From the magazine Blast!

The Backstreet Boys brace themselves for a tour that will take them around the world, and once again stake their claim as the greatest pop group in the world.

Big? The word hardly says enough when we are talking about the Backstreet Boys. While the other groups have had near equal success in the last few years, it has always been the Backstreet Boys who have set the bar in the world of pop. And riding a wave of enthusiasm set off by their recent activity, and come-back album, Black And Blue, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough are at it again. They’ve taken their sound to the next level, laid claim to the top spot on charts around the world and are heading out to bring their music to the masses. Masses? These guys have sold over 55 million albums in the last four years.

This certainly won’t be the first world tour the Boys have embarked on in recent years when they kick it all of on January 23, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. But this time around the Boys say they will be making it a world tour in a truer sense of the world. After an eight week stint touring North America, which has been hailed to be one of the biggest touring extravaganzas anyone has ever seen, BSB will take a brief few weeks off before readying themselves for their dedicated fans on the other side of the world. BSB will first be in Asia, then Australia for extended dates before heading off to familiar turf in Europe and South America. That means the guys will be hitting the five major continents consecutively, before heading back home for another round of dates in North America that will last an addition six weeks. Said AJ, “It’s finally going to be a true world tour. We’ve been saying we were going to do a world tour for the last two years, but we end up hitting the U.S., Canada and Europe, and that’s about as far as we go. This time we’re taking this tour the whole way around the world.”

The tour is just another example of the Orlando based groups universal appeal, as well as their dedication to go further to please their fans, and satisfy the fire that burns inside of them to perform. And with the new material going a long way to satisfy the appetite of fans that had been dying for a new BSB album, there is little doubt that the tour will be yet another shining success. The Boys have been in this situation before, going back to the summer of 1999 when they released Millennium. But with the increased pressure of putting up a performance that would match the groups boy band rivals ‘N Sync, BSB seem dedicated to search deep within themselves to achieve at the highest level of their storied career. Following them closely it’s easy to detect hat there is something the air around them that smells of big things to come. Their style is the first tip, which has taken a turn towards a more mature look, which suits them well. And their music speaks volumes, as Brian put it, “It’s cool — a little more artsy. It’s like take Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely and add a few years to it.”

Whatever their secret is, the Backstreet Boys seem to have a direct line to the pulse of their public, and have come back stronger than ever in 2001. They’re gearing up for what looks to be another record breaking year, and planning to contend with the top talent in the business at the upcoming award shows that go a long way in showing who’s not and who’s not. Either way the Backstreet have made a place for themselves in music history with all they have achieved in the past, and look to gain legendary status on this impending world tour.