Hollywood Women Practice Trauma Training Before #MeToo Anniversary, Kavanaugh Confirmation

On the eve of #MeToo’s first anniversary, as Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court looked more certain, a group of Hollywood women came together to cope, vent — and to learn to treat trauma.

Many survivors of sexual abuse were already on edge because of the anniversary of The New York Times story about sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. The looming confirmation didn’t help.

“It’s been a ride and it’s a new ride all over again,” Katherine Kendall, who was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, told TheWrap. “I have been through the ringer this week and I finally had to stop the pain and just keep telling my truth and stay on track.”

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The event Thursday, was held at SAG-AFTRA’s headquarters by Women In Film, which advocates for women working in entertainment industry, and Echo, a nonprofit that trains parents and professionals in trauma and resilience. It is led by Louise Godbold, who offered what she called “mini-training on trauma and resilience.”

“Several people called me saying that they were so triggered by the Kavanaugh story that they weren’t sure they could make it,” said Godbold.

Last October, Goldbold came forward with her own story of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, who has denied any nonconsensual sex with anyone.

She said that as the #MeToo movement expanded, she quickly realized the need for trauma training for survivors.

“Once the danger is over, the trauma remains in our body,” Godbold explained. “It continues to wreak havoc on our immune system and can lead to long-term heath issue and mental health issues.”

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The two hour-event started with a panel of #MeToo activists, including Kendall. It included tools for regulating the nervous system, which Godbold called “nervous system hacks.” One technique included singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” while rubbing one’s forehead, shoulders and palms together to create “soothing energy.”

“It doesn’t matter what you’re singing,” Godbold said. “It’s just a way to get you out of the hamster wheel of the mind.”

Godbold said the aim is to look at the impact of trauma on the body and the brain to better understand our behaviors.

“We look at what lies beneath certain behaviors that we’re apt to judge or dismiss, not realizing that trauma is the root cause,” Godbold said. “For example, we use the label ‘control freak,’ but if someone got hurt and they had no control of the situation, it makes sense that they would want to control their environment so they don’t get hurt again.”

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Melissa Schuman, one of the panelists, said the last few days have been particularly hard. She said she was raped by former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, who denies any wrongdoing.

“I think we’re all just feeling a lot,” Schuman told TheWrap. “The whole thing is incredibly triggering and I find myself disassociating a lot.”

Schuman planned to spend Friday avoiding TV and listening to “worship music.”

“I go to God,” she said. “That’s where I go to recharge.”

Also Read: Activists Blame ‘White Women’ After Susan Collins Says She’ll Vote for Kavanaugh

Caitlin Dulany, who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in Cannes, France, in 1996, told TheWrap that the weeks leading up to the anniversary have been “intense.” Weinstein, like Kavanaugh, has denied any wrongdoing.

“My heart has been heavy,” she said. “I have felt a lot of anger towards Kavanaugh and those that support him.”

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On the eve of #MeToo’s first anniversary, as Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court looked more certain, a group of Hollywood women came together to cope, vent — and to learn to treat trauma.

Many survivors of sexual abuse were already on edge because of the anniversary of The New York Times story about sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein. The looming confirmation didn’t help.

“It’s been a ride and it’s a new ride all over again,” Katherine Kendall, who was one of the first women to accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, told TheWrap. “I have been through the ringer this week and I finally had to stop the pain and just keep telling my truth and stay on track.”

The event Thursday, was held at SAG-AFTRA’s headquarters by Women In Film, which advocates for women working in entertainment industry, and Echo, a nonprofit that trains parents and professionals in trauma and resilience. It is led by Louise Godbold, who offered what she called “mini-training on trauma and resilience.”

“Several people called me saying that they were so triggered by the Kavanaugh story that they weren’t sure they could make it,” said Godbold.

Last October, Goldbold came forward with her own story of sexual misconduct by Weinstein, who has denied any nonconsensual sex with anyone.

She said that as the #MeToo movement expanded, she quickly realized the need for trauma training for survivors.

“Once the danger is over, the trauma remains in our body,” Godbold explained. “It continues to wreak havoc on our immune system and can lead to long-term heath issue and mental health issues.”

The two hour-event started with a panel of #MeToo activists, including Kendall. It included tools for regulating the nervous system, which Godbold called “nervous system hacks.” One technique included singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” while rubbing one’s forehead, shoulders and palms together to create “soothing energy.”

