Before One Direction and The Wanted, and yes, even before Justin Bieber, there were a crop of teen idols who took over the world and made our adolescent years full of puff paint tees and glitter signs. Boy bands of the late 90’s and early 2000’s can’t be touched. They broke sales records and over the years many delusional fangirls hearts as they continued to grow up, get married and have kids.
And when groups like Backstreet Boys and N’SYNC were all the rage, MTV decided to cash in on the trend, and so a satire movie based on a boy band named 2gether was created. The movie sprouted a series plus albums and the fake boy band actually became popular, but when their youngest member, QT (Michael Cuccione) passed away, they had to walk away from the limelight. But they announced a…well…”comeback.” Three of the remaining four put on a show at The Jon Lovitz Comedy Club at Universal Citywalk in LA this weekend and it’s safe to say their fans walked away both giggly and a little worried that night.
After an introduction of Doug (Kevin Farley), Chad (Noah Bastian) and Mickey (Alex Solowitz), they went straight into “The Hardest Part of Breaking Up.” Other songs throughout the night were “Regular Guy,” “Before We Say Goodbye,” and of course their staple “U + Me = Us (Calculus).” The crowd loved it despite the guys breaking out into laughter at points, and the lyrics being on notebook paper onstage…projected on the screen behind them. If they knew this night was coming, don’t you think they could’ve at least brushed up on the songs? Nevertheless the fans were happy and for anyone who’s ever been a teeny bopper, you always stick by your Tiger Beat crush, no matter what. Let’s just hope we never see the day Nick Carter pulls something like that.
In between songs there was a panel like discussion with the guys being filmed for a weekly podcast. At first the guys were “in character” but when they became their “human forms” as the female moderator said, they were kind of the same people. Doug/Kevin was still a weird older dude you weren’t paying attention to. Chad/Noah said he had ADHD, but others swore there was something else going on in his mind, if you know what I mean. Then Mickey/Alex seemed to be taking the whole thing serious.
In the end it was an odd night that brought many fans back to middle and high school. Major highlights was Noah talking about being gay and how he struggled with that, Nigel Dick (Google this genius) kind of dissing Backstreet Boys and of course doing the “U + Me = Us (Calculus)” dance in a room full of people who couldn’t judge him.
The guys said they’d love to do an actual concert in the future, so you never know what that one night could spawn into in the end, but let’s hope the lyrics are in their heads if they tour.