Everybody: Backstreet’s back! Or more accurately, they’ve been here all along — for 25 years, now.
On Friday, the Backstreet Boys — Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, and Kevin Richardson — celebrated their 25th anniversary. The band shared a message with fans on their official Twitter page, writing, “On April 20th, 1993 we became the Backstreet Boys. If you would have told us that 25 years later we would still be making music together, we would have never believed you. Thank you… Who’s ready for another 25 years?”
In 2016, the Boys shared their memories of the early days of the band, touring schools and rehearsing in a blimp hangar, in EW’s oral history of the Backstreet Boys. The five band members came together after entrepreneur Lou Pearlman decided to form an all-male vocal group to rival New Kids on the Block.
“We would go to New York and sing a cappella for record executives, but none of them were really into it,” Littrell recalled of the earliest incarnation of the band.
“What got us signed was Johnny [Wright] would send footage that AJ’s mom recorded at these schools to the record companies,” said Richardson. “We were in Columbus, Ohio, playing a Mothers Against Drunk Driving event when we got signed.”
Twenty-five years later, The Backstreet Boys are still making ladies swoon. Last year they played a 26-show Las Vegas residency called “Larger Than Life,” and have participated in a yearly Backstreet Boys cruise for fans. They even got a shout-out in last week’s episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, in one of this season’s most memorable cold opens.
The Backstreet Boys are currently playing shows in Dubai before heading back to Vegas this summer for another residency. Ticket information for their upcoming events can be found on their website.