“It doesn’t matter what you’re singing,” Godbold said. “It’s just a way to get you out of the hamster wheel of the mind.”

Godbold said the aim is to look at the impact of trauma on the body and the brain to better understand our behaviors.

“We look at what lies beneath certain behaviors that we’re apt to judge or dismiss, not realizing that trauma is the root cause,” Godbold said. “For example, we use the label ‘control freak,’ but if someone got hurt and they had no control of the situation, it makes sense that they would want to control their environment so they don’t get hurt again.”

Melissa Schuman, one of the panelists, said the last few days have been particularly hard. She said she was raped by former Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, who denies any wrongdoing.

“I think we’re all just feeling a lot,” Schuman told TheWrap. “The whole thing is incredibly triggering and I find myself disassociating a lot.”

Schuman planned to spend Friday avoiding TV and listening to “worship music.”

“I go to God,” she said. “That’s where I go to recharge.”

Caitlin Dulany, who accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her in Cannes, France, in 1996, told TheWrap that the weeks leading up to the anniversary have been “intense.” Weinstein, like Kavanaugh, has denied any wrongdoing.

“My heart has been heavy,” she said. “I have felt a lot of anger towards Kavanaugh and those that support him.”

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Nick Carter Sexual Assault Case Declined by Los Angeles DA

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has declined to pursue a sexual assault case against singer Nick Carter.

According to paperwork from the D.A.’s office, Carter was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, then 18, in 2003.

However, the case has been declined because the statute of limitations expired in 2013.

Also Read: Nick Carter Sex Assault Case Under Review by DA

“Therefore, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence is not warranted,” the paperwork states.

The district attorney’s office declined to name the alleged victim in the case, which originated in the Santa Monica Police Department and was presented to the D.A. on July 31. However, prosecutors announced that the case was under review after former teen pop singer Melissa Schuman tweeted that she had filed a police report.

“I’m finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. Im filing a police report,” Schuman tweeted in February.

Also Read: Nick Carter’s Rape Accuser Files Police Report

Schuman accused Carter of assault in a blog post in November 2017, saying that Carter raped her in 2003 when she was 18 and he was 22.

Schuman said in the post that she considered coming out against Carter shortly after the alleged incident, but remained silent after her manager told her Carter had “the most powerful litigator in the country.”

In a statement after Schuman made her accusations, Carter denied assaulting her, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the accusations.

“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” the singer said. “Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has declined to pursue a sexual assault case against singer Nick Carter.

According to paperwork from the D.A.’s office, Carter was accused of sexually assaulting a woman, then 18, in 2003.

However, the case has been declined because the statute of limitations expired in 2013.

“Therefore, an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence is not warranted,” the paperwork states.

The district attorney’s office declined to name the alleged victim in the case, which originated in the Santa Monica Police Department and was presented to the D.A. on July 31. However, prosecutors announced that the case was under review after former teen pop singer Melissa Schuman tweeted that she had filed a police report.

“I’m finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. Im filing a police report,” Schuman tweeted in February.

Schuman accused Carter of assault in a blog post in November 2017, saying that Carter raped her in 2003 when she was 18 and he was 22.

Schuman said in the post that she considered coming out against Carter shortly after the alleged incident, but remained silent after her manager told her Carter had “the most powerful litigator in the country.”

In a statement after Schuman made her accusations, Carter denied assaulting her, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by the accusations.

“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” the singer said. “Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

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Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Has Sex Assault Charges Under Review By DA

A sexual assault allegation against Backtreet Boys singer Nick Carter by actress/singer Melissa Schuman is under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges were presented July 31 by the Santa Monica Police Department…

A sexual assault allegation against Backtreet Boys singer Nick Carter by actress/singer Melissa Schuman is under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The charges were presented July 31 by the Santa Monica Police Department and stem from an incident that dates to 2003. Schuman publicly revealed the incident in a November online post. Carter, age 38, has denied the allegations. Schuman filed her police report in February, claiming the #MeToo movement…

Nick Carter Sex Assault Case Under Review by DA

An accusation of sex assault leveled against Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter is currently under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, a spokesman for the office told TheWrap on Thursday.

According to the spokesman, the case was presented to the D.A.’s office by the Santa Monica Police Department on Tuesday.

