LOS ANGELES — I grew up listening to the Backstreet Boys in the ’90s. When I was a teenager, everyone kept playing their songs “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As You Love Me,” and “Quit Playing Games” over and over. Those songs were also used at various homecoming and prom dances.
Last November, I had the opportunity to see the Backstreet Boys live in concert during their Larger Than Life residency. The group played at the Zappos Theatre inside Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. It sold out faster than any other show in Las Vegas history.
Boy, what a show it was! The concert was amazing from start to finish. Nearly everyone sang back the songs as the Boys were performing them on stage. Fans were standing and cheering during the entire show. It was a night that I’ll never forget.
I happened to research the current exhibits at the GRAMMY Museum in downtown Los Angeles. That’s when I learned the special exhibit titled, ‘Backstreet Boys: The Experience,’ is now on display. I thought wow, I’ll have to drive down and check it out!
The special exhibition opened on April 10 and will remain on display through September 2. It is included with regular admission to the museum. Backstreet Boys: The Experience is so big that it fills the second floor of the GRAMMY Museum. Most attendees take the elevator up to the fourth floor and then make their way down.
What’s included within this exhibit? Everything from personal memorabilia to wardrobes, artwork, photography and much more. It basically starts from the group’s early roots and goes up until the present day. I even saw photos from the Backstreet Boys’ Las Vegas residency that I attended!
“From the beginning of our career, we have always made it a priority to interact with our fans,” said AJ McLean of the Backstreet Boys. “This exhibition is a perfect way to share our favorite memories with the people who made our dreams a reality.”
I particularly enjoyed the interactive experiences — and there are many of them. Fans can really get immersed into this exhibit and the Backstreet Boys themselves.
- They can record a video message that will be sent directly to the group
- Fans can take a selfie, receive a miniature photo to attach to a giant poster that will be delivered to the band. They also get a duplicate to take home as a souvenir
- They can pose for a picture with the group and have it sent to their e-mail, Facebook or Twitter pages
- Fans can request a free token from the box office and insert it into a machine to receive a free sticker from one of the band members
“The Backstreet Boys re-defined pop music as we know it creating a dedicated fan phenomenon that still exists almost 30 years later,” said Michael Sticka, the executive director of the museum. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the group’s unique commitment to their fans and vice versa while producing a one-of-a-kind immersive interactive environment.”
Watch this special Q&A when the Backstreet Boys visited the GRAMMY Museum to check out their exhibit and meet some lucky fans:
If you love the Backstreet Boys or pop music in general, you should hurry on down to check out this special exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum. It’s a great place to bring the kids during their summer break before they go off to school this fall.
The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. Closed on Tuesdays. For more information, visit www.grammymuseum.org, “like” the GRAMMY Museum on Facebook, and follow @GRAMMYMuseum on Twitter and Instagram.