Lance Bass On The *NSYNC Reunion At The VMAs
(CBS SF/AP) – Don’t get your heart set on anything more than the 90-second *NSYNC reunion seen on the MTV Video Music Awards. The performance marked the first time the band played together in 11 years, and also the last time they’ll do it, at least for a while.
“It would be lovely to do it, but we’ve got nothing planned,” Lance Bass told The Associated Press on Monday between breaks of his Sirius XM show, “Dirty Pop With Lance Bass.”
One reason is that Justin Timberlake begins his solo tour this fall, and Bass says the closest he’ll get to the stage is a seat in the audience.
“Who knows what will happen when he’s off tour. It’s simply not part of the conversation right now. We just focused on that one performance,” Bass said. “If we did anything like that, I think we would come up with something real special where we could actually call it ‘The Reunion.’”
Bass, along with fellow boy-band mates Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez, joined Timberlake, who was already performing at the VMAs on Sunday night. They wanted to do something special for Timberlake for receiving The Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, the VMA’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.
Chasez told Ryan Seacrest that the reunion was Timberlake’s idea, noting that they received a call from Timberlake: “Hey man, listen. I’m getting this award and they have given me a pile of time to perform and we started our careers at MTV and I think we should get the band back together. It really was about him and all that he’s accomplished, but he wanted to acknowledge that part of his career, so we all decided to do it.”
While the last 15 seconds of their reunion performance made Bass feel nauseous, getting to the stage was an adrenaline rush.
“We had to perform in the middle of the arena, so there was no way of getting us out there without being seen. So they dressed us in big ole hoodies to pretend we were the stagehands. So we would push out the stage and do all the stagehand stuff until we got to the area and hid out beneath a staircase,” Bass said. “That was my favorite part.”
Bass said just before they stopped performing, he felt queasy from nerves.
The last concert *NSYNC performed in the Bay Area was on March 8, 2001. The venue at the time was the Compaq Center in San Jose, now the SAP Center.
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