This tour is massive. It must feel great to still be in such demand.
We’ve been all over the globe. We’re about to do our second European run in July. We’re doing our second [North American] run now. The fan response has been amazing. We started it as our 20th anniversary tour, and we’ve already been together 21 years now. The anniversary has come and gone but we’re still kicking.
What was it like marking 20 years in a genre that's largely regarded as temporary?
We're a decade past the time when records regularly sold a million-plus copies in a week. How have you adapted to the changes in the industry?
When you look at our success now and our touring capabilities all over the globe, there’s no other artist that can do what we do, unless you’re Justin Timberlake or somebody super huge. To go all over Europe and China and Japan and Australia, we go everywhere. Those concert tickets don’t translate as record sales, but they still translate into an experience and it’s a number somewhere.
How long was the reunion with Kevin Richardson in the works?
Were you surprised to see a boy band resurgence?
What's next for the Backstreet Boys?
We finish this leg of the tour in late June, then we go to Europe. We're doing our first shows in Israel, which we've never been. We put up a show there and it sold out in 30 minutes. The promoter asked us to do another one and that sold out in five minutes, so we are going to do three shows. We're gonna lay low for the rest of the year and get back in the studio and see what comes for 2015. We don't really stop and slow down too much, so we try to keep the wheels moving. We've also got a documentary coming out. It's basically the story of where Backstreet Boys came from and that's coming out around September.
Can't resist asking, how does the documentary tackle Lou Pearlman?
Well, we address that in the film. We talk about that. It’s funny because everybody knows his story. [Editor's note: Pearlman, the impresario of a number of successful boy bands, including Backstreet Boys, N Sync, LFO and O-Town, was convicted of pulling off one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history and in 2008 was sentenced to 25 years in prison]