A boy band's lesson: Don't quit playin'

A boy band's lesson: Don't quit playin'

There are 13 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jun 6, 2008, titled A boy band's lesson: Don't quit playin'. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Mediocrity is the lot of most humans. Only a few rise to heights of accomplishment or recognition; most of us have to just do our jobs and go home, in the hope that we didn't make anything worse today.

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Kelsey

Berlin, CT

#1 Jun 6, 2008
I completely agree. I've been an avid BSB fan for about 10 years now, and I love them more than ever.

P.S. The Jonas Brothers aren't a boyband.
bsb fan

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Jun 6, 2008
great article--rarely does the media look at bsb this way.
claire

Milan, Italy

#3 Jun 7, 2008
are they touring the us? really?
Gabriela from Argentina

Villa Urquiza, Argentina

#4 Jun 7, 2008
I would like to thank you, Emily!

There is still people that do not respect them..another boyband..yes! but they are musicians! not a pretty face.
they may change their thoughts with this article!

I am 24, i have my family and job,..but i will always like them.

have a nice weekend
Gabriela
from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Susie_K

Dolton, IL

#5 Jun 7, 2008
Thank you so much for this lovely article. As a long standing Backstreet Boy's fan, I appreciate hearing such positive comments. These talented, sweet natured, hard working guys don't get enough credit for what they do, and for what they've done for their fans. They just want to make people happy, and for almost 15 years, they've succeeding in making millions of people happy. I hope they never quit!
magnOlia

Santa Ana, CA

#6 Jun 7, 2008
Great article! I've been a fan of the Backstreet Boys for quite sometime, and it might be true that when I started like them I was a teen(I didn't care for the music much, only the good looks). Compared to the other "boy-bands" from the 90s, where only one guy was the Lead-Singer, the BSB has proved that they have great talent, not only because the 5 of them (now 4)can sing, but because they LOVE what they do!
Carol

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

#7 Jun 8, 2008
Well, this is a amazing article Emily, congratulations. You write beautifuly. Obviously, I'm a little suspicious to say that, since I happen to be a BSB fan for over the past 10 years, so I guess it's even special to read a article in such a positive light about the current situation of the boys - actualy, men - carrers.
Sure, they aren't as big as they were in the late 90's, and many people, critics and magazines think about then today as a failure, strugling to survive in a cruel industry that doesn't seems to care or support anything they do anymore, but somehow, they are still here, still playing and even still solding out many arenas overseas - USA were never they "ground zero"...
And even thougth they don't have the respect they actualy deserve - just think about the so called "singers and performers" we see making a huge splash in the music industry today that don't have half of the musical talent they do -, the Backstreet Boys should be proud of everything they ever acomplishied, and more, they should be proud of what they become, overcoming a reducted label of "boyband" and making beautiful music (Unbreakeble is their best album so far), truly being larger than life, or the industry, expect then to be!
Claudia Netherlands

Bergeyk, Netherlands

#8 Jun 8, 2008
What a great article!
I`ve been a fan of the Backstreet Boys since the beginning in 1995. I was 15 years old.
When i heard their first song We`ve Got It Goin` On on the radio, i didn`t knew who they are. But i loved the song!
Since 1995 i saw them a lot of times.
I saw how they begon with small performences, in 1996 they performed for 6000 people in Leiden with The Tour `96 and in 1999 they played for 64.000 people with the Millenium Tour in Amsterdam. I saw them rising and rising. When they waren`t around for 6 years in Europe, the media was bringing them down. Backstreet Boys was no longer populair. The media didn`t played their music anymore, no more good articles in the papers/magazines. If you said the word BSB, people where saying: "What? Who? That boyband who split up?" No they didn`t, they had a break. Since 1995 till 2001 NONSTOP touring, making albums, bringing out singles. Nobody was saying anything about that! I`m glad they took a break! In 2005 they came back to Europe! Never Gone! And they are! Sold out shows, Rotterdam with 10.000 tickets were sold out,just like that. 2007, Unbreakable! And they`re realy Unbreakable! Again Rotterdam was the first sold out concert from the tour in Europe! 10.000 people, London, sold out 20.000 people, Tokio, 40.000 people, should i go on?
When the media says, Backstreet Boys are no longer populair, they are wrong. They don`t look further then their cd-selling. Why do you have to sell 1 million copies in 1 week in 1 country to be populair? You also can sell 2 million worldwide and still be populair! The Unbreakable tour is rising and rising! Their first show in St Johns NF was sold out in 15 minutes. I make my point.
All i have to say is that Backstreet`s Back, they were Never Gone and they are Unbreakable!
To bad that the tour is over for me! I went to shows in Stuttgarrt, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Oberhausen in Germany, Brussels in Belgium, Rotterdam in Holland, an Luxemburg, but they cancelled that show due a fire in the building.
Went to 4 solo concerts of AJ McLean in Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin in Germany and in Amsterdam, Holland.
After seeing all these shows in different country`s, Backstreet Boys are still populair! And they will be for a very long time!
I just wanted to say that!
Love Claudia (28) from The Netherlands
Marce Mexico

