OMG, OMG, OMG- I have been dying to write this post to share this. I HAD THE MOST FUN NIGHT EVER ON FRIDAY NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, I feel like I’m still riding a little emotional high two days later.
I went to see the Backstreet Boys in concert at Summerfest in Milwaukee!!
Summerfest is a huge musical festival in downtown Milwaukee every year, which runs for several weeks and brings in tons of big names to play on their various stages. Each night they also have a “headliner” concert in the amphitheater (extra tickets required, of course, for those).
Anyway, Friday night was THE BACKSTREET BOYS!
For some context, I am 38 years old, born in 1983. (39 in October). The BSB started out around 1993 (when I was 10), but really soared to popularity around 1997-1998, I’d say- so when I was around 14. This 13-14-15 year old age was when I (and my friends) started getting more into listening to music, hanging out, etc…. and “boy band” music basically became the soundtrack to my late middle school/ high school years. It played in our rooms, in our cars, at school dances, everywhere.
Also, Spotify and streaming music obviously were not a thing back then. We had CDs. I remember having a decent little collection of CDs, but not that many, really. So the ones I had, I listened to a LOT. A lot a lot. Over and over and over.
My friend Andrea and I got super into the Backstreet Boys, and we actually went to their first concert in Milwaukee, in 1998!! I would have been 14 I think then. We were borderline obsessed. Hahaha! Blame it on the age, or the catchy lyrics, or the fun beat, or the cute guys…I don’t know. But we loved them.
So when I heard the BSB were coming to Summerfest, I immediately texted my friend and was like, “OMG WE HAVE TO GO!!!” She actually lives in Milwaukee, but for some crazy reason, we had fallen mostly out of touch, besides Christmas cards and random Facebook comments. I had not seen her in almost 15 years, since my wedding in 2007! So the idea of reuniting with her AND seeing the Backstreet Boys again was too good to be true. She was 100% game and we bought tickets!
I drove down Friday afternoon to her house and we ran at each other kind of screaming and hugged and shrieked, “It is so good to see you!!” This was one of my best friends from high school. We spent sooooooo much time together and have such a long history. It’s so bizarre to think I hadn’t seen her in 15 years.
The concert itself was AMAZING! At first we weren’t sure how popular they’d be, all these years later. My friend even said, “I bet it won’t be that full.” WRONG. It was totally packed! And the energy was insane. I mean, I know the BSB were international superstars back then, so I guess it makes sense that a lot of people might still have similar feelings about them today, like I do! People were decked out in Backstreet Boy shirts, hats, the whole nine yards. 🙂
The demographic was definitely a majority I’d say 35- ~43ish? aged women. So, my age. Not many people <30 in there.
I just can’t explain how fun this was! The Backstreet Boys might be one of the very few artists where I literally know every single song, forwards and backwards. I’ve never been overly into popular music, like some people are, where they follow dozens of artists and learn all their new records, etc. But I know my Backstreet Boys. (And, NSYNC. haha.) Even some songs that I hadn’t heard in years, I somehow could magically produce every single lyric. Crazy!
Obviously, knowing the music well makes a concert way more fun. We were singing and dancing along the entire time, hands in the air, huge grins on our faces.
And they were still great!! Honestly, they looked good, they sounded good, the concert was really well done, the crowd was absolutely amped up…. it was just awesome!! It was like stepping back in time ~20-25 years.
The song where everyone turned on their phones, like “lighters”:
I felt this incredible sense of nostalgia the entire time. Like so bad, it almost hurt! It’s hard to explain. It’s not that I want to go back in time, really, but man. Those were some really great years for me. I feel so blessed that I had this amazing friend group at that time and life just felt so carefree and simple. When I hear that music, it transports me back to a really sweet and special time in my life.
Life is so good now, too, in different ways. But I sometimes get this deep longing for that particular period in my life. Maybe it’s because everything seemed easy back then. No real responsibilities, no fulltime job, no constantly having to put my kids/ husband first, no figuring out what to make for dinner or who is going to pick up the groceries or drive carpool…. It was a time where I could just basically do whatever I wanted!! I felt so free. Things felt simple. I spent a lot of time with my friends; we were growing and exploring life and laughing and just having fun. And, listening to the Backstreet Boys. 🙂
I’ve also never been able to replicate the kinds of friendships I had in middle/high school again later in my life. Those friendships where you just GET each other, through and through, and you laugh together about everything and can be 100% yourself with them. The friendships that feel so real and authentic and easy. I mean, yeah, I’ve made some friends since high school, kind of, but I can’t say I’ve ever found friends again that are anywhere near the level of the friends I had then. Sometimes that makes me really sad. I miss that so much.
But mostly, I guess I just really feel lucky that I had them, then. I know a lot of kids aren’t so lucky in high school to have such amazing peer groups, or such positive experiences, like I did.
I just wish I could go back in time, just even for one weekend, to relive some of those days, or that time in my life in general. This concert was probably the closest thing to time travel that I think I’ll ever get though, so, I will cherish this memory!! 🙂
I am grateful for the concert Friday night!! At one point I hesitated before buying tickets, thinking it sounded like a bit of a hassle to get down there, and Asher had a swim meet that night too….. I am SO GLAD I didn’t let the logistics get in the way. So glad I went.
*P.S. NSYNC, if you’re reading this…. please do a reunion concert!!! That would make my life complete. 😉