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This is my scrapbook... There's all kinds of gibberish in here... All my comments are in white. If you don't feel like reading everything, just scroll around to find the pictures...

A picture of the stage! (I didn't take it, I found it on a website) 

This is an email I sent to a friend...

These are reviews from the East Rutherford Concert. Read about Nick at the end of the 1st review- I told you he was going nuts!
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I saw the Backstreet Boys in East Rutherford, NJ on February 3, 2001. So the day of the ticket sale, I stood in line for hours in the freezing cold with a bunch of scalpers from the Bronx who were threatening to slit everybody’s throats if the line didn’t hurry up. Yeah, they were nice people.... But none of this mattered cause I thought it would all pay off once I reached the front. So as soon as I get there- SOLD OUT!- Great, thanks, rip my heart out and stomp on it a few times for good measure. I was devastated. That is, until three days before the concert. I work at a record store that has a ticketmaster, and my co-worker Greg found tickets to the show! My best friend friend Melinda (also BSB-obsessed) was working at the time, and she called me wigging out- majorly. So all of a sudden, here we were going to our very first BSB concert! The day of the concert... lets see... I saw The Call on MTV and almost wet myself... then I went over to Melinda’s house and we painted our faces and everything, and we finally got on the road about 5:00. The ride to the arena seemed endless, but don’t worry, a couple rounds of Black and Blue helped us through it. We got there and joined the massive line of screaming girls- ahh, true acceptance! It was SO cold. They finally let us in, and we ran to our seats (not without buying $100 of merchandise first, of course). Turns out, our seats were BEHIND the stage... Ugh. But Melinda, being the nosy person that she is (gotta love her for it) heard a man saying he wanted to switch seats to be by his kids. One thing led to another, and we ended up in section 128- amazing seats! Thank you God for blessing Melinda with a loud mouth! Then Krystal came out. She is my new hero. She was psycho- buzz cut and all, jumping on her piano and headbanging. I love her so much. When she sang “I’ll Be There” I almost cried. She’s amazing. There was about half an hour of nothing after she left. Then all of a sudden the lights went off, and the room started screaming their heads off. Let’s see... then it showed earth being blown up..lol that’s morbid..and when the smoke cleared, guess who was standing there- none other than the five guys who have completely changed my life and touched my soul--oo that’s deep--THE BACKSTREET BOYS! Seeing them for the first time was just a total shock. I just lost all control of myself. I read a review earlier today that said “Once you’ve seen Kevin in leather pants, you can never go back”. I think that pretty much sums it up. They went right into Everyone, then Larger Than Life... good job boys, recognizing the fans! The singing was amazing, the dancing was cute as hell. They sang Yes I Will wearing white suits and holding sparkly canes..wow... Everything was perfect, except for the woman behind us who kept screaming at us to sit down (Melinda put her in her place... that’s another one of Mel’s amazing qualities, lol). What else did they sing... ummm pretty much everything from Black and Blue with the exception of It’s True. Then they had their cute little dressing room thing that everybody has heard about, I’m sure. Geez... I pretty much lost all control of my bodily functions at that moment... wow..Then they reappeared on the little stage in the back, which was RIGHT in front of our section. We could SEE THEIR FACES! They sang a couple songs, including How Did I Fall In Love With You. That was the last straw, I can pretty much die happy now. Hey did anybody else think it was hysterical when Kevin refused to stand up? Then the bridge came down from the ceiling, and they walked back to the main stage singing Time. I think Answer to Our Lives was the best part. I was suddenly inspired to go pick up trash along the side of the highway. Oh, and we were so happy that they sang Everybody- that was amazing. I thought Melinda was gonna pass out. Shape of My Heart was the encore, but half the people left before it came on... morons I tell ya... Aight, this is pretty long, lemme wrap it up with some final thoughts... Nick is a complete lunatic. Seriously, he was so into it, headbanging, falling to his knees, jumping all over the place- Pelvic thrusts galore! I have a complete new respect for him- he stole the show. AJ was just AJ, the coolest person alive, that’s all there is to it. Mel was spazzing over Howie, and I gotta admit, he was really good... omg How Did I Fall in Love With You... Brian was....Brian. Perfect in every way. Everything he did brought tears to my eyes..I couldn’t take it. And Kevin... I still live in fear that he is going to come kill me. He is the scariest looking man alive, but I think it some ways, it adds to his appeal. On a serious note, anyone who has tickets to this concert is in for the greatest night of their lives. Be ready to just forget about everything that’s going on in your life, all your problems and worries, and just concentrate on the talent that these five amazing men have to offer you. People can critisize the Boys all they want, but what it really comes down to is some raw talent and the ability to bring complete happiness to their fans. What’s so wrong with that? The concert was the experience of a lifetime, and I will never forget it.    
