WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and AJ McLean performed with *NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Joey Fatone on Friday’s Pride Month event in LA.
- McLean and Carter said that the two groups have been pitted against each other back in the day, so it’s nice to come together and showcase unity.
- “Back-Sync” took the stage and performed Backstreet’s “I Want It That Way” and *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.”
Our favorite boy bands from the 90s have teamed up this Pride Month for a special performance. Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and AJ McLean got together with *NSYNC’s Lance Bass and Joey Fatone on Friday’s Bingo Under the Stars in Los Angeles for a charitable evening of music, games, and nostalgia.
McLean, 43, told PEOPLE that the two groups had been pitted against each other back in the day. “Just to be able to do something like this together hopefully squashes all that crap that was never true in the first place,” he said. “This is about coming together.”
Carter, 41, added that while he welcomed the “healthy competition,” some of it “was fabricated.” He continued, “It was something that became real at a certain time. I mean, when you’re that young and competitive as a teenager… But it started from the managers and all of that.”
“What’s happening now is that we are realizing that we’re the only ones that have gone through what we have together, and we relate to one another. It was a place in time, and our lives were very parallel. So, all this unity and coming together and all this love, it’s really cool,” Carter remarked.
Eight stories above the Grove in Los Angeles, “Back-Sync” took the stage after being introduced by Todrick Hall and Michelle Visage. McLean performed his single “Love Song Love,” after which everyone performed Backstreet’s “I Want It That Way” and *NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.”
Fatone, 44, shared, “Me and Lance, we’ve always done little things here and there, but I’ve always wanted to do Pride with him. We came together for this.” On the possibility of a “supergroup” formation, he hinted, “That might be something that we do, maybe we’ll do performances just for the LGBTQ community every Pride. Maybe the four of us will get together and do something, who knows? That’s the greatest thing about doing these things; we never know where it’s going to take us.”
The charitable event featured 10 rounds of bingo, called by Jeffery “Bingo Boy” Bowman and drag queen Roz Drezfalez. The Winners won assorted prizes from the Grove’s retailers and restaurants.
“Back-Sync” also presented $1 million in $TKINU Tokens to The Trevor Project, on behalf of the cryptocurrency-backed philanthropic coalition Mission Tsuki. The Trevor Project’s life-saving services and resources for LGBTQ youth are particularly crucial this Pride Month, amid the record number of anti-trans legislation under consideration across the country.