Backstreet Boys UK and Ireland Tour
Updated: 19 November 2013
Backstreet Boys will tour the UK and Ireland in March/April 2014 starting at Birmingham on 26 March 2014.
The tour will take the hugely popular American boy band to Birmingham, Dublin, Glasgow, London and Manchester.
The Backstreet Boys tour will be supported by All Saints, who have reunited for the tour.
LG Arena, Birmingham (26)
The O2 Dublin (1)
The Hydro, Glasgow (3)
The O2, London (4)
Manchester Arena (5)
Backstreet Boys History
Backstreet Boys, the US boy band formed in 1993, is made up of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell. The Backstreet Boys all originate from Orlando, Florida.
The boy band were conceived through a number auditions in Florida, and joined forces through talent scout, Lou Pearlman (who also helped put together ‘N Sync).
Although, Backstreet Boys began their music career in the States; the boys only had minor success in the US, before being picked by European radio programmers where their earlier releases achieved top five successes across the different European Singles Chart in 1995.
The Backstreet Boys released their second studio ‘Backstreet’s Back’ in 1996 which was big in America (top five), but even bigger across most of Europe, reaching No.1 on various album charts. ‘Backstreet’s Back’ contained the hit singles "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)", "As Long as You Love Me" and "All I Have to Give".
Unfortunately, the success of the young boy band, coupled with the inexperience of managing their finances, meant that the boys were vulnerable to deception, and Brain Littrell decided to take Lou Pearlman to court over the group’s earnings, which he believed were being falsified. The lawsuit resulted in a number of settlements to the boys.
The Backstreet Boys UK tour in 1996-1997 was part of the boys first full-length World Tour. It took the boys to Japan, Germany, the UK, Canada and Belgium. The tour became a memorable occasion for the boys because Brian Littrell found out he had a hole in his heart, and had to under-go a major operation in the middle of the Backstreet’s Back Tour.
In 1998, A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell helped to raise a quarter of a million dollars in aid of the victims of the tornado in Orlando. This resulted in the day being named Backstreet Boys Day.
Their highly anticipated third studio album “Millennium” was released in 1999, and became one of the group’s most successful albums in the US. The album topped the Billboard Chart at No.1 and achieved 13 times platinum. It also became the best-selling album of 1999.
Post Millennium Tour, the Backstreet Boys signed a huge record deal with Jive. The Backstreet Boys started the beginning of the 2000s by recording their fourth studio album Black & Blue. Black & Blue became the biggest album in the US (reaching No.1), and internationally was hugely successful for the band, with 5 million sales altogether.
Although the album was very successful globally, the boy band only performed across some of Canada and the United States as a result of A. J. McLean going into rehab half-way through the tour. They originally planned to perform in five continents.
By the mid-2000s the Backstreet Boys had graced the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and produced their fifth album Never Gone, which was another global success. The boys went on to work with top singer-song writers Elton John and Sting.
Even though the group showed no signs of losing popularity, Kevin Richardson decided to leave the band in 2006 to pursue his second love, acting. However; the decision was made not to replace him, and the Backstreet Boys became a quartet.
After the initial shock of Richardson leaving, the Backstreet Boys carried on and got back in the studio recording their sixth studio album “This Is Us”. This was followed up with an arena tour in October 2009.
After 20 years of being in the spot-light, the Backstreet Boys reached a new stage in their music careers. Joining up with other ‘90s pop outfit New Kids on the Block, they toured America under the new guise NKOTBSB.
In 2012 Kevin Richardson returned to the group and finally the group became five again. In April 2013 the Backstreet Boys celebrated their 20th anniversary.