“Not impressed lol… could have been the sugar babes [sic] or something!”
It’s been a tough two days for Live Nation Australia and New Zealand’s social media managers. Only yesterday they were met with the Internet equivalent of a blank stare when they announced the support act for Nickelback’s forthcoming Australian tour was the “more than capable” Canadian band Monster Truck.
And over the past 24 hours, they faced pure scorn when it was announced that the Backstreet Boys would be supported on their tour by a bunch of ukulele-playing folk-singers from Sydney.
When we featured All Our Exes Live in Texas in Broadsheet earlier this year, we described them as the “anti-girl-band” girl band; a foursome of talented singer/songwriters known for their witty live shows. We also commented on how quick their trajectory to fame and acclaim has been. But we couldn't have guessed how much quicker it was about to get.
“Only 2 more sleeps until Backstreet Boys arrive...” Live Nation heralded, “so we thought we should introduce you to the group of ladies who will be serenading you as their support.”
Cue a chorus of Nick Carter-loving naysayers. “Seriously Live Nation Australia & New Zealand – who are these people?” asks one fan on the Facebook thread. “Nobody will watch them. We have had awesome support acts before this - Brian McFadden, Rikki-Lee, Johnny Ruffo. These are total nobodies.”
“Merch shopping until the boys come on,” says another.
Some fans have been more receptive however. One even takes a phlegmatic approach in defense of All Our Exes, although her faith in finding the next Five Seconds of Summer might be slightly misplaced:
“Not my cup off [sic] tea, but I guess they need to start somewhere!! When I went to see 1D with my niece 5sos were supporting, I thought what's this crap, so I skipped it,” she says. “Now they are biggest band ever and I don't mind them...lol”.
Even if Exes do end up playing to a half-empty room of merch-toting cynics, you know they’ll be having fun anyway. And take it from us – you should give these guys a chance, before they become too famous. Lol.
Backstreet Boys and All Our Exes Live in Texas play in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena on May 8 and in Sydney at Allphones Arena on May 9.