This Is Us Tour

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This Is Us Tour
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Promotional poster for 2010 tour
Tour by Backstreet Boys
Associated album This Is Us
Start date October 30, 2009 (2009-10-30)
End date March 26, 2011 (2011-03-26)
Legs 4
Shows 31 in Europe
20 in Asia
5 in Australasia
56 in North America
10 in South America
122 Total
Backstreet Boys concert chronology
Unbreakable Tour
(2008-09)
This Is Us Tour
(2009-11)
NKOTBSB Tour
(2011)

The This Is Us Tour was the eighth concert tour by American boy band, the Backstreet Boys. The tour promotes their seventh studio album, This Is Us. The tour reached Europe, Asia, Australasia and the Americas. The tour was the second concert tour the band had performed as a quartet.

Background[edit]

With the announcement of their seventh studio album, the band reported they will spend the latter half of 2009 and all of 2010 on the road.[1] The trek began in Europe in Fall 2009 and ended in South America in Spring 2011. Band member, Howie Dorough stated the tour was not a comeback tour, after the sluggish sales of their last album. He stated the band has matured during their nearly 20 years in the music industry. This maturity would be reflected in their album and upcoming tour.[2] He was later interviewed by Jam! where he stated the band were in tour rehearsals and this would be the first tour in which the group had background dancers since 2001.[3] To promote the tour, the band did several promotional performances in the United States, Japan, Spain and Switzerland. Some performances were cancelled due to member Brian Littrell contracting H1N1.[4] To introduce the tour, Nick Carter stated:

"[It's] a pop show, dancing, singing, cool gags, just big energy, explosions. You get to see a group who hopefully you've liked through the years. We perform our biggest hits -- we've got 10 or 12 top 10 hits around the world that people know -- so we perform those as well as songs off our new record. It's just jam-packed. We've got four dancers and big production.[5]"

While on tour, it was announced the band will perform abroad Carnival Cruise Lines, Carnival Destiny on their on cruise titled, "SS Backstreet"—done in similar vein to the New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men.[6] During the summer of 2010, the Backstreet Boys joined New Kids on the Block onstage at the Radio City Music Hall (as a part of NKOTB Casi-NO Tour), where the groups performed "I Want It That Way".[7] Since the performance, the media began to circulate rumors of the two uniting for a tour in the summer of 2011.[8] The tour is created by Live Nation Entertainment as an outlet to reignite the boy band fad in the United States.

The tour, named the NKOTBSB Tour, was officially announced on On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Due to demand, the Backstreet Boys continued their tour into 2011 with additional dates in South America and Asia.

