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Saturday, May 23, 2015

THE 1995 [BSB Live in Manila Concert Round Up]

Photos by Kris Rocha

“Are you ready to party like you’re 15 again?”

To say the answer to Nick Carter’s question was met with a resounding and deafening yes during the band’s “In a World like This Tour” concert at the MOA Arena would be an utter understatement. The screaming, which started way before boys emerged singing onstage to “The Call”, never once faltered. The energy was flawlessly sustained from start to finish. After all, watching BSB really is about going back to a period of super fandom, early MTV and first teen crushes. This was the concert equivalent of a high school reunion.

It was a night of 90s nostalgia and the sold-out arena, mostly composed of people aged between 25 and 40, all ready to become teenagers again. “You have to act like you’re 15 again”, Carter also exclaimed. And thus it felt like way beyond ’99, but the 1995.

Evident however, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson have traded their boyish good looks for a more grow-up appeal. But age really didn’t seem to have hinder the Backstreet Boys’ moments on stage.

“We just celebrated our 22nd anniversary! And we are so happy to be with you, Manila!” Brian excitedly announced. Of which, more screams followed.

Performance-wise, the band was busting out all the synchronized dance moves, augmented by fedora hats on “All I Have to Give” and the classic mic-stand choreography on “As Long As You Love Me”. They promised all the hits and delivered all their groove-worthy hits and chart-topping ballads. From “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”, “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely”, and “I’ll Be the One”, to “Drowning”, “Incomplete” and monstrous “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)”. The crowd lapped it all up and sang (or screamed) along, even during the acoustic set.

If there’s another thing that can be appreciated about the concert is when Brian shared his heartfelt gratitude towards the fans. "You guys are the only reason why the Backstreet Boys are still here. Thank you guys, thank you. We are gracious and honored to be here. ”

And we the fans love you back. Whether we were born 1985, 1995 or 2005, you truly cannot escape the magic of the Backstreet Boys.

Backstreet Boys In A World Like This World Tour in Manila is presented by Ovation Productions.

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