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Backstreet Boys live in Delhi

music Updated: Feb 01, 2010 13:08 IST
Malvika Nanda
Malvika Nanda
Hindustan Times
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Backstreet boysOur show in India will be one of the grandest shows we’ve ever done," says Brian Littrell of the pop sensation Backstreet Boys, talking exclusively to HT City from the United States.

The American band, which swept the world in the ’90s with hits like Quit Playing Games and I Want It That Way, will perform live in the Capital on February 20.

“I’ve run into fans from India at our concerts throughout the world and they always say ‘you have to come to India’. We’ve been wanting to do so for a long time and we’re very, very excited,” says Littrell.

Once regarded as one of the biggest selling music groups of all time, the band is now ready to win over a new generation of fans. “It’s nice to see old faces at our shows. But there’s a new generation out there that doesn’t know about our music,” he says.

Brought to India by DNA Networks, Backstreet Boys will headline the Bangalore-based Rock In India festival, that’ll be held in Delhi for the first time this year at NSIC grounds, Okhla. Last year, cult metal act Iron Maiden performed at the festival.

About their India performance, Littrell says, “It will be among the grandest shows we’ve ever done — a combination of past and future. It will be about two hours long with 24 songs. It will include favourites like As Long As You Love Me and Quit Playing Games. Expect a lot of dancing and drama. It’ll be like a live movie —very theatrical — something we’ve never done before.”

Littrell is keen on listening to Bollywood music while he’s here. “It’s something talked about all over the world. Indian culture and Bollywood are high up on my agenda.”

Why pop music at a rock fest, ask fans
While Delhi’s music lovers are super excited at the thought of watching the Backstreet Boys perform live, there are some who are upset by their inclusion in a festival dedicated to Rock music.

Surojit Dev of the Delhi-based band Them Clones says, “For me, it’s a complete category disconnect because this is a festival about Rock music in India. While I would definitely go and watch them, because any music is great and must be supported, my inbox on FaceBook is flooded with requests not to support it.”

Says Mrinal Sharma, a 22-year-old DU student, “I am annoyed! It’s great for fans that a big pop act is finally coming to Delhi, but why mix it in a sacrosanct space, specially after we’ve had Iron Maiden perform last year.”