While the Backstreet Boys have been enjoying a career revival — thanks to their annual S.S. Backstreet cruises for fans and their hit tour with the New Kids on the Block — BSB member Nick Carter has been finding success as a solo artist, as well.
He brings his act to Canada this week before heading to Japan and then boarding the cruise ship once more in December.
How are things going for you?
It’s going really good. I just got done at the gym, sort of preparing mentally and physically for the tour. And gearing up, you know? I’m excited.
You’re touring with a full band now, right?
Yeah, about four band members, yes. The show is jam-packed. It’s all set up and it’s going to be like a rock concert, but with pop and dance. It’s going to be a really cool, unique show — a lot different, actually, than a Backstreet Boys show.
Well, it’s different for the audience because my concert is almost like a hybrid rock concert. Because a lot of my songs are from the past, things that I’m influenced by. You know, a little bit of rock music, funk. I play guitar, I dance. I’m putting on a show — we’ve got costumes, choreography for the band members, all sorts of crazy stuff.
What’s your experience been in Canada, and what are you looking forward to this time?
Well, my experiences have always been fantastic. The Canadian fans, they love our music and they love what we stand for — it’s sort of like a cult following. (Laughs) It’s like you’re a part of something that some people don’t want to be a part of anymore, and yet we stand for something. So that’s kind of what the Canadians do, they really love our music and they love pop music. They believe in our talent, and that’s why we keep coming back.
How has the response been to your latest solo album?
The response has been amazing. I think, the fans felt that I was giving them back a little bit of what they know so well after a bit of going too far left — being too much rock, going too far from what they know.
After this tour you have another cruise on the S.S. Backstreet coming up?
Yes, we have another cruise in the beginning of December, from the first to the fifth. We’re going out, we set sail and we party like rock stars with our fans. It’s kind of off the charts. It’s something you can’t really explain until you go.
What do you think of Justin Bieber? And do you have any advice for him?
Oh, everyone loves him. We think that he’s super-talented. We just hope that he can transcend and evolve. That’s the biggest thing — evolution. I don’t really give advice to people because they need to figure it out for themselves. They’re writing their stories, and no one wants to say in the future that someone told you what to do and that’s what happened, you know?