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The Backstreet Boys Gave Us a Quarantined Throwback Livestream

By Desmund Ullrich

The veteran boy band played their world-famous 1999 hit "I Want It That Way" on Sunday night, as part of the iHeart “Living Room Concert for America” special on Fox. The Backstreet Boys — whose members are AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson — pleasured music fans with their widely loved nostalgic tune from their respective homes. After the concert, the band wrote on their social media that they “Honored we could be part of this incredible event.”

Brian Littrell gets sentimental.

Instagram | Brian Littrell

The performance started with Littrell introducing his fellow bandmembers from his home in Atlanta. "We want to do something a little different for you, a little special, bringing our living room to yours. This is the living room in my studio at my house. I'm going to be joined by my bandmates in just a second," he said. "We live in unprecedented times today with the COVID-19 virus. I want to thank iHeart for putting this together. I want to thank Fox for airing it."

Kevin Richardson performed from home.

Instagram | Brian Littrell

Littrell continued, "I want to thank all the front line responders that are donating their times and putting themselves in harm's way to take care of their fellow citizens. So, stay safe, stay home and protect yourselves."

Later, all five members of the band appeared onscreen together to dance their signature moves.  After that, McLean sat in front of a piano at his home in Los Angeles, Carter sang from his Las Vegas home, Dorough played from Orlando, and Kevin Richardson performed from home in Los Angeles.

It was a family jam session.

Instagram | Kevin Richardson

The pre-recorded video featured a guest appearance of Richardson’s sons, Mason and Maxwell, who joined him to “help” their dad on the drums and guitar. Carter also brought his son, Odin, for a cameo at the end while he sang by the pool. Needless to say, it was a jam session for everyone involved and watching from home.

The one-hour show, organised by iHeart Radio, also featured performances live from the homes of artists such as Alicia Keys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Camila Cabello singing in a duet with Shawn Mendes, Mariah Carey, Sam Smith and Dave Grohl

Donations keep growing.

Gettyimages | Kevin Winter

The event was first announced by Elton John in partnership with Tom Poleman for iHeartMedia and Tenth Planet Productions’ Joel Gallen. Donations raised during the concert will be given to Feeding America and the First Responders Children’s Foundation. Both organizations are helping families that have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The commercial-free event took the time slot that was to belong to the iHeartRadio Music Awards and originally said to have raised eight million dollars, new reports from iHeart Radio claim the event has reached over $10 million.

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