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A few weeks ago SC staff writer Chynna was pitching article ideas to SC master and commander Erin and a live review of an upcoming Backstreet Boys concert was mentioned. Here at CampusRiot we are 110% on the nostalgia train. From that time we went to Warped Tour just to feel like teen-dreams again, to our weekly Throwback Thursday pieces, if it makes us feel the same comfort and longing that a scrunchie does, we are all about it. Of course Backstreet Boys fit perfectly into this mindset. They practically share the nostalgia King crown with NSYNC, so we knew covering the show was necessary.

However, Erin was also seeing Backstreet Boys soon. Although not in Philadelphia like Chynna was. Erin happened to be seeing them in England. They could not possibly pass up on the opportunity to both offer up their innner monologues while experiencing these extreme doses of boy band nostalgia. The following is their separate but cosmically similar experiences of the same but different concert.

Chynna: Susquehanna Bank Center, June 21st

As a self-proclaimed professional fangirl seeing the Backstreet Boys in concert again after all these years was a pretty big deal. I used to have birthday cakes with a certain band member’s little brother’s faces on them (I’m looking at you, Aaron Carter). Heck, my family used to celebrate the Backstreet Boy’s birthdays. Yes, as in buy a cake and sing to them. Unlike at Erin’s show, BSB was headlining following a spectacular yet equally disturbing opening performance by Avril Lavigne donned in what can only be described as a gothic ballerina costume. Because they had a long set I crossed every finger that it wouldn’t be filled with material from their new albums because, well, who on earth listens to them? I’m happy to report I was not disappointed:

I can’t believe these girls next to me made t-shirts they look so dumb.

I wonder if they’ll still do coordinated dance routines?

I wish I had made t-shirts.

I thought I’d be more excited to be honest but I’m feeling relatively calm considering–

OMG ITS THEM THEY’RE ON STAGE!!!

IS THAT NICK?

NICHOLAS GENE CARTER?!

Why are they wearing matching white suites and Michael Jackson gloves?

INCOMPLETEEEEE

I had an illegal pirated version of this song on a CD weeks before it debuted.

God I was such a bada$$.

Okay, they’re definitely doing coordinated dance routines.

I’ll just get one Snapchat video to prove they’ve still got it. Ya know. For the boys’ sake. I hate when people Snapchat concerts so I’ll just do one and put my phone away.

Hoookay when did Nick get so hot? Hello Mr. leather jacket.

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I wonder if they feel strange marching in place like that. Are these their original dance moves from the ’90s? How are they dancing on the steps without tripping?

Did Nick just thrust his hips? I can’t tell if he was thrusting or was just–

Nope there it is again. A definite hip thrust if I’ve ever seen one.

I was always a Nick girl. Just sayin’. Even when he dated Paris Hilton. Man, she went downhill after she released that horrible “The Stars Are Blind” song.

I need to redownload that.

Is he married? They all are? To normal girls?

I wonder if that means when One Direction is old they’ll settle for normal girls too like me.

Concentrate, Chynna. Not everything is about One Direction. HAHAHA. Of course it is.

Ugh, like four slow songs in a row.

I need TO MOVE boys.

AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME

Snapchat.

This used to be my favorite. My Aunt and I would wait for this video to come on MTV to take pictures of it and then had the film developed. Always came out blurry. Fangirls have it so easy these days.

YES FINALLY. WE’VE GOT IT GOIN ON

Snapchat.

OOOHHH OHHH I hope AJ does his rap!!!!

Damn I should have practiced it. I’m way too rusty to remember all the lyrics.

WELL IM CREEPIN UP ON YOUR LEFT
STRAIGHT UP FUNKY WHEN I GET WITH YA
I GET RUTHLESS WHEN I GET WET
KEEP THE PARTY PACKED IN MY CORNER

GOD I’VE STILL GOT IT

Okay another slow song. 

Wait, who is that singing? I don’t recognize that voice.

Is that HOWIE? Howie has solos now?

Howie Backstreet Boys

This band has gone soft.

