Backstreet Boys Elevator Performance With Classroom Instruments
Jimmy Fallon, the Backstreet Boys and The Roots discovered this in the latest installment of “The Tonight Show’s” recurring late-night segment that tasks big-name artists with performing their biggest hits accompanied only by classroom instruments.
The Backstreet Boys answered this challenge with a rousing rendition of their 1999 single.
Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell joined the fun by playing an apple shaker and wood block, Nick Carter tapped a tambourine, Kevin Richardson took on the güiro, A.J. McLean picked up a maraca and Howie Dorough clapped a pair of coconuts.
Fallon, meanwhile, kept busy with a bass drum, a Casio keyboard and an apple shaker.
The vocal group was on hand to promote its latest single, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which was released last month.
At first, it was just band member Brian Littrell in the elevator car, and his presence alone was enough to make three women starstruck. But then Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson hitched a ride, followed by A.J. McLean and Nick Carter. The sight of the fivesome stopped some MTV workers dead in their tracks, while others excitedly crowded into the car. With a full house, BSB treated these MTV employees to an impromptu concert of their hits “I Want It That Way,” “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” and “As Long As You Love Me.”
And while they were in New York City, the ‘90s stars also hit up The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, joining Fallon and The Roots in a “Classroom Instruments” rendition of “I Want It That Way” and performing their new single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”
“I think it’s just Backstreet Boys doing what we do best,” Littrell, 43, told NME of the new material. “We’re known as a vocal band first, so when you hear those signature sounds of us singing together, you know what it is. The production is obviously ever-changing, being that music evolves and goes through different fads, but it’s just good, timeless music. We like using both real instruments and sampled sounds, so it’s a mixture of both. It’s a well-rounded sound. When you hear us singing together, fortunately, you just know it’s the Backstreet Boys.”
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