Sunday night I met up with Lisa and we headed to Oakdale to see the Backstreet Boys. We hadn’t seen them since 2001 and I haven’t really kept up with them much since then. I checked out the set list on wikipedia ahead of time and there were only a few songs I didn’t recognize so I was glad for that.
We picked up our tickets at will call, which took a while because apparently fanclub tickets were kept separate than everyone elses.
The opening act was Donnie Klang from Making the Band 4. I have no idea who he is because I haven’t kept up with Making the Band since O-Town was formed, long before Diddy took it over (or whatever it is he is going by now) Donnie was cute, he could sing, but a lot of his lyrics were L-A-M-E. Hopefully he didn’t write them all himself.
BSB came out and made their way into a boxing ring and began their set. It was a great mix of both new and old so it wasn’t too many songs in a row that I weren’t familiar with. However, I thought that holding up huge signs was something that we got over after we were 12 or 14. Or maybe that was just me. Fortunately for me, most of these so called fans left before the show was over so I at least was able to have an unobstructed view for the last several songs.
The boys (or are they men now?) were very candid and silly – the stage was a much more stripped down version than the production we saw in 2001. Kevin was missing – but you wouldn’t even know it. It’s not like he had many parts in the songs anyway!
As we pulled out of the parking lot after the show, there was a crowd of girls waiting for one of the boys to come out. Of course, I thought no one would come out but as we drove by Howie came out to a sea of screaming girls. Many girls had also drove by and parked on the side street and ran back to catch a glimpse of them. Maybe they were Never Gone afterall…
Pictures and setlist under the cut
Larger Than Life / Stronger
Any Other Way
You Can Let Go
I Want It That Way
Shes Like The Sun (Howie Solo)
Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
More Than That
Drive By Love (AJs disturbing solo)
I Got You (Nick Solo)
Quit Playin Games (With My Heart)
As Long As You Love Me
All I Have To Give
I’ll Never Break Your Heart
Welcome Home (Brian Solo)
Treat Me Right
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
Shape Of My Heart