A decade has passed since the first self-titled Backstreet Boys album was released to the world and Nick Carter was thrust into the musical spotlight. As a member of the best selling boy-band of all time, Carter’s experience spans many albums, tours and performances. Today, he is currently touring to promote the release of his third solo album All American, released this past November. With a successful run on Dancing With the Stars, the upcoming release of Dead7, a zombie Western movie in which he co-writes, directs and stars in, and singing “Larger Than Life” alongside Gigi Hadid, Carter has been busy doing what he does best: putting on show. We had the chance to ask Nick a few questions and along the way learned his favorite local restaurant and what’s next for the Backstreet Boys.
AFM: What are you looking forward to the most about performing here in Phoenix?
NC: Phoenix has always been one of my favorite places to tour. I’ve had some great memories both with the boys and on my own in Phoenix – there’s just something about the way the crowd is that really gets me pumped and I find myself going above and beyond to take the show to the next level.
AFM: What is one of your favorite memories from Arizona?
NC: Tough to choose just one. We played Comerica Theater back in 2013 on our “In A World Like This Tour.” It had been a minute since we’d played in Arizona, and from the moment the intro music started, the audience was electrifying. I had such a blast that night.
AFM: Do you have a top spots to go out and have a good night in Phoenix?
NC: When we’re on tour, we don’t get a lot of time to really spend in a city other than at the venue. We’re usually done by 11 and on the road by midnight.
AFM: What is one of your favorite Phoenix restaurants?
NC: I’ve been to a Mexican restaurant called The Mission and it was amazing! Definitely need to experience more.
AFM: What is a “normal” day for you when you are not on tour?
NC: I’m always keeping myself busy. I’m one of those people that doesn’t know how to not work. Lately, if I’m not working on music, I’m doing stuff for my movie (Dead7) or getting some other stuff together for other projects I’m working on.
AFM: What’s been your favorite part about making All American?
NC: The whole experience for me has been incredible. I love making music, I love seeing the fan’s reactions and feedback, and I especially love building a live show around it and taking the experience on the road.
AFM: What can we expect to see from you in 2016?
NC: There’s a lot more coming in 2016 and I’m really excited. In April, the movie I’ve been working on called Dead7 is premiering on SyFy, and I’ll be doing some stuff to support it. The boys and I are doing our first Mediterranean cruise in May and I hope to see everyone there. And we’ll be continuing to work on our next studio album together (new BSB music!)