In February, a police spokesman confirmed to TheWrap that a sexual misconduct complaint had been filed against Carter and that an investigation had commenced. While the department, like the D.A.’s office, did not identify the alleged victim, the news came after former teen pop singer Melissa Schuman tweeted that she had filed a police report.

Also Read: Nick Carter’s Rape Accuser Files Police Report

“I’m finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. Im filing a police report,” Schuman tweeted.

Schuman accused Carter of assault in a blog post in November 2017, saying that Carter raped her in 2003 when she was 18 and he was 22.

Schuman said in the post that she considered coming out against Carter shortly after the alleged incident, but remained silent after her manager told her Carter had “the most powerful litigator in the country.”

“He was right. I didn’t have the money, the clout or access to an attorney who was powerful enough to stand up against my abuser’s legal counsel,” Schuman said. “I was told I would likely be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly.”

Also Read: Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Denies Rape Accusation by Former Girl-Group Singer

A spokesman for Carter has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. However, in a statement after Schuman made her accusations, Carter denied assaulting her, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by them.

“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” the singer said. “Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

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An accusation of sex assault leveled against Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter is currently under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, a spokesman for the office told TheWrap on Thursday.

According to the spokesman, the case was presented to the D.A.’s office by the Santa Monica Police Department on Tuesday.

In February, a police spokesman confirmed to TheWrap that a sexual misconduct complaint had been filed against Carter and that an investigation had commenced. While the department, like the D.A.’s office, did not identify the alleged victim, the news came after former teen pop singer Melissa Schuman tweeted that she had filed a police report.

“I’m finally doing what I thought I could no longer do. Im filing a police report,” Schuman tweeted.

Schuman accused Carter of assault in a blog post in November 2017, saying that Carter raped her in 2003 when she was 18 and he was 22.

Schuman said in the post that she considered coming out against Carter shortly after the alleged incident, but remained silent after her manager told her Carter had “the most powerful litigator in the country.”

“He was right. I didn’t have the money, the clout or access to an attorney who was powerful enough to stand up against my abuser’s legal counsel,” Schuman said. “I was told I would likely be buried in humiliation, accused of being fame hungry, and it would ultimately hurt me professionally as well as publicly.”

A spokesman for Carter has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment. However, in a statement after Schuman made her accusations, Carter denied assaulting her, saying he was “shocked and saddened” by them.

“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” the singer said. “Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual. We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally. This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

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Backstreet Boys Dressed Up Like Spice Girls to Celebrate ‘Girl Power’ (Photo)

Backstreet’s back, alright? The Backstreet Boys just dressed up as the Spice Girls to celebrate “girl power” on their BSB Cruise 2018.

“Celebrating all of the girl power that’s kept us going for 25 years,” the caption on the boy band’s Instagram post reads, alongside the following hashtags: #SpiceBoys #BSBCruise2018

Here’s the photo:

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So let’s see: That’s Nick Carter as Baby Spice, Kevin Richardson as Posh Spice, A.J. McLean as Scary Spice, Brian Littrell as Sporty Spice and Howie Dorough as Ginger Spice.

We know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but the fellas took some time off from their Sin City residency to do this one in international waters.

That must have been some cruise.

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Backstreet’s back, alright? The Backstreet Boys just dressed up as the Spice Girls to celebrate “girl power” on their BSB Cruise 2018.

“Celebrating all of the girl power that’s kept us going for 25 years,” the caption on the boy band’s Instagram post reads, alongside the following hashtags: #SpiceBoys #BSBCruise2018

Here’s the photo:

So let’s see: That’s Nick Carter as Baby Spice, Kevin Richardson as Posh Spice, A.J. McLean as Scary Spice, Brian Littrell as Sporty Spice and Howie Dorough as Ginger Spice.

We know what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but the fellas took some time off from their Sin City residency to do this one in international waters.

That must have been some cruise.

