BACKSTREET’S back all right, as were thousands of boy band fans who turned back the clock to reminisce about the good ol’ days at the Entertainment Centre on Monday night.

Two of the biggest pop groups of the 1990s – the Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block – may have been older and greyer (albeit in some cases, a lot more buff) but then so were most of us in the audience.

It meant the moves were a little slower. But it was made up for with enthusiasm, as the foursome and quintet known for their slick dance moves gave it their all to slide, jump, thrust and strut along the stage.

The evening started off a little quiet as the two bands swapped songs on stage but NKOTB got the crowd into the mood with the first major hit of the evening, You Got It (The Right Stuff).

It was followed by hits only the diehard fans knew well but surprisingly came flooding back for those who had thought they’d long left their youth behind.

And when the shirts came off, the screams from the mainly 20 and 30-something crowd could’ve been mistaken for school girls at a Justin Bieber concert.

The Backstreet Boys were the obvious crowd favourite with Larger than Life, As Long As You Love Me, I Want It That Way and, of course, Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) getting the loudest cheers.

But the New Kids still hold a soft spot in many Adelaide girls’ hearts, also singing Cover Girl, Step By Step and Hanging Tough.

The two groups held a strong rapport, joining each other on stage for the first and final songs and a few in between.

And their appreciation of their fans showed their years of experience, as they happily ran into the audience to shake hands, hug and sing to fans, with the Backstreet Boys even serenading a lucky four women on stage during the 2 1/2 hour show.

By Cara Jenkin
May 22, 2012

Adelaide Now