Backstreet Boys Taking It To The Clubs

As expected, the Backstreet Boys will hit the road later this month on a brief U.S. club tour.

As expected, the Backstreet Boys will hit the road later this month on a brief U.S. club tour. The group, which is readying its first new studio album in five years for a summer release, will open the trek March 21 in New York. Dates currently run through an April 10 show in St. Louis, with more shows expected.

For fans, the tour will provide a rare up-close look at the mega-selling act, which normally plays much larger venues. In Detroit (April 5), Backstreet will play the 3,000-capacity State Theatre, while in Washington, D.C., tickets will be even harder to come by for the show at the 900-capacity 9:30 Club.

Before the club tour, the group will take part in the March 18 Force of Nature for Tsunami Aid concert in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the Black Eyed Peas, Boyz II Men, Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean. Proceeds will benefit long-term rebuilding efforts in areas affected by the Dec. 26 tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

As previously reported, a new Backstreet Boys single is expected in the coming weeks. Their as-yet-untitled new Jive album, originally expected in June, will arrive in July, according to the label.

The disc will be the group's long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "Black and Blue," which has sold 5.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 1.6 million of which moved in its first week of release alone.

Here are the Backstreet Boys North American tour dates:

March 21: New York (Irving Plaza)
March 24: Boston (Avalon)
March 25: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
March 26: Scranton, Pa. (Cultural Center)
March 28: Chicago (House of Blues)
March 29: Cleveland (House of Blues)
March 30: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
April 1: Norfolk, Va. (NorVa)
April 2: North Myrtle Beach, S.C. (House of Blues)
April 4: Columbus, Ohio (Promowest Pavilion)
April 5: Detroit (State Theatre)
April 8: Milwaukee (Pabst Theater)
April 10: St. Louis (Roberts Orpheum Theater)