Anyway, here's the scoop with attending a GMA Summer Concert in Central Park: the gates open at 6:00 AM. Which means I left my house at 5:00 AM. Which means when Brittany and I got to the Park, it looked like this:
I was mildly to extremely panicked that we weren't going to be able to get in, but Brittany used her crowd assessing skills and assured me there couldn't be more than 1000 people in front of us, and we would be fine. She was right! (Sidenote: if I got here at 6 AM, that means all 1000+ of those people got there before 6 AM. I am nowhere near the crazy level of those other people).
We decided we didn't want to stand, so we parked it on some bleacher seats...
...and did some stalking through a tiny opening in between the trailers:
The staffers passed out lots of #teamrobin signs, which was a very sweet gesture for Robin Roberts, due to her recent medical leave, and the death of her mother yesterday. Hope you felt the love, Robin!
So, here's what happened: sometime around 7:15 AM, all the Boys came out, greeted the crowd, and did some soundchecking. They actually sang all four songs that they sang live at soundcheck as well - so we heard all four songs twice! Double concert!
This is the time they all adorably gathered around the piano while Papa Kevin played:
Then the real show started! With an interview:
Around this time was also when the sun started frying us all. Like this:
Coordinated microphone dancing!
Back to back singing/guitar playing!
But they didn't really leave. At which point the GMA people learned a valuable lesson about Backstreet Boys fans: you can tell us to leave, but we're not going anywhere until the Boys leave. It just ain't happening. See?
So Brittany and I walked up to the front and watched them have some good laughs with ol' Cameron Mathison (who I have met before, you may recall!)
If you missed it on TV, and this did not fully satisfy your BSB cravings, the videos are up here!