Backstreet Boys Cancel Christmas Tour amid COVID Restrictions, Postpone Holiday Album
"We feel that this is one of our best creations yet and that this creation deserves the best possible scenario and set up for success," Backstreet Boys announced
The Backstreet Boys won't be providing the holiday tunes this Christmas.
On Friday, the boy band — comprising Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson — announced they were canceling their Christmas shows in Las Vegas and subsequently postponing their holiday album that was due to be released this year.
"We are so excited and proud of what we have and the way it's all coming together," the group said, referring to their upcoming album. "We feel that this is one of our best creations yet and that this creation deserves the best possible scenario and set up for success."
The band continued, "With the current state of the world still limiting our travel and causing small things in these processes to take much longer, we have decided to wait until 2022 to release our Christmas album and subsequently will be canceling our limited Las Vegas run of Christmas shows."
"While we are disappointed, we know this is for the best and we absolutely cannot wait to share the magic of this album with all of you when the time is right!" the statement concluded.
The boy band members noted that refunds will be issued automatically.
Backstreet Boys announced in July that they would be performing for 12 nights at Planet Hollywood's Zappos Theater in Las Vegas with a holiday-themed "A Very Backstreet Christmas Party" residency.
"While the army's been nestled all snug in their beds, and visions of BSB danced through their heads… We've planned and we schemed such a glorious show…" the band wrote on Instagram at the time. "It's time that we told you!"
"We just want you to know… A VERY BACKSTREET CHRISTMAS PARTY: our Limited Las Vegas Engagement is coming this November and December!!!" they added.
The show was set to feature "classic holiday favorites, new originals and their biggest hits."
At the time of the announcement, Dorough, 48, told USA Today, "If 10 years ago you had asked about playing Vegas, I would have been like, no, that's where people go to retire into the sunset and put an end to their careers. But Celine (Dion), Britney (Spears), JLo (Jennifer Lopez) – they all recreated the thought of what people perceive of Vegas."
Richardson, 49, chimed in and told the outlet, "We really wanted to perform for our fans before the end of this year and felt it was a great opportunity. We have two Christmas songs in our history and thought we'd do 12 shows – a small sampling that could maybe happen annually."
Previously the group released "Christmas Time" in 1996 and "It's Christmas Time Again" in 2012.
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Richardson also told Entertainment Tonight, "We've wanted to do a Christmas album for a long time and 28 years in we're finally getting around to knocking that off the bucket list. And with that, it's been over a year since we've been off the road … We thought this would be a great way for us to reconnect with our fans, as well as perform our brand new Christmas album."
"You can come and party with the Backstreet Boys Vegas style and listen to some classic Christmas songs and then we are going to sprinkle in a lot of more hits," Carter, 41, added. "I think people coming out of this pandemic, we have all kind of had this dark time so everyone wants to get out and we just want to huddle together and socialize and party. And Vegas is one of the best places to do it."