Backstreet Boys To Continue Arena Tour

Month of Millennium shows will kick off in Pennsylvania in February.

Pop group the Backstreet Boys, whose latest album, Millennium, is

one of the two best-selling releases of 1999, will continue their North

American arena tour with a new set of dates next year.

The outing will resume Feb. 11 in University Park, Pa., according to an

itinerary posted on the band's official website (www.backstreetboys.com).

The tour will end March 10 in Indianapolis. After that, the group plans

to return to the recording studio to work on a new LP, due in the fall,

according to Jive Records.

The band's most recent set of dates, which began in September, sold out

nationwide in about an hour, according to the group's publicist, Marcee

Rondan.

Since its release in May, Millennium has sold more than 9 million

copies, tying with fellow pop act Britney Spears' ... Baby

One More Time as the best-selling album of the year, according to the

Recording Industry Association of America.

"I Want It That Way" (RealAudio

excerpt), a midtempo pop song from the album, was a major hit

earlier this year.

The group, which formed in Orlando, Fla., in the early '90s, first found

U.S. success with Backstreet Boys (1997). That album spawned

multiple hits, including "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" and "As

Long as You Love Me" (RealAudio

excerpt).

In November, the Backstreet Boys resolved a contract dispute with Jive

Records and agreed to record five additional albums for the label.

Backstreet Boys tour dates:

Feb. 11–12; University Park, Pa.; Bryce Jordan Center

Feb. 14–15; Albany, N.Y.; Pepsi Arena

Feb. 17; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlotte Coliseum

Feb. 18; Raleigh, N.C.; Raleigh Sports and Entertainment Arena

Feb. 19; Atlanta, Ga.; Georgia Dome

Feb. 22; Greenville, S.C.; Bi-Lo Center

Feb. 24; St. Petersburg, Fla.; Tropicana Field

Feb. 26; New Orleans, La.; Louisiana Superdome

Feb. 29–30; Houston, Texas; Compaq Center

March 1; San Antonio, Texas; Alamodome

March 3–4; Dallas, Texas; Reunion Arena

March 5; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Myriad Convention Center

March 7; St. Louis, Mo.; Transworld Dome

March 9; Cleveland, Ohio; Gund Arena

March 10; Indianapolis, Ind.; Conseco Fieldhouse