Watch the Backstreet Boys Bring Their Wives on Stage for Emotional Serenade During Final Las Vegas Show
By Leena Tailor
“Give it up for our wives, ladies and gentlemen! They are the true backbones of the Backstreet Boys.”
With that, Howie Dorough and his bandmates concluded adorably serenading their gorgeous wives at the final Backstreet Boys Larger Than Life residency show at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday night.
While the quintet has usually pulled fans or celebrity guests -- including magician and illusionist Criss Angel the previous night -- onto the stage at the end of “Shape of My Heart,” the final concert saw them head down to the theater’s VIP tables to their loves and escort them up to the stage.
AJ McLean, 41, and his wife, Rochelle, led the way, with the mom of two -- who recently appeared in McLean’s “Boy and a Man” video -- wearing a Backstreet Boys T-shirt and appearing emotional by the ballad’s end.
Nick Carter, 39, and his wife, Lauren, followed, with Lauren also rocking Backstreet Boys merchandise along with light blue hair, then smiling and glowing as Carter -- with whom she recently celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary -- sweetly sang to her.
Dorough, 45, came next with his stunning wife, Leigh, who slayed, strutting down the catwalk while dancing in a sexy white dress during another epic moment from a celebratory weekend which also saw the couple party it up at Tiesto's show on Thursday night and Calvin Harris' gig on Friday. “It’s her birthday next week so we’re going to be celebrating all weekend!” Dorough told ET before the show.
Fellow Las Vegas performers the Blue Man Group also surprised the audience during the encore performance of “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” joining the quintet on stage during the crowd favorite.
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The group launched Larger Than Life in March 2017 in collaboration with Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment. What started as a few shows to test out the waters quickly snowballed as hot demand saw the group break the record for the fastest-selling residency show in Las Vegas history. And while there was some dispute on Saturday night about whether they had performed 80 or 81 shows in total, one figure was clear -- the most number of shows attended by one fan.
Richardson paused the show to honor fan Rebekah Avis, who went to 76 of the concerts, only missing four for work commitments. “We know some of you have seen multiple shows, but has anybody in the audience by a show of hands seen 76 shows?” Richardson said. “Right here, it’s Rebekah. 76 shows. We love you.”
"I was lucky to be able to attend 76 out of 80 shows and the fact that Kevin and the boys recognized me from the stage and made me feel appreciated and loved by them meant the world to me," Avis told ET. "I was just happy they noticed I was always there!"
The chart-toppers, who recently opened the Backstreet Boys: The Experience exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, California, will now head overseas to kick off their DNA World Tour, in support of their 10th studio album, DNA, which features the catchy hit “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Launching in Portugal on May 11, the tour will land stateside in Washington, D.C., on July 12, followed by further international shows, after which they’ve teased they will return to Vegas “if you’ll have us.”
See more highlights from the group's Larger Than Life residency below.