This past Thursday me and my BFF of the CLL of the DTD finally got to see the Backstreet Boys documentary “Show Em What Your Made Of.” We’ve been looking forward to this since we first saw the trailer debut during one of their summer tours about 3 years ago. And let me tell you the experience wast totally worth the wait!
Not only did I get to sit in the same auditorium as the boys, but I got to sit in the row directly across from them. Which watching their family react to the film was memorable and touching all at the same time. The film itself was inspiring, just as I anticipated. It’s one thing to achieve success, but to maintain success despite the odds stacked against you is even more inspiring. I love how whenever I explain I’m going to a Backstreet event people respond with “Oh, they’re back?” My response, usually in a tone of annoyance is “they never left!” Mainstream music might have modified it’s preference to that of auto tuned lip syncers but the boys never changed. So while that explains why the radio doesn’t play them anymore, it also explains why their fans never left. I personally will always prefer a classic pop tune with traditional instruments and harmonious vocals over a predominantly computer generated tune any day. Plus, as Erik Michael Estrada mentioned to a fan, we teeny boppers aren’t what we once were. Back in the day I was attracted to the boys because they were just cute boys who sang catchy tunes. But as I got older, in addition to appreciating the nostalgia of having them around, I began to appreciate their lyrics and how their songs always came at just the right time. I could not have gotten through some of life’s toughest moments without lyrics such as “Never gone, never far, in my heart is where you are” or “I don’t want to make you face this world alone.”
I could go on and on about how their lyrics have impacted my life and gotten me through hardships (or even happy times for that matter) but what separates the boys from the rest, is their loyalty to their fans. I’ve personally had Brian Littrell honk and wave at me and my BFF because I’m sure he knew how much it would mean to us. I’ve never felt as though I over paid for a concert experience (or even been disappointed by a concert experience.) And I’ve even witness them make a fan’s dream come true by inviting her to come on stage and perform with them. They’ve given us so much it was nice to watch a film that document’s their personal struggles and triumphs and cheer for them, and let them know we’ve appreciated all that they’ve done for us. The film captured the past 20 years beautifully. It’s been an incredible journey that forever changed pop culture. They could have easily given up and we could have moved on to One Direction with only classic’s like “I Want It That Way” to compare. But they know they mean too much to us. They’ve fought to stay here and we will always fight to keep them here. So whether I’m in a crowd of a thousand, five hundred or just five, I will always be there because I will always want it that way.