Boys will be boys
Teary-eyed screaming fans greet the
By SHELLY DECKER -- Edmonton Sun
EDMONTON -- They screamed and screamed and
Did I mention that they screamed?
A massive sea of pre-pubescent females descended on
Commonwealth Stadium to hear the fab five from
Florida who have stolen their hearts.
With the ceaseless roar of their heartfelt shrieks and
declarations of undying love for the Backstreet Boys,
one's not sure just how much was really heard, but
the girls seemed thrilled with the night.
Love was in the air as the boys performed their highly
choreographed gig and the yells could surely be heard
for kilometres when they unleashed their hit, Quit
Playing Games (With My Heart).
Thousands of screams - like it ever stopped - rose a
decibel as each Backstreet Boy greeted the crowd,
which was mainly female.
But it was action these girls wanted. And the Boys -
Howie D., A.J., Nick, Kevin and Brian - didn't
disappoint with a packaged performance that boasted
high-tech fireworks and even a tossing out of roses by
Howie (sparking a rush by the fans).
Not bothering to tout instruments through much of the
concert, these guys are all about groovin'.
With hip-gyrating moves, the Boys shook their bodies
much to the delight of the delirious, fresh-faced
The squeals escalated when a few of these hunky
guys decided to ditch their dusty rose jackets and
reveal buff chests (maybe there's something to this
group after all).
"This is the best night of my life!'' gushed Sherry
Teske, 12, who bought two $35 T-shirts.
"I love them,'' declared friend Colleen Alexandrovich,
15, as she jumped up and down.
Their comments echoed the crowd's attitude as they
cheered on this clean-cut group.
Flowers and stuffed bears flew on to the stage.
Thousands of adoring fans also came armed with
disposable cameras that they snapped away.
Dressed in groovy outfits - some looked suspiciously
similar to spacesuits - they went through several
costume changes through the night.
While I found their tunes too poppish and bland, that
clearly wasn't the impression of the fans.
Brian won the hearts and sparked a few tears when he
dragged out an acoustic guitar and sang That's What
The dancin' and music started with 10-year-old Aaron
Carter, little brother of Nick. Along with two dancers,
this tiny blond dynamo took to the stage in a
15-minute pop performance that had the girls
screaming, especially with Crush On You.
"You guys are No. 1,'' he told the crowd of 22,000.
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