Superstar boy bands New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys , who each spent a segment of the ’90s causing teen-girl hysteria with their squeaky-clean party jams and baby-faced good looks, are now joining forces for a U.S. tour in June.
On Sunday night (November 21), the country got a taste of what an NKOTBSB show will look like when the nine-member collective closed the 2010 American Music Awards .
Before hitting the AMA stage, the fellas told MTV News that the
collaborative awards-show production mirrors the staging of their upcoming trek.
“It’s gonna be exactly what they see on the tour,” NKOTB’s Jordan Knight said of the show, in which the guys took turns belting pop smashes by both groups. “I think a lot of people, when they hear New Kids are going on tour with the Backstreet Boys, they think we’re gonna, like, [face] off; we’re gonna be some kind of rivalry. But that’s not the case. They’re gonna see tonight onstage that it’s a collaboration, that we get along … and you’ll see it on our performance.”
The amiable rapport among the crew is definitely evident when the guys talk about each band’s contribution to pop music. Members of NKOTB and BSB maintain that the groups have a symbiotic relationship: The New Kids paved the way, and the Boys kept the boy-band phenomenon alive.
“In many ways, they contemporize us. They brought us to the forefront,” NKOTB’s Joey McIntyre explained. “When the Backstreet Boys came out, at first you’re like, ’OK, these guys are kinda doing their thing.’ To get the credit that somehow we started [the boy-band trend] – which we didn’t, ’cause there’s New Edition and the Jackson 5 and this tradition’s being going on forever – they kinda shed a light on what we did too, and that’s nice.”
Nick Carter added that the “Larger Than Life” crooners were amped to hit the road with their ’90s teen-idol forefathers.
“We appreciate and respect everything that these guys have done for the
music industry, and now it’s just great to be together,” he said. “I think that’s what’s awesome.”
NKOTB’s resident bad boy Danny Wahlberg compared the team-up to a successful partnership straight out of Hollywood.
“It’s Rocky and Apollo taking out Mr. T,” he quipped, as the fellas laughed.
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