By: Nevra Azerkan
Rating: [The Breakdown]
I don’t even know where to start with this show. It was so overwhelming in the most awesome way that all my thoughts on it are jumbled because every cool thing about it keeps popping up in my mind at warp speed. But I guess I’ll begin with the usual background story first. Like many Backstreet fans I’ve been a fan since I was barely a teen. The last time I saw them in concert was fourteen (14) years ago. Crazy to think about, I know.
But let me just say the moment they started belting out “The Call”, I felt transported back into time. They came out full force in their dapper suits and classic dance moves. It was like nothing had changed and if it had it was only that they got better with age. I kid you not, I was thoroughly impressed with how amazing they sounded and entertained. There aren’t a lot of bands that I know all of the lyrics to their songs, but with BSB they came back naturally and it was awesome to experience that with others all around me doing the same.
In between one of their wardrobe changes (and there were quite a few), they played a video clip that introduced us to a soon to be released Backstreet Boys movie. It looked really cool and I can’t wait to catch that when it comes out. As of right now, there is no release date, but you can find the teaser on YouTube.
They did an a capella version of “10,000 Promises” and played an acoustic version of “Quit Playing Games With My Heart.” It was really nice to see ALL of the guys pick up an instrument and they stressed that being a musician and not just a singer was very important to all of them. At the end of the show the guys came back for the encore with “Everybody” and “Larger Than Life” and even after they took their bow and thanked the crowd the party continued. As fans left the venue Backstreet tracks were played in the background.
Their set-list included in the following order: “The Call”, “Don’t Want U Back”, “Incomplete”, “Permanent Stain”, “All I Have To Give”, “As Long As You Love Me”, “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of”, “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely”, “Breathe”, “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”, “We’ve Got It Goin’ On”, “10,000 Promises” (A capella), “Madeleine”, “Quit Playing Games With My Heart” (Acoustic), “The One”, “Love Somebody”, “More Than This”, “In A World Like This”, “I Want It That Way”, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”, and “Larger Than Life”.
Overall, the In A World Like This Tour was one of the best shows I have been to. If you are looking for a boy band that still knows what they are doing then you have to see these guys live. This is their 20th Anniversary of being together and they are here to show that some things just never go out of style. Backstreet isn’t just back, they never left.