Backstreet Boys: 'We’re the Tom Brady of Boy Bands'

Howie Dorough, Nick Carter On How the Legacy Boy Band Stays Hungry

August 7, 2018

By Larry Braverman

They may be married fathers driving their kids to school every morning, but deep down, the Backstreet Boys remain young at heart.

In fact, even as the iconic quintet stares down middle age -- their average age is 42 – they’re still ready to compete with today’s up-and-coming pop stars, just like sure-fire Hall of Fame New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

“He’s 41, but it’s like I feel in a lot of ways that’s kind of who we are,” singer Howie Dorough explains in an interview with 98.5 KLUC’s The Chet Buchanan Show. “We’re like the Tom Brady’s of pop music in a sense, trying to stay in shape, trying to stay motivated, and just looking forward. It just keeps us going.”

Dorough, speaking alongside fellow Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, says that despite a long layoff from recording, the group felt recharged after May's release of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” the lead single from their forthcoming ninth album.

“Now the fire and desire has been lit, [and] now we feel like we have some material that we can follow it up with,” Dorough said.

“When you’re on stage and you’re performing, when you have a song on the radio, when all of this is kind of like fresh and new for you, you’re reinvigorated,” Carter added.

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which peaked at No. 10 on Billboard’s U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, has been described by the group as “radio-friendly,” but “reminiscent of our signature harmonies” and  has become a staple at their Las Vegas residency inside Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater.

The new (and currently untitled) album – their first in five years – is set to drop in October, the same month Backstreet Boys will resume their residency, with shows scheduled October 26 through November 7.

Like Brady, the boys are ready to get back on the field.

“A boy band coming back after so many years and having success on the radio… it’s unheard of,” Dorough says, “And I like that.”