MANILA, Philippines — Concert goers and fans on Sunday demanded a refund after watching the concert of two of the most popular American Boy Bands of the late 80’s and 90’s, here at the Mall of Asia Arena; accusing the performers and concert organizers of false advertising.
Approximately two thousand (2,000) fans of both New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys , majority of which were females, gathered outside the arena after the concert, where they all had the same consensus: refund. The protesters deemed the performance of the artists were not up to their expectations and started shouting “you got it wrong” and “quit playing games with our heart“, obviously a jab to the groups’ respective hits.
At around 1:00 am, authorities estimated the number of protesters have reached the five thousand (5,000) mark.
Suzanna Lopez, an avid fan of the Backstreet Boys since the 90’s, paid a whopping thirteen thousand pesos (P13,000) for a front row seat; only to be disappointed. “They were not the boys that I grew up with,” said Suzanna. “They no longer have the body to die for that I remembered from their music videos.”
The performers apparently no longer sport their signature abs and well toned body that they were known for. A fan was heard complaining that the performers’ skin were all wrinkled.
“How could I scream with glee and excitement when all of them resembled my dad or uncle?!” said Cathrine Anastacio, referring to Jonathan Knight of NKOTB being the oldest among all the performers at age 43.
Rumor has it that Jonathan Knight even forgot the lyrics to the song Step by Step when it was his turn to sing. “He was supposed to say step five, don’t you know that the time is right,” said Bianca Badiday. “Baka ulyanin na sya dahil sa edad nya (Maybe he’s becoming forgetful due to his age).”
Jonathan’s brother, Jordan, didn’t fare well either when on the same song, his voice apparently croaked when he was singing the line it’s just you and me. “Gusto nyang gayahin katulad nung dati, kaso hindi nya nakayanan. Ayun, pumiyok tuloy sya (He wanted to sing it like before, but he can’t. That’s why his voice cracked/croaked),” said another fan.
“Age has obviously caught up with them,” remarked another.
Stephanie, not her real name, was in tears as to the outcome of the concert. She was seen crying and shaking in disbelief to see her idol fall from grace, having been a Nick Carter fan since the band’s first album up until he released his second solo album.
The final nail on the coffin according to Stephanie was during the group’s performance of the song I Want It That Way. Carter’s voice apparently cracked when he ironically sung the words, “don’t wanna hear you say“, where the pitch for the lyrics was too much for the 32-year-old. Eyewitnesses said that fans were covering their ears in pain and agony.
Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto has promised to look into the matter, and would review footage of the event to determine if the complaints have sufficient grounds to file a lawsuit. They would also invite Ovation Productions, the concert organizers, to explain their side.