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Open Letter to the Backstreet Boys

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys  A.J., Nick, Kevin, Brian, Howie

Backstreet Boys A.J., Nick, Kevin, Brian, Howie

A.J. talking to Carissa on the phone - Photo by Yunide Perez

A.J. talking to Carissa on the phone - Photo by Yunide Perez

NKOTBSB 2011 New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys - Photo by Jon Nieves (Carissa's hubby and also a BSB fan even though he'll deny it)

NKOTBSB 2011 New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys - Photo by Jon Nieves (Carissa's hubby and also a BSB fan even though he'll deny it)

Carissa and Faith at the NKOTBSB concert

Carissa and Faith at the NKOTBSB concert

Backstreet Boys minus Kevin

Backstreet Boys minus Kevin

Dear Backstreet Boys...

How's it going? It's obvious you truly appreciate your fans and they can feel the love via your tweets on Twitter and your Facebook messages. I'm not that much of a fan anymore, but I do stalk your messages. I was more a fan back in the 90's, but I've moved on...kind of. I still enjoy your music when I hear it! Well, I guess I am still somewhat of a fan. OK, you decide....

I always enjoyed your music more than NSYNC, but I did like them also. Two boy bands coming out of Orlando around the same time. Wow, what a POP explosion! Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera enhanced the POP! At that time I was a Sales Rep for a CD Distributor and when one of your albums was being released I knew I had a long week ahead of me. I thought since I worked in Orlando and you guys lived in Orlando it would have been nice if you helped me out once in a while, but I guess you were kind of busy.

Your music journey began back in 1993. If it wasn't for Lou Pearlman, your manager at the time, did you ever wonder where you would be? Lou had an idea to create a boy band. A.J. was first on board followed very closely by Howie. You then met up with Nick during boy band auditions. Kevin was working as Aladdin at Disneyworld and he suggested his cousin Brian from Kentucky to also audition. The five of you clicked. Backstreet Boys was created.

I do like the fact that your name originated from Orlando's once famous Backstreet Flea Market. A flea market one day and a boy band the next. You guys were phenomenal, literally everywhere I turned there was BSB! Billboards, Burger King toys, Kmart, Walmart...there was BSB merchandise all over this town! Your first performance at Sea World in 1993 drew in a small crowd but that crowd soon became a mob!

Your fans are thrilled you have accomplished so much and they are also glad Lou Pearlman is behind bars where he belongs. He was a greedy, selfish man and embezzled millions of dollars from his investors, groups and companies. Lou won't be cruising the Riviera on his yachts anymore, he'll be cruising the courtyard with his cellmates for many years. Enough about him. He's been kicked to the curb.

I am familiar with a diehard fan of BSB. She's very close to me. I gave birth to her. Have you guessed who she is yet? Yes, she's my daughter Carissa. Yes, I've been hearing about the Backstreet Boys, their comings and goings, their marriages, rehab stints, tours, children and the BSB CRUISE everyday (unless I block her out, which is prone to happen)!

Carissa is 26 years old, she's been a fan since she was 12! OMG that's like 100 years of BSB chatter! Now for the clincher...are you ready??? Her daughter Faith who's 5 years also now a fan. Yes, I have two BSB addicts in my life singing, dancing, arguing over who gets to select the next song to play. OK, OK I know what you're thinking awwwww that's so sweet! Yeah trying hearing it everyday, you might change your mind!

So NOW they both want to go on the cruise. Faith has told Carissa she CAN NOT go without her. This could be a problem since Faith is not over 18 years old. Regardless, money is tight...we are accepting donations to send Carissa on the cruise. While she is away partying with BSB I will turn Faith onto some country or motown music. I am VERY close since she's a fan of Keith Urban BUT with her mama around my chances are slim to none. So my dear BSB dudes could you supply Carissa with a ticket or two so she can go on your annual cruise? Her family will appreciate it!

