Joey Fatone, AJ McLean, Nick Carter and Wanya Morris kill it in their show at The Venetian
By Toni Gonzales
Wanna make women of the 90’s swoon and coo over a live show? Put them in a room with Joey Fatone from *NYSYC, Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and AJ McLean, and then add in Boys II Men’s Wanya Morris. Well, that is exactly what happened in the first of four shows of The After Party. The debut performance was to a sold-out crowd inside the Summit Showroom at the Venetian Resort Las Vegas.
The fellas set the tone of the show by opening up with a high energy performance of “Motownphilly.” From there it was hit after hit after hit. And not all of them were their own hits either. The guys paid homage by covering hits from other former Vegas headliners too. Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” and Britney Spears’ “Toxic” were on the setlist. And speaking of Spears, Carter took a moment to add his support to the #FreeBritney movement.
Other big moments from the debut of the limited engagement included Nick Carter and Joey Fatone uncovering some stories from their appearances on the FOX show The Masked Singer. Then later in the show Grammy winner and Latin superstar Luis Fonsi joined the men and did his own reminiscing. Turns out he and Joey Fatone went to high school together. And if that wasn’t enough of a “this only happens in Vegas” moment, he performed his smash hit “Despacito.” The show ended with a rousing closing of “Everybody” from the Backstreet Boys and “Bye, Bye, Bye” from *NSYNC.
There are three shows left of The After Party. Tickets for the remaining August 20,21, and 22 shows are on sale at the Venetian website. All shows start at 9pm, but there are a limited number of seats available for the earlier soundcheck.
But, hold the phone folks, fans of the Backstreet Boys are not completely out of luck. All of the boys are gathering up again in Vegas for “A Very Backstreet Christmas Party.” The first ever holiday themed shows will be performed at the Zappos Theater inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Dates start November 11 and go through December 23. Tickets for the 12 shows are on sale now at Ticketmaster.
Catch another 90s favorite, Ludacris, at The Brooklyn Bowl next month!
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