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Nick Carter Accused Of Rape By Melissa Schuman; Says He’s “Shocked & Saddened” By Allegation

Singer/reality TV personality Nick Carter has been accused of rape by former Dream singer Melissa Schuman. He denies the allegation.
Schuman, now 33, alleged in a blog post that Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment when she was 18 and he was 22, on a day off from shooting The Hollow in 2002, in which they both starred.
“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations,” Carter told People in a statement. “Melissa never expressed to me while we were…

Singer/reality TV personality Nick Carter has been accused of rape by former Dream singer Melissa Schuman. He denies the allegation. Schuman, now 33, alleged in a blog post that Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment when she was 18 and he was 22, on a day off from shooting The Hollow in 2002, in which they both starred. "I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman's accusations,” Carter told People in a statement. “Melissa never expressed to me while we were…

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Denies Rape Accusation by Former Girl-Group Singer

Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied allegations by a former member of the all-girl pop group Dream that he raped her 15 years ago.

In a very detailed blog post on Tuesday, Melissa Schuman said the singer, then 22, raped her in his Santa Monica apartment back in 2002. Schuman said she was 18 and a virgin at the time.

“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual,” Carter said in a statement.

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“We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally,” he added. “This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

Schuman acknowledged the song in her post, saying it was a “duet with my abuser” and that they never recorded in the studio together. After a live performance at a showcase with Carter, Schuman said she “quickly lost interest” in her budding career as a recording artist.

Schuman said she was compelled to push back against victim shaming — something she said “is a core reason why victims don’t speak out.” She said Carter invited her back to his apartment, where he performed oral sex on her against without consent, before forcing Schuman to perform oral sex on him. Carter, Schuman said, then raped her in his bedroom, despite her pleas she was a virgin and saving herself for marriage. “I could be your husband,” Carter said, according to Schuman.

“He was relentless, refusing to take my no’s for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him,” wrote Schuman. “I went limp, turned my head to my left and decided I would just go to sleep now. I wanted to believe it was some sort of nightmare I was dreaming up.”

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Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter on Wednesday denied allegations by a former member of the all-girl pop group Dream that he raped her 15 years ago.

In a very detailed blog post on Tuesday, Melissa Schuman said the singer, then 22, raped her in his Santa Monica apartment back in 2002. Schuman said she was 18 and a virgin at the time.

“I am shocked and saddened by Ms. Schuman’s accusations. Melissa never expressed to me while we were together or at any time since that anything we did was not consensual,” Carter said in a statement.

“We went on to record a song and perform together, and I was always respectful and supportive of Melissa both personally and professionally,” he added. “This is the first that I am hearing about these accusations, nearly two decades later. It is contrary to my nature and everything I hold dear to intentionally cause someone discomfort or harm.”

Schuman acknowledged the song in her post, saying it was a “duet with my abuser” and that they never recorded in the studio together. After a live performance at a showcase with Carter, Schuman said she “quickly lost interest” in her budding career as a recording artist.

Schuman said she was compelled to push back against victim shaming — something she said “is a core reason why victims don’t speak out.” She said Carter invited her back to his apartment, where he performed oral sex on her against without consent, before forcing Schuman to perform oral sex on him. Carter, Schuman said, then raped her in his bedroom, despite her pleas she was a virgin and saving herself for marriage. “I could be your husband,” Carter said, according to Schuman.

“He was relentless, refusing to take my no’s for an answer. He was heavy, too heavy to get out from under him,” wrote Schuman. “I went limp, turned my head to my left and decided I would just go to sleep now. I wanted to believe it was some sort of nightmare I was dreaming up.”

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Nick Carter ‘Shocked and Saddened’ by Rape Accusation

Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has responded to accusations of rape leveled at him Wednesday by Melissa Schuman, a member of the 2000s girl group Dream. Schuman claimed in a blog post that Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment during an off day from shooting “The Hollow” in 2002. In a statement released Thursday morning, […]

Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has responded to accusations of rape leveled at him Wednesday by Melissa Schuman, a member of the 2000s girl group Dream. Schuman claimed in a blog post that Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment during an off day from shooting “The Hollow” in 2002. In a statement released Thursday morning, […]

Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Accused of Rape

Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has been accused of rape by Melissa Schuman, a member of the 2000s girl group Dream. Schuman claimed in a blog post that Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment during an off day from shooting “The Hollow” in 2002. Carter’s reps have not responded to Variety‘s multiple requests […]

Former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter has been accused of rape by Melissa Schuman, a member of the 2000s girl group Dream. Schuman claimed in a blog post that Carter raped her in his Santa Monica apartment during an off day from shooting “The Hollow” in 2002. Carter’s reps have not responded to Variety‘s multiple requests […]