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Backstreet Boys Take Arena By Storm – Again Screaming girls clad in glittery makeup armed with colorful handmade posters crowded the entrance of Continental Airlines Arena on Saturday, February 3rd as mothers stood by with smiles on their faces. Tour books, t-shirts, and scalper tickets were being sold left and right. Blue glow sticks lit up the arena as the shrieks started growing louder. Where else could you be but a Backstreet Boys concert? Surprisingly enough, however, it seems as if as the Backstreet Boys music is maturing, so are their fans. Not only thirteen year-olds lined the hallways of the arena. Girls – and boys – of all ages stood by waiting for the show to begin. Excitment and anticipation set the mood of the audience in the final minutes preceding the opening act. It seemed as if 7:30 just could not come quickly enough. Finally, the lights went down, and, entering stage left was a 19-year old songstress who goes simply by “Krystal.” Krystal, the first to be signed to the Backstreet Boys’ still untitled record label, has a Sinead O’Connor meets Mariah Carey-esque style. With vocals that surpass most of pop’s current female singers and a wide vocal range, Krystal is likely to accumulate a large fan base if given the right amount of radio airplay. The anticipation grew even more in the half hour break between the opening act and the main event. The Backstreet Boys would not keep their fans waiting for long though, for, soon enough, the lights dropped again and the arena erupted in utter screams of joy. The tarps on the stage dropped to reveal a larger-than-life video screen that took the crowd on an intergalactic tour full of explosions and soaring meteors. The opening sequence, enhanced by pyrotechnics and dancers disguised as futuristic military men, filled the audience with overwhelming suspense. As if they needed it. The cheers soared as the Backstreet Boys (Nick Carter, 21; Brian Littrell, 25; Kevin Richardson, 29; A.J. McLean, 23; and Howie Dorough, 27) arrived onstage, rising through the smoke, mounted on five individual pillars. Without hesitation, the Boys jumped right into “Everyone,” the newest ode to their fans which is feaured on their most recent album “Black and Blue.” Following the adrenaline-pumping song was a smooth transition into "Larger Than Life,” their first dedication to the fans that made their career into what it is today. The show continued with an array of strong ballads, including the Howie Dorough-penned, “What Makes You Different, Makes You Beautiful.” Crooning to their fans never hurt a pop group, but the strength of their vocals and harmonies not only made the girls’ hearts flutter, but impressed the older crowd and parents alike. It is clear that the Backstreet Boys have matured into a strong vocal group since they emerged in Europe in 1993. The performance with the most vigour and energy was, “Not For Me,” a fast-paced pop song whose words take force against a cheating girlfriend. Complete with a red and black color scheme, wind effects, and pyrotechnics, the adrenaline-powered, dance-filled performance left an awe-inspiring impression on the crowd. In “Not For Me,” not only were the vocals, once again, stronger than ever, but the choreography was polished and truly expressed the meaning of the song. The most personal moment in the concert took place as the Backstreet Boys appeared on a much smaller stage in the middle of the arena, from which they belted out some classic Backstreet ballads, including “I’ll Never Break Your Heart.” Following their mid-arena appearance, a bridge that closed the gap between stages lowered from the ceiling, enabling the Boys to get even more personal with those seated in the floor section. As they crossed the bridge, they sang “Time,” a self-written song describing the feats that the group has overcome through the years. During this bridge-crossing, the intensity of the lights in the arena increased just enough for the Boys to clearly see – and wave to - their fans, which allowed for a very personal moment between the Backstreet Boys and the fans. A few entertaining video skits were broadcast during costume changes, the most memorable being a scene in taped in what is staged to be the below-stage locker room of the Backstreet Boys. During the approximately four-minute skit, the audience could enjoy the beloved personalities of the Backstreet Boys that they have come to know over the past eight years. The concert seemingly ended with a rendition of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” enducing screams during Nick Carter’s line, asking the famous question, “Am I Sexual?” As with all concerts however, encores prevail and the Backstreet Boys returned to the stage for two final songs, their most recent singles, “The Call” and “Shape of My Heart,” both magnificently performed. The Boys went out with a bow and a standing ovation. What else would you expect from a sold-out crowd at a Backstreet Boys concert? Techically, the concert was well-staged, using a unique lighting system, located from above the floor section of the audience instead of from the front of the stage, allowing the Backstreet Boys to see their fans instead of being blinded by the stage lights. Of all the Backstreet Boys tours, “Black and Blue” was, by far, the best yet. From the looks of it, the critics are wrong. There is no chance that pop music is dying out, at least not when it comes to the Backstreet Boys. Looks like they are here to stay – with much deserved longevity.    
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There's a ton at Backstreet.net!

