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Backstreet Boys documentary clip: Nick struggles recording 'Madeleine'

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If you’ve yet to see the Backstreet Boys documentary, Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of, Fathom Events is offering one more chance to catch the film when it re-releases it in 400 cinemas nationwide on May 13. Added bonus: The film will be followed by a recording of a live acoustic performance that the band performed at the U.K. premiere of the documentary in February.

In anticipation of the film’s re-release, we have an exclusive deleted scene from the emotional documentary, in which Nick Carter struggles to find his vocals for “Madeleine.” 

“With the death of his sister, when we were actually cutting that song, [Nick] was having trouble channeling what he wanted his vocal to sound like,” A.J. McLean said. “And we were like, ‘Think about Leslie.'”

“This song talks about overcoming adversity and really going from having this negative outlook on life to just rising up to the occasion,” McLean continued. “When I approached our producing team, I had a long talk with them the day before they actually wrote ‘Madeleine’ about all this online bullying, all the anti-gay rallies. I’m a huge advocate for the LGBTQ community. I always have been, always will be. To keep turning on CNN and it’s another gay teen suicide, another gay teen bully, it was driving me bats–t crazy.

“Madeleine [is] like a perfect rendition of anyone who’s stuck in a rut and really doesn’t know how to climb out of this negative bubble that they’re in. But if you really hold on and you rise up, you can accomplish whatever you need. You can tell the bullies to eff off and you can really focus on being happy with yourself. Once we had that talk with Nick and he really started to channel his inner demons and come to terms with the fact that his sister passed away, I think he really then honed in on how he wanted his vocal to sound. And it just became this amazing vocal. It’s one of my favorites on the album just because what the story behind it is. It’s a great song period but to know what it’s underlying subject matter is is really, really powerful to me.”

Furthermore, for fans who attend the Fathom Event, “Madeleine” is only one of the songs they’ll get to see performed in the acoustic set. According to McLean, the guys also performed “Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” and “I Want It That Way.”

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