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The Backstreet Boys provide their fans what they want at Planet Hollywood

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Denise Truscello The Backstreet Boys play their last dates of 2017 at the Axis this week.

Nick Carter told me throughout a recent phone interview– and as the performers repeatedly point out when they address the audience between songs– the point of this program is to take fans on a journey back through time to when we were all more youthful, these songs were plastered all over the radio and MTV’s “TRL” video request show, and this type of music ruled the charts. If you spend whenever on the Strip nowadays and notice the number of Vegas visitors are thirty-somethings who just got married or just had kids, you’ll comprehend why this program, which simply opened in March, is offering so well. It’s the teenage music of our tourists, or a minimum of a huge chunk of them.

The Backstreet Boys were never like other boy bands. There’s no Justin Timberlake, a clear frontman whose talents and charisma project above his mates. These men do not even fit into the obvious clich├ęs. Is AJ McLean the “bad boy” of the group, or is it Carter? Who’s the delicate crooner, Howie Dorough or Brian Littrell? They match more than contrast, a dynamic that results in a consistent performance without substantial highs or lows in their huge Vegas program. There’s a lot of goofy dancing, once again, part of their appeal. They duplicate the chair choreography from the video for “As Long As You Love Me,” and happily bound through their pleased audience during “All I Need to Offer.” Other than an energetic finale including “I Want It That Method” and “Everyone (Backstreet’s Back),” the very best performance comes when the Boys wear sparkly Motown jackets and concentrate on their voices for smooth ballad “I’ll Never Break Your Heart.” They are grown males, after all, and this classic approach fits them finest.

Make no mistake– the Backstreet Boys remain in Las Vegas for one reason just, to provide their fans whatever they want. Tweaks and modifications make sure to come, much like every other Strip production, but the audience will permanently be in control of this one. And BSB desires it that way.

“Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” continues at the Axis at World Hollywood at 9 p.m. November 15, 17 and 18. Find more details at caesars.com.

The Strip has actually welcomed the Backstreet Boys with open arms

The Backstreet Boys took the Strip by storm when they introduced their Larger Than Life resident show at the Axis in March, and Nick Carter has been accepting his Las Vegas life ever since. He transferred to the Southern Highlands community about 7 months back.

What have you learnt more about Las Vegas given that moving here? I’ve been touring given that I was 12 years of ages, so I have actually constantly delighted in living in different locations and making discoveries, and here I have actually discovered individuals are truly good. Coming from LA where everyone seems aggravated all the time, individuals here are really chill, and it produces a calm environment. And [they’re] very durable … the Vegas Strong thing really applies.

How do you assess the success of the program at Planet Hollywood up until now? We’re constantly trying to make it much better, discovering methods to maybe reorganize a few of the material, make it more seamless and as entertaining as it can potentially be. We’re always trying to outshine ourselves. However I think from the outside, individuals are truly pleased and maybe even kind of blown away. We’re really grateful, and it’s severe company to us. For the previous 2 weeks I’ve been in the fitness center training and preparing. The show is intense, and there’s so much to it, and we need to look good and feel great to have the strength and energy to sustain it. And in Las Vegas, it is necessary that people leave pleased and [feel] their money was well invested.

How is the performance experience various from being on trip? There was a time in the late ’90s when I think we were actually on top of our video game– we had the albums out and all the hit singles and were able to place on an amazing show with all the bells and whistles and take it on the roadway. Now things have altered in the marketplace, and it’s more difficult to do that. Vegas uses us the possibility to bring that back, for us and our fans to relive that thing that we are best at doing. We wish to be that peak Backstreet Boys reveal from that time, which is exactly what everyone remembers. Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life at the Axis at Planet Hollywood, November 10-18.