I'm just gonna go ahead and say this: The NKOTBSB show last night was the most fun show I have ever been to in my entire life. I didn't expect that at ALL. I knew it was going to be fun because Tia and I were there together but never in a million years did I think that these two groups could do a show together and I wouldn't be yawning waiting for the Backstreet Boys to finish their set . As one who works in concert production, I have to say that both acts did an excellent job of keeping the show well balanced, seamless, and exciting the entire time. And now that I have given a somewhat professional opinion, let me get to what I know we all want to talk about:
Those boys are FINE!!!!!! I mean every last one of them. A friend of mine, who is friends with Jordin Sparks who opened for them, said she was only going to stay for her set and leave. She's not a fan of either NKOTB or BSB. I told her "Let me tell you why you need to stay: because you like men. Trust me, you will enjoy yourself." She wasn't able to attend and I hate that she missed it. Here are some random thoughts as well as some highlights from my play by play on Twitter:
The "You Make Me Glad My Gaydar Has No Batteries" Award goes to: Jonathan Knight. I now have a crush on Jonathan Knight with an expiration date of June 30th because if I have a crush on one more gay man, I am seeking therapy. It's become a pattern, I'm afraid. Here in Nashville there is a frog's hair thin line between metrosexual and homosexual. I have said this before and I will stick by it: Jon Knight is the FINEST member of NKOTB, NKOTBSB, AME, R-E-S-P-E-C-T, whatever! Pictures don't do him a lick of justice. It's appalling how good looking he is. But that's not why I am a new fan. During the show they came out and walked through the crowd and I suddenly turned 14. As he walked past us, I stuck my hand out, quickly got embarrassed and stepped back. He walked passed me, then took a few steps back, looked for me and then smiled and extended hand. Yeah, it's a wrap. It's Jon Knight all day and tomorrow but not past the end of the month.
The Best Come Up of the Century Award: This night was full of surprises for Tia and me and one major surprise was the "Comeuppance" of Nick Carter. Nick Carter came out and Tia and I kept slapping each other on the arm like "What the heck happened to Nick Carter? Who is this?!?!" I'm still in shock. For the first time in the history of the world, Nick Carter asked "Am I sexual?" during "Backstreet's Back" and in unison we gave an emphatic yes. What's really happening in the world?
The Best Act of the Night Award goes to: It's a tie really. Now we know that this tour is not about competition but depending on what band you are a fan of, you are going to want the band you love most to kill during this tour. I will say this: While NKOTB are the better performers (their rhythm gives them the edge by far), BSB just has better hits. They may not all be my favorite songs but I will admit that the majority of them are better songs. They are winning with "I Want It That Way" alone so let's not even talk about how their ballads edge out NKOTB's ballads. NKOTB's uptempos are more enjoyable however and even if they weren't there is one thing NKOTB has of which BSB has no equivalent:
Jordan Knight. I must have yelled "SANG JORDAN" about five times like I was in a Pentecostal church during "I'll Be Loving You Forever". He's still got it. But even without a Jordan Knight BSB held their own and that's why it's a tie.
The "You Didn't Have to Embarrass Him Like That" Award goes to: Donnie Wahlberg. When he tore his shirt off shortly after Nick Carter came out first and tried to bare his little young chest, there was no competition. Donnie Wahlberg is 40+ and killin' 'em right now. Unless those were spray on abs, it is safe to say that Donnie and every last one of the New Kids have BSB beat in the fitness department. I don't know what kind of routine Danny "I eat, sleep, and breathe the gym" Wood has them on but their ab game is TIGHT.
The "I Was Doing Alright Until You Did This" Award goes to: Brian Littrell who is HILARIOUS to watch in concert. Because I respect the covenant that is marriage, I try to choose my words respectfully when it comes to Brian. I was real cool until he came out dressed like this...
There is something about a dude in a nice fitting wife beater, baggy jeans and a fitted cap that blesses me. He was giving me what I now like to call "Teenage Dream" when he stepped out like this. You know the giggles you used to get when you were a teenager, watching them on TRL? Clutch the pearls and "don't ever look back, don't ever look back"!
Favorite Song of the Night Award: "If You Stay" by The Backstreet Boys. This was on the Booty Call soundtrack and I didn't expect them to perform this. I have been doing The Dougie all day at my desk with this song on repeat since this morning.
Awkward Moment of the night: Donnie came to the front of the stage not far from where we were. Tia and I pulled in real tight next to each other to umm...get a better look (for shame, for shame). Upon which, Donnie looked at us and kept smiling really hard. He then walked over to Joey, pointed us out who then looked over at us smiled said something back and looked back over. We have no idea what that was about. Could that have been "Hey aren't those the girls who were clowing me on that website that one time?" All I know is that every time he came over and stood in front of Tia I prayed "Jesus be a fence around her lady parts". He already tweeted that he wants to get a house in Nashville. If he moves here I am getting a Lo Jack system installed in Tia's cell phone. You already know.
The "You Sleep In an Oxygen Tank, Don't You"Award goes to: Howie Dorough. Seriously he looks about 26. It's scary.
Don't miss this tour if you are an NKOTB/BSB fan, even if you like one much more than another. You will not be disappointed. As one who really was fine if she never saw another NKOTB show ever again, I'd go see this tour as many times as I could if I was able to. It's not one to miss. And speaking of missing something, shockingly enough this show is so good that we forgot that Kevin Richardson was ever in BSB. That says a lot for us.
Have you been to the NKOTBSB tour yet? If so, chime in and let us know what you think about it.