You don't need the Backstreet Boys

Moose Jaw Times Herald - Editorial Staff
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People were lined up at the Mosaic Place box office as early as 5:30 a.m. Friday to secure tickets to what we believe to be the biggest concert Moose Jaw has ever hosted.

Backstreet Boys

On March 14, it was announced the Backstreet Boys would be extending their In a World Like This tour to reach additional North American audiences. One of those audiences — the only one in Saskatchewan — was Moose Jaw.

The reaction from readers not only via our website, but our Facebook page was extremely high. Everyone wanted tickets.

Ok, maybe not everyone wanted tickets to the May 13 show, but women aged 25-40 definitely seemed to want them more than anybody else.

It’s a cash cow that is going to bring money into the pockets of city businesses on an array of levels. It’s going to be a great day or two for the city.

However, that’s not a thought that probably comes to the minds of many Moose Javians, especially those that are just in it to see Brian, Nick, Howie, Kevin and AJ do their thing on the Mosaic Place stage.

Then again, the thought of missing work and school just to purchase tickets to the big show likely was not in the minds of the 50 or so people lined up at the box office Friday morning.

It was only about 50 people, but combined with the thousands of people attempting to buy tickets online, how much of an economic hit did the local economy take for a few minutes Friday morning?

We understand mothers, daughters, single women and teenage girls — sprinkled in with a few males — are going to go gaga over the Backstreet Boys when they belt out their greatest hits in the Friendly City.

But is it even worth spending money on tickets to musical group whose best days might be behind them?

What people spend their money on is none of our business, but some may believe there are other — perhaps better — things people can spend their money on, including on what we expect to be a fantastic concert.

All editorials are written by the Times-Herald editorial staff.

Organizations: Backstreet Boys, North American, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw, Friendly

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