It happened, we all fangirled, and now we'll never see them again. Probably. After days of will-they-won't-they debate, stories created entirely by "anonymous sources," vehement denial from 'NSync's own Joey Fatone, a cryptic tweet from a newly created Twitter account, and YEARS of waiting: 'NSync reunited. Thankfully for you, I watched it with bated breath so you didn't have to!
Here's what happened: the first half of last night's award show was kind of a mess, including a bizarre performance by Lady Gaga (of course) and a collaboration between Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke that made us all feel so weird that we needed to take a shower after. Blech.
Can it be? Is it possible that 'NSync has finally heard all of our cries and will reunite at this year's MTV awards?!
According to "sources" at Page Six (which have never been reliable, but let me believe), the answer is: YES. I can't find a more reputable source but essentially every news outlet has been running with this story, including Rolling Stone which is now straight up reporting this story as fact.
Here's what we know for sure: Justin Timberlake will definitely be performing at the show, as he announced this, officially, last week. He will also be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which is said to be a major honor. So maybe it's possible that if enough of us report the 'NSync reunion as true, it will happen. And if they do reunite, what does this mean? Will it be a one-off reunion like the beautiful Super Bowl stunt by Destiny's Child? Or could it mean... more music? We need answers, STAT. Also, can we please ask them why there are so many different ways to stylize their name?
I mentioned in my post on Friday that I was on my way to see the Backstreet Boys and I wasn't lying. I am wholeheartedly (still) a Backstreet Boys fan and their show in Camden, NJ on Friday, Aug. 16, marked my 10th Backstreet Boys concert. I had pit tickets, as well as their Gold VIP Package. So how'd it go? Was it worth it? Am I full of regret for how much money I spent on just one evening? Am I just really embarrassed that I'm an adult and this is my life?
A few weeks ago I covered just a few of the instances where an artist's behavior ruined a concert for their fans. Of course, terrible concerts tend to be few and far between. Most go off without a hitch and people have a good time. Occasionally, though, the artist or band does something that makes the show extra special, either for a specific fan or the audience as a whole.
File this one under "good things come to those who help others," especially when your assistance goes to the guy you're driving to see. Last month singer Dave Matthews was out riding before a concert in Hershey, PA, without a cell phone when the bike developed a flat tire. Emily Kaus, a Dave Matthews Band fan who was heading to the very same concert, and her boyfriend, stopped to help and discovered the subject of their rescue was none other than Matthews himself. So Matthews hitched a ride to the venue with Kaus and boyfriend. The two ended up having dinner with Matthews, and received a backstage visit and front-row seats at the show.
On Friday, I'll be heading to Camden, New Jersey, to see the Backstreet Boys. It will be my 10th Backstreet Boys concert. (So the next time you wonder, "Is my life embarrassing?" just look at this post you will feel better.) I've actually been to all of their tours since "Into the Millenium," except for their "This Is Us" tour, and I am still mad about it. Let's not talk about it.
But this concert is extra special for two reasons. One, all five band members are back. Two, I kind of splurged on a meet and greet pass.
To be fair, meet and greet passes to a Backstreet Boys show include a decent amount of perks, like photos with the band, access to their sound check, and the ability to be part of a Q&A before the show. I decided just to go for it given the fact that I've been a fan of the band for 15 years of my life. That's kind of longer than a lot of marriages last. (I'm just saying.) So I'm trying to mentally prepare. Here are a few things I'm telling myself to remember before I meet my favorite band.