Laugh all you want, but it’s quite possible Tuesday’s Backstreet Boys audience at Xcel Energy Center had more fun over the duration of the two-hour performance than any other crowd at a show in town this year except maybe fans of kids-music favorites the Okee Dokee Brothers. There was that kind of giddy, childish enthusiasm for Backstreet, which was especially impressive to see at a show where the audience is long past its teenage years -- though perhaps not in spirit. But the Boys also stepped up their game professionally to live up to their return to arena status.
Read the full review of the concert and see the photo gallery at startribune.com/entertainment. Here’s the set list from Tuesday night:
The Call / Don't Want You Back / Incomplete / Permanent Stain / All I Have to Give / As Long as You Love Me / Show 'Em (What You're Made Of) / Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely / Breathe / I'll Never Break Your Heart / We've Got It Goin' On / Drowning / 10,000 Promises (acoustic) / Madeleine (acoustic) / Quit Playing Games (With My Heart) (acoustic) / The One / Love Somebody / Shape of My Heart / In a World Like This / I Want It That Way ENCORE: Everybody (Backstreet's Back) / Larger Than Life