Ramiro Burr of the San Antonio Express-News spoke with Smash Mouth guitarist/songwriter Greg Camp about the move to open for a pop group like *NSYNC. Camp said, “We’re on the same airwaves as *NSYNC. But we write our own songs, we play our own instruments, and we actually sing live. And they’re a track act, they’re a boy band. Artistically, it’s not really the coolest thing in the world.” Camp added, “We’ll be playing for 20,000 people. There’s a percentage of those people that knows who we are but don’t have our album. If we can kick their (behinds) every night, they may buy our record.”
*NSYNC’s Vegas Blackjack Promotion Open To The Public
March 15, 2002 – *NSYNC members Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick will take part in a blackjack competition along with 10 lucky fans at the Palms High Roller Lounge on Saturday night. The event is part of a KLUC FM98.5 promotion. Meanwhile, JC and Justin’s Micky Mouse Club pal Tony Lucca will open for the group at tonight’s show at the MGM Grand.
Talent & Marketing Keep *NSYNC Hot
March 14, 2002 – Larry Rodgers of The Arizona Republic spoke with music insiders on how *NSYNC has been able to stay popular while boyband rivals Backstreet Boys drop off the charts and 98 Degrees go on a ‘hiatus.’ Danny Zelisko of Clear Channel Entertainment explained, “How can you ever stop loving them if they won’t go away? They’re in your face; they just don’t stop touring.” He added, “These guys come around just enough, and they always put on a great show. They get just the right commercial with the right sense of humor or appear on the right show.”
Ru Paul Reviews *NSYNC’s Anaheim Show
March 13, 2002 – Famous cross-dresser Ru Paul [one-hit wonder with ‘Supermodel’] and a pal checked out the *NSYNC concert at the Pond in Anaheim Tuesday night. Ru said, “I had a great time and let me tell you, I’m not the biggest *NSYNC fan either. The average age at the event was 14. There was one male for every 20 females. It was almost as much fun studying the audience as it was watching the show. Everybody screaming their lungs out for their favorite *NSYNC. My fave is Joey, the one who plays the ‘big brother’, and I also love JC, who plays the ‘Falcon Porn Star’ of the group.” Read more at rupaul.com.