Is *NSYNC Back In Sync?


Photo Courtesy of NME.

We haven’t seen any major band reunions in a while but, ‘90s boy band lovers heard some pretty fantastic news last week: Lance Bass from *NSYNC told Entertainment Tonight that the band may or may not be reuniting for a performance in honor of their 20th anniversary.

Then fans had to quickly say, “Bye, bye, bye” to those sweat dreams because a reunion isn’t actually happening––well, not a musical one at least.

In a recent interview with ET Lance told host Katie Krause that the band is planning a special music release to coincide with an album anniversary and an upcoming non-musical reunion.  

We’re doing something [special], I don’t know if I can announced it yet…We’re coming out with a really cool vinyl edition of our Christmas album because it’s coming up on the 20 years of that album,” said Lance. “And then we’re going to be getting our star on the (Hollywood) Walk of Fame this year at some point.”

Of course, “NSYNC-ers” went crazy over this news. Fans started making nostalgic posts on their social media pages and reminiscing about the days when our most pertinent debate was *NSYNC vs Backstreet Boys for greatest boy band. Just when the level of fandom couldn’t reach any higher, *NSYNC’s verified twitter account had to go tweet, “We always appreciate the love and excitement from our fans. Unfortunately Lance’s comments to the press were taken out of context. When there is real news from *NSYNC you will hear it from all of us.”

UGH! Why you gotta go tearin’ up our hearts?

So, what does this actually mean for all of us boy band junkies? It seems that the only thing we can confirm is that *NSYNC will be reuniting to receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and that’s about it. It doesn’t seem like a performance will happen anytime soon. The last time that *NSYNC performed together was on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards as part of Justin Timberlake’s 15 minute performance, when he received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. But that was for two seconds and was clearly not satisfying enough. And we haven’t gotten new music from *NSYNC since 2001’s Celebrity. Tragic.

Just last week, Justin was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter and shared that he left *NSYNC 15 years ago because he “was growing out of it. I felt like I cared more about the music than some of the other people in the group…I felt like I had other music I wanted to make and that I needed to follow my heart.”

While Justin’s comment may have come off as a little stab at a few of his band members, Bass ensured us all that the guys are still the best of friends. That doesn’t mean he agreed with what Justin said. “I don’t think it’s true…Obviously, we cared about the music, but I understand where he’s coming from for sure,” Lance told ET.

It looks like we won’t get the reunion that we were hoping for after all. To help myself get through this tragedy, I plan on watching Justin Timberlake’s 2000 movie, Model Behavior, and jam out to “It’s Gonna Be *May*.” All in an attempt to bring back the frosted tips craze that made people’s hair look like Ramen Noodles.

But let’s be real, the Backstreet Boys were better.