Bob Carter, Father of Aaron and Nick Carter, Dies at 65

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Bob Carter, father of singer Aaron and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, died in Florida on Tuesday. He was 65. Nick confirmed his father’s death Wednesday morning on Twitter, saying, “I am heartbroken to share the news that our father, Robert, passed away last night.” He continued, “While we learn more about the cause of... Read more »

‘Boy Band’: Rita Ora To Host ABC Singing Competition; Backstreet Boy & Spice Girl Also Aboard

British singer-actress Rita Ora is set to host ABC’s summer singing competition series Boy Band, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said at the network’s upfront today in Manhattan. Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and Spice Girls veteran Emma Bunton will serve on the show as “architects” — experts who will guide contestants throughout their journey to potential stardom.
In the series, undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out for a spot in…

British singer-actress Rita Ora is set to host ABC’s summer singing competition series Boy Band, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey said at the network’s upfront today in Manhattan. Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and Spice Girls veteran Emma Bunton will serve on the show as “architects” — experts who will guide contestants throughout their journey to potential stardom. In the series, undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out for a spot in…

Inside the Opening Night of Backstreet Boys’ New Vegas Residency (Video)

Apologies to the Britney Spears fans in advance: You’ll never want to hear me say, we like it this way.

The Backstreet Boys opened their “Larger than Life” Las Vegas residency on Wednesday night in the same AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood as Spears by dwarfing their former ’90s pop contemporary in terms of live, viable talent.

The five lead guys — Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and AJ McLean — prepared the way any successful veteran band would for a tour: arriving as a fit, rehearsed, modern version of their brand, now following in the dance steps of Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull at the pop-centric Planet Hollywood.

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NOW: @backstreetboys spectacular show opening at #theaxis @PlanetHollywood opening night.. pic.twitter.com/f1mWrlqA4C

– @CelebSightings (@CelebSightings) March 2, 2017

Other than a spectacular opening reveal (above), the show had relatively little production design, but it didn’t need it.

The guys can still perform in an age-appropriate high gear and they led their show — staging, lighting and set pieces did not lead them. (For contrast, let’s revisit the New York Times’ pitch perfect critique of Britney’s Vegas opening night: a “production so winning that it barely needs her at all,” describing Spears as a “pinball” amidst dramatic set pieces, and her own aura as “listless” and “blank.”)

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Unlike artists who land in Vegas as a “third act” or a career coda, BSB’s baseline to the culture surrounding pop music has not sputtered. While there have been years in the wilderness off the Billboard charts and AWOL from awards shows (Chris Rock’s famous 1999 VMA speech where he looked out at the boy band heavy audience and said “Here today, gone tonight” comes to mind), BSB have been filling stadiums on tours with New Kids on the Block in recent summers and ramping up for Vegas in a thoughtful, savvy, slow build.

NOW: @backstreetboys epic finale @PlanetHollywood #Theaxis. The guys celebrate opening night @chateaulv after party. pic.twitter.com/UkYuzDuzGy

– @CelebSightings (@CelebSightings) March 2, 2017

Last fall, they put on a private concert in Burbank, California, which doubled as a group date on Nick Viall’s current season of “The Bachelorette,” which recently aired on ABC.

The Backstreet “men” popped up as WTF-guests with The Chainsmokers during their L.A. homecoming show at the end of 2016, and BSB’s press tour to launch this Vegas residency has landed on all the major press outlets an A-list movie star visits before a premiere — a 95-minute, five-costume-change run through 24 years of their catalogue.

(Denise Truscello/WireImage)

The setlist dovetails with BSB’s peak 1997-2000 three-year, three- album span of “Backstreet’s Back,” “Millenium,” and “Black & Blue,” and only included a portion of one third-party song, Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison.”

They revealed they have been in rehearsals for eight weeks (to them — an eternity; to those with an appreciation for production — “is that it”?). They sang live (paging Mariah Carey), and both their dance choreography and production choreography was tight. Of note, in the “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” finale we noticed their backup dancers seamlessly snatch each guy’s hand mic to clear them for a dance breakdown. Minutes later, the backup dancers slid the mics back in to their hands from behind a split second before the lyrics kicked back in. It was five, slick, simultaneous sleight of hand duets on the David Blaine spectrum.

With an average age of 42, they still have it.

Editors Note: From this point forward, there are set list and show surprise spoilers. Unless you plan on seeing the show imminently and want to know nothing, keep reading.