Did they just sing about a child’s eyes? What child?

They have kids now? Wait, they’re old enough to have kids?

What happened to singing about being SEX-U-AL?

Brian is such a soulful singer. Bless his heart.

No literally bless his heart I think he had surgery on it.

If they don’t sing “The One” I’m storming the stage.

Are they playing their own instruments? Who do they think they are Hanson?

“THE ONE” THEY ARE PLAYING “THE ONE”

Snapchat

ILL BE THE ONE ILL BE THE LIGHT

Why is AJ’s mustache curled up at the ends? He looks like the monopoly man. His speech about them being our favorite boy band is quite endearing and all but like…

Don’t think it Chynna. Don’t think it in Nick Carter’s presence.

ONE DIRECTION IS MY FAVORITE BOY BAND NOT YOU. Jesus.

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(gif via tumblr)

Wait, that’s it? Oh encore time.

Snapchat

OMG THEY’RE BACK AGAIN

BACKSTREET’S BACK ALRIGHT

Snapchat

I wish they had worn the costumes from this video. Would have been a real crowd pleaser.

“LARGER THAN LIFE”

Snapchat

NOOOOOO DON’T LEAVE.

THATS IT?

Wait, where’s Kevin? Is he still out of the band?

 

Erin: London Hyde Park, July 6th

I recently spent two weeks in England, and my entire trip was music based. My last night in London, I happened to head over to Hyde Park for the biggest injection of nostalgia I have ever had. Backstreet Boys opening for new super group McBusted (English boy bands McFly and Busted. Combined.) It was almost too much to handle:

Haha oh my god look at this intro

OMG Nick. NICK

BACKSTREET’S BACK

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S**t they are so old now

Starting with “The Call”? That’s a bold move

Why do none of these English people know this song?

Hahahaha their dancing

I can’t believe their outfits still match. Well, except for Brian and his pink tank top

How old am I?

How old are they?

Why is this girl looking at me like I am crazy because I know all the words?

Whatever. This album (Black and Blue) sucked as a whole.

Hahaha Kevin’s Union Jack shirt

Why is Nick playing a guitar?

Howie on keys?

Brian is really embracing this life. I appreciate that. 

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I wonder how many tattoos they have. Cumulatively. 

They’re trying to make “Incomplete” way more intense than I ever remember it being. 

I honestly don’t know which one is AJ/Kevin/Howie

“IDK I was more an NSYNC girl” as I scream all the words

Nick looks way less down and out than Aaron did when I saw him last Spring

Nick is about to put on a hat

I wish he wouldn’t

Now they all have them

These dance moves make me feel so youthful

I hope no one throws a hip

God, they still got it

I wish I had seen them 14 years ago

AJ/Howie/Kevin is wearing a Rolling Stones jacket that I really wish was mine

AS LONG AS YOU LOVE ME OMG THEY HAVE MIC STANDS

They keep cracking themselves up

It’s a shame I could never be in a boy band. My moves are spot on. SPOT ON. 

NICK. GET IT. 

GET IT

Why do they keep playing instruments?

Wait AJ/Howie/Kevin just said they celebrated their 20th anniversary recently. 

HOW OLD AM I?

They have a new album?

What year is it?

Have they spent the last 10 years learning instruments?

When did people decide pop music wasn’t cool?

This is COOL

Oh, that’s not the one I thought was Howie. 

Please stop raining. 

Backstreet Boys internal monologues

YOU ARE MY FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRE

OMG

OMG

TELL ME WHYYYYYYY

This might be the greatest moment of my life

Or at least top 10

Top15

WTF they didn’t play “Larger Than Life”

Oh wait they’re coming back

To “Backstreet’s Back”

I see what you did there, guys

When I was younger I would always turn down the volume when Nick said “am I sexual?” because I was afraid my mom wouldn’t let me listen to it anymore

Wait, they still didn’t play “Larger Than Life”

WTF

I always liked NSYNC better anyway

Do you love the Backstreet Boys?


images via Getty: Tristan Fewings