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Aaron Carter stops in Bowling Green for a show at Howard’s Club H during his After Party Tour

Aaron Carter

Although he has been discreet with his music career since 2005, Aaron Carter is making a comeback by reminding students and longtime fans why they fell in love with him in the first place.

Carter was a famous teen pop artist in the early 2000s, when that was a common thing to be. Now, Carter is on his “The After Party Tour,” performing for fans who once purchased his albums when they were kids.

Already performing more than 155 shows, his most recent stop on his tour was at Howard’s Club H in downtown Bowling Green Thursday night where he performed in front of an estimated 300 fans.

He performs songs that will seamlessly re-create his fans’ childhoods, as well as his own.

“I am perfecting my craft to make a comeback,” Carter said in an exclusive interview with The BG News. “I want to prove myself again. I’m the same person, and that is what I want to show all of my fans.”

Carter not only sang songs of his own though, he also sang songs such as “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, “Treasure” by Bruno Mars and “I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys.

Even though Carter made a name for himself as a young kid, he never felt overshadowed by his older brother, Nick, member of The Backstreet Boys.

“When people think of Nick, they automatically think of The Backstreet Boys, but when they hear my name, they think of my name,” Carter said. “We are successful for different reasons.”

Carter’s music career remained stagnant due to personal struggles and a lost childhood, but he said he wouldn’t change it for the world.

“I am finding myself again,” Carter said. “I don’t want to make a fool of myself and rush anything. I want it to be completely organic.”

This tour has given Carter a chance to reintroduce himself as a serious artist who is ready to show his transition from teenager to adult, he said.

Throughout Carter’s performance he told a story he claimed he only tells when he feels like, while on tour.

“I will admit, I cheated on Hilary Duff when we dated back in the day,” Carter said during the show. “When I moved to L.A. I found out she was married to a hockey player with a baby, and I needed to get over it somehow.”

He sang a song he wrote in search of closure with his feelings for Duff.

The song seemed to do the trick because after the song, he leaped onto a speaker hovering over the screaming fans while taking their phones and taking photos of himself with the crowd. He also kissed a girl on the cheek.

If that didn’t mend his heart soon enough, the meet and greet after the show he had with fans may have.

“Nothing in particular happens, but if a girl wants me to lick her face, I’ll lick it,” Carter said. “If she wants to sit on my lap, I’ll let her sit on my lap.”

Although he did not sing any new songs, fans can expect a new album from Carter after the tour.

“I wanted to get my fans excited about me coming back first,” Carter said. “What girl doesn’t like a man who has learned things to better himself?”

But why perform in a small town like Bowling Green? Carter said he tries to perform in areas where artists don’t typically visit.

However, Carter wasn’t the only one on the stage at Howard’s; Rapper and solo artist Nate Deezy, DJ Sloone Keddering and Gino and opened the show. All three are from Akron, Ohio.

“When we got the call to perform, we were more than thrilled,” Deezy said.

Even though local performers opened up this show, he has been touring with rapper Jayceon and singer Brie off and on.

“I’m really excited to have them on tour,” Carter said. “I’m currently working on getting another artist, Brianna, to also open for me [for the rest of my tour].”

Timothy Eddings, personnel of Celebrity Etc Presents, helped promote the tour for Howard’s. The business promotes and advertises venues for shows in Akron, Columbus, Ohio and Bowling Green.

“Aaron contacted us asking if there were any college towns in the area and we suggested BGSU,” Eddings said.

The students and fans were more than pleased with Carter’s decision to stop in Bowling Green as they preceded to chant his name for approximately 30 minutes until he came on stage, not taking no for an answer.

Freshman Ariel Long was one of those chanting fans.

“I saw his tour last year in Toledo and it was absolutely amazing,” she said.

His singing wasn’t the only thing that mesmerized Long.

“His dancing is just the most beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed,” she said. “We’ve all loved him since we were little, so you just know it will be a good time.”

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