Backstreet Boys plot tour with Avril Lavigne

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Backstreet Boys will return to the road this summer as they continue to promote their latest album, In A World Like This. Joined by special guest Avril Lavigne, the group will make their way to Massachusetts for a performance at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield on Friday, June 20. Tickets for the concert, which range in price from $40.50 to $99.50, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

“This has been an amazing year!” declared Nick Carter in a press release. “So much has happened and it just keeps on going. It’s amazing for all five of us to see and feel this kind of response! How can we not come back and show our incredible fans this show?!”

“We really wanted to put together a great show and do our best to give everyone their money’s worth,” added Brian Littrell. “Avril is an unbelievably talented artist who’s a perfect fit to make these shows extra special for our fans.”

Lavigne explained how the pairing came about, saying, “I had such a great time with the Backstreet Boys during last fall’s radio shows, it seemed like a natural fit for me to join them on the road in the US!” The The upcoming summer shows will mark her first full stateside tour in seven years.

Last year, Backstreet Boys original lineup (Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson) reunited for their first tour in over a decade. In A World Like This, the group’s eighth studio effort and first with Richardson since 2005’s Never Gone, debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 after its release last July. The album was recorded in London and Los Angeles with producers Martin Terefe, Max Martin, Morgan Reid & Prophet, Dan Muckula and Justin Trugman. It features singles “In a World Like This” and “Show ‘Em (What You’re Made Of)”.

The group also earned an MTV Movie Awards nomination for “Best Musical Moment” award for their appearance in the Seth Rogen hit film “This Is The End”.

Lavigne will be touring in support of her new self-titled album. The Canadian pop-rocker’s fifth studio effort and follow-up to 2011’s Goodbye Lullaby debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 after its release in November. She collaborated with numerous producers including Massachusetts native Martin Johnson (of Boys Like Girls fame), Peter Svensson, David Hodges, Matt Squire and her husband Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. The album features singles “Here’s to Never Growing Up”, “Rock n Roll” and “Let Me Go” (featuring Chad Kroeger). Marilyn Manson also contributes vocals to “Bad Girl”.

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