BBMAK Announces North American 'Back Here' Tour After 15-Year Hiatus: 'We Are So Thrilled'
BBMAK has announced their North American tour, kicking off in May, after reuniting in 2018 following a 15-year hiatus
Sooner or later, BBMAK will be coming to a city near you!
After reuniting in 2018 following a 15-year hiatus, the guitar-driven boy band — comprised of Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Stephen McNally — are announcing their North American tour exclusively with PEOPLE.
BBMAK’s 12-show tour, dubbed “Back Here” after their iconic 1999 worldwide, kicks off May 7 in Boston, Massachusetts, and will travel through major cities like New York, Chicago and Nashville before concluding May 22 in Houston, Texas.
“We are very busy in the studio putting the finishing touches to our third studio album, which is coming out on April 26th. We are so thrilled to be hitting the road for a full tour in May since we absolutely loved our first few shows in November, and were blown away seeing all the fans come out after all those years away,” the band tells PEOPLE.
“We’re excited to get back on stage and play, as we have a special set of shows planned, which will include brand new BBMAK music. Our fans have really stood with us and we can’t wait for them to hear it!”
After going their separate ways in 2003, the group came together last April record for fun’s sake. But when they posted a video to social media, the clip went viral — and sparked a reunion.
“Back in the day we were like brothers, and we’re dear friends still to this day because we’ve stayed in touch. We’ve seen some of the other bands come back and having a good time performing, and we missed it,” Burns previously told PEOPLE exclusively about why they decided it was the perfect time to make their comeback. “We had done some songs on our own and we thought, ‘We have some songs here.’ It just felt like the right time to do it.”
During their hiatus, both Burns and McNally remained in the music industry, while Barry went into personal training. But when it came to writing together again for the first time in 15 years, Burns said it was “like we had never been away.”
“Little things in our lives have changed, but we haven’t changed,” he said. “Back in the day we could hardly touch the ground, but this time around we’re really gonna savor a bit more and really enjoy it. We’re doing it all this time on our terms.”
As for incorporating their previous rhythm into their forthcoming tunes, Burns said, “we’re just gonna mix them all up.”
“Our sound is guitar-driven, three-part harmonies and that just fits in with the rest of our repertoire,” he added. “We haven’t changed our sound drastically — maybe a little bit — so the new songs definitely fit in with all the old stuff.”
One hit they’re especially excited to play again: “Back Here.”
“It’s amazing! At the time the song was out we didn’t realize it was going to be such a classic,” Burns told PEOPLE. “Billboard put us as one of the top 10 boy band songs of all time. People still hear it on the radio and TV. It was a magic song for us, so we look forward to performing it again.”
In November, the group performed three intimate shows in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles in celebration of reuniting and as “a taste of what’s coming.”
“We’re so excited to get back on stage,” said Burns. “We’re a little nervous because it’s been 15 years, but as a whole we’re thrilled and excited to be back. We love hanging out together. We’re excited to see all the old fans again and reconnect, and to perform some new and old songs. We cannot wait to see everyone down there — it’s going to be a lot of fun!”
But, wait, there’s more. Die-hard BBMAK fans will also be elated to know the group has added new items to their Pledge Music Campaign. The BBMAK Vintage Merch Bundle includes one vintage signed postcard, two vintage stickers, set of four pins, and three guitar picks. Fans also have the option to choose one of BBMAK’s songs, and the men will record an acoustic performance of that song especially for them. And for never-before-seen footage of BBMAK post-hiatus, fans can purchase a disposable camera that the band has carried around with them, filled with images taken in the studio, on tour, and in everyday life.
Tickets for the below dates for BBMAK’s 2019 “Back Here” North American tour go on sale on Friday, Jan. 25 via their website.
Tue May 7th – Boston, MA | City Winery
Wed May 8th – New York, NY | Gramercy Theatre
Thu May 9th – Wilmington, DE (Philly market) | The Queen
Sat May 11th – Vienna, VA | Jammin’ Java
Sun May 12th – Cleveland, OH | Cambridge Room @ HOB
Tue May 14th – Detroit, MI | Shelter
Wed May 15th – Chicago, IL | Back Porch w. VIP
Fri May 17th – Nashville, TN | City Winery
Sat May 18th – Atlanta, GA | The Loft
Mon May 20th – Dallas, TX | Cambridge Room
Tue May 21st – Austin, TX | Stubb’s Indoor
Wed May 22nd – Houston, TX | Bronze Peacock