Backstreet Boys Announce Tour With New Kids On The Block

Just as I would have done a decade ago, I'm heading to the mall to go shopping for what will be the concert event of 2011. That's right, it's confirmed: Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block will be hiting the road together next year.

Ryan Seacrest, being the pop culture god that he is, broke the news on Wednesday (November 3). It wasn't only piece of information that sent boy band-loving fans' hearts aflutter, as Seacrest also confirmed that all of the members of both groups will be performing together on the American Music Awards on Sunday, November 21.

As far as the tour goes, it will kick off next summer and will cover the entire United States. Further details (like when and where it will kick off and exactly how many cities the men will play) are still to be announced. However, Seacrest did note that there will be a total of nine guys on stage, which means that former BSB member Kevin Richardson is still missing in action. That's fine. We'll take it. News of their joint venture has been buzzing for quite some time, especially since BSB hit the stage with NKOTB back in June without telling me.

This time around, I've been warned well in advance, and I'm already saving up for tickets to every New York area show there is. In the meantime, I have already programmed my TiVo to capture the AMA performance as well as Backstreet's visit to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" this afternoon (which will feature Kevin — what a tease!) for a chat with the talk show icon about their lives as pop stars.