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Backstreet Boys Fans Still Lining Up AROUND THE BLOCK

4/22/2013 12:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Everybody, Backstreet's back ... like it's the year 2000 ... because this weekend, hordes of fans lined up around the block outside an L.A. theater just to catch a glimpse of the iconic boy band.

Sure, they were probably mostly women aged 30-40 ... but it still counts.

FYI, the Backstreet Boys were celebrating their 20th anniversary (yes, you're old) at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood Saturday ... and fans were invited to attend for free ... which explains the shockingly huge line.

Fans were also invited to take photos with the band, but that privilege cost $150.

Impressive, but it's still nothing like the old days ...

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Nick Carter to AJ McLean Mind If I Hit You in the Nuts ... With a Baseball Bat?

3/12/2013 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Backstreet Boys are still a bunch of jackasses ... just ask Nick Carter, who went Johnny Knoxville all over AJ McLean's balls today ... WITH A BASEBALL BAT ... and it was all caught on tape.

The stunt took place during a photo shoot with celeb photographer Tyler Shields. We really have no other explanation for why this happened.

Now ... here are a couple of our favorite BSB songs ... Quit Playin' Games (With My Testicles), Ball I Have to Give, and Everybody (Backstreet's Sack).

And we can't forget our favorite album ... Black & Blue ... or is it Unbreakable? Okay, we're done.

A.J. McLean Ryan Gosling Coulda Been a Backstreet Boy

1/14/2013 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0114_mclean_videoRyan Gosling could've ... and SHOULD'VE ... been a member of the Backstreet Boys -- this according to actual Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean.

FYI -- McLean and Gosling go WAYYYY BACK ... they were friends when they lived in the same apartment building when Backstreet was first getting together ... right around the time Gosling joined the "Mickey Mouse Club."

Gosling recently gave an interview saying he used to tell A.J. he didn't think the band had a shot in hell of making it big, 'cause it seemed like a New Kids ripoff ... obviously, Gosling was wrong.

When BB blew up, Gosling says he tried to reach out to A.J. (probably to kiss his ass and beg for a job) ... but McLean never returned his calls.

But this weekend, A.J. says it MUST have been a misunderstanding -- insisting he never INTENTIONALLY blew off The Gos ... he just doesn't have Ryan's digits.

In fact, A.J. says he wants Gosling to join the group -- saying Ryan not only has a killer voice, but he's damn handsome to boot (duh).

We're guessing Gos will probably turn down the offer ... he's doing pretty well on his own.

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Backstreet Boys & NKOTB Judge Dismisses $5 Million Brain Trauma Lawsuit

12/22/2012 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1220_BSB_NKOTB_GETTYIt's official: the New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys can't be held responsible for brain trauma -- at least, according to a judge who dismissed the bands from a $5 million lawsuit filed by an injured stagehand ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ broke the story in July ... William Wesley Styron sued NKOTBSB for injuries he allegedly suffered when he fell through a hole in the stage prior to a 2011 concert.

Styron said he fractured his skull and suffered brain trauma from the fall ... and was looking for a cool $5 million from the bands and other parties who he held responsible.

NKOTBSB denied the allegations, claiming it wasn't their fault Styron didn't see the huge hole in front of him ... and it looks like a judge agreed ... ruling that responsibility for the fall lies with the production company who hired him -- not the bands themselves.

The judge promptly dismissed the case against NKOTBSB, finding they "owed no duty to plaintiff that was breached when he was injured."

Ouch.

A.J. McLean Proof One Direction Is a Backstreet Rip-Off

12/8/2012 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A.J McLean has rock-solid proof that the new boy band on the block -- One Direction -- is just a Backstreet Boys knockoff ... because Backstreet Boys wastotally original and definitely not a knockoff.

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Backstreet Boys CHRISTMAS FRAUD in November

11/5/2012 4:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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It's barely November ... but the Backstreet Boys are already pretending it's Christmas time.

The entire band -- even Kevin -- threw on their obligatory ugly winter outfits for a performance of their new Christmas song at Disneyland this weekend ... sparkly sweater, checkered jacket, scarf, etc.

For the record, it was 94 DEGREES in Anaheim yesterday.

We're told the performance was pre-recorded for an upcoming Xmas special.

Nothing says Christmas like a base tan.

AJ McLean to Cop: Please Don't Bust Me ... I'm a Backstreet Boy!!!

10/2/2012 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Backstreet Boy AJ McLean came face-to-face with the long arm of the law early this morning ... and even though he didn't say it specifically, he TOTALLY tried to play the celebrity card to get out of a ticket. 

