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Backstreet Boys’ DNA World Tour Manila

Twenty two years ago, a music video of rain-drenched boys from a group called Backstreet Boys, was shown in a music channel. The same song became popular on the radio. I turned up the volume a few notches higher every time it plays on air. I become “kilig” when it made the top five hit of the week.

And that confirmed it. I have become a fan of these five talented guys based from Orlando, Florida.

The extent of my fandom was just like a typical teenager with a huge crush. I literally ogled at them every time their music videos play. The radio played their songs were over and over. I collected magazine articles and put a few posters on my dresser cabinet door.

Some may have a favorite Backstreet Boy, but I love all of them.

Fast Forward to Year 2015

I was very excited and happy when I got to watch them for the first time back in year 2015. I clearly remembered AJ saying that they were working on a new album. Therefore, a new album meant another world tour!

I held on to that promise.

It came true four years later…

April 2019

The concert organizer announced the ticket sale by late March. My friend and I were absolutely ecstatic! We marked our calendar on the opening of the ticket sale.

Since Backstreet Boys’ latest single from their new album, “Don’t Go Breakin’ My Heart”, became their sort of resurrection hit, the cost of their concert ticket became reasonably pricey.

Hence, we just aimed for the upper box ticket. However, during sale day, the seats were selling like hotcakes! The choices we had were drilled down to general admission and lower box regular. So, budget be damned. We went for the lower box regular.

And, it was the best choice we made!

Concert Night

October 28,2019 – Yey! The concert day finally came! It was supposed to be the usual manic, mundane Monday. But excitement was coursing through my veins and capillaries! The excitement made me feel like it could run a marathon.

19:00 PM

I met up with my friend. We grabbed a quick dinner near the arena.

19:30 PM

We went back to the concert venue. We were tempted to buy those flashy head gears and glow sticks but decided against it the last minute.

19:45 PM

We finally made it to our seats! The system generated choice of seats were at par to our expectations. We can clearly see the stage and the two giant LED screens on top of heads. The arena was starting to get packed with enthusiastic concertgoers.

We were actually waiting for the front act of the show. We thought the show might start a bit late.

The air was brewing with excitement.

20:00 PM

OH MY GOSH! No front act!

The lights dimmed and the large LED screens started to show an AVP of their album catalog and of course, the Boys.

We all started S-C-R-E-A-M-I-N-G!

Backstreet’s Back, Alright!

The Backstreet Boys appeared at last and we automatically jumped out of our seats, screaming our lungs out. They opened the show with a very short verse of “Everyone”, then quickly transitioned to “I Wanna Be With You”. It was one major throwback song that you would not expect they’d sing. It literally generated more screaming.

At that point, the best night of our lives began!

Concert Moments

Backstreet Boys sang hit after hit like a streaming app that you selfishly didn’t want to end. There were moments in the show that the boys got to individually sing some tracks from their new album. Unfortunately, their solo parts were short but sweet.

Looking back now, I guess it was a wise move nonetheless. The songs that they sang solo were treated like teaser songs, which were actually intended for the audience to hear more about them by getting their new album or by streaming. And, you’ve got to admit, they don’t tour every year, so, you would rather want to hear them sing their greatest hits!

Backstreet Boys also got to tell a few throwback stories on how they met. That portion was actually very nostalgic and funny. Of course, they didn’t forget to interact and acknowledge their fans. They showed their appreciation by doing a roll call of those the audience located at the mosh pit up to the general admission.

Their stage was set up with an extended portion on the side and front, forming a cube, so they could move around more and be able to extend their love to their fans.

Favorite Parts of the Show

  • The concert focused on the Backstreet Boys’ alone. There were no dancers and live band.
  • The Boys can still sing and groove like they haven’t aged a day! (Not to mention they still look gorgeous)
  • They sang their very own original acapella song, “Breathe”. It was magical.
  • They danced their famous “All I Have To Give” choreography. It was definitely a huge fan service!
  • The first few notes of “Don’t Want To Lose You Now” kinda melted me.
  • We still partied like it was 1999.

DNA World Tour Concert Set List

  • Everyone
  • I Wanna Be With You
  • The Call
  • Don’t Want You Back
  • Nobody Else
  • New Love
  • Get Down
  • Chateau
  • Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely
  • Incomplete
  • More Than That
  • The Way It Was
  • Chances
  • Shape of My Heart
  • Drowning
  • Passionate
  • Quit Playin With My Heart
  • As Long As You Love Me
  • No Place
  • Breathe
  • Don’t Wanna Lose You Now
  • I’ll Never Break Your Heart
  • All I Have To Give
  • Everybody
  • We’ve Got It Goin On
  • It’s Gotta Be You
  • That’s The Way I Like It
  • Get Another Boyfriend
  • The One
  • I Want It That Way

Encore

  • Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
  • Larger Than Life

The concert lasted for two hours. After the confetti rained on their last song, we were left with a natural exhilaration and a huge smile on our faces. It was the best feeling ever!

Encore Thoughts

We do hope that the Backstreet Boys will work on a new album soon, so that they could come over for a concert again. Hopefully, in three years’ time, if that is not too much to ask!

Who knows, maybe we’d get the most pit tickets next time! It would be an absolute dream!

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I am a wife to Francis and a mother to Olivia. I am an avid reader, but a frustrated writer. Maybe considered a millennial, but very much of a "manang".

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