Two years ago, the Backstreet Boys spent New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square with television personality Dick Clark.
This year the group will spend New Year’s Eve performing in the Lehigh Valley.
Backstreet Boys will perform Dec. 31 at Sands Bethlehem Event Center as part of the venue’s New Years Eve celebration. The show will kick off the 20th anniversary of the group’s founding in 1993.
Tickets, which start at $59.50 for general admission standing, will be available at 10 a.m. Wednesday at http://www.sandseventcenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
The announcement represents the best-selling act the event center has had in the 60 events it has held since opening in May with a series of concerts that included Incubus, the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary tour, The Eagles’ Don Henley and country star Alan Jackson.
Backstreet Boys’ total album sales, an estimated 130 million worldwide, place them among the 25 best-selling acts of all time and among the top 12 still touring.
“I don’t know of anything bigger,” Sands Event Center partner Jerry Deifer Jr. said. “Geez, that’s crazy.
“To conclude our 2012 season and start our 2013 with Backstreet Boys is a testament to the continued entertainment we strive to produce here at Sands Event Center. The Backstreet Boys will ring in the New Year with this once-in-a-lifetime party atmosphere unlike ever done before for them as well as us.”
Backstreet Boys have typically played far larger venues than the 3,500-capacity event center. On its last two tours it played the 25,000-capacity Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., and the 20,000-capacity Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The group played to a sold-out crowd of 10,400 at Allentown Fair’s grandstand in 1998.
The group on Nov. 5 released a Christmas song, “It’s Christmas Time Again,” that was its first single in six years to feature member Kevin Richardson. Richardson left the band in 2006, but rejoined it for an August performance on “Good Morning America.”
The group is working on a new album to be released next year.
The show will be part of a party that will “completely transform” the venue and offer all-inclusive packages “for an unforgettable night,” Deifer said. Details will be available through the Sands Event Center website, http://www.sandseventcenter.com.
Starting with the No. 2 song “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” in 1996, Backstreet Boys had eight top 10 songs in four years, including “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “As Long As You Love Me,” “All I Have to Give,” “I Want It That Way” and “Larger Than Life.”
From 1997 to 2000, the Backstreet Boys sold 35 million copies of their three albums, including 14 million copies of its self-titled 1997 album — making that disc among the top 30 best-selling of all time and the top 10 of the 1990s.
The 1999 disc “Millennium” sold more than 13 million copies, putting it in the top 35 of all time and top 12 of the 1990s. The band is among just seven acts to have more than one album in the top 35 all time. It’s 2000 album “Black and Blue” sold 8 million copies.
After five years without an album, it regrouped and released “Never Gone” in 2005, and most recently released two albums as a quartet: “Unbreakable” in 2007 and “This Is Us” in 2009. Its last six albums of new music have hit the top 10, with two reaching No. 1.
The group has received nine Grammy Award nominations, including four in 2000.
It’s scheduled to be a presenter on the American Music Awards on Sunday. [Source]
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