Beginning 13 minutes after its scheduled 9 p.m. start time (no issue for the over-30, heavily-female crowd), the show began with a 14-minute career-spanning video mashup of both anthems and deep-cut tracks, not shying away from relishing their garish ’90s fashion and hair. It reminds you of the group’s Orlando pop factory origins and their initial release in Europe before their management repatriated them for their second album.

Fun Fact: DJ Earworm (Jordan Roseman), the video and music producer who nets millions of views with his annual “United State of Pop” video mashup of each year’s 25 biggest hits, produced BSB’s opening video.

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The group opened with “Larger than Life,” wearing their iconic all-white outfits, and continued with “The One” and “Get Down” before nearly 45-minutes of ballads. Brian Littrell joked off their less hyper stage show: “Backstreet’s old … all right!”

Whether older or just a catalogue heavy on ballads, there was not as much high energy dancing in a group as a tight five in center stage. (The false memory of Backstreet as an adrenalized dance troupe may be N’Sync confusion.)

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When they performed one song from the audience, two security guards flanked each singer, before the guys made their way through the crowd back up on to the stage.

As predicted, they closed with “I Want it That Way”. (A front-row fan gave AJ McLean an assist during the closer, pointing out the “down” position of the zipper on his magenta pants. McLean shrugged, smiled, and fixed it. There was no wardrobe malfunction.)

The one-song encore — “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” — ended in a confetti shower.

After the show it’s the after-party at the Chateau (Bryan Steffy/Wireimage)

Afterwards, all five guys showed up at the after-party under the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. Inside the Chateau Nightclub, they made an illuminated entrance and climbed on top of the booths in the center as wives and family filled their space. Nick Carter, the youngest at only 37, seemed to enjoy the night the most, singing along on the mic to Ludacris as Howie Dorough slapped his butt.

The initial run of shows is 26 dates through July, mainly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket prices begin at $55 and rise to $299 for VIP Table seating with bottle service.

Here’s the full “Backstreet Boys: Larger than Life” setlist and the year each song debuted:

  • “Larger Than Life” (1999)
  • “The One” (2000)
  • “Get Down” (1996)
  • “Drowning” (2007)
  • “Incomplete” (2005)
  • “Quit Playin’ Games (With My Heart) (1996)
  • “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” (1999)
  • “Anywhere For You” (1996)
  • “Darlin” (1996)
  • “Undone” (2009)
  • “As Long As You Love Me” (1997)
  • “The Call” (The “Gotta Go” song) (2000)
  • “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” (1996) –> “Poison” (Bell Biv Devoe Cover) –>”We’ve Got It Goin’ On”
  • *Unknown song that this writer could not decipher*
  • “More Than That” (2000)
  • “All I Have to Give” (1998) – Performed from the crowd
  • “Shape of My Heart” (2000)
  • “I Want it That Way” (1999)
  • “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (1997)
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Apologies to the Britney Spears fans in advance: You’ll never want to hear me say, we like it this way.

The Backstreet Boys opened their “Larger than Life” Las Vegas residency on Wednesday night in the same AXIS Theater at Planet Hollywood as Spears by dwarfing their former ’90s pop contemporary in terms of live, viable talent.

The five lead guys — Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and AJ McLean — prepared the way any successful veteran band would for a tour: arriving as a fit, rehearsed, modern version of their brand, now following in the dance steps of Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull at the pop-centric Planet Hollywood.

Other than a spectacular opening reveal (above), the show had relatively little production design, but it didn’t need it.

The guys can still perform in an age-appropriate high gear and they led their show — staging, lighting and set pieces did not lead them. (For contrast, let’s revisit the New York Times’ pitch perfect critique of Britney’s Vegas opening night: a “production so winning that it barely needs her at all,” describing Spears as a “pinball” amidst dramatic set pieces, and her own aura as “listless” and “blank.”)

Unlike artists who land in Vegas as a “third act” or a career coda, BSB’s baseline to the culture surrounding pop music has not sputtered. While there have been years in the wilderness off the Billboard charts and AWOL from awards shows (Chris Rock’s famous 1999 VMA speech where he looked out at the boy band heavy audience and said “Here today, gone tonight” comes to mind), BSB have been filling stadiums on tours with New Kids on the Block in recent summers and ramping up for Vegas in a thoughtful, savvy, slow build.

