The Backstreet Boys, who pick up awards better than a blue serge suit picks up lint, have signed to do a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets are already on sale. Call 1-800-929-1111 or locally, 891-7777. On the Internet the web site is www.mgmgrand.com
In addition to setting records in the recording industry with their 12 times platinum album, "Millennium," they made news on other fronts. That album remains on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart more than 78 weeks after it was released. The album also has received gold and platinum awards in 45 countries and in the United States was nominated for 5 Grammy Awards.
The Backstreet Boys also made history on their world tour by crossing six continents in 100 hours. They performed in Stockholm, Tokyo, Sydney, Cape Town, Rio de Janeiro and New York City to promote their new album, "Black & Blue."
The songs "The Answer to Our Life" and "Time," on that album, were written by all five of the group: Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McClean and Kevin Richardson.
In less than three years they have sold more than 55 million records.
For an early Christmas present, there is the 8 p.m. show Saturday, Dec. 23, featuring Jackie Chan. He gained a reputation as the fumbling martial arts expert who adds much humor to his films such as "Rumble in the Bronx," "First Strike," "Super Cop," "Rush Hour," and most recently, "Shanghai Noon." The international entertainer is the biggest star in Asia and also added directing, slapstick, and singing to his list of talents. Included in the show are Eric Tsand, Pak Cheung, Jonathan Lee, Emil chow, Alex Tu, Lydia Sun, Joey Yung, Maria Cortes, Anita Mui, and Lin Sin Ru. Tickets are $35, $55, $75, $100 and $150, plus handling fees and may be purchased at the MGM box office or through Ticketmaster.
While many of the showrooms will be closed on Christmas day, the MGM is opening "Unknown Dimension" with illusionist David Copperfield on the jolliest day of the year with matinee shows at 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and then again on Friday and Saturday.
In addition to the matinees, there will be 8 p.m. performances on Christmas eve and shows at 8 and 10:30 from Christmas day through Sunday, Dec. 31. There will be a performance at 8 p.m. on New Years Day, Jan. 1. Tickets are $97 plus tax and handling charges. For those want to welcome in the new year with David Copperfield, there is a New Years Eve show at 10:30 with champagne, party favors and a balloon drop at midnight. Tickets for that party are $150 per person.