Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean reclaimed his alter ego, Johnny No Name, when he kicked off his solo tour on Monday in Los Angeles, to benefit VH1's Save The Music Foundation.
With a British accent and handcuffs in tow, A.J. dove into the role of English bad boy Johnny No Name and delivered a diverse set including covers of songs by Rage Against The Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Tonic, and Brian McKnight.
He also threw in a couple of Backstreet Boys tunes, which MTV News' Chris Connelly found got an even bigger response when performed by Johnny No Name.
"There's lots of screaming, lots of craziness, you know," the artist usually known as A.J. told Connelly. "Lot of craziness, all right... I actually get a lot more panties than Backstreet gets. I get all the good panties. I get more thongs.... Everyone else gets the wideback, I get the thongs."
While still in character, A.J. said that Johnny No Name wants to release a live album and is looking for a producer. The singer's
alter ego added that he's even talked with Fred Durst about working together.
Here's how the rest of the Johnny No Name tour looks:
- 4/1 - Milwaukee, WI @ Modjaska Theater
- 4/2 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Quest
- 4/4 - Chicago, IL @ Rosemont Theater
- 4/5 - Detroit, MI @ State Theater
- 4/7 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
- 4/9 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza