It’s official – Backstreet’s back. From one early 2000s icon to another, this March the Backstreet Boys are set to take the same Planet Hollywood stage where Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez performed their Las Vegas residencies.
The Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life show will run from March 1 to July 1 of next year with 18 shows at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. All five original members – AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, and Nick Carter – are set to appear. Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 1, with pre-sales beginning today. Tickets for the first show start at $59.
We’re going to call the show Larger Than Life, and we’re taking that theme and we’re going to run with it,” Richardson said in a press release.
The band, famous for hits like “I Want It That Way” and “As Long as You Love Me,” will join a long list of artists who have capitalized on nostalgia in Sin City. Gone are the days of Frank Sinatra and Wayne Newton; bigs shows with millennial audiences are the new hot tickets on the strip.
Britney Spears started her residency in December 2013, following a stay at The Mirage by Boyz II Men. Jennifer Lopez’s Planet Hollywood gig began in January, while Mariah Carey announced last week that her two-year stint at Caesar’s Palace will end next May.
“Introducing the Backstreet Boys into our lineup is another highlight of the company consistently being at the forefront of entertainment and has set a high standard for Las Vegas, one that has forced others in the industry to follow,” Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president of marketing and entertainment at Caesars Entertainment, told CNN. “It is clear that these remarkable names are attractive to millennials, but really these residencies are for anyone who is excited by pop culture and what’s relevant today.”
Littrell said fans can expect to hear all the hits at the new show, which will begin 21 years after the release of the band’s debut album, Backstreet Boys.
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