Why Machine Gun Kelly Threw up at a Backstreet Boys Concert

Fans may be surprised to learn Machine Gun Kelly is a fan of the Backstreet Boys. He even went to their Into the Millennium tour in the late ’90s. Although things didn’t go as planned for the reigning prince of pop-punk. Machine Gun Kelly spoke of his experience during an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show. Clarkson then showed the clip to the Backstreet Boys, who had a hilarious response.

Hanging from harnesses, the Backstreet Boys perform during their 'Into the Millennium' tour in Germany on April 3,1999.
Backstreet Boys Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, and AJ McLean | Arne Dedert/picture alliance via Getty Images

Machine Gun Kelly admits he loved boybands growing up

Machine Gun Kelly made a surprising confession during an interview with Kelly Clarkson. When Clarkson asked, “What kind of music were you into growing up?” he responded, “I loved boy bands for a little bit.” He added that in 2nd grade, he would show off his boyband moves at school. Machine Gun Kelly, born Colson Baker, said, “the songs still hold up.” 

Unfortunately, his first experience at a boyband concert didn’t go as planned. The 31-year-old went to see the Backstreet BoysInto the Millennium tour in the late ’90s. The excitement proved to be too much for him. He told Clarkson, “I went to a Backstreet Boys concert, and I threw up on the first song because the girls were so loud, they were screaming so loud,” he recalled. 

The “My Bloody Valentine” singer isn’t sure why he got sick, “I don’t know how that equaled out to me throwing up, but I know it happened.” He described the pre-throw-up moment, “They came down on these hoverboards, and everyone was going so crazy.”

He had to leave the concert after becoming ill, so he didn’t get to experience the Backstreet Boys tour he was so looking forward to.

Backstreet Boys respond, ‘fortunately, we hadn’t started singing yet.’

On a recent episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Backstreet Boys were guests promoting their upcoming DNA tour. Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell, Howie Dorough, and AJ McLean were excited when Clarkson mentioned Machine Gun Kelly was a fan. 

She then showed the members the clip of the “Emo Girl” singer telling his story of getting sick at the Backstreet Boys concert. The always witty McLean responded, “Fortunately, we hadn’t started singing yet.” He continued, “So that wasn’t why he threw up, so that’s a good thing. That’s a good thing.”

Clarkson went on to describe the energy at a boyband concert, saying they’re a “different ball game” and described the “different frequency” of cheers that comes with boy band fandom.”

The iconic boyband is ready to tour after not performing in front of fans due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. McLean shared with Clarkson, “It’s a different kind of energy, and we thrive on that energy, you know?”

Backstreet Boys’ wives say, ‘you have to go back to work’

The Backstreet Boys group members aren’t the only ones excited for the tour to start. McLean added, “I mean, don’t get me wrong, our kids were so happy that we were home for this last two years, but … our wives were like, ‘You have to go back to work. Please go back to work.’”

Carter thinks it’s important to share their music with the world, “I feel like now, especially with the way everything is in the world, entertainment is so needed right now. Like, our job is so important to get people’s minds off of the stuff out there, you know?”

Backstreet Boys DNA tour kicked off in Las Vegas last weekend. Fans can find ticket information and dates on the groups’ official website. Maybe Machine Gun Kelly should try to see the Backstreet Boys again. At this point in his career, he should be used to screaming fans.


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