Backstreet Boys Announce A 20th Anniversary Reunion With ALL 5 Members


Last Summer 4 of the Backstreet Boys reunited to go on tour with the also reunited New Kids on the Block for a massive tour. Today we learn that BSB is planning a full reunion with all 5 members later this year in honor of the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the boy band which will take place in April of 2013. Next month, Backstreet BoysNick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and, yes, Kevin Richardson, too — will take the stage on Good Morning America to formally kick off their 20th anniversary reunion. The guys have a new album and tour in the works … do you think you can handle it?

Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean are proud to announce the return of Kevin Richardson to the Backstreet Boys – the best-selling boy band of all time. “We couldn’t be happier to have our brother back with us” says Carter. The reunion of all five guys comes in time for the groundbreaking group’s 20th Anniversary this coming April 2013. Backstreet Boys will make their first official performance together with Kevin on Good Morning America’s “Summer Concert Series” on Friday, August 31st. This special concert in Central Park is free and open to the public. Nick, Howie, Brian, AJ and Kevin are currently in a London studio with producer Martin Terefe (Mary J Blige, Train, Jason Mraz), working on their first new album together since 2005. The new album will be released in the spring of 2013. Richardson happily says, “Being back with my brothers again feels great. I love these guys. We have gone through so much together. We just have a chemistry … a bond that will always be.” Litrell adds, “Having Kevin back in the mix adds that extra special magic to our group. We’re over the moon to have him back and it’s a great way to give back to our fans.” Along with the release of their new album, Backstreet Boys have been honored with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles, CA. BSB’s star will bring everlasting memories of their star power, talent, and popularity to the millions who visit this internationally recognized Hollywood icon each year. Over the last 20 years, the Backstreet Boys have sold more than 130 million albums worldwide and ushered in a chapter of pop culture that commandeered the world’s radio airwaves, broke music and concert sales records, and launched a new generation of teen idols.

Holy shizz! How is it possible that Backstreet Boys are 20 years old?! I guess I never realized that the boy band formed way back in 1993 since they really only got huge in the late 90s. Still, 20 years in the business is no small feat, especially for something as disposable as a boy band. For this reunion to be a success, they had to get Kevin Richardson back into the fold … which is a good thing, I think. I don’t know that the world is ready for a full BSB reunion but, well, we’re gonna find out. Who’s excited?


  • Lisa Lisa

    No! This makes me feel so old!

    • @Lisa Lisa — 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  • I also feel so old. I was 7 when they first got their start, but I didn’t really hear of them until the summer of 1997 when I was at camp. I’m beyond excited that Kevin is returning. He’s my all-time favorite BSBer. He’s the only celebrity male I like with a bit of scruff. Normally I like my men clean shaven, but for Kevin any look is a good look. Next year is shaping up to be amazing!

    • Me too! It’s just not possible that it’s 20 years.

  • jennie


  • Jessica

    It needs to be an NSYNC reunion!

  • rOXy

    Love me some BSB! I couldn’t, however, get into their last “reunion” because Kevin was missing. It just wasn’t the same without him. I’ve always loved Nick the best and he is getting better and better. I hope their new stuff is improved over their last album. That was a stinker.

  • Dot

    I can’t believe it’s been 20 years! I’m 25 but I first heard about them when I was about 8 or 9 I think. Man I feel old now!

  • Lola

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!! This is awesome news and I can’t wait! KTBSPA!

  • KLC

    As long as [You Love Me jk] they come with some great harmonies that they kicked it off with, I’m down. Proud to say I’ve been rolling with them since 1999 (late bloomer), and though some of their stuff has been ‘meh’ since 2007, I’m here. This should be fun!

  • Kristín

    OMG that´s great news!! I feel really old though!
    I really hope this tour will be global so i can make it to one show! Backstreet´s back alright :D

  • Sabeen

    Keep the Backstreet Pride Alive Trent! :)

  • nicole

    20 years? good lord. time flys. im actually really excited lol.
    but i gotta say, i didnt miss Kevin. i just feel bad for howie, the man hardly gets any solo time, but he got all of kevins parts, and now those are getting taken away.

    • Sabrina

      Which of Kev’s parts did Howie get?
      I don’t remember any that Howie sang. His range is waaaay too high to take Kevin’s place, isn’t it?

    • nicole

      @Sabrina – during the nkotbsb tour, i noticed howie had alot of parts that use to belong to kevin, they just changed the key.

  • Sabrina

    Why do people keep saying “reunited”? They never broke up. They’ve release new music every 2 years since 2005, and that’s pretty standard. They did 2 CDs w/o Kevin.

    I’m really excited he is back though! I missed him! He doesn’t really sing all that much, but he’s still fantastic.

    • nicole

      i think its reunited in the sense that its all 5 guys back.

  • jane


  • BCDanielle

    Holy crap, 20 years?!?! I’ve been a fan since I was 15….glad Kevin is back in the mix!

  • This is the kind of news that fuels my soul, that is apparently a 16 year-old girl for life. LOVES IT!!!!!!

  • emily

    BSB fan since I was in PreK! I’ve only seen BSB w/ Kev once…I’m SO EXCITED HE IS BACK!!

  • Amy

    I am soooo ready for the BSB 20th anniversary tour..Ive been a fan of them for 15 years and i will continue to be…they’ve helped me through alot and i don’t know what i would do without them or their music in my life….everyday i listen to them and my love continues to grow for them…im so happy kevin is back cuz the backstreet boys just wasnt the same without him…KTBSPA!!!!