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Feb 28,2015

Howie Dorough: I was pop royalty

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Howie Dorough felt like “the queen” at the height of his career.

The singer is part of boyband Backstreet Boys, who rose to fame in the 90s.

Now he and fellow members A.J. McLean, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell are back with a documentary about their career. And reminiscing about their success has made him realise how insane the fans’ hysteria can be.

“It’s definitely difficult to understand,” he admitted to British magazine Star.

“It’s weird for anybody to fathom having thousands of people screaming for you. There have been crazy times when there were thousands of people and we had to figure out a way to get to our tour bus. You would have though the queen was there or something!”

Howie didn’t find fame hard and is glad he had his family to keep him so grounded. However, A.J. struggled with a drug problem and checked into rehab three times.

His bandmate has a theory about why he may have fallen into substance abuse.

“He’s always been one of the most ‘out there’, trying to figure out his own identity,” Howie reasoned. “The tattoos, the nails and the hair… he’s tried everything you can think of.

“He spent years trying to do ‘bad boy’, but if you knew him as a young kid, well, he was probably one of the biggest-hearted, geekiest of all of us.” [Source]

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Feb 18,2015

The Backstreet Boys’ Howie opens up about the band’s reunion

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The Backstreet Boys are one of the world’s iconic boybands. So their legions of fans have been waiting in anticipation for the release of their tell-all documentary Backstreet Boys: Show ‘em What You’re Made Of. HELLO! Online caught up with band member Howie Dorough who explained why it was the perfect time for the group to share a peek behind the scenes.

“It’s something we’ve talked about for many years,” he told us exclusively. “We wanted our fans to see how our group works and how we got together, and celebrating our 20th anniversary seemed like the perfect time.”

Howie revealed that despite the boys’ phenomenal success, they’ve felt more freedom since breaking away from record label Jive Records in 2011.

“We’d love to be back on top of the charts, but a lot of that pressure isn’t there anymore,” he admitted.

“In the past we didn’t have to think about anything apart from performing on stage – people usually handled the rest for us. This time around we had a lot more freedom.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 11,2012

Howie Dorough Offers Fans Israel Tour Experience

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Backstreet Boys star Howie Dorough is inviting fans to accompany him on a trip through Israel.

Dorough will take 100 travellers with him as he visits historic sites, including the Western Wall, the Red Sea and the ancient city of Jerusalem, on Howie D’s Backstreet Tour of Israel.

The vacation package, which costs $3,995 (£2,500), will also include photo opportunities, private dinners, nightclub outings and a performance from the singer.

Bookings for the September (12) trip are currently being taken by Israel Theme Tours Llc. [Source]

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Nov 27,2011

Howie D solo on new album

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Backstreet’s Back! OK, so maybe just one fifth.

Backstreet Boy member Howie D (Dorough) just released his first solo album, Back To Me, becoming the last active member of the late-’90s boy band — Kevin Richardson left the group in 2006 — to do so.

“I started working on it back when we took our first (group) break (between 2001-2003),” said Dorough, 38, in Toronto recently promoting the disc.

“When I initially started working on it, I was going a little bit more in the Latin direction, my Latin roots, my mother being Spanish, and would work on it on and off between (Backstreet) album cycles and tours.”

To Dorough’s relief, the Latin idea was dropped and he reverted to the Backstreet fan-friendly sound of smooth R&B-pop and uptempo numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nov 20,2011

Howie D Doing Crunches Before Britney Spears Lap Dance

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Backstreet Boy jokes to MTV News that he’ll be ready ‘if she does, by chance, pick me to do that’ on Femme Fatale Tour.

Howie D is set to hit the road with Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale Tour this weekend, but there’s one thing he may not be ready for: getting one of her famous onstage lap dances.

“I just heard about it, and it just means that I have to go into major workout mode now,” the Backstreet Boy joked to MTV News. “I have to do more pushups and crunches than I ever did, because I want to make sure that I represent myself and my group properly.”

If Brit does decide to give him a lap dance, he already sees a potential perk. “If she does, by chance, pick me to do that, which I’m not opposed to, it’s a good get-out-of-jail-free card for me,” he laughed, pointing to his wedding band. “So I’m down with it. It’s all in the name of music.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Jul 28,2011

Howie Dorough Sets His Sights On Broadway

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Backstreet Boys star Howie Dorough is looking for the perfect Broadway break so he can launch an acting career like fellow boy band stars Joey Fatone, Kevin Richardson and Justin Timberlake.

The singer was catapulted into superstardom with the popular boy band in the 1990s with hits like I Want It That Way and Larger Than Life, and his success forced Dorough to shelve his love for acting.

Now, after realising a dream of recording a solo album, he’s keen to get back to his first love.

But for now the hitmaker, who is currently on a joint Backstreet Boys/New Kids On The Block tour, can’t wait to release his first solo album and begin taking on new projects apart from the group.

He tells WENN, “When I was younger I kind of did the triple-threat thing – the acting, singing and dancing – just trying to get my big break in some way or another. I’ve always had a passion for acting. That’s why I love when we do music videos, because it gives me a chance to do a little bit of acting.

“Eventually I’d like a dual career between music and acting, whether it’s in movies or plays or musicals. Eventually I’d love to do a run on Broadway in some show.” [Source]

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