Caught up in the Backstreet Boys Craze

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Date: Oct 29, 2099
Source: Jennifer Whitmore
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For several years, I have made fun of my friends, family and even people I don't know for their twisted love affair with the group known as the Backstreet Boys. I remember around three years ago, my best friend at the time told me she was going to see a Backstreet Boys concert. "The Backstreet who?" I asked in bewilderment. Now, unless you live under a rock, everyone knows these five incredible singers.

As time progressed, I heard there songs played on the radio often incessantly, but that was ok with me. I love their music and respect their talent. I didn't know much about them aside from their songs. I didn't own any of their cd's. I didn't have any books on them or pictures of them plastered all over my walls. I did, however, have one single poster my friend had brought back from the concert she had gone too. But it lay shoved in the far reaches of my closet, where I dared not venture to find it.

This past July, I went to a flea market and saw their new cd for sale for a mere 10 dollars so I figured why not? I bought it and hence began my weird obsession with the group. I listened to their cd every chenace I got and fell in love with songs like Back To Your Heart and I Need you Tonight. I found myself incoherantly humming the beautiful lyrics everywhere I went. I found myself buying books about them and watching the disney concert over and over every chance I got. I had always appreciated their music, but now I loved it even more.

I found out about their Into the Millenium tour about a week before the tickets went on sale. I figured that I would be unable to get tickets so I looked for a radio station contest and I found one. By shear luck I won the radio station's grand prize of front row tickets. From that day on I bragged about how I had pulled off this marvelous luckey streak. And perhaps now this can even be considered a form of bragging: I was going to have front row tickets to the sold out concert in Philadelphia on the 29th! The days dragged by so slowly. But finally, after an eternity of waiting the concert had arrived. I couldn't help but get swept up by my own excitment. I found myself making signs for the concert and even buying a rose and stuffed animal. The more I thought about it the more I realized I was going to be stereotyped a "teenybopper". And at 15, maybe I am, but I think the whole stereotype in general is unfair. But moving on...

At the concert I couldn't help but be consumed by the excitement surrounding me, I found myself screaming befoe the concert even began. I had no voice already by the time the boys came on! To top off my excitement, my dreams cam true when I was asked to be one of the 5 mothers and daughters to go on stage during "The Perfect Fan". I wasn't nervous about meeting a BSB or holding their hand or what to say, it all seemed very unrealized at that point what was going to happen and even after, what had happened. To this day I still haven't fully grasped that I met a Backstreet Boys-I had only ever imagined it. The concert was an unbelievable experience for both my mom and I am I am so glad that I had both the chance to experience it and to experince it and be able to bond like that with my mother.

The Backstreet Boys put on an awesome performance and there music has touched so many people including me. The boys have amazing voices and talent. Tie that in with thei good looks you have the craze that has captivated millions of people all over the world. I hope they keep doing what they are doing and that they keep doing it for a long time to come!

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