Let me level with you: I was not a Backstreet Boys fan growing up. My introduction to popular music had fewer five-piece harmonies, and much more mad-at-dad angst. Pre-teen me was armed with ‘real music’, like Linkin Park‘s seminal Hybrid Theory, so I had no time for manufactured boy bands.

Looking back, Backstreet Boys didn’t deserve the derision I hurled their way. Neither did my dad.

All of this is to say Backstreet Boys have just revealed a string of Australian dates on their DNA World Tour, giving all of you a chance to indulge your nostalgia in purpose-built arenas.

The crew will want it that way in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth in May 2020, a cool 21 years after their record Millennium heralded a new generation of shiny pop.

Update: September 16, 2021

Much like every other tour planned for Australia in the last 18 months, the Backstreet Boys DNA Aussie tour has been rescheduled twice, and is now locked in for March 2022. Fingers crossed the boys can get it done.

Here are the updated dates, for those interested:

March 04, 2022
RAC Arena
Perth

March 07, 2022
Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne

March 08, 2022
Rod Laver Arena
Melbourne

March 12, 2022
Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney

March 13, 2022
Qudos Bank Arena
Sydney

March 15, 2022
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Brisbane

You can check out the ticketing details here, if you are so inclined. I won’t be going, but I am catching up with my dad next week. We’re going for sushi. Tickets for that event are not for sale.

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