Backstreet Boys remain an icon

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Excitement was ramping up prior to the Backstreet Boys’ concert at Mosaic Place Tuesday night.

The Backstreet Boys perform one of their hit singles in front of a sold out and boisterous Mosaic Place crowd Tuesday evening.

By noon, there were already several tweets about the BSB concert. Those tweets weren’t just from females, either. The fact is, no matter the age or gender, the music has become — and remains — an icon for many people.

The concert sold out fast. People came in from out of town to see the group perform. And no matter what the critics say, no matter what the people who aren’t BSB fans say, there is nothing wrong with wanting it that way.

It doesn’t matter that the boys are no longer boys in the sense that the youngest of the bunch, Nick Carter, is 34. The oldest, Kevin Richardson, is 42. It’s a safe bet that many concert attendees were in their teens when BSB first rose to their popularity. None of that matters as long as everyone has a good time and is respectful.

The fan base of the group has remained strong since the group first formed 21 years ago in Orlando, Fla. Their debut album hit the shelves in 1996. The group celebrated their 20th anniversary with the release of their first independent album, In a World Like This.

They have sold more than 130 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling boy band in history. They received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 22, 2013.

They performed twice before in Saskatchewan at concerts in Saskatoon in 1998 and Regina in 2008. Last night was their first stop in the Friendly City and people of all ages flocked to Mosaic Place to see the five members sing.

There is no group that is loved by every single person in the entire world. That is impossible because of our diversity. So of course there are people who do not like the BSB and their music. There is nothing wrong with that opinion.

But there are many people who love BSB; that much was evident given how fast tickets sold. Last night the fans came out and had a good time.

When concerts of this caliber come to our city, we need to be sure to support them. That, naturally, does depend on what type of music we enjoy. BSB are added to a long list of big name bands that have rocked the city since Mosaic Place was built.

More concerts have been announced at the venue. Undoubtedly more announcements will follow. Hosting these concerts is something our city and all of its residents should be proud of.

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

Organizations: Backstreet Boys

Geographic location: Orlando, Fla., Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Regina Friendly

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