The Boys are back in town

The members of the popular boy band are now men with families, mirroring the lives of their long-time fans

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Dance medley, perfect harmony, and dad bod jokes made the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour concert a killer party last week at Impact Hall 5-6.

The Bangkok leg of the band's extensive world tour on Thursday proved they are still a powerhouse 26 years after their debut. Playful and charming, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, and Howie D got fans on their feet dancing and singing to their numerous hits. Their energy didn't drop from start to finish. They still got all the moves of the legendary pop gods, dancing to the beat like they're still in their 20s.

The show started with a bang, and excitement was palpable among long-time fans that were there. Hits from past to present were there, from classic favourites like I'll Never Break Your Heart, Quit Playing Games (With My Heart), Everybody (Backstreet's Back), As Long As You Love Me, I Want It That Way, Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely, Incomplete, to Don't Go Breaking My Heart from their latest album, and the list went on. It was obvious the crowd responded to those 90s hits the most. And, personally, I'm also not too familiar with their materials after Unbreakable, released in 2007 during Richardson's absent. Still, it didn't matter at all there were songs we haven't listened to. The vibe was great, and it was an enjoyable evening for everyone.

The band took time to greet and chat with their audiences, taking turns individually after songs to connect with the crowd. And it was a trip down the memory lane when they started talking about the first time they met when they were just in their teens. Now, over two decades later and counting, BSB is still together with all five members, and releasing chart-topping album even when many would say they have passed their peak and prime. But they are clearly here to stay.

At the brief press conference held at the Grand Hyatt Erawan the day before the concert, the band expressed their gratitude to fans, as they have also done many times during the show. They were welcomed with flower garlands from the Thai crew.

"We love being able to travel the world," said Carter to the press. "Obviously, Thailand has a very big fan base of ours here. Every time we get on the stage, you can feel the energy and the excitement and they just love music. You know, we've been doing this for 26, almost 27, years now. Since the very beginning of our career, in the first four years that we started, we were coming here. So, we just wanna say thank you so much for waiting for us. We love you so much Thailand."

After a long career as pop stars, Littrell said that the band keeps things fresh by staying passionate at what they do. Their set list of 32 songs -- plus iconic dance moves, cool laser beams and vintage video montage -- moulded past, present and future together, taking fans on a journey that leads up to where they are today.

"We're not just focusing on the past, but we wanna take our fans to the future. The Backstreet Boys are continuing on -- to move forward," Littrell said.

In one touching moment at the concert, the band sang No Place from their 2019 album, DNA. The accompanying music video shown on-screen featured each member with their respective family. They also congratulated Carter on the recent birth of his daughter. The band has clearly grown up, as we have also grown up and old with them. Young fans from the millennium are now bringing their kids to the show, passing on music from one generation to the next. The Backstreet family, as they called it.

At its conclusion, the concert brought on a nostalgic look of how the Backstreet Boys started out and who they have become, while also giving us a glimpse of the direction they will likely take their music and career in the future. I wish they would've sung more of their old favourites. Understandably, the playlist can get pretty long after a 26-year career. Additionally, the acoustics in Impact Hall 5-6 could be better.

One last thing: people seriously need to put their phones away during concerts. Sure, it has become a new norm for many concertgoers to hold their phones high to get great photos and clips for their Facebook and Instagram. Taking a few shots for keepsakes are understandable, but not when they film and stream more than half the concert. Be considerate of those sitting behind and just enjoy the show. Dance. Sing. Appreciate the artists as they perform right in front of you. Your social media friends and followers can wait.