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Screams and delirious nostalgia | The Quebec Newspaper

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

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The use of the feminine in this tale is obviously not flirtatious. By eye, and without exaggerating, the girls represented at least 90% of the audience for this reunion, five years after the triumph of the group of guys on the plains of Abraham.

A traffic attendant let us know as soon as we arrived near the amphitheater. “Are you going to the show? Yup ? So you’re the 19 male spectator I count, ”he told us.


Very happy admirers.

Photo QMI Agency, Pascal Huot

Very happy admirers.

His margin of error had to be very small.

Further on, shouts of joy came out of a car as it pulled into the parking lot.

welcome to Backstreet Boys Town !

After being put to the test 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 commercials of the Christmas album that the group will launch in the fall, the popular fanatics group of guys they were finally able to scream with all their might as the lights went out and Nick, Brian, Howie, AJ and Kevin appeared, preceded by a dazzling presentation of light and sound.


In an atmosphere full of energy, the Backstreet Boys satisfied their Quebec admirers last night at the Videotron Center.

Photo QMI Agency, Pascal Huot

In an atmosphere full of energy, the Backstreet Boys satisfied their Quebec admirers last night at the Videotron Center.

Generous

Since then, we’ve seen a generous sequence of the biggest hits from their four albums released between 1996 and 2000, interspersed with several tracks from their recent DNA. A total of 32 titles, in whole or in part.

Obviously, it was nostalgia that won the whole evening hands down. Inserted at the end of the first of four blocks of songs, Get off (you are the one for me) made the spectators scream. The same for the Show me the meaning of being alone, shape of my heart And Stop playing with my heart). It was inevitably delusional.

Proximity

“You’re the loudest audience 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.


Back street kid Nick Carter.

Photo QMI Agency, Pascal Huot

Back street kid Nick Carter.

Side setting, the quintet has put the package. Removable giant screens and a pentagonal walkway that extends all the way to the floor allowed them to create a feeling of closeness with fans. The lighting effects were superb and the choreography performed perfectly.

Vocally, it was a nuisance at times, especially for Brian, but no one would take offense, especially as fans were there to support them by singing songs they knew by heart together.

On several occasions, the five idols thanked the audience and remembered the importance that love for Quebec women had in taking their careers to the heights of the 1990s.

Along the way, the frenzy reached another level as the group, dressed all in white, unlocked Everyone (Backstreet’s Back), we made it And I want it like this. As a reminder, the fate of our tinnitus was definitively sealed by the final explosive on the notes of Larger than life.

Bigger than life? This cannot sum up how fans perceived them on Friday night on stage.

►The tour DNA will be at the Bell Center in Montreal on Saturday night.

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