Excuse me while I frantically dial my sister and yell “Backstreet’s back, alright!” into the phone. The boy band sensation is at it again with all five members on board. They visited the set of Good Morning America earlier today to announce that they are already recording an album in London and plan to perform for the show’s Summer Concert Series.
This comeback is in preparation for their 20th anniversary. This just in – you’re old. Click through to see what the band looks like now!
Backstreet Boys was formed in 1992 in Orlando and became a hit in Europe during the first couple years. They didn’t strike gold in America until 1997 with the single “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)”, released on their Backstreets Back album. But the band’s popularity fizzled out in the early 2000’s. Kevin Richardson officially left the group in 2006 to pursue other interests.
In recent years, the four remaining members started touring with The New Kids On The Block in 2010, forming a supergroup known as NKOTBSB. The tour ended in 2011 and Kevin Richardson rejoined earlier this year
The band has seen its fair share of dysfunction and money issues. (They filed a lawsuit against their owner, Lou Pearlman, for profit discrepancies. He is now in jail for one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in American history.) But despite solo failures, rehab stints and member departures, the band’s plan to fully overcome their struggles hopes to refresh the inner teenybopper that’s still in old fans.
There is no word yet on the album’s release date, but their performance scheduled for August 31 on Good Morning America will be the first performance with all five members since 2005.
Are you still a Backstreet Boys fan? Will you be tuning in to see the boy band’s comeback?