Backstreet's A.J. Goes Solo... Sort Of

The Backstreet Boys' "Into The Millennium" North American tour ends Wednesday night in Toronto, but A.J. McLean won't be off the road for long.

A.J., using the pseudonym "Johnny No Name," kicks off his first solo tour in Los Angeles on March 27 with scheduled stops in Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Washington D.C., and New York. All shows will benefit VH1's "Save The Music" education program.

The singer's mother and manager, Denise McLean, told MTV News on Monday that her son's hour-plus set will consist of material ranging from Stone Temple Pilots and Eminem covers to Brian McKnight's "Back At One" and A.J.'s own composition "If You Knew What I Knew."

A.J.'s first solo gig came last December when he performed as "Johnny Suede" at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, but he insists that all things Backstreet come before thoughts of a solo album.

"It's definitely not going to happen anytime before the next album,

but it will probably happen sometime after the next album," McLean recently told MTV News' John Norris of a potential solo offering. "We have some ideas, collectively as a group, about doing something really different for this next album that has never really been done before, which will kind of display each of our solo abilities." [RealVideo]

For his first solo tour, A.J. will bring along the Backstreet Boys band, and as opening acts, percussionist Mindy Abair and L.A. girl group Nobody's Angel.

If you want to catch A.J. all by his lonesome, here's where to look:

  • 3/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern Theater
  • 3/28 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock
  • 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