Video/Ipswich: Backstreet Boys looking forward to some Suffolk fish and Chips at Chantry Park

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Backstreet Boys’ Howie Dorough has food on his mind when I call, literally and figuratively.

“Nah, it’s all good we love it,” he says when I ask if he, AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell are worried about the English weather. It’s hardly their home state of Florida here. “We can’t wait to get some good fish and chips that’s for sure.”

Supporting McBusted at Ipswich’s Chantry Park on June 29, they were quoted a while back as asking: “McBusted, what’s that? A burger?”

“That was AJ punning around,” laughs Dorough. “The name, when we first heard it, it sounded like a McDonalds burger.”

Perhaps it could be new line in merchandise?

“You never know they might come up with a super burger. We’re very pleased to be opening for them, they’re a great group of guys, a super band and we’ve heard they’ve been doing really, really well.”

Backstreet Boys are one of the biggest selling bands in pop, selling more than 130million records worldwide.

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When I caught up with Dorough the boys are about to get back to work after a two-month break, the longest they’ve had in a while.

“We have an album (In a World Like This) that just came out this past year here (in the States) so we’ve just been doing a lot of promoting, getting things out there, letting people know all of us guys are back together. It’s our 20th anniversary so we’ve very proud of this new record and this great show we’ve put together. We’ve just been out there, hitting the streets.”

Having taken time off, reforming as a four-piece and then, last year, as a five-piece, Dorough says their fans are the heart and soul of the group.

“We have the best fans in the world, they’re amazing. (Through) the good times and the bad times - you can’t really say bad times, but times maybe we weren’t playing on the radio as much as before - they have definitely been there, supportive 100%. They’re the reason we’re still able to continue to get out there and tour.”

Formed in 1993, with Carter just 12 and the rest still or barely out their teens, life is very different now.

Dorough, McLean, Richardson and Littrell are all married with children with Carter heading up the aisle soon.

“It’s great, I think it’s helping to keep us balanced. We bring our families out on the road, here and there. My five-year-old son, he’s a little ham... He’s got his own little microphone, jumps up on the stage, sticks his butt to the girls, blows kisses...”

Having Richardson back is also special.

“Kevin came to us probably eight years ago and opened up to us, saying his heart just wasn’t in it at the time. We’ve always been very supportive of each other, not wanting to hold each other back from doing other stuff and spreading their wings - whatever makes them happy.

“We already told him the door would be open for him to come back if he wanted to and now is the time for it to happen and we’re happy. It feels like the family is back together and we’re all back on that bicycle again.”

Enjoying this new chapter in their lives and the changes maturity brings, I have to ask - have they had to tone down their legendary demanding dance moves?

“Believe it or not we are cranking it up, we’re dancing just as much as we did in the early days,” Dorough laughs. “We’ve hired some of our original choreographers and taken on some of the original choreography we did back in the day - the dancing is just as hard. It’s great for us, it’s a full two-hours of cardio. We have fun with it and the fans give us the energy to keep on doing it.”

Fans will also be taken on a trip down memory lane in terms of the set list.

“We’re very proud of the new album, it’s got some great songs, but we’re also going to (perform) some of our biggest hits from over the years. It’s going to be a great time for our fans to take their minds off whatever’s going on in life and take a trip down memory lane.”

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