At Rock Cellar, we don’t dabble much in the pop music realm — opting instead to stick to classic rock, alternative and indie realms — but once in a while something outside that focus hits us like a ton of bricks and refuses to be denied. The Backstreet Boys‘ new single does just that.
For 25 years now, the group — Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter — has entertained the masses, sold tens of millions of albums and remained a viable touring act. Their new song, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” is the group’s first bit of new music in five years and features a refreshed, updated sound.
It’s heavy on synth and particularly funky, and features a stylish music video to boot:
Just try getting that one out of your head.
It’s BSB’s first bit of new material since inking a deal with RCA Records, and the song was written by Stephen Wrabel and produced by Stuart Crichton and Jamie Hartman.
“The minute we heard this song we knew it was special,” says Kevin Richardson. “I geeked out over the piano and synths. When that groove drops on the second verse, COME ON. Great verse, hook and melodies. Just makes you wanna listen over and over again.”
In this day and age, it can be tough for formerly monumentally successful acts to achieve relevance again, years later, but as of this article “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” was No. 1 on the digital streaming charts and was clearly resonating with audiences.
“We’ve been working our ass off for 25 years,” says AJ McLean, “and with the support of RCA and our contemporaries, we know we’ll be performing for fans, both old and new, for a really long time. It feels like we’re just getting started.”
The life span of a “boy band” can be filled with ups and downs (revisit our recent candid chat with 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons for some great insight in that regard), but it definitely seems as if the Backstreet Boys aren’t slowing down anytime soon.
Their Las Vegas residency picks up again in late July — full schedule below.
May 19th SPF Vegas 2018 at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
June 2nd Wango Tango at Banc of California Stadium Los Angeles, CA
June 15th WBLI Summer Jam at Jones Beach Wantagh, NY
July 13th Good Morning America Summer Concert Series Central Park, NYC
August 18th Winstar World Casino & Resort Thackerville, OK
“Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” Las Vegas Residency
Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV
July 25th, 27th and 28th
August 1st, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th and 11th
October 24th, 26th, 27th and 31st
November 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th, 16th and 17th