Screams and insane nostalgia | The Journal of Quebec

With stars in their eyes and hearts pounding, thousands of exuberant Backstreet Boys fans reconnected with their childhood and/or teenage sweetheart on Friday night at a Videotron Center overheated by their high-pitched screams.

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The use of the feminine in this account is obviously not flirtatious. Apparently, and without exaggerating, the girls made up at least 90% of the audience at this reunion, five years after the film’s triumph boy band on the planes of Abraham.

A traffic cop pointed this out to us as soon as we got near the amphitheater. “Are you going to the show? Yes ? So you’re the number 19 male viewer I’m counting,” he told us.

Very happy admirers.

Photo agency QMI, Pascal Huot

Very happy admirers.

His margin of error must have been very small.

A little further away, screams of joy rang out from a car arriving at the parking lot.

Welcome to Backstreet Boys City !

After testing through two pandemic postponements of the concert (from September 2020 to September 2021, then to Friday) and suffering three times on giant screens the cheesy promotion of the Christmas album the group will be releasing in the fall, popular fanatics boy band were finally able to scream with all their might as the lights went out and Nick, Brian, Howie, AJ and Kevin emerged, followed by a stunning light and sound show.

In a charged atmosphere, the Backstreet Boys delighted their Quebec admirers at the Videotron Center last night.

Photo agency QMI, Pascal Huot

In a charged atmosphere, the Backstreet Boys delighted their Quebec admirers at the Videotron Center last night.


Since then we’ve seen a lavish run of the greatest hits from their four albums released between 1996 and 2000, interspersed with several tracks from their most recent DNS. A total of 32 titles, in whole or in part.

Apparently it was the nostalgia that prevailed throughout the evening. Inserted at the end of the first of four song blocks, Down (you’re the one for me) made the audience scream. The same goes for the Show me the meaning of being lonely, shape of my heart and Stop playing with my heart). It was inevitably delirious.


“You guys are the loudest crowd on tour,” the boys even went so far as to say, a compliment we take with a grain of salt given BSB’s worldwide appeal.

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.

Photo agency QMI, Pascal Huot

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter.

In addition to the staging, the quintet provided the package. Removable giant screens and a pentagonal catwalk reaching to the floor allowed them to create a feeling of closeness with the fans. The lighting effects were superb and the choreography perfectly executed.

Vocally it was a problem at times, especially for Brian, but no one wanted to take offense as the fans were there to support them by singing along to songs they knew by heart.

On several occasions, the five idols thanked the public and recalled the importance of love for Quebec women in the rise of their careers in the 1990s.

On the track, the frenzy reached another level as the group, dressed all in white, broke away Everyone (Backstreet’s Back), we got it going and I want it this way. As a reminder, the fate of our tinnitus was finally sealed by the last explosive to the tune of Bigger than life.

Bigger than life? That couldn’t sum up how fans perceived her on stage Friday night.

►The tour DNS will be at the Bell Center in Montreal on Saturday night.

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