Liz

Hey, here are pictures from that amazing 100hr world tour...

NYC baby! They landed at Newark Airport! MY airport (okay Lizzi, please NO teenybopper moments)

Left to right- Rio, the plane, and AJ in a bra. I remember reading that when they were in Sydney somebody threw their bra onstage and HE PUT IT ON!

Here's an Email I sent to one of my friends shortly after getting my pictures back. It describes the whole concert (and all the pics on the concert pics page) You can try to figure out which pics are which (by looking at the names) if you ever get bored...

Hey, it's me Liz. I changed my SN. Here are the pictures from the concert!

These are the pics i took from my seat (Section 232 Row 9) with CeCe's camera. Oh yeah, the main stage is facing in the direction of this arrow  <----

Here are descriptions of each picture. They are in order of the concert from beginning to end...

Pictures I took with Casey's camera:

BBtour1: This isn't a very good pic but I got a better shot of it with my camera. It's them rising up from under the stage through the trap doors. It was sooooooooo loud at this point. I could hardly believe I was seeing them again... You can see Kevin's figure if you look closely...
BBtour2: This is either during Everyone or Larger Than Life. They sang Everyone first, then Larger Than Life. I'm guessing it's Larger Than Life because look at Kevin and AJ. Remember during LTL in the Disney Concert they were in eachothers faces? I love their outfits, I like Howie's head band thingie... Howie's at the front of the stage walkin' with attitude :P and Nick is at the top pointing out at the crowd. Brian is the one walking and AJ and Kevin, as I said before, are in eachothers face...
BBtour3: That's Kevin. He came out while the others were changing after the third song, Shining Star. Kevin mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the song, I was frantic looking for him... Anyway, he was talking about something, I can't remember what... They all came out after a while with white outfits. They sang What Makes You Different, Yes I Will, I Want It That Way, and think that was it for those outfits... Wait, I think they sang Show Me The Meaning too... They had these really neat silver canes as they sang Yes I Will, they had a little dance with them...
BBtour4: BRIAN AND AJ!!!!! AND THEY WERE RIGHT THERE!!! AHHHHHHH!!! AJ had corn rows, and I don't think he wore sunglasses AT ALL during the whole concert. And he shaved his gotee! I think Nick was the only one who wore sunglasses. He had them in the beginning and he threw them off. They all looked heavenly in those white outfits...
BBtour5: That's Nick on the far side of the stage. He's on the "wing" part of the stage. The stage was kind of like an airplane with a pointy front and two wings that stuck out of the sides. Hee hee, it looks like he's scratching his butt (but he really wasn't, however I got a pic with MY camera and it looks like his pants are falling...)
