Saturday, July 15, 2000

Band 'NSync with fans


Hot boy band strikes chord with fans

By Mara H. Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Tears welled up in Megan Combs' eyes as she strained to get a closer look at Justin Timberlake and the other members of 'NSync.

[photo] MEGAN COMBS, 12, OF MCCONNELSVILLE, OHIO, WAS OVERCOME WITH EMOTION DURING THE SOUND CHECK FRIDAY
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        When she turned around, she was hyperventilating and appeared on the verge of passing out.

        And this was during the sound check at 4:50 p.m. Friday, more than four hours before one of the nation's hottest bands took the stage at Cinergy Field.

        “I love them to death,” said Megan, 12, of McConnelsville, Ohio. The name “Justin” was painted on her cheeks with black eyeliner. She pressed against the gates outside Cinergy as the band crooned “Tearin' Up My Heart.”

        “They're so hot. They're everything to me,” she said.

        Megan isn't the only one who loves 'NSync to death. More than 40,000 fans packed Cinergy on a muggy night for the ninth stop of 'NSync's national summer tour.

        Young fans have been smitten by onetime boy bands such as New Kids on the Block, the Bee Gees and the Beatles for generations.

        'NSync has shattered sales records with its second album, No Strings Attached — selling a million copies in a single day and 2.4 million the first week.

[photo] FANS CROWD THE GATES OF CINERGY FIELD FOR A GLIMPSE OF 'NSYNC.
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        Still selling about 200,000 copies a week for the past 15 weeks, the album remains in the top five on the Billboard charts.

        So what is it about 'NSync that makes fans, primarily teen-age girls, scream and sob?

        “Oh my God, why do we like them?” said Kelly Dewing to her friend Kara Cobb. Both 18-year-olds left Oshkosh, Wis., Thursday to drive about nine hours for the concert.

        “Because they dance good, it's good music and they're good-looking,” said Kara.

        She and Kelly were wearing hand-painted white tank tops with 'NSync on the front in pastel puffy paint and the names of the band members scrawled on the back.

        Decorated 'NSync shirts and jeans were the order of the day. Many girls carried banners professing their love for the band.

        Bri Stacey, 12, of Finneytown, clutched a poster saying, “Take it off Justin” and “It's gunna be Bri,” a play off the band's lyrics in the song “It's Gonna Be Me.”

        Justin Timberlake, who is reportedly dating teen singer Brit ney Spears, seemed to be the favorite member of 'NSync among the young women.

[photo] AMANDA HILL, 12, OF PLAIN CITY, OHIO
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        “He's so good-looking and he's about my age,” said Liz Womer, 19, of South Bend, Ind. “I'm not jealous of Britney because I would never get a chance with Justin. But you can always dream.”

        One of the mothers in the crowd who was accompanying her daughter also acknowledged the good looks of 'NSync.

        “I'm just as excited as they are, I'm just not showing it by shouting,” said Lugina Johnston, who brought Megan, her daughter, and another girl to the concert. “The music's good and it doesn't hurt that they're all good-looking boys.”

        But not all parents were as thrilled. It was Jim Beebe's turn to bring his 14-year-old daughter, Katrina, to the concert. His wife took, Katrina, to an 'NSync concert last year.

        “I haven't been to a concert in 25 years and this is not my taste,” said the Enon, Ohio, man. “I suppose if I was a 14-year-old girl, I might like it. But this makes her happy, so I came.”

       

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