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A.J. McLean -- When the Ship Hits the Fan

4/2/2011 4:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A.J. McLean is ready to ship out for another Backstreet Boys Carnival Cruise -- which begs two questions: Are cruises now cool ... and if the ship goes down, does the band keep playing?040111_TV_bsb_still



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thehoch    

If I ever make it in the record business and play to sold out arenas, and years later, I am singing on cruise ships...

Please, stick a fork in me, and then throw my carcass over the side of the ship.

No wonder he has a drinking problem, I would too.

1266 days ago
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B    

The sinking of the Backstreet Boys Carnival Cruise ship would be the story of the month...Or at least the week. Think about this, TMZ. Think about this long and hard. Then you do what you have to do.

1266 days ago
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keeping it real    

He so over with!!! He has had his share of comebacks SO AJ PLEASE don't comeback!!! GO AWAY!!! Live your life outside the entertainment world, you weren't meant for it.

4 REALZ

1266 days ago
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Twilight    

I didn't go (terrible motion sickness) but by all accounts everyone had a great time. They've gone from only 1/2 the ship to having the entire ship for the Backstreet fans! Of course TMZ shows the silliest video. Why not. I'm always amazed at the haters who fault someone for continuing to work, make money, make fans happy as if working at whatever brings in an income was a crime. We all do what we can to bring home the bacon and put food on the table.

1266 days ago
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Todd    

Harvey needs to go on an Atlantis cruise. It's all adults, no kids. The crew and other passengers are super friendly. To answer his question as to what people do during the day: They go on shore excursions for scuba diving, parasailing, etc. At night there are several entertainment options. It's a bit more expensive than the Carnival cruises, but worth it!

1266 days ago
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Dan F.    

"... and if the ship goes down, does the band keep playing?" Do you mean if the Backstreet Boys use a live backing band, as opposed to lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks, will the backing band play on as the ship sinks? You see, the Backstreet Boys are not a band, a band is a number of musicians making music by singing as well as-and here's the hard part-actually playing real instruments. The Backstreet Boys are a vocal group. As soon as one of them gets behind the drums, someone picks up a bass, somebody straps on a guitar, etc. and they sing...then they can call themselves a band. As it sits, they are a vocal group. They are NOT a band. Learn it. Live it.

1265 days ago
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Dan F.    

"... and if the ship goes down, does the band keep playing?" Do you mean if the Backstreet Boys use a live backing band, as opposed to lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks, will the backing band play on as the ship sinks? You see, the Backstreet Boys are not a band, a band is a number of musicians making music by singing as well as-and here's the hard part-actually playing real instruments. The Backstreet Boys are a vocal group. As soon as one of them gets behind the drums, someone picks up a bass, somebody straps on a guitar, etc. and they sing...then they can call themselves a band. As it sits, they are a vocal group. They are NOT a band. Learn it. Live it.

1265 days ago
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Angel    

Wow these comments are so ignorant. For those of you who clearly don't know, they are still touring to sold out crowds in ARENAS! Just because they are doing a cruise doesn't mean they are aren't big anymore.
And they do sing live. You don't have to be a fan buy why bash them? Over compensating for something? I think so. The Backstreet Boys are a band and those who bash them are hiding something.

1265 days ago
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Twilight    

The Backstreet Boys don't call themselves a "band". The misnomer boyband was a term created by the media and critics. They actually call themselves a vocal harmony group. And contrary to what most detractors say, they don't lipsync. Yes, this tour they had prerecorded music to sing to. And there may have been prerecorded background vocals instead of a backup group (which many rock groups even have--I saw them with The Eagles last go around) to achieve fuller harmonies live since they are down a member. And yes, in the US they are no longer selling out arenas or stadiums--but they do overseas. And they sing live-they are NOT a Britney Spears. Never have been.

1265 days ago
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Lacey    

They do the cruise to get closer to the fans. Everyone Ive heard from say its great and that you get to meet and interact with the boys. And for SOME peoples information they still are selling out arenas. I for one, being 26, am going to my 3rd BSB concert in Houston in June, and I freaking CANT WAIT. KTBPSA

1264 days ago
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Kim -L.A. West    

NICE to see AJ again on TMZ. Backstreet Boys supporters KNOW our fellas have been recording & touring, virtually non-stop since 2005. Hundreds of concerts all over our Planet. BSB just wrapped up their 2009-2011 THIS IS US Tour & will launch their huge Summer Tour with New Kids on the Block 5/25 ~ L.A. Staples Center 7/01/11, with many other concert listed @ http://www.backstreetboys.com/events/ So, YES, BACKSTREET BOYS still have millions of fans globally & many of them had mega blast on 2010 Cruise ~ so much so, that 2011 Cruise was heavily requested & we are thrilled more of us will get to go.

1264 days ago
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Peyton    

I love when I read comments from people who have no sweet clue, you sound so ignorant!!! BSB have never claimed to be a band in the terms you are talking about, they are a vocal group, like the Jackson 5, Temptations, Beach Boys etc. but because they are white they get lumped into the Boyband group, so people automatically think them to be untalented, but if you people would take a few minutes and actually listen to their stuff, especially their a capella stuff you couldn't deny they have talent. As for someone saying you'd like to see them pick up an instrument, well clearly you have never been to any of thier concets because they do play instruments, every single one of them, actually Nick has been playing the drums since he was 11 and he also plays the piano and guitar. As per not selling out arenas, do you live under a rock?!? They just sold out Fenway Statium and many other dates on thier tour. When other artists had to cancel tour dates, BSB was adding them....they do the cruise not because they have to but because they want to...their fans mean a lot to them, and it allows them to be closer to them, their fans really appricate it!!

1262 days ago
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Lori    

Get a grip people! Their fans LOVE them!

1232 days ago
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APRIL     

IT IS DONE FOR CHARITY IT IS A CHARITY CRUISE TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR LUPUS HOWIE'S SISTER DIED OF LUPUS IN 1998! GET A CLUE HATERS!!!!!!!!

1172 days ago
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Corie    

Backstreet and instruments -- former member Kevin Richardson was an accomplished pianist, and he would usually do at least one one sitting at the piano himself at every concert back when he was with them. And he played piano on "Incomplete" one of their bigger hits from 2005. Kevin also could play some bass. Nick can play drums and guitar, and some keyboards as well. It's just that mostly they concentrated on being singers and, when then were younger, dancers.

1172 days ago
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