BBtour6: AHHHHHH! THEY ALL CAME OVER FOR A LITTLE VISIT!!!!! Those outfits they are wearing look the same as ones they wore in the Millennium Tour. Hmmm... Oh yeah, you might be able to see Brians new tatoo. I can, but i know what it looks like and stuff. It's on his left arm, under his first one. It's one of the ones that go all the way around your arm, like a chain or barbed wire...
BBtour7: Casey snapped this one. Her and all the others were walking around and they were down in the doorway to the lower levels or something and the usher let them get a quick picture. It's the little stage that they set up in the back of the Arena. I got a picture with my camera of the catwalk that came down to connect the little stage to the big one. They sang a couple of songs on this stage, right now they're singing How Did I Fall In Love With You. They also sang I'll Never Break Your Heart (I think it was part of a little medley) and I can't remember what else. Howie looks like a hippie in those clothes :P Look at all the toys on stage...
BBtour8: That's the picture of the little stage I took from my seat. It's farther away, but hey, I WAS BY THE MAIN STAGE nah nah nah pooh pooh...
BBtour9: This was before The Answer To Our Life (and they're back on the main stage). Kevin is talking about their organizations (like Howie's Lupus one and Brian's Healthy Hearts Organization and Nick's Save the Oceans one and Kevins Environmental one). During The Answer (hey i just thought of something- The Call and The Answer) the screens were playing stuff like showing endangered animals and ocean dumping and rainforests being destroyed and then at the end of the song they were like pointing at the screens and you could see the trees going backwards (like "unfalling") and things falling back into place I guess. Nick is the one off to the right side and AJ is in the green shirt next to Brian and Howie is above them. Kevin is at the front of the stage talking to the audience. Look at how they're all messing with their ear pieces...
BBtour10: I'm pretty sure this is Backstreet's Back. From top to bottom its Howie, Nick, AJ, Kevin, and Brian. I love that song! Brians shoulders are hunched...
BBtour11: Look at them dance! From top to bottom it's Howie, AJ, Nick, Kevin, and Brian. I don't remember what song this is It might be the "Am I original?" part of Everybody cause Nick and Brian are standing out a little. Oh yeah, that thing that's in the way is a camera...
BBtour12: Brian looks like he's in hysterics laughing...
BBtour13: From top to bottom it's Howie, Nick, Kevin, Brian, and AJ. I accidently mistaked Howie for AJ once because he kind of looked like him with the bandana on his head. I knew something was wrong when I noticed the lack of tatoos...
BBtour14: There's AJ! I like his outfit... I think he usually wears a black wrist band on his right wrist but I was reading a review of my concert on Backstreet.net and they said that the opening act (Krystal) was like "I'm really good friends with the boys, this is AJ's armband" or something like that and she THREW IT into the crowd. I WANTED IT! erg...
BBtour15: And there's AJ again...

These are the pictures I took with my own camera (both camera'a had a very good zoom lense, plus I made the pictures bigger with the scanner). They are also in order from beginning to end:

