SYNCHRONISED dance moves, co-ordinated outfits, all-male harmonies, high-pitched screaming and plenty of pelvic thrusting.Last night at the Burswood Dome, thousands of screaming fans were transported back in time to their early teens, when two of the world’s most successful boy bands brought back the best of the '80s and '90s.SOURCE: http://www.perthnow.com.au/entertainment/perth-confidential/backstreets-back-with-the-old-new-kids/story-e6frg30l-1226373996029
With an impressive 45 years of adoration between them, you could be forgiven for thinking the best years were long-behind the New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys – but you'd be wrong.
As grown men, the two bands were still able to bust the best of their old school dance moves and well and truly hold their own in stunning vocal solos.
The Backstreet Boys delivered a string of fan favourites such as Get Down, Larger Than Life, I’ll Never Break Your Heart, As Long As You Love Me, Shape Of My Heart, All I Have To Give, I Want It That Way and of course Everybody (Backstreet’s Back). The New Kids’ blast from the past included Cover Girl, The Right Stuff, Step By Step and I’ll Be Loving You ForeverEverything cheesy and wonderful about boy bands was present and accounted for – sleeveless vests, sparkly costume embellishments, white suits, pleather pants, the running man, poster boy poses and, my personal favourite, ‘the running knee slide’.
I’ll admit, the 10-year-old in me completely fell for the super gimmicky elements of the show including on-stage collaborations between Backstreet and New Kids, moments of flesh-flashing, the bands grabbing fans’ hands, and the nine grown men dancing around in jogging suits with ‘Australia’ branded on their chests.
And of course, the evening wasn’t short of over-the-top pyrotechnics, ‘90s club lighting, goofy jokes and strange snippets from the likes of Salt-n-Pepa, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Queen and even Carly Rae Jepson - stunts that could only be considered acceptable in boy band land.
Certainly some aspects stood the test of time better than others, but last night a nostalgic Perth crowd was reminded exactly why we once plastered these nine boys all over our bedroom walls.