You know one thing that’s helped keep me a fan for this long?
The way Backstreet Boys have this incredible ability to endure. The way they’ve climbed many hills. Like AJ’s battle with addiction, or Nick’s cardiomyopathy. The way Lou almost destroyed them when they were barely into their career. Or how about how after AJ got out of rehab, the media decided they weren’t worth giving a shot anymore?
I remember those days. The days where fans were mocked far more for just being a fan. The many ways where radio DJs would laugh at you for just asking them to play their new single. Or the years without Kevin, where barely anyone appreciated them and you have to just give that fake smile when people were like “oh they’re still together”?
The hiatus when they went on a break and no one knew if they would ever come back together. I could go on and on with endless examples of the challenges they’ve been thrown, the battles they’ve faced but then I’d be here all night. The Boys have had some incredible highs and yes, some heartbreaking lows. But their ability to stand strong, a million strong through those days of thunder is why I’m still here. That inner strength that seems to radiate from each of them singularly and their unity as a group? It’s as beautiful as their harmonies.
And it’s something I like to remember now and again. We fans are like that too. We stand together, strong and proud. We support by sending love and light with grace and diginity. Just like our Boys. And we get rewarded when they come back at the top of yet another mountain. It’s somethig to behold, really. It makes me incredibly proud to be a fan of theirs. And I know, that they know, we’re always here no matter where the ride goes. I think they draw strength from that, too.
Because they’re so strong. It’s one of the top reasons, outside of their incredible talent, to love them. So it’s something to remember, and something to think about, I think. Because to quote one of my favorite BSB songs, and the tagline for this website…it’s always darkest before the dawn.
They survive, and then they thrive.
They always will.