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Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne unite for 2014 tour

Posted by Rachel Raczka  March 14, 2014 02:14 PM

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Backstreet's back -- again.

And this time they're bringing Canadian punk-pop rocker Avril Lavigne with them.

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The "Everybody" boy band will hit the road in North America for two months, beginning this May, stopping at the Xfinity Center in Manfield June 20.

According to the press release, the continuing comeback tour is happening because you wanted it.

Due to the overwhelming demand and in answer to the request of thousands of fans, the Backstreet Boys have extended their In A World Like This U.S. tour to reach additional cities and return to those markets that sold out so quickly in 2013.

Chad Kroeger's wife (lol) will open for the group for the U.S. dates. Perhaps an unusual pairing, but BSB-er Brian Littrell notes in the same release, "Avril is an unbelievably talented artist who's a perfect fit to make these shows extra special for our fans."

The new dates are being promoted as an extension of the Boys' 2013 "In a World Like This" tour, during which they stopped in the Boston area twice. The 24-date trek featured Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D (LOL) and was followed by the ever-popular 20th Anniversary Cruise, where fans were invited on-board a Carnival Imagination ship to party with the band. This all wraps up in October with yet another iteration of buoyant fun aboard the Carnival Ecstasy.

Tickets go on sale March 21 via Live Nation.

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