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Europe[15][16][17]
October 30, 2009 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
October 31, 2009 Madrid Spain Palacio Vistalegre
November 3, 2009 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena
November 4, 2009 Manchester Manchester Evening News Arena
November 7, 2009 Glasgow Scotland Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre
November 8, 2009 Birmingham England LG Arena
November 9, 2009 Liverpool Echo Arena Liverpool
November 10, 2009 London The O2 Arena
November 12, 2009 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
November 13, 2009 Dublin Ireland The O2
November 15, 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
November 16, 2009 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena
November 17, 2009 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion
November 18, 2009 Munich Germany Zenith Munich
November 20, 2009 Antwerp Belgium Lotto Arena
November 22, 2009 Frankfurt Germany Jahrhunderthalle
November 23, 2009 Berlin O2 World
November 24, 2009 Milan Italy PalaSharp
November 25, 2009 Bratislava Slovakia Sibamac Arena
November 27, 2009 Zagreb Croatia Arena Zagreb
November 29, 2009 Bamberg Germany Jako Arena
November 30, 2009 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
December 2, 2009 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
December 4, 2009 Stockholm Sweden Hovet
December 5, 2009 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
December 6, 2009[A] London England The O2 Arena
December 8, 2009 Copenhagen Denmark Valby-Hallen
December 10, 2009 Saint Petersburg Russia Ice Palace
December 11, 2009 Moscow Crocus City Hall
December 13, 2009 Kiev Ukraine Kiev Palace of Sports
December 15, 2009 Belgrade Serbia Belgrade Arena
Asia[15][18][19]
December 17, 2009 Dubai United Arab Emirates Palladium Auditorium
February 5, 2010 Saitama City Japan Saitama Super Arena
February 6, 2010
February 7, 2010
February 9, 2010 Kobe Kobe World Kinen Hall
February 10, 2010
February 11, 2010
February 14, 2010 Nagoya Nippon Gaishi Hall
February 15, 2010
February 17, 2010 Tokyo Tokyo International Forum
February 18, 2010 Nippon Budokan
February 20, 2010[B] New Delhi India NSIC Exhibition Grounds
February 21, 2010[B] Bangalore Bangalore Palace Grounds
February 24, 2010 Seoul South Korea Melon-AX Hall
February 25, 2010 Taipei Taiwan Taipei Arena
February 27, 2010 Quezon City Philippines Araneta Coliseum
February 28, 2010 Marina Centre Singapore SSICEC Convention Hall
Australasia[15][20][21]
March 2, 2010 Perth Australia Challenge Stadium
March 5, 2010 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 6, 2010 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
March 8, 2010 Brisbane Brisbane Entertainment Centre
March 11, 2010 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
Asia[15]
March 14, 2010 Shanghai China Shanghai International Gymnastic Center
March 15, 2010
March 14, 2010 Beijing Wukesong Indoor Stadium
North America[15]
April 11, 2010 Napa United States Napa Valley Opera House
May 23, 2010 New York City Highline Ballroom
May 29, 2010 Miami Waterfront Theater
May 31, 2010 Clearwater Ruth Eckerd Hall
June 1, 2010 Orlando Hard Rock Live
June 3, 2010 Atlanta Chastain Park Amphitheater
June 4, 2010 Biloxi Studio A
June 5, 2010 Valdosta All-Starr Amphitheater
June 6, 2010 Raleigh Raleigh Amphitheatre
June 8, 2010 Boston Bank of America Pavilion
June 9, 2010 Vienna Wolf Trap Filene Center
June 10, 2010 New York City Hammerstein Ballroom
June 12, 2010 Atlantic City Etess Arena
June 13, 2010 West Long Branch Multipurpose Activity Center
June 15, 2010 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
June 17, 2010[C] Highland Park Ravinia Park Pavilion
June 18, 2010 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 21, 2010 Kansas City Midland Theatre
June 22, 2010 Broomfield 1stBank Center
June 23, 2010 Salt Lake City EnergySolutions Arena
June 25, 2010 Temecula Pechanga Showroom Theater
June 26, 2010 Los Angeles Gibson Amphitheatre
June 27, 2010 San Francisco Warfield Theater
June 28, 2010
June 30, 2010 Reno Grand Theatre
July 1, 2010 Fresno Save Mart Center
July 2, 2010 Paradise The Beach at Mandalay Bay
July 24, 2010[D] Boise Ann Morrison Park
August 4, 2010 Wenatchee Town Toyota Center
August 5, 2010 Kent ShoWare Center
August 6, 2010 Vancouver Canada Rogers Arena
August 8, 2010 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
August 9, 2010 Edmonton Rexall Place
August 11, 2010 Winnipeg MTS Centre
August 14, 2010 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre
August 16, 2010 Montreal Bell Centre
August 18, 2010 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre
August 19, 2010 Saint John Harbour Station
August 21, 2010 St. John's Mile One Stadium
August 22, 2010[E] Baltimore United States Pier Six Concert Pavilion
August 23, 2010 Lincoln Twin River Event Center
August 25, 2010 Pittsburgh Trib Total Media Amphitheatre
August 26, 2010 New York City Hammerstein Ballroom
August 27, 2010 Cleveland Nautica Pavilion
August 28, 2010 Cincinnati PNC Pavilion
December 8, 2010 Miami Byron Carlyle Theater
December 9, 2010[F] Destiny Palladium
December 10, 2010[F]
December 11, 2010[F]
December 12, 2010[F]
December 13, 2010[F]
South America[22]
February 18, 2011 Recife Brazil Chevrolet Hall
February 20, 2011 Brasília Nilson Nelson Gymnasium
February 23, 2011 Belo Horizonte Chevrolet Hall
February 25, 2011 Rio de Janeiro Citibank Hall
February 26, 2011 São Paulo Credicard Hall
March 1, 2011 Buenos Aires Argentina Luna Park
March 3, 2011 Santiago Chile Movistar Arena
March 5, 2011 Lima Peru Jockey Club del Perú
March 8, 2011 Quito Ecuador Coliseo General Rumiñahui
March 10, 2011 Caracas Venezuela Terraza del CCCT
North America[22]
March 12, 2011 Panama City Panama Teatro Anayansi
March 14, 2011 Zapopan Mexico Auditorio Telmex
March 16, 2011 Mexico City Auditorio Nacional
March 18, 2011 Monterrey Arena Monterrey
Asia[22]
March 24, 2011 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Quân khu 7 Stadium
March 26, 2011 Hanoi Mỹ Đình National Stadium
Festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert was a part of the "Jingle Bell Ball"[23]
B These concerts were a part of "Rock 'n India"[24]
C This concert was a part of the "Ravinia Festival"[25]
D This concert was a part of the "Boise Music Festival"[26]
E This concert was a part of "Mixfest"[27]
F These concerts were a part of the "SS Backstreet"[6]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
December 8, 2010 Kiev, Ukraine Kiev International Exhibition Centre This concert was moved to the Kiew Palace of Sports for December 13, 2009
December 13, 2009 Minsk, Belarus Minsk Sports Palace Cancelled

