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Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Residency in Las Vegas, NV | craftycarmen

We'll be comin' back again. #Fact*

After seeing the Backstreet Boys promote their then-upcoming Larger Than Life residency in Las Vegas at the Triple Ho Show back in December, I could not help but just do it. I knew it was so impulsive and spontaneous. I mean, flying to Vegas for one night JUST to see them AND drop $$$ on the tickets? ::cover eyes:: Who am I? Oh yeah, a crazy Backstreet fan who once had posters covered wall-to-wall and wanted to (needed to) go back to that happy place.

Although I could've went on my own, I knew it wouldn't have been as fun. I'm grateful to have people in my life, like my colleague and friend, Kayla, who turns out to be just as spontaneous as me, buying plane tickets right away. 

Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Residency in Las Vegas, NV | craftycarmen

So of course, if I was going to do this, I couldn't just get any tickets — I went for the gold circle tickets (essentially, the general admission pit). It'd be different if I was there for a longer, but I just went to Vegas in January. And there is such thing as too much Vegas, for me anyway. Though VIP with the meet-and-greets would've been the ULTIMATE experience, I knew I had to take it easy because of the big price difference.

Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Residency in Las Vegas, NV | craftycarmen

ZERO REGRETS on this crazy shenanigan of a plan! I absolutely love how they went so old school. I don't recall if I ever saw "Darling" performed live, but they DID. And even "Get Down."

Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Residency in Las Vegas, NV | craftycarmen

Everyone looked so good, and still got all the moves. ...Like, the chairs were brought out for that "As Long As You Love Me" routine.

Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Residency in Las Vegas, NV | craftycarmen

This show was the first in April, and it was beyond adorable seeing Brian's and Howie's kids dancing in the audience, as well as AJ's mom.

Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Residency in Las Vegas, NV | craftycarmen

Being up close, it was easier to get their attention and get some smiles and winks back. Oh, and two hand-holding moments with Kevin? YES PLEASE. 

Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Residency in Las Vegas, NV | craftycarmen

After the show, our throats were hurting and voices were disappearing from all that singing and screaming. The show length was about an hour and 40, and we sang our hearts out the entire time, not even including the BSB mix they played right before they came out. Though the length is pretty standard, it felt so short — I wanted to be there forever. I mean, they have nearly nine albums! (Technically it is nine, but really eight because of The Hits: Chapter One.)

Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life Residency in Las Vegas, NV | craftycarmen

Residency is (supposedly) ending on July 1. I'd be lying to you if I said going back once more didn't cross my mind. In fact, that was one of the first things I said right after the show. While that is up in the air for me, if you're even remotely thinking about it, DO. IT. You won't regret it, I promise. My tips:

  • Sit VIP if you want closer with more interaction.
  • If in the gold circle, get there a little earlier so you can be closer to the center. It's harder for them to reach out to you when you're further out at the ends of the stage.
  • If you don't get gold circle or VIP, I recommend getting as close to the front row in the 200s section because they do come out there for "All I Have To Give." 
  • Brian loves to take phones and record with them, so WAVE THAT in his face when he's near you. You just never know! (Unfortunately, this wasn't me. :( ...next...time...?)
  • The cheapest hotel closest to Planet Hollywood is Bally's, which is where I stayed. 

If you do go, have all the fun and let me know what you think! 

*Also, even more #fact because Brian shared that the boys are in the studio for their 10th album during the show. ::CUE IN THE YASSS::