only if I bought their greatest hits album 6 month in advance!

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