Backstreet Boys sweetheart Nick Carter hits Sacramento today for the first stop on his All American Tour. Carter spent Tuesday in final rehearsals and invited a select audience to a private performance, including yours truly.
If you’re new to POPULOVE, let me tell you that we do things a little differently here. Our writers are pop music’s biggest fans, and we write for an audience of fans like us. You will never see one of our writers post about an artist whose music he or she (or ze) doesn’t like. That’s why I want to take a moment to be transparent with you.
I am not a Backstreet Boys fan. I grew up hearing Backstreet on the radio, and I know the lyrics to a handful of songs, but I probably couldn’t have picked Nick Carter out of the group until a couple years ago.
After Tuesday night, I am a fan. A big one.
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Dressed appropriately in red, white and blue, Nick took the stage on Tuesday for an evening of great music, naughty humor, and dance moves that prove you don’t need a six-pack to be sexy.
Backstreet Boys fans will be pleased to know their favorite songs make the set list, including “As Long As You Love Me,” “I Want It That Way,” and “Everybody,” among others. However, solo tracks “Just One Kiss,” “Burning Up,” and “19 in 99” seemed to captivate the audience more so than any Backstreet tracks.
“Second Wind,” from the All American album, was a personal highlight for the night. I even put down my camera so I could bop along to the high-energy performance. When Nick finished the song, I turned to a friend I’d made from HollywoodLife and said, “That could have opened the show.” She agreed.
The 36-year-old has performed around the world, in front of millions of people worldwide. Of course, he has stage presence. Of course, he can sing. But what’s more impressive than his vocals and energy? His songwriting. My favorite songs from the All American Tour are songs Nick wrote himself.
Here’s where I stand after seeing Nick Carter live: Nick is to the Backstreet Boys what Justin Timberlake is to *NSYNC. Both artists were a part of a globally successful boyband and began releasing music solo after the band’s success. Justin may be more successful in the mainstream than Nick, but Nick is playing the solo game more honestly.
With Nick Carter, there are no gimmicks. He writes his own music and perfects each track with friends in the industry. His songs are relatable because they are inspired by real-life love and loss. He doesn’t need a team of songwriters to manufacture a hit, and he doesn’t need a suit and tie to be taken seriously as an adult male pop star.
I’m sorry I’m late to the Nick Carter train, but I’m happy to be onboard now. I don’t know Nick Carter the Backstreet Boy, but I am in love with Nick Carter the solo artist.
Before I left the studio on Tuesday, one of the reporters spoke to our media contact and asked if tickets were still available to the Beverly Hills show. Why am I telling you this? Because the All American Tour is so much fun that a grown man who saw it for free is paying to see it a second time.
If that doesn’t convince you Nick Carter is his own musician and not just hanging on by his Backstreet fame, I don’t know what will.
Nick is coming to a city near you: Visit NickCarter.net to purchase tickets and leave a comment below letting us know which tour date you’ll be at! Late to the party like me? Get All American on iTunes here or listen for free on Apple Music!
All American Tour Dates:
Feb. 24 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Feb. 25 – Saban Theatre – Beverly Hills, CA
Feb. 26 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 27 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
Feb. 29 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
March 1 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
March 3 – One World Theater – Austin, TX
March 4 – South Side Ballroom – Dallas, TX
March 5 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
March 6 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
March 9 – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC
March 10 – Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD
March 11 – iPlay America – Freehold, NJ
March 12 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY
March 13 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
March 16 – Metropolis – Montréal, QC, CA
March 17 – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON, CA
March 18 – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
March 19 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
March 20 – Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
March 23 – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
March 26 – City Winery – Nashville, TN