Last fall, they put on a private concert in Burbank, California, which doubled as a group date on Nick Viall’s current season of “The Bachelorette,” which recently aired on ABC.

The Backstreet “men” popped up as WTF-guests with The Chainsmokers during their L.A. homecoming show at the end of 2016, and BSB’s press tour to launch this Vegas residency has landed on all the major press outlets an A-list movie star visits before a premiere — a 95-minute, five-costume-change run through 24 years of their catalogue.

(Denise Truscello/WireImage)

The setlist dovetails with BSB’s peak 1997-2000 three-year, three- album span of “Backstreet’s Back,” “Millenium,” and “Black & Blue,” and only included a portion of one third-party song, Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison.”

They revealed they have been in rehearsals for eight weeks (to them — an eternity; to those with an appreciation for production — “is that it”?). They sang live (paging Mariah Carey), and both their dance choreography and production choreography was tight. Of note, in the “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” finale we noticed their backup dancers seamlessly snatch each guy’s hand mic to clear them for a dance breakdown. Minutes later, the backup dancers slid the mics back in to their hands from behind a split second before the lyrics kicked back in. It was five, slick, simultaneous sleight of hand duets on the David Blaine spectrum.

With an average age of 42, they still have it.

Editors Note: From this point forward, there are set list and show surprise spoilers. Unless you plan on seeing the show imminently and want to know nothing, keep reading.

Beginning 13 minutes after its scheduled 9 p.m. start time (no issue for the over-30, heavily-female crowd), the show began with a 14-minute career-spanning video mashup of both anthems and deep-cut tracks, not shying away from relishing their garish ’90s fashion and hair. It reminds you of the group’s Orlando pop factory origins and their initial release in Europe before their management repatriated them for their second album.

Fun Fact: DJ Earworm (Jordan Roseman), the video and music producer who nets millions of views with his annual “United State of Pop” video mashup of each year’s 25 biggest hits, produced BSB’s opening video.

The group opened with “Larger than Life,” wearing their iconic all-white outfits, and continued with “The One” and “Get Down” before nearly 45-minutes of ballads. Brian Littrell joked off their less hyper stage show: “Backstreet’s old … all right!”

Whether older or just a catalogue heavy on ballads, there was not as much high energy dancing in a group as a tight five in center stage. (The false memory of Backstreet as an adrenalized dance troupe may be N’Sync confusion.)

When they performed one song from the audience, two security guards flanked each singer, before the guys made their way through the crowd back up on to the stage.

As predicted, they closed with “I Want it That Way”. (A front-row fan gave AJ McLean an assist during the closer, pointing out the “down” position of the zipper on his magenta pants. McLean shrugged, smiled, and fixed it. There was no wardrobe malfunction.)

The one-song encore — “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” — ended in a confetti shower.

After the show it’s the after-party at the Chateau (Bryan Steffy/Wireimage)

Afterwards, all five guys showed up at the after-party under the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Hotel. Inside the Chateau Nightclub, they made an illuminated entrance and climbed on top of the booths in the center as wives and family filled their space. Nick Carter, the youngest at only 37, seemed to enjoy the night the most, singing along on the mic to Ludacris as Howie Dorough slapped his butt.

The initial run of shows is 26 dates through July, mainly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Ticket prices begin at $55 and rise to $299 for VIP Table seating with bottle service.

Here’s the full “Backstreet Boys: Larger than Life” setlist and the year each song debuted:

  • “Larger Than Life” (1999)
  • “The One” (2000)
  • “Get Down” (1996)
  • “Drowning” (2007)
  • “Incomplete” (2005)
  • “Quit Playin’ Games (With My Heart) (1996)
  • “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” (1999)
  • “Anywhere For You” (1996)
  • “Darlin” (1996)
  • “Undone” (2009)
  • “As Long As You Love Me” (1997)
  • “The Call” (The “Gotta Go” song) (2000)
  • “We’ve Got It Goin’ On” (1996) –> “Poison” (Bell Biv Devoe Cover) –>”We’ve Got It Goin’ On”
  • *Unknown song that this writer could not decipher*
  • “More Than That” (2000)
  • “All I Have to Give” (1998) – Performed from the crowd
  • “Shape of My Heart” (2000)
  • “I Want it That Way” (1999)
  • “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (1997)
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