Boy bands unite

Alex Mendoza

     Grown up fans of ‘N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and Aaron Carter can finally dust off their CD players and flood their bedrooms with boy band music once again. These artists announced last January that they will be uniting for a comeback tour across America, performing all of their old hits from the late nineties and early 2000’s.

     “It wasn’t easy getting Justin to agree, but after awhile he finally started liking the idea,” Lance Bass, former ‘N Sync backup singer, said. “We’re all really excited to be going on this tour together after all these years.”

     The Backstreet Boys, who found minimal success over a decade ago after a runaway string of hits, also agreed to set aside the recording of their new album to join ‘N Sync on the tour.

     “It feels good to get back into that groove and remember what got us into the success we experienced,” Brian Littrell, leader of the Backstreet Boys, said. “Me and the guys have actually thought of something like this for awhile but never got to doing it.  Now that it’s been green-lit and LiveNation agreed to fund the tour, it’s like a dream becoming reality.”

     LiveNation is one of the most prominent live-events and music management companies in the world, supporting acts such as Shakira and Jay-Z.  Added to the roster of the biggest comeback tour in boy band history is Aaron Carter, known for his party-themed hip hop attempts.

     “Being able to expose my music to a whole different generation is a great opportunity, and this tour will probably help generate a buzz for my latest album, too,” Carter said.

     The tour, reportedly called “Remember Us?” will begin later this April and end around late October. Major cities across the country, including New York City, St. Louis, Miami and Los Angeles, have been confirmed as stops on the tour.  In addition to stops in major cities, fans can also request a show to be held in their hometown on the tour’s official website.  Cedar Park residents have cast in the most votes in all of the U.S.’s non-major cities, with around 70,300 votes in total.

      A special tour stop will be held at the Cedar Park Center and will be sure to sell out.

     “I’m so excited that they’re all coming to Cedar Park in May!” Lindsey McIntire, freshman, said. “When I was little I used to listen to them all the time, and now that they’ll be all together in one place doing all their hits, it’ll be so perfect!”

     Seats have been selling quickly all across the country since the announcement of the tour.  Because of the new buzz surrounding the boy bands, there have been significant drop-offs and declines in ticket sales for contemporary pop artists such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.  A revival seems to be in the works, and ‘N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and Aaron Carter are all poised to reap the rewards.

*This story ran in our April Fool’s issue and is a joke article