Ripped off or rocked out? Concert-goers differ on Backstreet Boys show


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Before the Backstreet Boys head out on a world tour, fans got a chance to see them perform in Cedar Park Sunday. However, many came away with very different impressions of the performance, especially those who expected to see a full concert.

Concert-goers said the Backstreet Boys sang for less than 30 minutes out of an approximately 3.5-hour concert, which featured three other bands as part of MIX 94.7’s Merry Mix Show.

One woman who reached out to KXAN said she felt “duped” because she wasn’t aware of how short their performance would be. Lauren Tonsi added that the band members mentioned on stage that the concert was a preview and that they hoped to see the crowd in Houston or Dallas for its full shows. 

She said she spent more than $100 for her ticket and that she probably wouldn’t have gone if she’d realized how long they would perform. Others who reached out to KXAN had similar sentiments.

“I know there are a ton of very frustrated people who spent a lot of money during the holiday season,” Tonsi said.

However, another person said he had a great time at the concert. Paul Secrest said he spent $1,000, and he and his wife and daughter enjoyed it, even posing for a photo with the band.

“The crowd was having a blast jumping up and down, singing along and had a good time,” he said, pointing out that fans seem to have forgotten they paid for a 3.5-hour concert with three other performers.

One of the original Facebook posts promoting the concert said “Mix 94.7 is excited to bring Backstreet Boys to Austin as part of Merry Mix Show 2018, Sunday, December 16th at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park with special guests Michael Franti, Marc Roberge from O.A.R and Nina Nesbitt. We had heavy demand for tickets when the show went on sale early this morning.”

A news release Nov. 16 characterized the show as “Mix 94.7 Presents The Merry Mix Show 2018, featuring the Backstreet Boys on Sunday, December 16th at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, with special guests to be announced soon!”

KXAN reached out to the radio station for a comment and has not heard back.

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