Ariana Grande decided to gift herself–and I guess also us–with the gift of some sweet 90s nostalgia by bringing up four out five members of NSYNC on stage to perform at Coachella with her. Now it’s being rumored that there might be more to come. JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone are thinking about pulling themselves a Spice Girls-special and reuniting without…HIM.
Billboard reports that there are some early whisperings about a potential NSYNC reunion minus Justin Timberlake. Sources with knowledge of the situation (the marketing team doing some research and early promo) are saying that the group and their team are looking at a “more prolonged return.” The source admits that comeback conversations have not really gone anywhere since Coachella happened, but other industry sources are really pitching the idea.
“There’s such a hunger now for great pop, for nostalgia… It’s almost like a warm, comfortable blanket, especially for the generation that grew up with them, who are now moms and dads. The timing is right.”
Wow, thanks for making me feel worse about being single. We aren’t all married in happy relationships, asshole. Some of us are just longing for the 90s because its when we weren’t bitter and didn’t pay rent.
Brad Wavra, who is the Senior VP of touring at Live Nation and worked promotions for NSYNC during their original come up, says that:
“The four of them would be great… There’s no denying the talent that Justin has, but the four of them together proved it [at Coachella]: the music sounded great, they looked great, the fan response was awesome and I think that that would be the same all across America.”
Brad says that if NSYNC does decided to try to book gigs again, they should start with Vegas–where nostalgia goes to make millions–or they could try being one of those “NSYNC &” situations like Backstreet Boys did with New Kids On The Block.
Another “industry veteran” says their best bet is the obvious one: bribe Justin to come back. They say:
“If I were the other guys, I would say, ‘JT, come out with us, let’s split the money 50 percent to you, and we’ll take the other 50.’“
50%? You can command 50% of your whole band’s income? That makes me feel so sad for these other guys. Does JC Chasez not also sing? Does Lance Bass not add flare? Does Joey Fatone not dance his heart out? And Chris Kirkpatrick… he’s there too! But I guess 12% of a whole lot of money is better than 20% of not very much money, right? But hey, if you don’t use Justin Timberlake maybe the ghost of Prince will manifest seeing as he hated him so he’d prefer a Justin-less show. “NSYNC & The Ghost Of Prince”? That’ll sell tickets.