We were at your New Years Eve concert in 1999. I never would have thought we'd be ringing in the millennium with BSB but we did among all the screeching teenagers. We were all thankful that the world didn't come to an end when the clock struck midnight and we entered the year 2000! It was a memorable concert for my family and I. Psst...Kevin was always my favorite until he did a solo song and dance that night, oh Kevin what was up with those dance moves??? You were dancing, correct? Just giving you a hard time Kevin since you decided to drop out of the group and do your own thing. Which is cool, I guess.

I would now like to take a moment and share a personal message with each of you. First off is A.J. I have to tell you Carissa is your BIGGEST FAN, sure other girls will say the same thing. Don't believe them. You might remember this (hopefully you do) ... a couple of months ago while leaving a NY Talk Show a very nice woman approached you. She asked if you could phone a fan and you said sure! You phoned Carissa and you both had a short conversation. DUDE you made her YEAR! It was nice of Carissa's aunt-in-law to set up the phone call and it was nice of you to take a few minutes out of your day for her.

A congratulations is in order on another successful stint in rehab. I hope you don't need to go back for another. I hear there might be wedding bells in your near future! Wishing you many years of wedded bliss! By the way I still hear about the time Carissa shook your hand and she turned into a bowl of jello! Hahaha! She hasn't washed her hand since then! Ewwwww.

Thank you Howie for all your hard work and dedication to the Lupus Foundation. I'm truly sorry for the loss of your sister from this disease. Your sister would be extremely proud of you. You have acquired quite a following of fans who adore you! Best of luck with your new solo CD release! Keep up the good work!

Oh Nick, until today your fans still treasure you. You were always the cutest, goofiest and the most likely to get a date! Oops about your family's reality show not working out but in the long run have reality shows ever benefited a family? No. Well, maybe the Kardashian's but ... OK, enough about them. I enjoyed your brother Aaron's music..."I Want Candy!"

Hi Brian! I enjoyed your Christian Music CD, yes Carissa purchased and played the CD many, many, many times. You have a voice that could touch the soul of someone who doesn't even have a soul (insert humor)! Your little boy is adorable. Rumor is you are a fantastic dad and husband and I believe it. You were always the dependable and reliable member and you still are!

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Kevin! We miss you! We understand that you chose to leave the group for personal reasons. I did hear a rumor that now you would like to come back! Dude you missed the best part of their comeback with the NKOTBSB Tour! Who would have ever imagined New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys touring together? Well it happened and it was a smashing success! It was my granddaughters first concert and she relished every moment of it!

The Backstreet Boys aren't just popular in the U.S. you are also International celebrities! Could you ever have imagined? In 1996 when you won the #1 International Group from viewers in Germany that must have been surreal for you! I'm impressed with the amount of trophies that you have won via MTV, People's Choice, Teen Choice, Nickelodeon and Internationally! You dudes have come a long way. Speaking of long way...shouldn't you be called Backstreet Men now instead of boys? Just a thought.

Have you ever thought back to the three year hiatus you took, if you didn't take it maybe you will be even more popular now? Oh heck, we can't look back, only forward so keep on poppin' out the songs and your pop fans will continue to pop them on their iPods! In the meantime please consider donating cruise tickets to Carissa. You can contact me through this hub. I'll be waiting for your response. I'm serious, I'll be watching my inbox 24/7 or you can just place a comment here. Your group participation would be greatly appreciated. Keep on comin' back BSB! So do you think I'm still a fan? :)

Backstreet Boys - Everbody

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© 2011 Linda Bilyeu


Sunil Kumar on June 19, 2013:

nice information

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 19, 2013:

OMG, your girl looks like you, Sunshine!

Just had you on my mind...maybe I will write you a fan letter soon!

Love, MM

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 19, 2013:

Great hub, have listened to Back Street Boys but did not know so much about them. Great letter.

