On Aug. 12, 1997, the Backstreet Boys released a self-titled album that made them superstars in their native U.S.
The record, which contains hits such as “Quit Playing Games (with My Heart)” and “All I Have to Give,” was released more than a year after their dropped their first-ever album, also called Backstreet Boys, in Europe, Asia and Canada. The boy band, made up of Kentucky cousins Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson, as well as AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Nick Carter, was founded in 1993 in Florida, where the latter three singers grew up.
“What a 20 years it’s been!” read a message posted on the group’s Instagram page Saturday, on the 20th anniversary of their U.S. debut album. “To each and every one of you who’s been a part of this journey, thank you! We love you all. #20YearsBackstreetAlbum.”
Over the past two decades, after selling millions of records and starting families, the group continues to perform together.
The Backstreet Boys began a concert residency, Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life, at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas earlier this year. The group is currently on a break from the show.
This summer, the Backstreet Boys are among the opening acts for Florida Georgia Line. They performed at two of the band’s shows in July and will perform at a third at Wrigley Field in Chicago Saturday, the 20th anniversary of their 1997 self-titled album.
Richardson, 45, traveled to the city with his family. He and wife Kristin are parents to sons Mason, 10, and Maxwell, 4.