Fans were surprised by the sudden collaboration between Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean and NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick with their new collaborative single “Air” debut. The performance occurred in Las Vegas last Saturday and was for a fundraiser project “Victoria’s Voice Foundation” dedicated to David Siegel’s daughter Victoria who died of a drug overdose. The dance track was upheld by the sideband ATCK (All the Cool Kids) which was framed by McLean himself and DJ Lux.
NSYNC and Backstreet Boys Debate
The performance was a nostalgic event for some, fans even as the two members from rival bands tossed friendly chitchat at one another. At the event, the two bantered about which band was more superior by having a riff-off on the two’s top hits “I Want it That Way” and “Bye”. Yes, even the event show have Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees band turned up with hit single “The Hardest Thing.” In an interview with Variety before the event, the three kidded about having a future collaboration together. “Here we declare the 98 Degrees/Backstreet/*NSYNC World Stadium Tour, come 2022,” Timmons said. “We always admired them and certainly couldn’t imagine anything better than to accomplish something with all three together.”, he added.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)Kirkpatrick Admits Previous Fierce Rivalry with McLean
Their new performance, just as their intentions of working together later on demonstrates how much things have changed since the height of kid band rivalry some time ago. Yes, NSYNC’s Kirkpatrick admits in the interview how he once couldn’t stand Backstreet Boys’ McLean. “Back in the days I was unable to be in a similar room with this person,” Kirkpatrick said “However, there’s always been a common regard, and since we’re all guardians, we’ve grown up. Reflecting on things, it’s cool to perceive what every one of the bands did and how it all cooperated. It was this symbiotic relationship with Backstreet, 98 degrees, us and even O-Town and other bands that came in.”, he added. Despite their previous differences and industry-energized competitiveness, Kirkpatrick currently considers McLean and Timmons as his dearest companions.
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