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue
Ahoy Rotterdam Rotterdam 8,337 / 9,547 (87%) $482,526[28]
Lotto Arena Antwerp 4,427 / 4,932 (90%) $286,971[29]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 6,950 / 7,775 (89%) $504,644[30]
Sydney Entertainment Centre Sydney 5,731 / 6,000 (95%) $422,461[31]
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 2,629 / 2,850 (92%) $202,174[32]
Waterfront Theater Miami 3,791 / 4,539 (83%) $178,703[33]
Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater 1,483 / 1,983 (75%) $94,181[33]
Multipurpose Activity Center West Long Branch 3,278 / 4,013 (82%) $140,105[34]
Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville 3,409 / 4,332 (79%) $136,360[35]
DTE Energy Music Center Clarkston 15,196 / 15,196 (100%) $213,930[34]
Warfield Theater San Francisco 3,701 / 4,500 (82%) $192,305[36]
Save Mart Center Fresno 3,519 / 6,345 (55%) $121,482[37]
Rexall Place Edmonton 5,037 / 10,000 (50%) $284,200[37]
Bell Centre Montreal 9,963 / 12,200 (82%) $608,379[36]
Halifax Metro Centre Halifax 3,016 / 3,770 (80%) $168,105[38]
Harbour Station Saint John 2,547 / 3,184 (80%) $146,500[38]
Mile One Stadium St. John's 3,418 / 4,727 (72%) $194,186[38]
Nilson Nelson Gymnasium Brasília 3,498 / 13,300 (26%) $255,867[39]
Chevrolet Hall Belo Horizonte 2,972 / 6,000 (49%) $204,077[39]
Citibank Hall Rio de Janeiro 5,782 / 8,433 (68%) $420,523[39]
Credicard Hall São Paulo 6,462 / 6,949 (93%) $644,205[39]
Luna Park Buenos Aires 6,339 / 8,293 (76%) $461,184[40]
Jockey Club del Perú Lima 5,377 / 9,000 (60%) $389,201[41]
Coliseo General Rumiñahui Quito 9,931 / 11,070 (90%) $529,751[41]
Terraza del CCCT Caracas 2,362 / 5,600 (42%) $423,926[41]
Teatro Anayansi Panama City 2,008 / 2,806 (71%) $144,581[41]
Total 139,833 / 187,027 (75%) $8,317,635

Broadcasts and recordings[edit]

For the live DVD, the concert at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan was filmed on February 18, 2010, and sold through Japanese websites. It was released under the title "Backstreet Boys: This Is Us Japan Tour 2010."

Critical reception[edit]

Overall, the tour received positive feedback from music critics in each region the band toured. Tamara Hardingham-Gill (Daily Mail) have the band's performance at The O2 Arena in London four out of five stars. She commented, "As they ended the show with the dance-pop track Straight To The Heart it was obvious that the Backstreet Boys had found their way back into the hearts of their old fans and perhaps had never left."[42] The quartet received another four of five star review from Kate Watkins (City Life). She writes, "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely demonstrated the tight vocals they have developed over the last decade. And just to inform pop music sceptics they sang live and didn't mime even though the show was laced with energetic choreography."

Ed Power (The Independent) provide the group with a positive review stating, "Backstreet also deserve credit for not over-indulging in the customary patronising patter you get from most pop acts. Instead of repetitive shout outs of, "how you doing Dublin", the Boys simply churn out hit after hit without pausing for breath. Sure, they haven't re-invented the wheel musically, yet they prove in style that they've already left a considerable legacy of entertainment."[43] Vicki Kellaway (Liverpool Echo) gave the band a 10 out 10 remarking, "They are utterly shameless. You might think four men with an average age of 32 (I’m sorry to remind you of that) would feel they are beyond the baggy jeans, printed hoodies, huge trainers and exaggerated ‘running man’ dance moves. Oh no. You might as well give a crowd what they want. This was not one of those we’ll-hit-you-with-our-new-material and throw in a medley for fun. It was pure nostalgia."[44]

For their concert at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Sandra Bahbah (The Sunday Times) stated. "There is not one person who will dispute that The Backstreet Boys are as corny as a heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine's Day, but like that item, they are a sweet treat.  Their boy band dance moves were impressive but definitely giggle-worthy as one could only describe them as over the top.  They had four female back-up dancers to help with the evening's entertainment and more costume changes than a Beyonce concert, but by gosh it was fun to watch."[45] Rebecca Barry (The New Zealand Herald) did not think highly of the band's performance at Auckland's Vector Arena. She wrote, "The band still rely on their old stable of choreographed white-man manoeuvres: it's raining on my face, the lawn mower, side-scissor robot shuffle – and Carter's fans' favourite, slowly-remove-jacket-to-show-off-newly-sculpted-arms. Seriously, you could hardly recognise the guy. Smarmy though he was, his voice soared on ballads such as Incomplete."[46]

When the band returned stateside, the accolades continued. Alison Chriss (Creative Loafing) wrote, "The crowd left elated and ready to gab about the show. I heard a few guys commenting on how BSB updated their choreography, and even my husband admitted that, overall, the show was pretty good. For a trip down Pop music's memory lane, it was a great one, and my 14-year-old self is finally at peace after having the ultimate boy-band experience to end Memorial Day Weekend!"[47] Keegan Prosser (The News Tribune) wrote, "The night proved to be a perfect flashback for the fans that have been there since the beginning, even if the nostalgia of it all left me longing for the sugary-pop of yesteryear. And despite the fact that the Boys in the Backyard are, today, a little more like Men in the Backyard (creepy), it seems to me they’ve still got a few tricks up those bedazzled sleeves."[13]

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