Coronavirus: Backstreet Boys cancel Las Vegas Christmas shows, holiday album amid COVID-19 surge

LAS VEGAS — Citing the “current state of the world,” the Backstreet Boys announced Friday that the current surge in COVID-19 cases has forced the cancelation of their upcoming limited Las Vegas run, as well as the postponement of their Christmas album until 2022.

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In a joint Instagram post, all five members - AJ McLean, Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson - confirmed that “A Very Backstreet Christmas Party,” slated for Nov. 11 through Dec. 23 at the Zappos Theater, will not happen, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

“We feel that this has been one of our best creations yet, and that this creation deserves the best possible scenario and setup for success. With the current state of the world still limiting our travel and causing small things in these processes to take much longer, we have decided to wait until 2022 to release our Christmas album, and subsequently will be canceling our limited Las Vegas run of Christmas shows,” the quintet stated.

Refunds for the Las Vegas holiday shows will be issued to all ticket holders, Entertainment Tonight reported.

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