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While in the New York area for two concerts this week, the Backstreet Boys will perform two songs in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center for NBC's "Today Show," to be broadcast tomorrow (Feb. 6) from 7-9 A.M. EST. The chart-topping boy band will play the second of two shows tonight at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. Its current tour comes in support of "Black & Blue" (Jive), which is No. 22 in its 10th week on The Billboard 200.
Founding Kiss drummer Peter Criss says he still wants to continue on the band's ongoing farewell tour, but band leaders Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley don't want him around. As previously reported, the band has recruited one-time drummer Eric Singer to fill Criss' spot for its upcoming dates in Japan and Australia. In a statement released over the weekend, Criss said Simmons and Stanley cut short negotiations for him to perform on the tour. "It is unfortunate that Gene and Paul chose to terminate their association with me for the Japan and Australia tour dates. I am healthy and will truly miss performing," he said. "We were in the middle of negotiating and there was an offer taken off the table," Criss' lawyer Mike Celli said without disclosing details of the talks. There is a possibility that Criss could return for the rest of the tour, he added.