The Backstreet Boys nearing the end of 'Larger Than Life' Vegas show
What does it mean that the Backstreet Boys are playing the “final shows through April 27” of their Larger Than Life residency at Planet Hollywood? That doesn’t sound like a permanent farewell, although AJ MacLean recently discussed what’s up next for the quintet after “finishing up Vegas” during a red carpet interview with ET at last month’s IHeartRadio Music Awards in L.A. It’s been two years since they first danced onto the stage at Zappos Theater, but in the wake of their latest album DNA being released in January they have a global audience to reach.
BSB has had a very good year so far, with DNA debuting at No. 1. It was their third chart-topping album, their first No. 1 since Millennium in 1999. Lead single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” earned them a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Grammy Awards. They didn’t win, but the Grammy Museum gave them a special honor with Backstreet Boys: The Experience, an exhibit open through Sept. 2 that features personal memorabilia, wardrobe, artwork, photography and interactive experiences.
Fans from around the world came to the Las Vegas Strip to attend BSB’s Larger Than Life shows, but there are still followers in Jakarta with fears of flying that would still like to experience newer songs such as “Chances” and “No Place” in a live setting. The band’s DNA World Tour 2019 will take them to Tokyo, Taipei, Bangkok and Singapore.
The audience at the IHeartRadio Music Awards got a taste when BSB performed “No Place” and “I Want It That Way” to a riotous reception. No longer boys, BSB evolved into the seasoned show business veterans they are today, thanks in no small part to Vegas. Larger Than Life may be coming to a close, but Las Vegas is hardly done with BSB.
Planet Hollywood Resort, 9 p.m. April 17, 19-20, 24 & 26-27, $79-$259 VIP plus tax and fee. 800.745.3000 Ticketmaster