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Backstreet Boys, NKOTB to Tour Together

Boy bands will also perform November 21 on American Music Awards

November 3, 2010 3:01 PM ET

Call it the Boy-Band Hall of Fame Reunion Tour: New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will be hitting the road together next summer.

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All nine band members will get together this Monday for an interview with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who made the announcement about the tour on his KIIS-FM radio show and Facebook page Wednesday. The first opportunity to see the bands performing together will be later this month at the American Music Awards, airing on ABC November 21.

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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