Justin Timberlake, center, winner of the video vanguard award poses backstage with, from left, JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync at the MTV Video Music Awards.
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NEW YORK — Don’t get your heart set on anything more than the 90-second ‘N Sync reunion seen on the MTV Video Music Awards. The performance marked the first time the band played together in 11 years, and also the last time they’ll do it, at least for a while.
“It would be lovely to do it, but we’ve got nothing planned,” Lance Bass told The Associated Press on Monday between breaks of his Sirius XM show, “Dirty Pop With Lance Bass.”
One reason is that Justin Timberlake begins his solo tour this fall, and Bass says the closest he’ll get to the stage is a seat in the audience.
“Who knows what will happen when he’s off tour. It’s simply not part of the conversation right now. We just focused on that one performance,” Bass said. “If we did anything like that, I think we would come up with something real special where we could actually call it ‘The Reunion.’”
Bass, along with fellow boy-band mates Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez, joined Timberlake, who was already performing at the VMAs on Sunday night. They wanted to do something special for Timberlake for receiving The Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, the VMA’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement award.
While the last 15 seconds of their reunion performance made Bass feel nauseous, getting to the stage was an adrenaline rush.
“We had to perform in the middle of the arena, so there was no way of getting us out there without being seen. So they dressed us in big ole hoodies to pretend we were the stagehands. So we would push out the stage and do all the stagehand stuff until we got to the area and hid out beneath a staircase,” Bass said. “That was my favorite part.”
Bass said just before they stopped performing, he felt queasy from nerves.
As for the show, Bass shared his view on the evening’s most controversial performance when Miley Cyrus stripped down to a nude bikini, erotically grinded with Robin Thicke and made suggestive gestures with a foam hand with a pointed finger.
The singer said his young nieces and nephews watched the VMAs for the first time to see their uncle perform in ‘N Sync.
“I didn’t know I had to warn them that their little Hannah Montana was going to be naked and humping a finger,” Bass said.
During a commercial break, he spoke more of the incident.
“I think it’s her thing. I think she shocked a lot of her younger fans, especially the parents, who might not be so happy with her thing, and she’s just being Miley,” Bass said.
“I mean it is a big deal. Unfortunately I think young artists, especially coming from a Disney background, especially want to change that image. ... Lady Gaga does it. Everyone is like what can I do just to really shock people. But Lady Gaga and a lot of people have really missed the mark a lot where it goes over people’s heads.”
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