"Don't Turn Out The Lights"

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Alright, alright, I've been holding back on saying this, but I bought tickets to one of the NKOTBSB shows in the tri-state area in June. There were some crappy floor seats still available and some decent 100-level seats halfway between the main stage and the B-stage, so I opted for the 100-level seats.

When I first heard about this collaboration, the first thoughts that came into my head were "selling out" and "has-beens". Which is tragic, considering how devout a fan of the Backstreet Boys I have always been. I had similar thoughts when I first heard that the Backstreet Boys were doing a fan cruise. I saw them last summer when they came to the city for the first time in years and they were good, but it felt to me that they were doing it for nostalgia's sake and not for art's sake. It was a kind of sad affair (though Nick was thoroughly, thoroughly hot in his "This Is Us" hoodie).

I can't say I wasn't excited -- like beaming and possibly screeching at my television excited -- when NKOTBSB first performed together on the American Music Awards last fall. I was ever-so-slightly less excited when they performed on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve". Mostly perturbed that they were doing their fist-pumping chant to the Backstreet Boys' "Larger Than Life" (a song I'd hoped they would have deeply regretted and buried six-feet-under by now).

Well anyway, fast forward to February when I re-discovered or perhaps really discovered the New Kids On The Block for the first time. The rest is history.

Seeing as the New Kids don't seem to be working on any new material as a group, I have a feeling this will be their last tour for some time and possibly forever. All I know is I want to see them before they really have to hit the stage with walkers or wheelchairs. The Backstreet Boys I'm less concerned about -- I've heard them perform their "greatest hits" at each of the 4 concerts I've been to. I don't think "I Want It That Way" or "As Long As You Love Me" are going to sound any better the fifth time. But I'm really excited to hear the New Kids do their hits -- "Step By Step" please! "The Right Stuff", of course. "If You Go Away" and "Call It What You Want", maybe? And can we also get some "Click Click Click" and "Coming Home" in there?

Man, I feel like a greedy kid in a candy store, but this is probably the one and only chance I'll ever have to see them (and the Backstreet Boys have to eat up half the time!? My god, I am such a traitor).

Naturally, I've already thought about what I'm going to wear.

First, I looked through my closet and tried on the pieces I thought would work for an occasion as this. I found one that was remotely appropriate ... a swimsuit cover-up dress from last summer. I doubt I'll go with this option, as it's a little short and probably a little too chilly for June (though last June proved otherwise). I spotted a bright yellow sundress at Target recently, and this was the next option that popped into my head. I've been struggling to find a good yellow dress lately. In fact, I bought that ruffly golden yellow dress from H&M recently and found that it was ill-fitting and a little too shapeless for me and sadly had to return it.

As of right now, I am envisioning this as my outfit for the concert:

1. Kimono sleeve dress, Target ($18) - 2. Quartz duster earrings, American Eagle Outfitters ($15.50)
3. Forever 21 ($6.80), 4. Dolce Vita for Target Rope Wedges, Target ($30)

And NKOTBSB officially debuted their joint effort the other day on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. I'd heard it when it'd leaked, but after listening it to a few more times, it's definitely, definitely grown on me. I'm still having trouble telling who sings what and trouble remembering that it's supposedly Jordan at the top of each of the verses and not Brian and AJ, respectively. But it is very addictive. ("N-K-O-T-B-S-B, baby!" and "It's like in-stant-ly, I love you like that.") And very Backstreet Boys-esque -- is it one of their leftovers?

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