Being a Backstreet Boy again has been like getting back on the bike for Kevin Richardson.
The quintet's oldest member at 42, Richardson left the group in 2006 to focus on his personal life, which now includes a wife and two young sons. He returned to the fold for last year's 20th anniversary and the album "In a World Like This," and Richardson says he doesn't feel like he's missed a beat.
"We really just picked up right where we left off," says the Kentucky native, who co-wrote four songs on "In A World Like This," including the single "Show 'Em (What You're Made Of)." "It was easy for us to click again...because we've spent so much time together and we have such a connection and we've gone through so much together. So it was really pretty easy as far as that's concerned.
"And as far as me performing again and getting back out there, yeah, maybe I was worried I would be a little rusty and I had some maybe extra butterflies on those first couple of shows and I wasn't sure what to expect, but those went away pretty quick. It's all been good."
The same can be said for Backstreet Boys, who with "In a World Like This" started their own record company (K-BAHN). The group's tour to support it began last year and will continue into 2015, with stops "in places we've never been," according to Richardson. The group has also been filming a documentary it hopes to release this year, and there are already talks about another album, though live dates are currently the priority.
"This was our goal, our dream," Richardson says. "Every time we were in an interview, and I'm sure One Direction gets the question on a daily basis right now, it's like, 'What are your all's plans for the future?' We got that question constantly.
"And our answer was always that we would like to have a career. We would like to be like the doo wop groups and the vocal groups that have stood the test of time, like the Temptations. they have a body of work and they still tour to this day. So we always dreamed of having a career. That was the intent, always."
Backstreet Boys and Avril Lavigne perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $30-$95 pavilion, $27.50 lawn with $75 lawn four packs. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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