Backstreet Boys add dates to 'Unbreakable' tour

The Backstreet Boys have fleshed out the North American portion of their ongoing world tour, adding a full slate of summer dates behind their latest set, "Unbreakable."

The teen-pop idols, who recently completed a brief run of shows in South Africa, kick off the American outing July 29 in St. Johns, Newfoundland. The first leg of the tour has the group hitting 25 cities through early September, including the beginnings of a West Coast leg. Details are below.

"Unbreakable," the group's most recent album, hit stores last fall. The Boys enlisted an all-star roster of producing talent including Billy Mann (Sting, Celine Dion) and 'N Sync's JC Chasez to complete the album, which is the follow-up to 2005's "Never Gone."

"We spent about 14 months on it," group member Brian Littrell told LiveDaily during an interview late last year. "We're happy and proud of the record. It's really the Backstreet Boys of old and where we're headed in the future. We've been at it for quite some time. It's still an honor to be in the fickle music business after 15 years and still making CDs and still having fans who want to hear the music. So we're proud of it."

The album, which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart, marking the group's weakest chart performance to date, is Backstreet Boys' first effort without founding member Kevin Richardson, who departed the group on amicable terms in 2006.

"Vocally, we wanted to have it as strong as it could be and the songs be as strong as they can be," Littrell said. "A lot of people know what the Backstreet Boys sound like. It is what it is. We have to continue to sound like that with or without him."

Backstreet Boy A.J. McClean surprised fans this week when he put tickets on sale for a pair of sneak-preview solo concerts this weekend in Los Angeles.

"After 13 years with the Backstreet Boys, and 75 million records sold worldwide, A.J.'s excited to take a step out on his own and present his music, in his style," McLean's manager, Eric Podwall, told People Magazine this week.

McLean and the rest of the Boys are expected to enter a recording studio next year to work on the follow-up to "Unbreakable," according to People.

[Note: The following tour dates have been provided by artist and/or tour sources, who verify its accuracy as of the publication time of this story. Changes may occur before tickets go on sale. Check with official artist websites, ticketing sources and venues for late updates.]
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July 2008
29, 30 - St. Johns, Newfoundland - Mile One Stadium

August 2008
1 - Moncton, New Brunswick - Moncton Coliseum
2 - Halifax, Nova Scotia - Metro Centre
4 - Ottawa, Ontario - Scotiabank Place
5 - Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
7 - Toronto, Ontario - Molson Amphitheatre
8 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
9 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion
10 - Indianapolis, IN - Indiana State Fair
14 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
15 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
16 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion
18 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap Filene Center
20 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
22 - Bloomington, IL - US Cellular Coliseum
23 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
24 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia
26 - Sudbury, Ontario - Sudbury Arena
27 - Sault Ste Marie, Ontario - Steelback Centre
30 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Brandt Centre
31 - Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place

September 2008
2 - Calgary, Alberta - Pengrowth Saddledome
4 - Vancouver, British Columbia - GM Place
5 - Victoria, British Columbia - Save On Foods Centre
6 - Redmond, WA - Concerts at Marymoor

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