Hmm, yes—where are they? Well, assuming we’ve not been had by an elaborate April Fool’s joke, a whole bunch of them are in Dead 7, a genre-bustin’ zombie western horror movie airing on Syfy on Friday, April 1.
That’s right, members of the Backstreet Boys, ‘NSync, 98 Degrees and O-Town have forgone their musical rivalries, headed out to the Wild West, and teamed up to fight the undead. Inspired? Insane? You decide. (It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the whole thing is brought to you by The Asylum, the team who made Sharknado and Z Nation.)
With that and the fact that boybands are back in fashion (One Direction), we started thinking though about some of our favorite ’90s boyband members. We all know where Mark Wahlberg, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Robbie Williams, and even Nick Lachey got up to after the demise of their respective bands. But what about the rest? Where are they now?
Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys)
Not only did Carter co-write Dead 7, but he stars as Jack, a self-styled Man With No Name who teams up other boyband members to take down Apocalypta (MADtv‘s Debra Wilson), a villainess using the undead to wreak havoc on a small town. A regular in the gossip mags, Carter has also starred in reality TV show House of Carters and in 2014 recorded an album with NKOTB’s Jordan Knight, titled Nick & Knight.
Joey McIntyre (NKOTB)
New Kids on the Block reunited in 2008 and have been touring since 2011. But in between diminutive member Joey McIntyre had a career on Broadway, with Deadline recently reporting that a Curb-style comedy series is in the works starring McIntyre as a fictionalized version of himself.
Joey Fatone (‘NSync)
Fatone is one of the boyband stars of Dead 7. Since ‘NSync’s untimely demise, he came a respectable second place on Dancing with the Stars in 2007. A sometime TV show host and the the guest host of The Price is Right Live! at Bally’s Las Vegas hotel and casino, he’s also tripped the boards in Broadway musicals, and has a role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel.
Michael McCary (Boyz II Men)
Health problems forced McCary to leave crooning quartet Boyz II Men in 2003, though he was briefly seen back with the band when they picked up their Hollywood Star in 2012 (pictured). Since then however he’s done some acting, and appeared as a celebrity juror on daily TV show Jury Duty.
Zac Hanson (Hanson)
Hanson are still going strong, with Zac releasing music with his brothers Isaac and Taylor on their own label 3CG Records. Their big 1997 hit still follows them around, however: in May 2013, they launched their own beer, Mmmhops.
JC Chasez (‘NSync)
Chasez attempted a solo career with hit song “Blowin’ Me Up (With Her Love)” and debut album Schizophrenic that reached the Billboard Top 20 in 2004. Since then he’s released music and become a producer, and in 2014, he was cast as Pontius Pilate in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, before the tour was abruptly cancelled.
Erik-Michael Estrada (O-Town)
O-Town too have recently reunited, albeit minus a couple of their members. In the ten years since their split in 2003, Estrada stayed in the music business and went on to collaborate and co-write songs for other artists, as well as develop his skills as an actor and writer. He appears in Dead 7 as one of Nick Carter’s motley crew of zombie-bustin’ renegades.
Brian Littrell (Backstreet Boys)
BSB continue to release albums, with born-again Christian member Brian Littrell becoming a successful Christian recording artist along the way. In 2015 he was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame along with his cousin and former bandmate Kevin Richardson.
Justin Jeffre (98 Degrees)
Jeffre recently put aside his political aspirations to rejoin the band as they released a new album and toured with NKOTB and Boyz II Men. Until then he’d been heavily involved in politics in Cincinnati, running for mayor in 2005 and reportedly being arrested for trespassing during the Occupy Cincinnati movement in 2011. His bandmate Jeff Timons appears as one of the zombie-busting renegades in Dead 7.
A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys)
McLean appears in Dead 7 as baddie Apocalypta’s right-hand man Johnny Vermillion, pitting him against former bandmates Nick Carter and Howie Dorough. Apart from participating in BSB reunion tours, McLean also featured in Finnish rapper Redrama‘s 2013 single “Clouds.”
Still can’t get your head around it? Here’s a clip from Dead 7:
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