Let’s face it, sometimes the past should stay dead. But when an awesome musical artist fades from popularity, their fans later wonder, “Where are they now?” You may not know it, but many artists you loved in the past are still hard at work writing new albums or preparing to tour once more. Fortunately, you now have “Second Coming” to reintroduce you to some of your favorite acts of the last few decades and give you the scoop on what you can expect from them in the future!
THEN: When your first performance is at SeaWorld, you know big things are coming…right? Well, that’s exactly what happened for five American teenagers in 1993. Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson, Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Brian Littrell had been hand-selected by now-notorious impresario Lou Pearlman to form a group called Backstreet Boys. The group was catapulted to worldwide fame with hits like “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” “As Long As You Love Me,” “I Want It That Way,” “The Shape Of My Heart,” “The Call” and “Incomplete.” As pioneers of the boy band era, they continued to stay on top of their game even as similar groups, like LFO, O-Town and 98 Degrees, seemed to emerge daily. With sales surpassing 100 million records, Backstreet Boys are still one of the highest selling artists of all time.
NOW: Though BSB are still going strong (minus Richardson, who left the group in 2006), Howie Dorough is also pursuing a solo career. “Howie D,” as he’s now known, released his solo album Back To Me in November, and has been hard at work with touring and promotion ever since. In an interview with AOL Music, Howie stated: ”[The album title] has a lot of meaning for me. I’m getting back to me, Howie Dorough, and what I’m all about outside of Backstreet Boys. At the same time, “Back,” being a part of Backstreet, it’s got kind of a cool double meaning.” Howie’s making sure he’s known as an individual by reaching out to reconnect with fans, both old and new, whether it’s over Twitter or even one-on-one Skype sessions. He also joined fellow ’90s pop icon Britney Spears for a few dates of her recent Femme Fatale Tour. 2012 will be a big year for Howie, as he continues to bring his energetic pop tunes to fans all over the world.
Take a seat and enjoy this ’90s pop gem: the video for “As Long As You Love Me.”
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