attends the premiere of Gravitas Ventures’ “Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of” at on January 29, 2015 in Hollywood, California.
Justin Bieber may be today’s pop bad boy, but the Backstreet Boys may have put him to shame. The men of BSB sat down with Elle.com & dished on their crazy past, sans social media. “I’ll tell you this,” Carter shared. “There is some sh-t that AJ and I both did that I’m really glad that social media wasn’t around for. Because Justin Bieber couldn’t hold a candle to what we did.” McLean agreed, adding, “We would have been like TMZ’s saving grace, bro. Just anything from me being drunk or irate at a club. Or me walking naked down the hallway in a hotel for no apparent reason… Just random stuff that never really got out.” While BSB has cleaned up their act, they believe new artists today have it way easier! McLean continued, “But, the fame now—it’s like night and day. The other side of that which was different for us: Without social media, without YouTube, without instant access, we had to do everything grassroots. We had to do every interview, every radio show, every outlet. We had to go to every country—that was the only way to do it. There was no Instagram, or posting things on YouTube to get a record deal.” Howie wasn’t shy about attending a One Direction concert, saying “The new wave of boy band says, ‘Oh, we don’t do what they do.’ But to be honest, to me, it’s not as entertaining. What we do is we truly entertain people. Music, staging, dancing, everything.” Nick believes this is why BSB hasn’t fizzled out yet. “I think that’s why we’re still here in a lot of ways. Because it was always about a show. Regardless, we could always make great music and we could have hits. But whenever we hit the stage, we had to give a show that people would remember and that stood on its own,” he recalled. If walls could talk, huh?