American boy band The Backstreet Boys performed for a sold-out crowd of more than 8,000 Israeli fans in the central city of Ra’anana on the first night of its three concerts Tuesday night.
The five band members, A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell, said the performance was a “big honor” for them and apologized for not making it to Israel sooner.
“Thanks for your love. We’ll be back here,” they told the crowd.
They are set to play two more gigs, tickets for which were sold out weeks ago.
The band arrived in Israel on Sunday and took to social media to document some of its travels to the Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Masada, before Tuesday’s performance.
— Backstreet Boys (@backstreetboys) May 17, 2015
Getting dirty at the Dead Sea! pic.twitter.com/CWsyiNXM31
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The Backstreet Boys arrived fresh from their last performance in Perth, Australia and will be headed to Brazil next.
Originally scheduled for last summer, the concerts were canceled due to the war in Gaza and rocket fire throughout the country. Last September, band member Howie Dorough sent a recorded message to fans, letting them know that the band was planning on rescheduling its canceled July performances.
The popular 1990s boy band had initially planned one concert for their summer appearance, but added two additional shows after tickets for the first performance sold out in two hours.
The group is currently celebrating 21 years together with a world tour, and recently released a new album, “In A World Like This.”