EV­ERY­BODY: BACK­STREET’S BACK!

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY MARK GRAY

If you ma­jored in boy bands in the ‘90s, your con­cen­tra­tion comes in handy this year.

The Las Ve­gas en­ter­tain­ment scene has hopped into a mu­sic time ma­chine and set the dial squarely to a time when crop tops and high tops were the norm and when songs smelled like teen spirit. Yes, the city is fully em­brac­ing the 1990s and it’s pay­ing off. In March, the Back­street Boys kick off a 26-show res­i­dency at The Axis at Planet Hol­ly­wood (844379-0370; plan­ethol­ly­wood.com). Ticket sales were so swift that more shows had to be added to sat­isfy de­mand. In fact, Back­street made Ve­gas his­tory as the fastest sell­ing res­i­dency show in the city’s mod­ern his­tory. It’s not just them. In Fe­bru­ary, Vanilla Ice, Coo­lio, Salt-n-pepa, Color Me Badd (re­mem­ber them?) and a slew of oth­ers set their sights on Hard Rock’s The Joint for the “I Love the 90s” con­cert. In May, New Kids On the Block, Paula Ab­dul, and Boyz II Men bring their “To­tal Pack­age” tour to the T-mo­bile Arena (702-692-1600; tmo­bilearena.com). Luxor’s LAX night­club has been suc­cess­fully book­ing ’90s-era acts to per­form for over a year now, as well. Why? “There’s a lot of nos­tal­gia around the ’90s,” says Kurt Melien, pres­i­dent of Live Na­tion Las Ve­gas, the mas­ter­minds be­hind the Back­street res­i­dency. “Th­ese peo­ple are at that per­fect age where they re­mem­ber what it was like 20 years ago, when they were ef­fec­tively 10 to 15 years old. If this was hap­pen­ing five or six years ago, it wouldn’t be quite the same.” In other words: Stop, col­lab­o­rate, and lis­ten to the mu­sic of a gen­er­a­tion we can’t get enough of.

IF YOU MA­JORED IN BOY BANDS IN THE ’90S, YOUR CON­CEN­TRA­TION COMES IN HANDY THIS YEAR.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: Be­fore Paula Ab­dul was Amer­ica’s most sym­pa­thetic Idol judge, she was “Blow­ing Kisses In the Wind”; Back­street Boys move in for 26 shows start­ing in March (yes, ladies, Nick Carter will be there); Boyz II Men clearly find it “So H

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