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September 23rd, 2013
Remember Nick Carter’s younger brother, Aaron Carter? The adorable fresh-faced kid who rocked an identical mushroom cut as his famous older brother (of Backstreet Boys fame, of course) and at the age of 10 released his debut self-titled album? Yeah, this boy:
Following the footsteps of brother Nick, Aaron also tried his hand at pop stardom and, at first, he was successful. His 2000 album, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It) was a hit, with songs like I Want Candy, That’s How I Beat Shaq, and of course, Aaron’s Party (Come Get It), this pint-sized blonde sweetheart was capturing the hearts of girls everywhere. Plus, Aaron was way more age-appropriate for Nick’s tween audience anyway. It only hit me the other day that Nick Carter is 10 years older than me — seven-year-old me wanted to marry Nick.
Shortly after his last full-length album, though, Aaron began to fall into a deep dark hole of ’90s bubblegum pop obscurity. Following 2002′s Another Earthquake, he released a few greatest hits compilations (HE HAD THAT MANY HITS?), made some TV appearances and was famously known for double-timing two of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars, Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan. Oh, and then there was his 2006 reality show, House of Carters. But let’s not talk about that.
(Okay, just watch this one clip. You will understand why we’d want to wipe it from our memories after this:)
Needless to say, Aaron didn’t handle fame well and he didn’t handle the decline of his fame any better. His sister Leslie died last year from an overdose on Xanax and since then, Aaron has committed to giving music another shot.
Without releasing any new music in over a decade, Aaron is now embarking on a tour neatly titled The After Party Tour (get it?). Sometimes comebacks should not exist. This is one of them.
The pop star performed in Toronto last night at local music venue Lee’s Palace to a surprisingly full room of screaming girls, a handful of grumpy parents being dragged to chaperone their daughters instead of watching Breaking Bad and even a few boys (namely the one standing next to me and crying throughout the show).
Though I enjoyed the experience and the decade-late opportunity to scream for my childhood heartthrob, I left with a gigantic sense of sadness and discomfort watching Aaron perform. He’s no longer this lovable kid I had a crush on:
He is now this:
Outside of my own deep, dark and sad feelings about the performance, here are five other observations I had about the show:
1. Aaron Carter is a full-on ladies man.
Aaron knows that majority of his audiences are women (I say women because the girls who liked him in the late ’90s/early 2000s have now grown up and are now women). So he definitely plays this up. Thrusting dance moves, flashing his abs (and eventually even performing shirtless), and giving all of the girls in the crowd winks, hand-grabbing and the occasional kiss (he actually kissed a girl on the lips) — Aaron Carter practically flirted with every single person in the venue last night. He and I even locked eyes for a second. It was strange.
2. For anyone doubting that story that Aaron Carter cheated on Hilary Duff with Lindsay Lohan, he confirmed it himself.
Aaron prefaced one of his songs with a not-so-subtle short story of how he once cheated on a girl he dated. He explained that, when confronted with the rumours of infidelity, he lied to her and denied the accusations repeatedly. Sigh, Aaron. The blatant give away was when he mentioned that this girl went on to marry a hockey player (DING DING DING, HILARY DUFF) and that it was about time he let go, which was what the song he was about to perform was about. Moral of the story, as he warns the audience, is to never cheat. Which is great, but he is currently dating a girl (a fan he had met at a meet-and-greet, in fact) and he continues to kiss and make-out with girls at his shows and meet-and-greets…so how does that factor into the spectrum of cheating?
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3. He’s a bit low on material.
Look, despite the greatest hits compilations, Aaron Carter doesn’t have many songs to his name. So what does one do when they don’t have songs of their own to perform? Cover other people’s songs! Slotted in the middle of his set was a medley of covers, taking the singer from Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, to Bruno Mars’ Treasure and even to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky. And, in between songs, the band would play intro snippets of songs by Justin Timberlake and Outkast. This was truly a half Aaron Carter show, half karaoke night. It was painfully awkward to watch.
4. He’s a big fan of meet-and-greets.
As I said before, Aaron Carter likes meeting his fans. And he is not afraid to let you know how beautiful you are when he meets you. Heck, he might even kiss you. Oh wait, he will most likely kiss you. Like, for sure. Now think about how many girls he has probably kissed on this tour alone. Oh, and meet-and-greets aren’t free either. They’ll usually set you back $50-65.
(Read the caption and see where this pic was taken…yeah.)
5. Seeing your childhood crush all grown up and desperately vying for the attention of girls in semi-full venues on a Sunday night is the most heartbreaking and strange experience I will ever go through.
Aaron Carter, I care about you, but I think it’s for the best that we stop seeing each other now. Thank you for not kissing me.