The Backstreet Boys won’t be back for Christmas.The band announced on Friday that they’d be cancelling their Christmas shows in Las Vegas and postponing their holiday album to a new 2022 release date.Posting a heartfelt apology to their “BSB Army” on I…
The Backstreet Boys won't be back for Christmas.
The band announced on Friday that they'd be cancelling their Christmas shows in Las Vegas and postponing their holiday album to a new 2022 release date.
Posting a heartfelt apology to their "BSB Army" on Instagram, band members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson wrote that ongoing complications from COVID-19 had affected travel and other processes crucial to their 2021 plans.
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Speaking on their Christmas album, the band wrote: "We are so excited and proud of what we have and the way it's all coming together.
"We feel that this is one of our best creations yet and that this creation deserves the best possible scenario and set up for success."https://www.instagram.com/p/CTqI-nyv8si/
The post continued: "With the current state of the world still limiting our travel and causing small things in these processes to take much longer, we have decided to wait until 2022 to release our Christmas album and subsequently will be canceling our limited Las Vegas run of Christmas shows."
"While we are disappointed, we know this is for the best and we absolutely cannot wait to share the magic of this album with all of you when the time is right!"
Fans have had mixed responses to the disappointing news.
"We've waited over 20 years, we could wait one more," one optimistic fan commented.
Another wasn't so generous: "Not even new music? We can't get new music because of Covid. I thought the album was recorded? It's never going to happen now."
"Too good to be true," another added.
The pop group first announced the 12-night run of shows in July, which were to be performed at Planet Hollywood's Zappos Theater in Las Vegas.
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To the delight of fans, the band revealed they would be embracing the Christmas spirit for the occasion.
The group wrote to Instagram at the time: "While the army's been nestled all snug in their beds, and visions of BSB danced through their heads… We've planned and we schemed such a glorious show...
"We just want you to know… A VERY BACKSTREET CHRISTMAS PARTY: our Limited Las Vegas Engagement is coming this November and December!!"
The show was set to feature "classic holiday favourites, new originals and their biggest hits."
Not to shy away from a Christmas album, the boy band has previously released Christmas Time in 1996 and It's Christmas Time Again in 2012.
The Backstreet Boys were reportedly planning performance dates in Vegas as well, despite COVID-19 outbreaks.
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At the time of the announcement, Howie Dorough, 48, told USA Today: "If 10 years ago you had asked about playing Vegas, I would have been like, 'No, that's where people go to retire into the sunset and put an end to their careers.'
"But Celine [Dion], Britney [Spears], J.Lo [Jennifer Lopez] – they all recreated the thought of what people perceive of Vegas."
As per Entertainment Tonight, Nick Carter said the band hoped the shows and the album would provide some fun, Christmas cheer after the isolation of COVID-19.
"I think people coming out of this pandemic, we have all kind of had this dark time so everyone wants to get out and we just want to huddle together and socialize and party. And Vegas is one of the best places to do it."
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