Finally, to the chorus of thousands of admirers, the Backstreet Boys are back in their Quebec stronghold. the boy band The music industry’s most beloved and enduring figure is on the home stretch of a North American tour that has given him little rest this summer. His concert at the Videotron Center tonight will be his eighth career in the capital. Account for three stages of his career in Quebec since his early days.
The 1990s: the boom years
While the United States was still playing deaf in the mid-1990s, Quebecers fell in love with these five hunky boys from Florida.
The Colosseum is stormed in Quebec. Amidst the high-pitched screams of thousands of teenage girls, the Backstreet Boys will play to packed houses five times over a 15-month period, between September 30, 1996 and January 7, 1998. Unheard of in Quebec.
Driven by the success of Stop playing with my heart), All (Backstreet’s Back), As long as you love me and I want it this waythe popularity of AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian reached phenomenal proportions.
On her visit in March 1997 The newspaper publishes a special 16-page notebook where you can learn all about the five idols, including their astrological profiles. “Total Ecstasy”, title The newspaperfollowing the concert on December 29, 1997. 12,500 fanatics are “taken to the paradise of magic and wonder”.
Decade 2000: the trough
After the euphoria, the calm. In the early years of the new millennium, the group went on a two-year hiatus, Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006 (he would return in 2012) and even if the albums released during that period were successful, a certain breathlessness was felt in the public.
The Backstreet Boys are at a bottom. On November 4, 2008, in Quebec City, where they have not performed in ten years, they could only noisy but draw a crowd of 2,700 when they returned to the more intimate Pavillon de la Jeunesse in the shadow of the Coliseum to give the best show of their career, Judge The newspaper.
Decade 2010: the reconquest
Once again, the Backstreet Boys delayed their return to the capital by almost ten years, but their reunion in the Plains of Abraham as part of the 50the Anniversary of the summer festival, are successful at all levels.
They performed all of their hits and reproduced their most famous choreographies in front of a monster crowd, which the group described as the biggest since the beginning of their career.
In less than two hours, the five stars have finally won back the hearts of Quebecers. It is even said that journalists could not help but dance and sing in the press tent.
♦ The group will also be at the Bell Center on Saturday.