On March 28, boy band fans around the globe were given one fantastic treat as the group members not only from Backstreet Boys, but also N’Sync, O-town, and 98 degrees got together to throw down a track as a massive effort to reunite the magic that was the boy band phenomenon of the late ’90s.
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Wonderwall relays info about the reunion and the song that resulted from the heartthrobs’ get-together.
“To the delight of boy band lovers everywhere, former members of the hottest guy groups of the ’90s dropped a collaboration on March 28. That’s right, the heavenly voices of Backstreet Boys’ A.J. McLean, Nick Carter and Howie Dorough are now recorded singing with N’Sync’s Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick, 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons and O-Town’s Erik-Michael Estrada.”
The track that the beloved vocalists joined forces on is entitled “In The End,” and is reminiscent of the types of “power ballads” the singers are most well-known for. The era of the boy band, when it was rare to not find a tune by one or all of the participating group members on the hit charts, was long-lasting through the mid-’90s to the mid-’00s and lyrics were heavily focused on love and heartache. “In The End” follows along with this boy band theme. The lyrics are a testament to this.
“In the end, don’t want to see you fall apart/Don’t want to hear your broken heart/Don’t look back, nothing’s gonna save us in the end.”
Although it’s simply a day that every boy band fan has only dreamed of for years, the collaboration actually served a separate purpose other than to please fans from years past. The song is to be a part of the upcoming television movie Dead 7, which has an apocalyptic basis. The dark lyrics and eerie background noises in the tune that the boys put together is due to the dark nature of the film,
A couple of the musical heartthrobs will also be starring in the flick that has a Walking Dead type feel to it. The publication shares the involvement of some of the former group entertainers,
“[The] futuristic zombie Western film [was] co-written by Nick Carter himself. Nick stars in the film as Jack, while Joey Fatone takes on the role of Whiskey Joe, A.J. McLean portrays Johnny Vermillion, Howie Dorough stars as The Vaquero, Chris Kirkpatrick plays Mayor Shelby, Jeff Timmons takes on Billy and Erik-Michael Estrada plays Komodo. The TV movie comes from the makers of Sharknado, and also co-stars Nick’s wife Lauren Kitt-Carter as Sirene, MADtv’s Debra Wilson as the terrifying Apocolypta, and Olivia Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi as Trixie.”
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The project has been in the works since early 2015, and Nick Carter was sure to voice his own excitement about the basis of the film, while drumming up the excitement in fans. The Backstreet Boy chatted with BuzzFeed last July about the film.
“Boy-banders, people from the late ’90s, people who you love, fighting zombies in a post-apocalyptic world. Pretty crazy, right?”
The film is set to air on SyFy on April 1 and will likely gain a massive audience due to the hype and the boy band members’ involvement. Although the production of the film has only been in the works since last year, as the Daily Mail shared in July when the project was announced, Carter had been working on the script for years. The publication additionally shared more details about the plot of the soon-to-air film.
“Dead 7 is about ‘a ragtag band of gunslingers who must rid a small town of a zombie plague in a post-apocalyptic West,’ according to the producers.Carter will star as Jack, the ‘reluctant hero’ who unites the gang to fight back against the zombie threat. There is also a love triangle between Carter’s character and his younger brother. “
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