Cries and delirious nostalgia

Cries and delirious nostalgia


Stars in their eyes and racing hearts, thousands of exuberant Backstreet Boys fans reconnected with their childhood and/or teenage loves Friday night at a Videotron Center overheated by their shrill cries.

The use of the feminine in this account is obviously not coquetry. To the eye, and without exaggerating, the girls accounted for at least 90% of the public for this reunion, five years after the triumph of the boys band on the Plains of Abraham.

< p>A traffic officer made us realize this as soon as we arrived near the amphitheater. “Are you going to the show? Yes ? So you are the number 19 male spectator that I count, ”he told us.

Very happy admirers.

His margin for error must have been very slim.

Further away, shouts of joy escaped from a car pulling into the parking lot.

Welcome to Backstreet Boys City!

After being tested by two pandemic postponements of the concert (from September 2020 to September 2021, then to Friday) and having suffered three times on giant screens the cheesy advertising of the Christmas album that the group will launch in fall, fanatics of the popular boy bandwere finally able to shout with all their might when the lights went out and Nick, Brian, Howie, AJ and Kevin appeared, preceded by a dazzling sound and light presentation.

In a supercharged atmosphere, the Backstreet Boys pleased their admirers from Quebec last night at the Center Vidéotron.


Therefore, we witnessed a generous chain of greatest hits from their four albums released between 1996 and 2000, interspersed with several tracks from their recent < em>DNA. A total of 32 tracks, in whole or in part.

Obviously, nostalgia won hands down all evening. Inserted at the end of the first of four blocks of songs, Get Down (You’re The One For Me) had the audience screaming. Ditto for Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely, Shape Of My Heart and Quit Playing Games (With My Heart). It was inevitably delirious.


“You're the loudest crowd on the tour,” the guys even went so far as to say, a compliment we take with a grain of salt given BSB's worldwide appeal. world.

The Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.

On the staging side, the quintet went all out. The removable giant screens and a pentagonal walkway extending to the floor allowed them to create a feeling of closeness with the fans. The play of light was superb and the choreography executed to perfection.

Vocally, it was sometimes a hassle, especially for Brian, but no one was going to take offense, especially since the fans were there to support them by singing along to songs they know by heart.

< p>On several occasions, the five idols thanked the public and recalled the importance that the love of Quebec women had in propelling their careers to the heights in the 1990s.

In the last right, the frenzy reached another level when the band, dressed all in white, unpinned Everybody (Backstreet's Back), We've Got It Going On and I Want It That Way< /em>. As a reminder, the fate of our tinnitus was definitively sealed by the final explosive on the tune of Larger Than Life.

Larger than life? That couldn't sum up how the fans perceived them Friday night on stage.

►The DNA Tour will be at the Bell Center in Montreal, Saturday night.