The Lost Boys: How a Pop Sensation Came Undone

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Submitted by Jen from Springfield VA USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 00:16:05 2002

I think the article is a little too dramatic, due in part to Kevin...but I digress. What it really does is explain some of the things I've always wondered. Like, for instance, why they released a greatest hits collection...and why Black and Blue was a major step backwards from Millennium. What I don't like about it however is how their new managers seem to think Nick is expendable. I would much rather have BSB not release another album than have them release one without Nick. That's basically saying that all the stuff they've been saying about being brothers and family is bullsh*t. And quite frankly, unless BSB is going to change their sound all together, their new CD wouldn't fit in with the trend of music today. Three years ago pop was huge. Today it's all about rap and r&b. Any pop cd released now would have trouble. They need to take their time and work everything out within the group. By that time maybe the market will be more tolerant of pop again.

Submitted by Misty from sandy utah USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 00:03:19 2002

It was a great article full of good information about the guys, BUT... at the end, it says this one particular person is not worried about Nick leaving the group to go solo, because the Eagles changed members 3 times and were still a successfull group. The guys arent the Eagles, they are the BSB, and they felt that when A.J. went into rehab they should postpone the tour because they aren't the BSB without him. Why should it be any different with Nick? I'm expecting his solo album to be successfull, but he has already told us the group has his heart. He's not going anywhere, he just wanted to do something he's been dreaming about forever.I'm happy for Nick, the rest of the BSB is happy for Nick, and I know he is happy for himself, which he should be! He said it himself, "No matter what happens we'll always be the Backstreet Boys."

Submitted by Nicole Littrell from minnesota USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 00:02:34 2002

Although and thought in some ways the article was a little harsh it was truthfuly I think the guys tried to do what was best in ever situation for them and the fans. Cause thats the one thing that the Backstreet Boys know is how important fans are. Not may bands would have come straight out when AJ went through rehab but they wanted to be honest with the fans and I give them lots of credit. Not many bands realize how important fans are to them. I have been a backstreet fan for almost 5 years now. Iam die hard fan and will continue to be forever cause I belive they are the best band out there and not just because Brian is the hottest guy on the earth (which he is lol) but because they have a lot of the qualities that seem to be hard to find now a days. They want to try to make the world a better place the care about kids and the down to earth personality the each one of them has in there own special way. As Nick has said before as long as we have fans we can do anything i belive that to this day as long as we continue to support them the music will come it may not be the record shattering cd but who cares its there music and true bsb nows they make the best music together.
I will always hold a special place in my heart for you Brian. I love you
KTBPA

Submitted by Bornintokaosbabe from USA
Date: Mon Aug 19 00:01:06 2002

This article is awesome. I have never read an article like this about the Boys. Every Backstreet fan, and non-Backstreet fans alike, should read this article. Maybe it would help people see the Boys in a different light. This article was raw. It was real and not one line of the entire thing was fabricated or sugar coated. It was everything that a fan hates to hear, but needs to hear. Everyone needs to stop reading and believing all of the shit out there on the Boys and deal with what is real. It is so nice to finally read an article on the Boys and to read only real, pure things. It shows what they have to deal with in their lives, that their lives are by no means picture perfect. I absolutely loved this aticle, this guy deserves the Pullitzer.

Submitted by Tina Nelson from Abingdon Maryland USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:47:38 2002

I thought that this was a very informative article about how the music business operates. We as fans only see the smiles on the guys faces in public but never know what they are going through behind the scenes. It is very saddening to hear that our boys go through all of that nasty stuff just to try and make good music for us fans. I just continue to pray that all five of them can focus as a group and make the best decision for the group as a whole as well as each individual. I know without a shade of a doubt that each guy absolutely loves being a Backstreet Boy, they just have to work out the not-so-fun part of things first. I will always continue to support the Backstreet Boys in whatever their decision may be, because I believe in them. I believe that they can work this out and continue on being the all-time greatest group around. Always and forever a BSB fan. Tina

Submitted by xoxbabeexox from va beach va USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:47:29 2002

i dont know what to think. i really dont. all i know is that i love the bsb and i mean, u heard it themselves that aj said theyre the closest theyve ever been and that nobody could touch them. right now im very weak about this whole thing. people are sayin theyre over but i hope theyre not. people would be so disappointed and i know for sure id be cryin my eyes out. but hopefully theyre all right and well be ok .. juss keep ur head up n everythin will be all right .. im sure theyre ok and theyll get through this for sure ..

