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Backstreet Boys

Praying For Both Sides and Vowing

To Return to Middle East

7/30/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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AJ McLean Backstreet Boys Cancelled ConcertsThe Backstreet Boys love their fans in Israel, but they love their families more -- which is why they regretfully cancelled a bunch of concerts there, according to A.J. McLean ... who's standing firm on NOT choosing a side in the conflict.

We saw McLean in Malibu Tuesday and he explained that if the cease fires had held, BSB might have gone through with what would've been their first shows ever in Israel this week. 

A.J. reveals when they're planning to reschedule, and adds he's praying for both sides, because ... "You can't pick a side." 

Not all boy banders agree with A.J. on that.

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Backstreet Boys

Israeli Concerts Cancelled

7/20/2014 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Backstreet Boys have cancelled concerts in Tel Aviv ... for obvious reasons.

The band says the July 29-31 shows have been cut from their schedule -- but they're optimistically trying to re-book for next year.

The band follows in the footsteps of Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka ... who also cancelled their concerts in the wake of the escalating Middle-East conflict.

Backstreet says, "This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans."

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Backstreet Boys

Sweden Pays Us Like Rock Stars

5/23/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Backstreet Boys haven't had a huge hit in years ... but they're still earning 1990s-sized paychecks.

Sources close to BSB say they just collected close to $750K to star in a Swedish commercial ... singing a version of "Larger Than Life" ... for a Swedish warehouse store.

Brian Littrell tells us the guys divided the spoils evenly -- so, if you do the math, that's $150K a piece.  Brian pocketed extra cash.. because he was the co-writer of the tune.

The commercial shows them slaving away in a warehouse when they suddenly break into song.

Now here's the hook ... they changed the lyrics from "larger than life" to "lager than life."  Lager means warehouse in Swedish.

Swedish humor ... it's not that funny.

Backstreet Boys

Knee Deep in ...

Wives and Children

3/28/2014 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0328-before-after-backstreet-ramey-2bScreaming girls were replaced with screaming babies yesterday when the Backstreet Boys arrived in Germany for the latest stop on their tour.

Trading groupies for families ... they want it that way.

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Brian Littrell's House

More Baller Than You Think

9/23/2013 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell is sticking it to everyone hating on the tiny West Hollywood home he just sold -- cause it was only a back-up ... to his PHAT MANSION!!

Turns out Brian and his wife are also sitting on a 15,000 square foot palace in Georgia that's straight outta "Gone with the Wind" -- but better, 'cause this place has a lake, a recording studio AND tennis court.

Still don't hate your life? It also has 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms ... on 39 FREAKIN' ACRES!!

Brian's wife Leighanne says they only sold the WeHo spot because they weren't going to be there for months at a time.

Why would they be?

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Sells NOT Larger-Than-Life House

9/20/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell -- a devout Christian  -- could be putting a little something extra in the collection basket this Sunday ... because he sold his West Hollywood bungalow.

Yeah, we were thinking the same thing.  It's .... nice.

Brian snagged $1.14 mil for the cute little palace. He paid $725,000 in 2002 ... so he did ... ok.

What to say?  Well, the kitchen's nice. 


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.

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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.

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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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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?

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