The Backstreet Boys were interviewed by Muchmusic last week ahead of their concert dates in Toronto. In the short clip, Nick Carter claims he’d rather be in Canada right now because they are neutral and Kevin Richardson says of the United States, “We are a little bit of an arrogant nation” and asked “What has our government done to provoke or evoke this action?”
The Backstreet Boys were one of the few acts to continue their concert schedule following the terrorist attacks against the United States on Tuesday with the first of three scheduled performances at the Air Canada Centre. While some wondered if the group should perform, BSB decided to go on while one U.S. dollar from each ticket sold to all three Toronto shows would go to the American Red Cross’ U.S.A. Appeal Relief Fund.
MTV ran a clip over the weekend with the Backstreet Boys travelling in their van to their gig in New York following their VMA presentation for Best Hiphop Video. They were upset at Jamie Foxx for his comments on AJ and Brian said he grabbed the bottle of apple cider.
It was a busy night for Kevin as he again was on another MTV special from the after parties following the awards late Thursday night.
A jam packed lineup of top pop stars will collaborate for a remake of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” to raise funds for AIDS victims in Africa.
Included on the lineup which was brought together by Bono of U2 will be Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, *NSYNC, the Backstreet Boys, Destiny’s Child, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani and Ja Rule.
The singers will record their vocals separately at a Manhattan Studio and the single will be released soon, organizers say.
AJ returned to New York to perform for the first time since his rehab stint. NY Daily News writer Isaac Guzman reports McLean told the crowd, “I want to thank you for allowing me some time to myself to get better. Today is 62 days sober. It’s like having a birthday every day. It’s wonderful.”
Despite some wishing the Backstreet Boys should change their name to Backstreet Men because of their ages, Howie Dorough revealed, “I feel we’re definitely growing. Boys for us will always be in the name of Backstreet Boys, because boys to us is a name for, just friends.”
Howie points out other bands with the name ‘boys’ never changed their monikers saying, “There’s the Beach Boys, the Pet Shop Boys. They never changed their names to the Beach Men or the Pet Men. So we decided to keep it boys.”
RollingStone.com reports the Backstreet Boys new greatest hits album, titled Chapter 1, will have a different set of tracks in the various countries it will be released in on October 23rd, though all versions will have the Drowning tune included.
The Drowning song is set for a September 17th release and the US/Canada version of the album will include the following tracks:
Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
I Want It That Way
As Long as You Love Me
I’ll Never Break Your Heart
Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
Larger Than Life
Shape of My Heart
More Than That
Sonicnet reports the Backstreet Boys have already shot a video to the new song on their upcoming greatest hits album tentatively titled Chapter One. The new album is due out October 23rd. Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson describe the new track as as a mix of “Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely” and “I Want It That Way,” with a bit of country group Lonestar’s “Amazed” thrown in. Carter says the group tried to get the song on Black & Blue but were never able to get it in. The band performs tonight in Kansas City.