The group get ready to go pretty much everywhere...

The BACKSTREET BOYS have announced preliminary details of a comprehensive world tour for 2001.

The boy-band have recently completed a round the world promotional trip, taking in Stockholm, Tokyo, Sydney, Cape Town, Rio and New York to promote their new album ‘Black & Blue’, which was released in the UK last Monday (November 20) through Jive.

Speaking about the promotional marathon, whilst on the final leg in New York, Backstreet Boy AJ McLean said: “The actual circumference of the earth is 26,000 miles, and we covered that in four days. We now have the ‘Black & Blue’ army just like Kiss have the Kiss Army.”

According to a report on [url=], the tour is expected to commence in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 22 and then visit a number of other US cities. The group then plan to return to Europe in June following dates in South America.

Backstreet Boys will play in these US cities:

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Charlotte, NC

Atlanta, GA

Philadelphia, PA

Washington, D.C.

East Rutherford, NJ

Uniondale, NY

Toronto, ON

Pittsburgh, PA

Chicago, IL

Pontiac, MI

Minneapolis, MN

Grand Forks, NC

Denver, CO

Vancouver, BC

Tacoma, WA

Portland, OR

Oakland, CA

Sacramento, CA

Las Vegas, NV

Phoenix, AZ

San Diego, CA

Los Angeles, CA