I Just Want To Meet The Backstreet Boys. Is That Too Much To Ask?
One fan's personal reflection on life as a BSB fan and wanting to say 'thank you' to her 5 favorite guys.
I know this is long-winded, but bear with me, please?
I first started listening to 104.1KRBE in 1993 when my Mom would drive me to kindergarten in the mornings. We loved Sam Malone and the Morning Show with Maria Todd and Psycho Robbie (such cool feelings were had). I entered my pre-adolecence listening to Atom Smasher and Roula in the evenings before going to bed - but let's be real, I had my radio on low volume and I listened all through the night.
I've been a Backstreet Boys fan since their incarnation, and I've been to every show they've performed in Houston. Their first tour for "Backstreet's Back" in 1998 at the Woodlands was my first concert ever. I had lawn tickets, but I was so happy to be there I didn't care how far away I was from the stage.
My Mom and Aunt and I camped out overnight at the Kroger's next to the KRBE station on Westheimer - I slept on the floor in front of the Customer Service kiosk - and when tickets went on sale for the "Into The Millennium" Tour, the lady felt so bad for me that she did away with the raffle and sold tickets first come, first serve. We got 8 tickets for myself, my mom, my friends and my cousins in the 6th row from the round. It was the best show I've ever been to EVER. When the BSB flew out over their respective 'sides', Nick flew over ours. It was amazing. I was going to marry him. I was 12.
When tickets for the BSB were given away during Sam Malone's show for the "Black & Blue" Tour, I missed the giveaway by one phone call. I was so upset, but I went anyway. I got over it. What I would never get over was…
…when Nick Carter went solo, he performed at KRBE Jingle Jam 2002. I was in 8th grade. He was also having a meet 'n' greet before the show. HOWEVER, Destiny's Child's warm up went into OT and Nick had to cancel his meet 'n' greet. I had waited in line for HOURS. I was FIRST in line. I crumpled up into a tiny ball on the floor of the Compaq Center and wept shamelessly until the show started. Needless to say, I was very upset. And while I'm 24 now, I'm still not over it.
This is the part of the email where I beg for help. You see, I have tickets to the BSB "In A World Like This" Tour at the Woodlands. This time, I'm under the tent. I can live with that. What I can't live with is the price for an after-party pass - $150 to meet them?! I am a broke graduate student, I can't possibly shell out another $150 to meet them. If there is any possible way you could help me? Maybe an after-party pass? Maybe a private meeting with Nick? A photo op? I'd - I'm literally tearing up and my hands are shaking as I type this because to meet him and let him know that he's been my favorite BSB would be beyond. One more story to really emphasize the importance of the Backstreet Boys in my life…
Almost 13 years ago, my Mom and I stood in line at a Best Buy in San Antonio to be first to buy the newest BSB album "Millennium". I took it to my grandparents's house, put it in my Walkman, sat next to my Grandpa's bed where he was in a coma and listened to it. That CD got me through the worst week of my life. 6 days after that album came out, my Grandpa passed away - I was back in Houston. They say he waited for me to leave so I wouldn't have to see him pass. I listened to that CD on the trip back to San Antonio. Ever since kindergarten my peers made fun of me for being a BSB super fan. They still make fun of me in graduate school. Their music is more than just music to me. It was the comforting hands of five best friends during a tumultuous period in our family's history. That's what I'd want to tell them if I ever met them.