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THE BACKSTREET BOYS HAVE RECORDED "SAME OLD LANG SYNE" FOR THEIR NEW CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Why the Backstreet Boys think their Christmas album is 'some of the best work' of their career

Melissa Ruggieri
USA TODAY

McLean: A few songs we had to cut midway through because they didn’t feel right, but we also learned about Christmas-adjacent songs. One of our new songs, “Happy Days,” could be talking about any time of the year and (Dan Fogelberg's) “Same Old Lang Syne,” too.

 

That is one of my favorite holiday songs, so I appreciated you guys covering it. Who among you is the Dan Fogelberg fan?


McLean: My mother-in-law was a massive Dan Fogelberg fan and she was in tears, saying “I got chills; you guys sound the best you’ve ever sounded.” It really is a very powerful song.


Richardson: The producers we were working with (Shintaro Yasuda, Josh Conerly, Travis Sayles) were really young, hip dudes and they were like, “Really? You want to do this?” They’d never heard the song before, but after they did the arrangement and we recorded it, they were like, “This might be our favorite song on the album.”

Littrell: It was actually my wife’s idea. A couple of Christmases ago, we had the old (Fogelberg) album out and she said, “You guys should remake this.” I ran it up the flagpole and everybody liked it. I really believe this Christmas record, top to bottom, is some of the best work we’ve ever done. It’s not always easy adding five-part harmonies (to songs). Read more...

August 13, 2022

Today we honor Dan on what would have been his 71st trip around the sun.

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I follow footprints in the sand to a circle of stone 

Find a fire burning bright 'though I came here alone 

And in the play of shadows cast I can dimly discern 

The shapes of all who've gone before calling me to return 

There are no names that fit these faces 

There are no lines that can define these ancient spaces 

The spirits dance across the ages 

And melt into a river of souls 

~ from "River of Souls" by Dan Fogelberg

River of Souls
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Here's Dan reminiscing about touring for The Wild Places with a great band, and how they coped when their opening act dropped out.

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Interview recorded at home in Maine during the winter of 2004/2005

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LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL CD & COLLECTOR'S EDITION LP

We're so gratified by the amazing response to this wonderful recording of Dan shining, as he did, while performing solo in front of a live audience. Thank you to those of you who have written to us about your love of the CD set, and those who have posted such glowing reviews online.

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THE "DEAR DAN" LETTERS
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After the cancer diagnosis, thousands of fans wrote to Dan with their good wishes and stories of how his music had touched their lives.

DAN'S RECIPES
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Here are some of Dan's favorite recipes, as he wrote them. These were created for his quick reference, so some of the ingredients don't have a measurement noted - Dan used a pinch of that and a dash of this, and that's just how he rolled.

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Please SIGN OUR PETITION to have Dan inducted into the

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Over 50,000 fans believe he should join the likes of:

JACKSON BROWNE EAGLES JAMES TAYLOR LINDA RONSTADT BILLY JOEL JONI MITCHELL STEVIE NICKS JOHN MELLENCAMP BONNIE RAITT RANDY NEWMAN