The Backstreet Boys believe boybands are not as “entertaining” as they were.
The popular American group, which is comprised of AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell, are not impressed by their contemporaries and believe the “new wave” of bands try too hard to be different from their predecessors they become less interesting.
Speaking about their peers to Elle Online, Howie, 43, said: “The new wave of boy band says, ‘Oh, we don’t do what they do.’ But to be honest, to me, it’s not as entertaining. What we do is we truly entertain people. Music, staging, dancing, everything.”
And Nick believes the ‘Everybody’ hitmakers have “always” been able to make “great music” and hit records, although their priority has always been about putting on an unforgettable performance.
The 37-year-old hunk – who is currently taking part in the residency show in Las Vegas titled ‘Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life’ with his fellow band members – added: “I think that’s why we’re still here in a lot of ways. Because it was always about a show. Regardless, we could always make great music and we could have hits. But whenever we hit the stage, we had to give a show that people would remember and that stood on its own.”
And the group, who formed in Orlando in 1993, are glad they didn’t have social media around when they were younger because they think their antics would have caused a huge stir on the internet. The golden-haired heartthrob said: “I’ll tell you this. There is some s**t that AJ and I both did that I’m really glad that social media wasn’t around for. Because Justin Bieber couldn’t hold a candle to what we did.”
AJ, 39, added: “We would have been like TMZ’s saving grace, bro. Just anything from me being drunk or irate at a club. Or me walking naked down the hallway in a hotel for no apparent reason. Just random stuff that never really got out.”