BBtour01: That's them rising from the stage. I mentioned before that I got a better picture of it with my camera...
BBtour02: There's Kevin on the far side of the stage! He's wearing the white outfit. The white outfits were after their first clothes change, by the way...
BBtour03: There's Kevin again, you can notice I zoomed in more with my camera. I think mine had a better zoom than Casey's...
BBtour04: AHHHHHHHH! Kevin was right there!!!! I wish he was waving at me, I think he's looking at the section below us (sections in the 100's are first level and 200's are second level)...
BBtour05: They came from under the stage sitting on those stools. They look like the ones they used in the Millennium Tour... Notice the white thing behind Brian? They all had ones behind them, it was probably to keep the stools from falling backwards when they were going up through the trap doors, but the poles went back under stage. From top to bottom it's Nick, Howie, Kevin, Brian, and AJ. They're beginning to sing "What Makes You Different" I think...
BBtour06: Yeah, they were starting that song. Howie and Brian both have parts in the beginning, notice how they both got up...
BBtour07: KEVIN!!!!! Everyone keeps thinking he's my favorite cause I got so many pictures of him but he just kept coming over...
BBtour08: I believe this is Not For Me cause I think Brian's holding a note "I found a note with his number..." The person in front of him is a dancer in some crazy dress. They are wearing the "flame outfits" (I should just name all their clothes...). Anyway, towards the end of the song they ripped off pieces of their shirts (just little shreds that they threw) and they were standing at the very front of the stage and wind was coming up from underneath it. It was really neat cause I could feel it too...
BBtour09: AHHHHH! It's all of them! I forget what song they were singing...
BBtour010:
The Kevin and AJ show! They were the last ones to go into the blue box that you can see on stage. They were dissing on the others like "This is the way it should be" and it was so cute cause they had their arms on eachothers shoulders later on like brothers. Anyway, AJ was soon like "Well, you know what they all say, and that's beauty before age" and he went in the box :). Then after he went in, Kevin walked to it and closed it and locked it and said "Should I throw this into the Hudson River?" but he opened it again and went in himself. LOL! Anyway, that's the box I was talking about when we were IMing the other day. You can see Howie's head going down. The guys standing near it have clothes that say "BSB moving and..." something else. See the camera man? That was to give the illusion that he was actually taping them inside the "dressing room box" as the little movie was playing on the screens. It was really funny. There was one part where Brian sprayed AJ with sillystring or whipped cream and Jen said she saw it coming out of the box. There was another part when they were just throwing stuff all over the place and you could see toys flying out of the box onstage :) Kevin also fell in one part and they were like "way to go" and then they were all fighting over this little mirror on the wall and Howie was making fun of himself about his hair. He was like "Stop messing up my haiR!" and he was holding a huge can of hairspray that he kept spraying onto his hair. But as this was all playing, the boys were actually making their way (after another clothes change) to a little stage in the back...
BBtour011: They sang on this stage I Promise You (With Everything I Am), I'll Never Break Your Heart, How Did I Fall In Love With You? and I think that's it. At one time a fan threw a green teddy bear on stage and it had a note attached and AJ read it out loud! It was something like "We drove 250 miles from Vermont and paid $800 for these seats..." and other stuff, like it's all worth it and it said something really sweet, I forget what. Anyway, when they were done, a HUGE catwalk came down from the ceiling. In the Millennium Tour- Kevin's piano, Black and Blue Tour- a bridge...
BBtour012: And there you go! The catwalk, bridge, whatever you want to call it. They're right over the peoples heads! I was looking at some pictures that these people took who were sitting 3rd row center at the Philadelphia concert, and Kevin was RIGHT ABOVE THEIR HEADS! Anyway, they took their time crossing. They sang Time while they went across. Nick led the way, I think Howie and Kevin weren't even on it yet cause I don't see them in this picture, which is the beginning of the catwalk (it was very long). Anyway, Nick was waving his arms and shaking the whole thing :) There was also another part when Brian was leaning over to catch stuff from the fans below him and he screwed up the begining of one of his parts :) He was just a little late, that's all. Plus I think he was laughing a little cause I think he missed the toys...
BBtour013: NICK!! AHHHH! This was right after Time, I think before Answer To Our Life when they were talking about their various organizations and Nick came right over...
BBtour014: All I Have To Give! With cowboy hats, by the way. I love Brian's brown plaid shirt, it looks good on him...
BBtour015: The end of All I Have To Give. I'm going to call Howie "Howie the Hippie" or "Hippie Howie" he looks like a Hippie in those clothes! Not that I think the clothes look bad or anything, I like them...
BBtour016: ROFL! Nicks pants look like they're falling!! It might just be an undershirt though...
BBtour017: "Backstreet's back, allright!" This is the picture I took when I was disappointed cause I missed the flames that blew when they said that cause I was too busy snapping the picture. You can see the reflection and "redness" from them. It must get so hot when that happens...
BBtour018: There's AJ and Howie at the top, Nick doing some dance move, and Kevin and Brian at the bottom. I really like the gray leather...
BBtour019: KEVIN!!!!! AHHHHH!! I wish I was one of their dancers. You know the LTL dance, when they throw the girls? I was on some website and it was one of those crazy lists. It was probably something like Top Ten Reasons to be a BSB dancer and one of them was "I want to be thrown by a Backstreet Boy!" Is it just me or was their always a step up from the wing to center stage?
BBtour020: I was ready to cry at this part, they were saying their goodybyes, this was after the encore, which they sang Shape Of My Heart. I liked how they left through the trap doors, the band started playing The Call and the boys were like "Gotta go!".

Liz