The Backstreet Boys’ DNA World Tour is coming to Everett. Younger me is freaking out right now.
I was 6 years old when the Backstreet Boys — who are scheduled to perform July 29 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett — released their third album, “Millennium,” in 1999.
I remember jumping up on the couch, imaginary microphone in hand, to sing R&B-pop hits like “I Want It That Way.” I memorized each band member’s name, and chose a favorite. (It was a toss-up between Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson.)
My generation was crazy about the boy band. Their synchronized dance moves, sweet harmonies and catchy lyrics earned them fanboys and fangirls alike. Their well-scrubbed good looks certainly didn’t hurt their appeal.
Along with fellow late-1990s boy band NSYNC, they blazed the trail for today’s teen pop.
The Backstreet Boys have sold more records than any other boy band (more than 100 million worldwide) and are the only boy band to have their first 10 albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200.
Most of their success came between 1997 and 2002. So why are they still touring?
They’re still putting out hits, that’s why. Their 2019 album “DNA” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. And talk about a milestone: the 19-year gap between topping the charts is the third longest of all time, behind Santana (28 years) and Paul McCartney (36 years).
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (no relation to the 1976 Elton John-Kiki Dee hit), the album’s lead single about being cautious in a new relationship, received a Grammy nomination for the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance in 2018. Fans should know singing about romance is nothing new for the boy band.
They even crossed over from their R&B-pop roots to country with “God, Your Mama, And Me,” a collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, which sold more than 1 million copies in 2017.
So they’ve got newer material to go along with such hits from my youth as “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “Shape of My Heart” and “Larger Than Life.”
The Everett show is shaping up to be a spectacle.
Corey Margolis, Angel of the Winds Arena general manager, said the Backstreet Boys are bringing “18 trucks” worth of gear and a custom-designed stage. Their previous shows on the tour, which kicked off its North American leg last week in Washington, D.C., have included a massive display behind the stage and a rising platform to sing above the crowd.
Margolis expects to see a lot of young parents who grew up listening to the Backstreet Boys accompanying their kids at the concert.
“From the looks of it, it’s going to be a fantastic show,” he said. “They created such great memories for so many people and they continue to make music and build on those memories. There’s not a lot of bands that can match their level.”
Evan Thompson: 425-339-3427, firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @ByEvanThompson.
If you go
The Backstreet Boys will perform at 8 p.m. July 29 at Angel Of The Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett.
Tickets range from $45-$149. Call 1-866-332-8499. More at www.angelofthewindsarena.com.