Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Remember the latter 90s and early 2000s and the glory days of the equally adored and lambasted “boy bands”? It’s like they were everywhere back then. A generation of girls worshipped them, guys either wanted to be like them or beat them up in a back alley. Group names like “Boyzone” or “Backstreet Boys” were all the rage. And there was a certain boy band in particular that we are shining the spotlight on here, the band that was sort of BSB’s rival in the popularity game. And they had such an “edgy” 90s name too. They called themselves NSYNC.

After a successful run through the turn of the millennium, the group composed of Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone and JC Chasez, finally went their separate ways in 2002. But somehow the most dedicated fans of NSYNC held out hope that a time will come when the boys will return, even if only for a brief reunion tour. But the passing of years didn’t seem to give much hope to that. As Justin entrenched his new image as a solo act, he stopped showing up anywhere around his former teammates for quite some time.

Then, all of a sudden, the five showed up as a group for a two-minute mini-medley of a couple of their hit songs during the 2013 MTV VMAs. The response was, quite understandably, electrifying. NSYNC started getting together for mini-reunions since then, though against without Timberlake. But the seeds were planted and once again fans recalling days long past have been praying for another surprise get-together number.

This Monday August 8, as MTV News tells it, JC Chasez celebrated his 40 th birthday, joining fellow NSYNC member Chris Kirkpatrick, at 44, in the over-the- hill zone. And what do you know, this was reason enough for Justin to join with the rest of the fellows to celebrate, as beautifully documented by the guys’ photos on Instagram. The money shot would have to be all of them together: Chris, JC, Joey,

Justin, and Lance above and behind them. Timberlake wrote it best: “JC's 40th... And, if you don't know now you know...” Seriously, he’s such a tease.

While there’s no way of knowing when they might do a one-off performance again in the future, at least fans could mark their calendars for next year when NSYNC is set to get their own collective Star on the Walk of Fame. Like the LA Times said, for them it’s never “Bye, Bye, Bye”.

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