Tiffany cox on April 05, 2013:

Hi Backstreet boys I'm 31 years old I all ways want to meet you guys for a vary long please can you help me.

love ya


My Sim wants a relationship status of Good Friends with your Sim! Play The Sims Social to agree or disagree! on September 15, 2012:

hey guys Megan here big backstreets boys fan i love you guys a lot i love you guys music a lot i was born with spina bifida when i was born i can't walk but i keep on going with life i don't let that get me down hi howie nick aron and howie i love you guys so much i would really like to meet you guys are so hot and sexy im having a birthday this septmeber 24th im going to be 18 years old much much much love your big backstreet boy fan megan

KDuBarry03 on August 31, 2012:

I grew up listening to BSB because of my sister...gotta love 90's pop culture LOL. I like some of their songs, but I'm more of a classical/ heavy-metal kinda guy haha

Great hub as always, Linda!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on August 31, 2012:

I'm so glad Kevin came back he was always my favorite- they did great today on GMA. Just back to show some love :)!

DragonBallSuper on August 04, 2012:

I'm a fan of their songs, they're really amazing singer/songwriters and they really rocks the music world :)

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on November 26, 2011:

Another great hub. Although I knew very little about the BSB before reading this hub, I feel pretty educated now! You put a lot of work and information into this one! Great job!

geegee77 from The Lone Star State!! on November 23, 2011:

Oh how I remember the 90's I loved the BSB, you did a wonderful job on this hub my friend. I absolutely love Brian Littrel, I listen to a lot of Christian he is an amazing singer. I think it's awesome that they are doing tours again, not many groups can do that after so long. Great job sunshine c ya later:) ge

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 18, 2011:

no rain and no pepper spray:)) Thanks Frank!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 18, 2011:

Your letters to all the stars are collectively fantastic.. you do move sunshine into areas where there is rain.. thumbs up and awesome Frank

Joseph De Cross from New York on November 17, 2011:

I loved the song for Halloween they did..'Everybody!' and I want it that way. Their style was superb, hope they read your pledge. Anyway, their manager will take care of it. If not, you can go to the next step: Send a message through Youtube or join forces with Occupy Orlando and get traffic to this hub. Have a nice one Sunshine625,


Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 17, 2011:

Hi Samuel and Stacy! It's nice to hear stories from other BSB fans, I'm sure once BSB gets around to reading this hub they will enjoy and appreciate your comments as much as I do :))

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on November 17, 2011:

I was and still am a big BSB fan... then again... I liked all the boy bands. I think it was the way they wagged their hips or something. Or maybe it was the love songs that radiated out. I knew they were singing to me. They made my heart melt.

I think I need to go find my BSB CD. It has been buried awhile and is collecting dust.

Samuel Songungou from Bangalore, India on November 16, 2011:

I was barely 3 or 4 when i started singing to their songs on my all started with BSB and now im a musician, not a pop musician but a rock guitarist. Im into all kinda genres now but i still and i will always love these boys...i love em all...Nick was the cutest though! I love anywhr for you, Quit playing games, shape of my heart, and yeah all their songs.

Great hub!! Its very special for me..

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 16, 2011:

Thank you Jools I will take a peek at them! I enjoy hearing new music:))

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 16, 2011:

JLS are a 4 piece boy band who were runners up in the 2008 series of X Factor on British TV, a lot of people thought they should win but the prize went to the brilliant Alexandra Burke. You should mosey on over to You Tube and watch them singing their biggest hit 'Beat Again'. If you fancy some Take That have a look at 'Back For Good', gorgeous song.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 16, 2011:

Hi Jools! Influence me and tell me who JLS is. I'm curious:) I also like BSB's hit I Want It That Way!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 16, 2011:

I was never a big fan of theirs but I really, really loved that song they did called 'I Want It That Way',I even bought the CD single of it which was a rare thing indeed. We have JLS over here at the moment in the same vein as BSB and also those old favourites, Take That! Nice hub and isn't it great that our kids get to influence us with their music and we get to influence them sometimes too!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 16, 2011:

Hi drbj! My daughters grandpa used to call the Backstreet Boys the Front Street Girls to pester her, it worked and we all got a good laugh out if it! BSB is still alive and well and still a success, more internationally then in the states but us folks in Orlando are still proud to call them our Favorite Boy Band:))

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 16, 2011:

