Shout "Backstreet's Back" and their fans will tell you the Backstreet Boys never actually went away.

But if you ask Howie Dorough, an illusion of absence isn't necessarily a bad thing.

"I think sometimes out of sight can be a breath of fresh air," the boy bander and solo artist contemplated while reflecting on the group's explosive late 90s reign during a sitdown with TimeOut in Las Vegas before the group commenced their DNA World Tour, which reaches Auckland next year.

"There was probably a time when we started getting oversaturated by media and radio and everything, so for the

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