Orizaba, Mexico

#9 Jun 8, 2008
Ok, i really really love bsb music since i heard i want it that way for the very first time! i think times have changed but true fans...well, we are still here, and they are great singers! they are so nice in person, so down to earth, i had the chance to meet them here in mexico in one of their last concerts of their unbreakable tour, which were just awsome!
thanx 4 your opinion, i liked it!:)
keep the backstreet pride alive!
Marce Mexico

Orizaba, Mexico

#10 Jun 8, 2008
Claudia OMG I LOVE YOUR COMMENT!!!=)
Add me if you can: [email protected]
Marce Mexico

Orizaba, Mexico

#11 Jun 8, 2008
Claudia Netherlands wrote:
What a great article!
I`ve been a fan of the Backstreet Boys since the beginning in 1995. I was 15 years old.
When i heard their first song We`ve Got It Goin` On on the radio, i didn`t knew who they are. But i loved the song!
Since 1995 i saw them a lot of times.
I saw how they begon with small performences, in 1996 they performed for 6000 people in Leiden with The Tour `96 and in 1999 they played for 64.000 people with the Millenium Tour in Amsterdam. I saw them rising and rising. When they waren`t around for 6 years in Europe, the media was bringing them down. Backstreet Boys was no longer populair. The media didn`t played their music anymore, no more good articles in the papers/magazines. If you said the word BSB, people where saying: "What? Who? That boyband who split up?" No they didn`t, they had a break. Since 1995 till 2001 NONSTOP touring, making albums, bringing out singles. Nobody was saying anything about that! I`m glad they took a break! In 2005 they came back to Europe! Never Gone! And they are! Sold out shows, Rotterdam with 10.000 tickets were sold out,just like that. 2007, Unbreakable! And they`re realy Unbreakable! Again Rotterdam was the first sold out concert from the tour in Europe! 10.000 people, London, sold out 20.000 people, Tokio, 40.000 people, should i go on?
When the media says, Backstreet Boys are no longer populair, they are wrong. They don`t look further then their cd-selling. Why do you have to sell 1 million copies in 1 week in 1 country to be populair? You also can sell 2 million worldwide and still be populair! The Unbreakable tour is rising and rising! Their first show in St Johns NF was sold out in 15 minutes. I make my point.
All i have to say is that Backstreet`s Back, they were Never Gone and they are Unbreakable!
To bad that the tour is over for me! I went to shows in Stuttgarrt, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Oberhausen in Germany, Brussels in Belgium, Rotterdam in Holland, an Luxemburg, but they cancelled that show due a fire in the building.
Went to 4 solo concerts of AJ McLean in Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin in Germany and in Amsterdam, Holland.
After seeing all these shows in different country`s, Backstreet Boys are still populair! And they will be for a very long time!
I just wanted to say that!
Love Claudia (28) from The Netherlands
i loooooooooove your comment! you are a true true true fan!=) thanx, it is always a joy to know about people like you!=)
kevnluvr

Dumbarton, UK

#12 Jun 11, 2008
What a lovely piece. Congratulation on not "dissing" the boys, which seems to be a favourite pastime of a lot of "so called writers". I've been a fan for the best part of 14 years, but have only managed to see them live twice, the best two nights of my life!!
Now I'm in my early 50's......most people look at me weirdly when I say I'm their biggest fan.....I take it on the chin, I am and always will be a Backstreet Boys fan. I hope they keep going, and that my favourite boy comes back to the fold.....Ahhhh! Looking forward to the next concert.....come back to the UK soon guys.
Margaret x
LaurenC

Milton Keynes, UK

#13 Jun 17, 2008
What a fantastic article! I have been the biggest Backstreet boys fan for 15 years now and I still am as into them now as i was back then!
They are the most talented bunch of people I have ever had the pleasure to see perform and I am so grateful that a writer like yourself can also see their talent!
Why they do not get airplay anymore is beyond me and it infuriates me. Their latest music is better than anything that is on the radio these days! I just wish there was a way we could get the radio stations to play them!!!!!

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