McLean was pulled over in Hollywood around 1 AM when the LAPD noticed a problem with his license plates.

Once the boybander got out of the car, the plea for mercy was on ... with McLean explaining how he just wrapped up a concert tour ... and simply didn't realize there was a problem.

During the stop, McLean brings up the tour several times ... making sure the cop knew how big of a star he is.

Unfortunately, the officer seemed to be more of a New Kids on the Block fan ... and at one point, McLean says, "We actually just got off tour with them."

So how did it end? Turns out, McLean's registration was fine -- but the cop issued AJ a citation for not having the proper proof of insurance.

It's unclear if McLean will have to fork over any cash for the infraction -- but he can probably afford it with all the money he makes on tour ... right?

Backstreet Boys & NKOTB Stagehand SUES Over Dangerous Man Hole

7/13/2012 3:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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You're not the only one who thought last year's Backstreet Boys/New Kids on the Block tour was painful -- a stagehand claims he was nearly killed before a concert ... after falling through a hole ... and now, he's suing the bands.

William Wesley Styron filed the lawsuit in Tennessee, claiming he was hired to set up for the boy bands' show at Fedex Forum in Memphis on June 20th, 2011.

According to the lawsuit, Styron was going about his duties when he accidentally stepped into a hole in the stage ... and plummeted 13 feet to the ground ... fracturing his skull and causing "traumatic brain injury."

Styron claims he suffered a "loss of consciousness, seizures, and convulsions" during the accident before someone called 911 -- and he was rushed to the hospital.

According to the suit, it all could have been avoided -- but there was nothing in place to warn Styron about the stage's hazardous conditions ... no signs ... no cones ... nothing.

Styron says the accident cost him tons in medical bills -- and now he wants at least $5 MILLION.

NKOTBSB has already denied the allegations -- claiming the accident was Styron's fault for not looking where he was going.

Newlyweds A.J. McLean & Wife Get Nailed Together

12/23/2011 3:00 AM PST BY Johnny Lopez
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Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean and his new wife Rochelle DeAnna Karidis showed off their wedding rings -- and more importantly, their matching his & hers manicures -- at the Guns N' Roses concert in L.A. on Wednesday.

The couple that mani-pedis together, stays together.

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean Blood-Spattered Wedding Invites

12/7/2011 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1206_aj_mclean_wedding_invite_launch_EXHe's getting married next week ... but Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean has blood on his mind -- sending out death-themed invitations that look like they were designed by Ed Hardy and Dracula ... and we got pics.

A.J. and his GF Rochelle Karidis are set to tie the knot on December 17 -- presuming all his guests aren't completely freaked out by the invites ... which contain bloody lettering and creepy gothic imagery.

The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel -- and celeb photographer Tyler Shields is officiating.

Don't get your hopes up for pics though -- according to the invites, all cell phones and cameras are banned.


NKOTBSB Party in Las Vegas

7/4/2011 12:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guys from the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block hosted parties at Gallery Nightclub and Chateau Nightclub respectively last night -- after they played the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

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What year is it again?

Backstreet Boy -- AJ Was Finally 'Willing' to Get Help

1/19/2011 5:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell claims there's one big difference between A.J. McLean's current stint in rehab and his last one -- no one FORCED him to get help this time.

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Brian went on Bob 93.3 in North Carolina this morning, telling the host, "I'm proud that he would go into this situation willingly ... Last time it was a lot worse. He really went into rehab unwillingly the last time."

According to Brian, A.J. decided to commit to rehab over a month ago ... while the band was on the road.

A.J. McLean -- The Downward Spiral

1/15/2011 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
A.J. McLean's issues with substance abuse have been the source of MAJOR problems in the past several months ... and it got so bad, that staffers on the Backstreet Boys' tour threatened to walk if he didn't get help.

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TMZ has learned A.J. -- who's struggled with abuse for years -- was so hammered and rowdy on a BB fan cruise last month, that several passengers lodged complaints ... with some even demanding a refund. 

One cruise staffer tells us  A.J. and his crew acted like "drunken fools" for the entire five-day trip.

But after the cruise, the abuse continued ... and more people in his life threatened to jump ship.

Sources close to the singer tell us A.J. became so difficult to work with during rehearsals for the upcoming BB tour that multiple people were "ready to quit."

Fortunately, A.J. decided to check himself into rehab a few days ago -- but he insists he'll be ready to go for his upcoming tour.

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