Hi Rogers! This hub is for Carissa's birth year ''s my 85th hub, who would have thought I'd get this far without a push every now and then! Thanks:))

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 16, 2011:

It's been awhile since anyone has mentioned the Backstreet Boys to me. I thought they were now living on a side street. In another country. Thanks for making them visible again, Sunshine. Your letter to them is outstanding.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on November 16, 2011:

Very nice hub for Carissa's birthday. It is very interesting that your granddaughter has followed in her mom's footsteps in her liking of BSB and NKOTB. Lots of terrific information in this hub that is presented in very entertaining format. Thanks for sharing all of this interesting information. Voted up and awesome.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 15, 2011:

Hi peramore! Thank you for sharing your BSB memories with us!:)

Hi Miss Vickie! Yep after my hub was complete it was decided I'm still a fan. Their new songs are not as pop as their older music but just as good. Karaoke BSB is still a blast! I hope this hub helps get my daughter some tickets to the cruise:))

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on November 15, 2011:

Yes, I do think you're still a fan, sunshine! Are they still producing good stuff? I always loved their harmony and dancing. They're adorable. My brothers and I have sung Karaoke with their songs. Fun hub. Voted up and all the way across! Way to go!

peramore20 from Greensburg, PA on November 15, 2011:

Great hub. I just posted about listening to BSB a few weeks ago. I remember listening to them when I was a child. Me and my friends would do dances to their songs.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 15, 2011:

Pssst...Carissa how about I love my mom also!:)) Long live BSB!! xoxo

Carissa on November 15, 2011:

I Love this hub! Thanks :) I will love Backstreet Boys 4ever! They are so talented and have been such a big part of my life. I love that Faith is now a fan too. It would be a dream come true to go on this cruise. So many great memories of them...and I hope to have many more! I Love you AJ!!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 15, 2011:

Hey Alecia, It's hard not to like Nsync ... Justin brought sexy back! :)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 15, 2011:

Hiya Real Deal! Yes it has been that long. It's hard to believe that my daughter who used to sleep on a BSB pillowcase (and probably wishes she still had it) is now a mommy and wife. BSB was Carissa's first concert also!! Too cool!!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on November 15, 2011:

I appreciate BSB a lot more now that I'm older, but I've always been an N'Sync sympathizer. However, I do believe they are among one of the premier groups in terms of how they treat their fans.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on November 15, 2011:

Sunshine - you're such a treat! This so makes me shake my head saying uh uh uh, my girl is 23 she was also a huge BSB fan and attended their concert! It was her first one! Ahhhh the memories this brings back:) LOL. Was it that long ago?

I'd donate to send yourngirl on that cruise!! Thank goodness we got little Faiths in our lives:). You're the best!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 15, 2011:

I got your back Bryan and the Backstreet Boys will read your message. I'll be real busy pimping to get it to them:))

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 15, 2011:

BSB will be pleased to know that Samuel, thank you for commenting!

Mentalist acer from A Voice in your Mind! on November 15, 2011:

Dear Back Street Boys:

Even the Rolling Stones were considered Pop in my day so don't let anyone tell you guys you're not talented or didn't put in the blood,sweat and soul into becoming celebrated:))

Much Respect From An Admirer,Bryan.

Please Forward This Linda.;)

Samuel Songungou from Bangalore, India on November 15, 2011:

I grew up listenin to their music...i was pretty much like your daughter. I love them tooo...

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on November 15, 2011:

Awww I can feel the sisterly and auntie love with you offering to babysit Faith when BSB sets up Carissa with the tickets! Life is good! :))

Stokermm from Gainesville, FL on November 15, 2011:

BSB! What a nice hub for a great boy band! I've always enjoyed BSB (mainly Brian) but I feel responsible for standing up for them in NSYNC debates and rooting for them in their comeback tour. Your sister...the biggest BSB fan in the world always made sure that we cheered for those 5 guys!! BSB - I hope you come through and provide Carissa with some surprise cruise tickets! IT WILL MAKE HER YEAR!!!!

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