Backstreet's A.J. 'Psyched' To Return, Says Howie D.

Bandmate says group took best advantage of unexpected break.

A.J. McLean is "doing great" and is ready to get back on the road with his fellow Backstreet Boys, bandmate Howie Dorough said on "TRL."

"[A.J.] looks great — he's put on a little bit of weight, his hair is platinum blond," Dorough told "TRL" host Carson Daly on Friday (August 17). "He's really psyched to get back out there — he can't wait."

McLean, who entered rehab last month for treatment of alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety, recently began care at a "transitional care" facility in Los Angeles (see "Backstreet Boys On Course To Continue Tour As Planned").

After postponing their tour twice because of McLean's problems, BSB say they plan to go back on the road beginning August 24 in Milwaukee. (Click for photos from their Black & Blue tour.)

The "TRL" audience cheered as Dorough said that the time off turned out to be a blessing for the whole group.

"It was definitely an unexpected break here that we had," Dorough said. "We took advantage of it — we're all rested up now, we're psyched up, we're ready to get back out there. We've had a chance to sit back and really think about all this — [the break] gave us a chance to really reevaluate our lives and our careers and our health."

Backstreet Boys' tour itinerary, according to the group's publicity firm:

  • 8/24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center

  • 8/25 - Cincinnati, OH @ Firstar Center

  • 8/26 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Riverport Amphitheatre

  • 8/27 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena

  • 8/29 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center

  • 8/30 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome

  • 8/31 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena

  • 9/4 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum

  • 9/6 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena

  • 9/7 - East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena

  • 9/8 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter

  • 9/9 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter

  • 9/10 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter

  • 9/12 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

  • 9/13 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

  • 9/14 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

  • 9/15 - Ottawa, ON @ Corel Centre

  • 9/17 - Montreal, QC @ Molson Centre

  • 9/18 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena

  • 9/19 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena

  • 9/20 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills

  • 9/22 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center

  • 9/23 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

  • 9/26 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome

  • 9/27 - Calgary, AB @ Pengrowth Saddledome

  • 9/28 - Edmonton, AB @ Skyreach Centre

  • 10/1 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place

  • 10/2 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena

  • 10/4 - Nampa, ID @ The Idaho Center

  • 10/5 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center

  • 10/7 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion

  • 10/10 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

  • 10/12 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion

  • 10/13 - Devore, CA @ G.H. Blockbuster Pavilion

  • 10/15 - San Jose, CA @ Compaq Center at San Jose

  • 10/17 - Bakersfield, CA @ Centennial Garden

  • 10/19 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden

  • 10/20 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheater

For a feature interview with Backstreet Boys about A.J., check out "Backstreet Boys: 'We Want To Be Honest' ".

For our full coverage of A.J. McLean, check out "Backstreet Boys: The A.J. Files".