What is the appetite these days for the kind of entertainment put out by the likes of the Backstreet Boys? And if Backstreet’s back (alright!), can Aaron Carter get some of that?
One of the most popular acts in the boy-band resurgence of the late ‘90s, the Backstreet Boys will bring a 24-city North American tour in support of a new album to the Cruzan Amphitheater in West Palm Beach on Aug. 25. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Friday at LiveNation.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, priced at $35-$95.
The shows mark the first time a Backstreet tour has included all the five original members: Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Litrell, A.J. McLean and Kevin Richardson. Opening acts are pop singer Jesse McCartney and “Jersey Shore” star DJ Pauly D.
The new album, “In a World Like This,” is due for release July 30.
There was a time when Nick Carter’s little brother, Aaron, looked like he might become the most famous bedroom-poster boy in the family. As a tween pop act, he was cute as a puppy, could rap and sing, and the young girls who heard songs from the album “Aaron’s Party: Come Get It” on Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel certainly got it.
By age 13, Aaron had a platinum album and his own action figure. He was Beiber before Beiber was.
But things played out like they do sometimes: He got older, fans proved fickle, and there was the inevitable girl trouble (he could write a book about Hillary Duff vs. Lindsay Lohan), followed by “Dancing with the Stars” and a month in 2011 rehabbing at the Betty Ford Center.
Earlier this year, however, Carter kicked off his first tour in eight years, an 80-city sweep that includes a show at 9 p.m. Saturday at Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Ave., Miami). While most Backstreet tickets are going to set you back three figures (with fees), admission to Aaron Carter’s show is free. Info: 305-649-3000, MagicCityCasino.com.
Carter is reportedly working on a new album with a new sound, but Saturday's show won't have any of that. Which is what he believes fans want. In describing his tour to the Chicago Tribune, Carter said:
"I perform all my material like I'm the same guy. I perform the same songs. I sing in the same key. I don't change anything, so when they come to my shows they get the nostalgia that they're looking for, they get the feeling that they're looking for. When I walk into a Kmart or a Target, I always look for a Ninja Turtle doll, but I can never find it. These girls, they get to get that. That's what I offer. I offer the nostalgia that they want."