[ 28-02-2008 ]
PETALING JAYA: Even the possibility of a huge storm couldn't stop the 10,000 strong crowd from showing up at Sunway Surf Beach at the Sunway Lagoon Theme Park last night to catch American boyband Backstreet Boys live. ?
Barely an hour before the concert was due to start, thunder and rain threatened to dampen the atmosphere at the concert, the band's first concert in Malaysia since the Force of Nature Tsunami Relief Concert in 2004.?
“The skies are clear, and we are here ... Backstreet's back!” shouted McLean as he thanked the crowd for showing up. ?
The band members – Brian Littrell, AJ McLean, Nick Carter and Howie Dorough – had the crowd eating out of their hands throughout the one and a half hour concert, belting out almost 30 songs.
The Backstreet Boys were formed in 1993 and have so far released six studio albums, which the crowd were obviously familiar with, if their shrieks and screams were anything to go by. At times, during songs such as I Want It That Way and Incomplete, the band members even paused because the crowd was singing louder than them.?
The Backstreet Boys made several costume changes throughout their performance, but it was when they put on their trademark fedora hat, made popular from the music video of their 1997 hit song As Long As You Love Me that the crowd went wild. ?
This was also the first time Malaysians were seeing the band perform live as a quartet as member Kevin Richardson left the group last year. ?
The band only sang one song for their encore but gave such a heart-warming performance that it was enough to placate the crowd.?
The Star had been the official newspaper for the Kuala Lumpur leg of the Backstreet Boys Unbreakable World Tour.