Boy band svengali Lou Perlman formed the Backstreet Boys
in 1993 after holding an open casting call in Orlando, Fla. A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and his cousin Kevin Richardson, and Nick Carter, who were already friends, all made the cut. Backstreet joined New Kids on the Block for a supergroup (NKOTBSB) joint tour last year. Even through solo projects by Nick Carter, Howie Dorough
, A.J. McLean, and Kevin Richardson relegating himself to semi-regular band member status; the group has consistently toured and released new music for the past 19 years.
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