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Are The Backstreet Boys And Spice Girls Really Touring Together?!

'Tell me what you want, what you really really want/ I want it that way.'

In case you forgot, 1996 was an awesome year in pop music.

Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men had us dreaming of "One Sweet Day," Aaliyah arrived as One in a Million, and the world got to meet two of its breakthrough obsessions, the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls.

Flash forward to almost 20 years later (yes, we are old ?) and BSB are finally ready to take a tour of Spice World. For real.

A.J. McLean -- you might remember him as the one who had funky facial hair/glasses/jewelry/ATTITUDE -- talked to Rolling Stone about the upcoming anniversary of BSB's debut album (eponymously dubbed Backstreet Boys because that's all you need right there). And in the most amazing reveal, he said he and the boys do indeed have plans to share the wealth of joy with the Spice Girls, who are also celebrating 20 years since their debut LP, Spice.

"The Spice Girls tour has been this idea bouncing around for the past year and a half, and it's something we're still talking about," McLean told the mag. "But we're going back in on the 12th to dust off the cobwebs. We're working with a new producer, Jay Cash, who wrote 'Sugar' for Maroon 5. This is just the beginning phase, but we're hoping to have the album done before our cruise in May."

Nick Carter, eternal boyband leader extraordinaire, followed McLean's news by revealing that the whole thing was maybe-kinda his idea. He told E! Online, "I actually did a little Twitter shout-out to Mel B because we're friends and I said, ‘Hey this could be a cool idea. What if we did a Backstreet Boys-Spice Girls tour?'

"And there were talks in the past about it and we had done the New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys tour in the past," he continued. "I think this would be that last hurrah -- the two big groups from the late ‘90s. Maybe do a world tour, stadiums, stuff like that and do a package together. It's just an idea."

THIS IS NOT A DRILL, guys. You read what they said. It sounds like "2 Become 1" might actually happen.

  • Which means BSB might help the girls recreate their epic one-shot "Wannabe" video moves.
  • And, in turn, the gals can help 'em remind everyone to "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)."
  • And then the two groups can find some way to mash up "Say You'll Be There" and "Anywhere For You" because it makes 100% sense, and we need this.