The Summer of 2023 will remain forever etched in the hearts of Indians as the world’s biggest selling and legendary boy band, Backstreet Boys took over the cities of Mumbai and Delhi-NCR giving fans their most memorable night of the year!
Brought to India by BookMyShow, India’s leading entertainment destination who are the producers and promoters of the tour in the country, the band’s iconic DNA World Tour’s advent to India concluded with a mammoth attendance of around 25,000 fans across both cities with packed shows brimming to their full capacity at the Jio World Gardens, Mumbai and Airia Mall, Gurugram taking the entertainment capital and the national capital by storm!
BookMyShow, India’s leading entertainment destination has been making compelling strides in India’s entertainment ecosystem through its live entertainment division BookMyShow Live across live music, comedy, performance, sports, theatricals and more. The ‘Backstreet Boys’ is the latest in a slew of legendary and globally renowned international acts and performers that BookMyShow has been bringing steadily to India year after year through its live entertainment division BookMyShow Live. The firm has been playing the role of producer and promoter for some of the most memorable live entertainment acts in the past few years including the first ever Lollapalooza India that was headlined by Imagine Dragons, The Strokes, AP Dhillon, Diplo amongst others, Post Malone’s debut India show at the Feeding India Concert, U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour – India, Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss’ debut India Tour, Jay Shetty’s India Tour, NBA’s debut India Game, international musical Disney’s Aladdin, Vir Das’ Wanted Tour, Prateek Kuhad’s India Tour, Cirque Du Soleil, Ed Sheeran, Bryan Adams amongst others.
BookMyShow along with Live Nation brought the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour to the country, which has travelled across the globe for five years and Indian fans couldn’t have asked for a better performance to celebrate the band’s return to the country after 13 years.
Celebrating 30 glorious years of a band that has continued to stay relevant across age groups of music lovers, with a growing fan base and an evergreen legacy that never goes out of style, the Backstreet Boys: DNA World Tour came on the back of the boy band favourite’s tenth studio album ‘DNA,’ and has continued to live up to its reputation of being a production enigma unlike any other.
The ‘larger than life’ performance spanning over 2 hours and 33 songs in Mumbai and Gurugram had ‘Everybody’ moving, grooving and humming along to their all-time favourites. Spotted cheering amongst the crowds were notable actors, singers, stand-up comics and influencers including Shraddha Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Genelia D’Souza, Kajal Aggarwal, Arbaaz Khan, Benny Dayal, Jacqueline Fernandes, Dhvani Bhanushali, Diana Penty, Natasha Dalal, Maniesh Paul, Karishma Mehta, Kajal Aggarwal, Rohan Joshi, singers Prakriti and Sukriti Kakar, Meezan Jafri, Deepinder Goyal, Mithila Palkar to name a few.
The stage was set up in the middle of the arena, allowing everyone the best view from all angles with intricate visuals. As the lights went out and the opening notes of the hit song ‘I Wanna Be With You’ began followed by ‘The Call’, the crowd erupted into unanimous screams and cheers, setting the tone for the night. Band members Nick Carter, AJ McLean, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson with their dreamy personas and synchronised steps had fans spellbound right from the start until the very end, seamlessly transitioning from one hit to the next, changing costumes live on stage, never missing a beat with their electrifying dance moves and showcasing chemistry as a group that was nothing short of spectacular!
The arsenal of mega-watt hits such as ‘I Want It That Way’, ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’ and ‘As Long As You Love Me’, along with hits from their recent album ‘DNA’ including ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’, ‘Chances’ and ‘No Place’ was sung unanimously by the entire crowd! The Backstreet Boys threw all they had into their performances at both, Mumbai and Gurugram, showering the crowds with incredible love. As a tribute to India’s 30-year-old fan love, they infused the city into their famed single calling it ‘I Want It Mumbai’s Way’ constantly thanking Mumbai and Delhi-NCR crowds for coming out to support their show.
The boys’ entire performance was themed according to different song tones from ‘Noir’ to ‘Cinematic’ to ‘Confessional’ to ‘Remix’D’ and the finale ‘Encore’ with the band donning a variety of outfits, from sleek leather jackets to glittering sequined suits to all-whites as each costume change was accompanied by a different set design with band members Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson teasing the audience changing costumes live on stage, making the concert feel like a series of mini shows within one massive production and a spectacle to remember for sore eyes. The show concluded with explosive performances of the historic ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ followed by ‘Larger Than Life’, complete with pyrotechnics, fireworks in true Indian style and confetti cannons.
As the evenings drew to a close, the band took a bow and thanked Indian fans across Mumbai and Delhi-NCR for their tremendous support over the years and promised to be back in more cities across India soon!
Designed to be an unforgettable experience for fans, the Backstreet Boys’ DNA World Tour India delivered on that promise in spades, with producers BookMyShow elevating the experience of a live concert several notches for India.
BookMyShow, founded in 2007 and owned by Big Tree Entertainment Pvt Ltd since 1999, is India’s top entertainment destination with global operations. From a ticketing platform for movies to managing live events, BookMyShow provides unparalleled entertainment experiences to millions of customers across 650 towns and cities in India. The company has brought popular properties like U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour and NBA games to its markets, and has launched innovative products like the first-of-its-kind video streaming platform for live entertainment in India, ‘BookMyShow Online’. BookMyShow is also committed to social causes through its charity initiative, BookASmile. With support from investors like TPG Growth and Accel, BookMyShow continues to demonstrate category leadership and grow beyond India to countries like UAE, Singapore, and Indonesia.