It has been 20 years since wildly popular boy band exploded into the national consciousness with the smash hit “I Want You Back.” Now, a reunion at the unveiling of their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has fans salivating over the possibility of future collaborations. Even though the band only lasted four years, the members have remained friends and occasionally reunite, and Justin Timberlake’s speculation about the future at this event could bode well for another recording or tour.
Timberlake was joined by his fellow band members Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, JC Chasez and Lance Bass. Each of the five of them made a short speech after introductory remarks by Ellen Degeneres and Carson Daly, who praised the groundbreaking quintet and their place in music history. One topic of significance was Lance Bass’s sexuality; while he had not felt comfortable sharing the fact that he was gay while the band was together, he had always wanted to do so for the sake of his gay fans. He noted that he was grateful to have found the courage to come out of the closet in later years.
The group initiated a big sing-along of “Tearin’ Up My Heart,” which further spurred hopes that the five would sing together in the near future. Incidentally, this took place on April 30th, prompting jokes about “It’s Gonna Be May,” a fan-created meme featuring a play on words from one of the band’s hits. It’s nice to see that these golden-voiced men who sang together before hordes of screaming teens are still enjoying each other’s company, and perhaps before too long, they will create some new music for the next generation of fans to enjoy.