By Scott T. Sterling
CBS Radio’s forth annual We Can Survive concert, which took place Saturday night (October 22), was a star-studded affair, with a lineup that included Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, G-Eazy and Charlie Puth.
But the crowd went crazy, when, with no introduction, surprise performers the Backstreet Boys took the stage after Grande’s set. With no warning, they appeared onstage, performing “Backstreet’s Back,” followed by “Incomplete.” During the later song, the monitors showed a male fan near the stage, crying with joy.
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Singer Howie Dorough told the crowd that the boy band were very proud to be there, before informing the audience that they were about to hit memory lane, going into “As Long As You Love Me,” and flawlessly busting out the old-school dance moves.
“We’ve Got It Going On” was next, followed by a massive singalong for “I Want It That Way”; the music video for the song played behind them on the screen, reminding the audience that the BSB’s hits have withstood the test of time and so have the guys themselves.
They wrapped up with “Larger Than Life,” which, as they pointed out, also happens to be the name of their Las Vegas residency, kicking off in 2017.