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Wednesday, March 29, 2000

A.J. talks about "Johnny No Name"

Backstreet's A.J. McLean took some time to clear up the confusion surrounding "Johnny No Name".

Johnny is what A.J. calls himself when he's performing without Kevin, Brian, Howie and Nick and Johnny's already on tour, AllStar reports.

"Johnny is a kind of free-for-all, no inhibition -- just able to be the me that I can't be on stage as a Backstreet Boy," A.J. said. "He can just be a little more free, flamboyant, crazy, just ridiculous -- not to mention he's British from Nashville."

Johnny's concerts are backed by five of the six members of the Backstreet Boys' band, although the music they play is a bit different than "Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely".

Johnny sings songs by Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine, the Commodores, Tonic, Brian McKnight, Wild Cherry and a few Backstreet covers.

A.J. even hinted that Johnny No Name might release his own album.

"If there is [an album], it will definitely be the same band, all live -- a true, live rock album, which I'm looking forward to doing," he told AllStar.

Part of Johnny's "rock" image includes a fictitious criminal history. During performances, A.J./Johnny is led onto the stage by a security guard.

"He's on constant probation," AJ said about Johnny. "Every time he does a show, he gets out of his probation to do the show. At the end of the show, he has to go back to jail. He's constantly in trouble for doing something. I'm not, but he is! Just so you know, I'm the little angel, he's the little devil. I've never been handcuffed ... ever."

A concert review of Johnny's show by Rolling Stone wasn't very positive, but Backstreet fans who are going to the concert hoping to catch a glimpse of other Backstreet members will be happy to hear that Howie D. made a guest appearance at the concert in L.A.

Proceeds from Johnny's tour will benefit VH1's Save the Music Foundation, which the rest of the Backstreet Boys are also involved in.

Below is a complete list of Johnny/AJ concert dates.

  • March 27, Los Angeles, Wiltern Theater
  • March 28, Las Vegas, The Joint
  • April 1, Milwaukee, Modjaska Theater
  • April 2, Minneapolis, The Quest
  • April 4, Chicago, Rosemont Theater
  • April 5, Detroit, State Theater
  • April 7, Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club
  • April 8, Atlantic City, Trump Taj Mahal Casino
  • April 9, New York City, Irving Plaza (AllStar)