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February 22, 2019

Backstreet Boys not back after canceling Oklahoma concert

October 4, 2018
The Backstreet Boys are back (but not in Thackerville, Okla.), the site of their canceled concert. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images)

The Backstreet Boys might be “Larger than Life,” but fans in Thackerville, Okla., are telling them to quit playing games with their heart.

After an August concert was postponed due to an accident at the venue site, the popular 1990s boy band said it would reschedule the date. But Wednesday, the group officially pulled back the raincheck.

“Regrettably, we won’t be able to reschedule our show in Thackerville,” read the band’s Facebook page. “Stay tuned for additional information as we want to make this up to all of our fans in the area.”

On Aug. 18, the group, famous for Top 10 hits “All I Have to Give” and “I Want It That Way,” had been scheduled to perform at the WinStar World Casino but a severe storm swept through the town of about 450 residents. Ferocious winds knocked down metal scaffolding, which fell into the crowd and injured 14 concertgoers.

One August attendee, Brittany Leach, told KFOR-TV station at the time that despite the winds and lightning there was no official announcement to leave the area.

“They advised us to seek shelter from the casino,” said Leach. “People were asking, ‘Is it mandatory?’ They said no.”

As a result, many fans stayed put — including those who were hurt by crashing scaffolding. As the storm worsened, the show was postponed.

Despite the snub, Backstreet Boys fans still have hope. The Facebook page also mentioned the group would be in the Dallas and Tulsa area in 2019.

“Stay turned for additional information as we want to make this up to all of our fans in the area. … We can’t wait to see each and every one of you!”

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