nkotbsb, baby.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on May 27, 2011

in Grand Rapids

In September 1998, I went to my first ever concert:  the Backstreet Boys at the Allegan County Fair.  We were sitting in the very last row of the venue.  There were no jumbotron screens, so all the boys looked about 2 inches tall from where we were sitting.

I loved every single second of it. That night began a love of going to concerts and now, 13 years later, I’ve been to more than 100 shows (lots of big names, lots of small unknowns), met many acts, made so many great memories.

That continued last night on the second date of the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour; they played at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

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NKOTBSB, baby!  To say that I was excited was a bit of an understatement!  There are few words to explain how excited I was for this concert.  In my city, no less!

They started out the show together, all nine guys men on stage.  After that, they spent most of the night alternating, with the Backstreet Boys singing a song or two, then the New Kids taking their turn.

One thing that I loved was it was so evident how much fun they were having.  They were laughing and joking around with each other, and had big, genuine smiles.  Both groups sang their biggest hits like “I Want It That Way” and “Step By Step”.

He doesn’t know it yet, but Nick Carter is my future husband, since Brian’s already married and all.

Yep, we were close enough that I could clearly see he was wearing some Calvin Klein boxers.

Near the end of the show, they came out to sing “Don’t Turn Out the Lights”, the song they all recorded together.

I’ve been to a lot of shows and this was, hands down, one of my absolute all-time favorites.  Two groups I grew up loving, together on one stage, singing all the songs I know by heart.  I die.

After the show, Andrea and I headed behind the arena and slowly but surely, the guys came out, shook hands with the fans, took some pictures, and signed some autographs.  I think that is one of the coolest things ever.  The majority of artists will just go straight to the bus after the show is over, but I appreciate so much that they took the time and effort to come say hey.  It makes me that much more of a fan.  AJ and Howie (BSB) had come out before we got outside, but Nick, Brian, Jordan, Joey, Jonathan, and Donnie all shook my hand.

Oh, and let’s not forget Danny, shall we?

Best. Night. Ever.

 

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merrie May 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

I loved your review! You clearly had a great time and made me wish I would have been there too.

Kasey June 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

Found your blog because I was trying to find more info on the BSB concert at the Allegan County Fair. It was my first BSB concert. I loved the NKOTBSB-GR show! I wish I would have stuck around and waited at the busses!! Love the pictures!

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