Submitted by cinthia from hammond indiana USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:47:00 2002

backstreet boys are not over. they have alot of energy and thier music actually have messages and they reach to different ages and people.*nsync came along and just started copying bsb. nsync only reachs teenagers not the whole gap like bsb. they aren't cute or talented they do everyhting bsb does. why who knows they just can't get thier own identy.bsb might had prombles but they stuck through it together.if your a true fan u will stick with bsb forever.if u like nsync and don't like what i wrote tough.DEAL WITH IT !!!!!!!!!
p.s. i would like to say hi to my new best nick friend patricia
check out her site at www.theshiningstarnickcarter.mysite.de

Submitted by Amanda from Vermont USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:46:48 2002

Although the article may in fact be true, it kind of hit my heart really hard. It scared me because it makes you think that the BSB really are not going to be around for that much longer which I doubt is true. As Nick said "As long as we have our fans, we can conquer anything" which is absolutely true because they will always have fans. As long as the fans are there they will be. Although they may not be in the biz and making music they will be there and stuff. I think the article was rude and kind of lousy because it focused on the money issue of the aspect of the music biz when the music biz is not totally about money. The groups are happy with the fans they have and as Nick said a while back in an article that he could quit today and not care because they could live the rest of their lives on the money they make in one summer rather than that of a year. They have no concern for the money and their love of music and making people happy is what they love to do. They live for that, not the money that they've had for years already. Much Backstreet Pride/Love Forever!

Submitted by Stephanie from BX New York USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:34:17 2002

Well, I just think that the guys have been dealt a bad hand. I mean they've had to watch their 'compitition' get more than what they are worth. I mean *Nsync albums always get so much more general publicity. Yes, our boys were very lucky to be able to do the around the world tour for Black and Blue, but there wasn't too much general promotion of the album and personally I think that had something to do with sales. Af far as the artical, well I think that the guys just have to do whats best for them. I am going to continue to support the guys because they have great music which has always been there for me so I'm just returning the favor. I just hope that the guys find peace somewhere soon, but if not I wish them luck with their search because I know that once they are some place that they feel safe, it's going to be just fine.

Submitted by Caitlin from Katy TX USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:26:04 2002

I thot the article was very interesting...and very true. I mean I still love the BSB, but not as much as I have in the past. Now I find myself defending them to people saying things like "They're still together, u just dont hear about them very much." Again I say I still love them and support them very much but it seems like the only publicity they get anymore is bad publicity, and I just hope they can make a come-back soon b/c i dont even want to think about if they broke up.
much love-Cat

Submitted by ~*Sprinkles*~ from USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:24:28 2002

It was some article!! That would explain a lot of the wierd stuff happening!! Like the you have to be in the fan club to see their website, the expensive concert tickets, and out of no where Nick's solo career?!? It's just TOO MUCH!! But I still LOVE the Boys .. I just hope everything works out.. b/c if they ever break up ~ there will be millions of broken hearts { including me }. I was wondering what's Howie's view ~ no where did the article mention him?!?
Love Ya'
KTBSPA

Submitted by Marie-Josée Tremblay from Drummondville Qc Canada
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:23:00 2002

I totally loved the article because it was so true, so real!!It shows how BSB are strong after all those "mistakes and bad advices" as says Kevin!We now know they can concurr anything!!!And that they want to have the longest career as possible. The only part I didn't liked was when they said that the band would have the same popularity if Nick would leave...but to me BSB had, are and will always be Nick, AJ, Brian, Kevin and Howie!!!I don't want a nobody to replace Nick!!And I'm pretty sure he'll never leave the Boys!!!What do you think???!?

Submitted by Star from USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:09:41 2002

I thought the article was interesting. The only part that i didnt like was the part where they talk about how the BSB are fake and were like puppets on a string controlled by Lou Perlman. I think that they have always had minds of there own but they just got caught up in a bad situation. Overall, good article.

KTBSPA

Submitted by lizzie from Los Banos CA USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:06:58 2002

i think the article was the truth. i mean the "old" backstreet boys were better. they seemed to get along more and now they dont seem as friendly or brotherly like they used to be. and i support nick and everything but right now is a bad time to go for a solo career. he needs to stick with backstreet right now. they are going through a hard time b/c they havent been doing that great with everything. if everything keeps going like this i dont think they will last very long. I love them but they need to get their act together. :)

Submitted by Diana from USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 23:05:37 2002

I use to like BSB but not anymore. I went on this website to see if they were still together, because I was feeling a bit inquisitve today. All I got to say is that they're over. I really doubt that they'll ever come back. They should have broken up a long time ago, because now, nobody really gives a damn.

Submitted by Meg from Eugene Oregon USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 22:59:58 2002

I thought it was an interesting article, it just shows the music industry at its worst (which is how it is at all times, but still). However, I did think it was premature and unreasonable to consider Nick quitting the group when he's just said recently he has no intention of doing so. Overall, though, very interesting article.

Submitted by amyshepherd from Martin Kentucky USA
Date: Sun Aug 18 22:54:24 2002

i thought the article that was in the new york times completley tell how the backstreet boys took a risk and sue lou pearlmen over all the money that he took from backstreetboys,*NSync, and O-Town.they made a smart decsion to leave lou's management company behind and let them do their thing.they give a swift kick right where it hurts in the pocketbooks and bankaccounts and the past will bite them in the ass.

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