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Backstreet’s Back, Alright!

Backstreet Boys in Concert
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Gibson Amphitheatre

In a World Like This Tour

Special guests: Bailey Littrell, DJ Pauly D, Jesse McCartney

Songs performed: Fantasy, I Want You Back (Bailey Littrell); Leavin’, How Do You Sleep?, So Cool, Body Language, Shake, Checkmate, Back Together, It’s Over, Beautiful Soul (Jesse McCartney); The Call, Don’t Want You 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, Safest Place to Hide, 10,000 Promises, Madeleine, Quit Playing Games (with My Heart), The One, Love Somebody, More Than That, In a World Like This, I Want It That Way, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back), Larger Than Life (BSB)American boy band Backstreet Boys perfor

Comments: Backstreet’s Back, Alright! Celebrating 20 years together, the Backstreet Boys took over the Gibson Amphitheatre for one of the final shows there. This was the first time in 10 years that it was all 5 members of the group: Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson. Kevin left the group after the “Never Gone” album and tour.

So they may not be filling the seats like they used to (leave that to boy band du jour One Direction). What can we expect from BSB 2013? The Boys showed that they still have the hits and the moves to keep the crowd on their feet for most of the 2 hour show. This was the smallest venue the band has played in a while, so it was nice to see them up closer.

The Boys came on around 9:30 PM, with a video intro set to the James Bond theme. They emerged at the top of the stairs, with AJ singing “Everybody”. “Everybody” was just the rallying cry for the real first song which was “The Call” from their “Black & Blue” album. They were all dressed in designer suits. But that didn’t stop them from dancing.

The stage itself was made of lighted platforms on the sides, and a staircase in the middle. The front of the stage was a T-shaped walkway that lead into the party pit (so they could get close to their fans). They also performed at the back of the stage too, with a video backdrop.

The show provided hit after hit, with some new songs from their latest CD “In a World Like This” thrown in. Kevin hit it on the head, when he said, “Who wants to party like it’s 1999?” Referring to the band’s hey day of the late 1990’s to early 2000’s. The bulk of the show was from the group’s first three albums: “Backstreet Boys,” “Millenium” and “Black & Blue”. With a few selections from “Never Gone” too, but nothing from “Unbreakable,” “This is Us” or the NKOTBSB joint songs.

The New Kids probably caused BSB to step up their game. I saw that joint tour, and felt that New Kids were better. This was the first time in years, I have seen BSB dance as much as they did during this show. And to look and sound good doing it too, is a testament to what great entertainers these guys are. They are and always have been much more than a boy band. They are a vocal group!

The audience was very hyped for the show. They knew all the words to the songs, and sang along loudly to all the old ones for sure. And yes, they were still screaming for the Boys (as they still look good). The new songs were decently received by the crowd, though some of my favorites from the new album were not played.

An acoustic segment during the middle of the show featured “Safest Place to Hide” (just the chorus), “10,000 Promises,” “Madeleine” (which they said they were inspired to write after hearing about LGBT suicides), and “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)”. A crowd of around 50 people sat behind them on stage while they played their instruments. Howie, Brian and Nick all played guitars, while Kevin and AJ helped out on percussion. This is the segment I thought I would hear ‘Try” and “Trust Me” from the new CD, since they have a stripped down folk-vibe to them. But they did not sing them. Instead we got “10,000 Promises” which they played on the NKOTBSB tour.

The weakest part of the show were some of the transitions. A little video Q&A session with the Boys (asking who’s the sexist, funniest, etc.) seemed to be there to pass the time during a costume change. They also showed a preview for “Backstreet Boys — The Movie”, a new documentary coming out about the group. Plus all the guys took time to thank their friends and family for their love and support (there seemed to be a lot of them in the audience.) I would have liked to have heard more from the band, some solos maybe, or a number by a backgound vocalist (but I don’t think there were any, plus the band was pretty much hidden on stage too).

Opening acts could have been cut or shorter in my opinion. So Brian is pushing his son to be a singer. His voice is not quite there yet. He did better on the Jackson 5 song than the Mariah one. DJ Pauly D was a decent DJ, mixing old school favorites in with today’s top hits. Jesse McCartney was a good performer — but I was very disappointed with his song selection. He basically ignored his 1st and 2nd albums in favor of his 3rd CD, and some new songs. He can definitely sing and dance — I just wish it was on other material.

The 1-2 punch of BSB favorites “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” and “Larger Than Life” closed the show.  The crowd was with them for it, dancing and singing along like they had been all night. Thanks, guys for a great evening. You are true entertainers and have earned your superstar status.

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Roxette Returns to Pop Scene

Roxette
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Gibson Amphitheatre

Special guest: Sonic DJ

Charm School Tour

Songs Performed: Dressed for Success, Sleeping in My Car, The Big L., Spending My Time, Stars, She’s Got Nothing On (But the Radio), Perfect Day, Things Will Never Be the Same, It Must Have Been Love, 7Twenty7, Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave), Crash Boom Bang, How Do You Do!, Dangerous, Joyride, Listen to Your Heart, The Look, Church of Your Heart

Comments: Late 80’s-early 90’s Swedish hitmakers Roxette returned to the stage in the US for the first time in 20 years. And based on the reaction from their fans, it has been way too long! They had the crowd standing for most of the 1 hour and 45 minute show. This was definitely their chance to reconnect with their fans.Roxette 2012

Roxette are a duo consisting of Marie Fredriksson on vocals and Per Gessle on vocals and guitar. You are probably saying to yourself, I didn’t know they were still around. You are not alone. After the “Crash Boom Bang” album in 1994, they pretty much disappeared from the US music scene. They continued to be popular in Europe. But then Marie was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2002, from which she recovered. The tumor left her partially blind in one eye. So she has balance issues now and doesn’t move around on stage like she used to. They have also released successful solo albums in Europe as well as performed solo or together on different occasions.

Their current tour is their first in 15 years, and was preceded by the release of their 9th studio album “Traveling” back in March. The tour started in February 2011 in Russia and is expected to play 130 dates (800,000+ people in 2011 alone) ending in October of this year. So yes, there will be a lot of traveling going on.

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