-I wanted to ask, there was some
Backstreet Boys myths online. [ Laughter ] And I believe everything
I read online. So…
[ Laughter ] -Don’t we all?
-So I was wondering if I could read a couple
of myths and see if any of it’s true or not.
-Okay. -Number one — Is it true that
Ryan Gosling was almost a member of the Backstreet Boys?
-Oh, man. This just won’t go away.
This just won’t go away. [ Laughter ]
No, we used to — Okay. So, long story short,
we used to live in the same apartment complex when he was
doing “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Him, Justin, Christina,
Britney, all them. -Yeah.
-We were playing basketball, like, almost every other day.
The group had started. I kept telling him
how big this was gonna be. And he’s like,
“Dude, New Kids already did it. This is never gonna work.
Just shoot the ball.” [ Laughter ] Cut to — Cut to, he was wrong,
and it did work. [ Laughter ] -It worked out for him, too.
-Dude, he is such an amazingly talented singer,
performer, actor. And I just wish we could be
in the same room and have this same
question asked. -Yeah.
-Just squash it. -And just squash it
once and for all. -Just squash it, like,
“No, dude.” -So the answer is kind of.
-It’s kind of, yeah, maybe, sort of, but I mean…
-Yeah, he made different moves. -Yeah.
-I think A.J. has a man-crush on him,
so he wants — -Yeah, he started that rumor.
-Don’t we all. -And also Ryan Reynolds.
Come on. Ryan Reynolds.
-Yeah, yeah, exactly. -Come on, come on.
-Number two — one of you used to go by
the stage name Tony Denetti? -Hey!
-Hey, over here! -Hey!
-That’s me. -It’s Tony Denetti.
-Actually, when I was around 14 years old, I had a manager,
an acting manager, that thought my name,
Howard Dorough, was just not a cool name. And so he, instead of making me
Puerto Rican-Irish, which was my combination,
he turned me into an Italian. [ Laughter ]
And now I can’t — -Tony Denetti!
-It doesn’t work. -Tony Denetti’s over here.
-Tony, hey. -Tony!
-The funny thing about it is, that name actually almost
cost me being in the group. Because I actually
had auditioned for the group, like I said,
shortly after A.J. auditioned, and they loved me,
and they said, “We’re gonna
do some more auditions.” They said, “We’re gonna call you
back in about a month from now.” I didn’t hear anything. And so, a couple months went by,
and all of a sudden, I had a call again for a group
which I totally thought was something different,
and I actually got there, and they were like, “Tony! We’ve
been looking all over for you.” Well, this is back
in the days — They lost my picture, so there
was no name in the phone book or no online way of finding me. -There was no DM back then.
-Yeah, wow. -Yeah.
-So Tony almost cost you this — -I got rid of that name
really quickly. [ Laughter ]
-He does not exist. -Howie D.
-Last myth — Is the Backstreet Boys/Nsync
rivalry actually real? -All right,
so I got to be honest. I know you’re friends
with Justin. It’s worse
than it’s ever been before. [ Laughter ] We can’t even be in
the same room with these guys. -Really?
-Like, it’s really horrible. I’m totally playing.
No, we love them. They are great guys.
I mean, the only time that I can really remember
that there was, like, a rivalry, maybe like late ’90s,
early 2000s. One thing that actually
stands out to me was, when we had an opportunity
to perform at the Super Bowl. And we were getting ready to do
our Black and Blue tour, and we got offered
to either do the halftime show or the national anthem, and we chose
the national anthem. And looking back at that time — And then,
they did Britney and Nsync. -I remember that.
-They performed at the halftime. -Wait. But why did you choose
the national anthem? -We thought
it was more prestigious. -Yeah, we just thought
it was more prestigious. -It’s like us
being a boy band… -I didn’t want to stress out.
I wanted to watch the game. [ Laughter ]
I wanted to do the anthem, watch the game,
and that’d be it. I didn’t want to stress out. -But I look back at it
as one of those — It’s kind of one of those
bucket-list things. Like, you know,
kind of regret it a little bit, maybe wish we could still
do a Super Bowl halftime. -Next Super Bowl halftime.
BSB, let’s do it. -Let’s do it.
[ Cheers and applause ] -Come on.
Let’s do it. They’re watching.
Come on. -Let’s do it.
-But there was never any truth to us and Nsync being a rivalry.
-No. -Those were guys
following their dreams. -Yeah.
-We were following our dreams. -I actually went to college
with Chris Kirkpatrick. We were in choir together.
-Oh, great. Good. I’m glad to hear that.
I kind of knew that. But I’m glad you’re friends.
-He owes me. -Let’s talk about the second leg
of the DNA World Tour. How is it so far?
[ Cheers and applause ] Did you enjoy it?
-It has been so much fun. Really has.
I mean, we have an opportunity to go all over the world,
you know? And see these amazing —
-Twice. -Now we’re going out again,
you know, in America, so it’s just like —
-One of my favorite shows, like, the Millennium show, honestly.
-Really? -It’s just a great show.
It takes you down this amazing 26-year journey,
plus about six songs off of the “DNA” record and just some
really beautiful visuals. It’s almost a two-hour show. -You guys,
these guys perform like — -32 songs.
32 songs in the set. -Is that right?
32 songs? -Yeah.
-Arenas and amphitheaters. -We do some medleys.
-That must be exhausting. Really, when they come here,
they rehearse and they — All day long.
These guys are the most professional guys
and the most talented guys that we’ve had on the show.
Thank you so much. [ Cheers and applause ]
-Thank you man. -You got to come out
and see the show, yes. -I’m gonna come see you. I’ll see you at the Jones Beach,
July 10th. I’m gonna be
at the Jones Beach show. Give me a shout-out. -Maybe we’ll have
The Ragtime Gals. -Yeah, maybe!
-Let’s do it. -I love you guys.
Backstreet Boys, everybody. [ Cheers and applause ] Tickets for
the North American leg of the DNA World Tour
go on sale this Friday.