MUSIC NOTES: BSB Begin Tour

Backstreet is back … again.

The singing quintet that is the Backstreet Boys were back in the saddle again, kicking off their North American tour of 36 dates in Sunrise, Fla., on Monday, The Associated Press reports. After more dates throughout Europe and the rest of the world, they’ll return for a second stint in the United States in August.

“It’s hot in here tonight,” Kevin Richardson told the crowd. “It’s good to be back in the saddle again in front of all you people, and it’s good to feel your love.”

The concert went on for about 90 minutes in which the boy band performed to a mostly teenage crowd, some of which brought along their parents.

PUFFY TRIAL DELAYED: The gun-possession trial of rap mogul Sean “Puffy” Combs was suspended Monday after a co-defendant in the case was arrested for allegedly driving with a suspended license, Reuters reports.

Jamal “Shyne” Barrow, 20, was arrested Sunday night in Manhattan after the Mercedes-Benz he was driving collided with another car, injuring two people in the car. Barrow, on trial with Combs and Anthony “Wolf” Jones, is accused of attempted murder and gun possession.

Barrow was arraigned late Monday and released without having to post additional bail. He has been out on $35,000 bail on the attempted murder charge. Jury selection in the case resumes today.

POSH SPICE TRIAL SETTLED: Posh Spice’s luggage swipper has been busted.

Mark Oliver, 20, who was accused of stealing Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham’s luggage from London’s Heathrow Airport last year, was found guilty on two charges of handling stolen goods, Reuters reports. A third charge of theft was withdrawn by the judge after legal argument.

Oliver has had previous convictions for assault, theft, criminal damage and going equipped for theft. The bags he stole from the Spice Girls singer contained designer clothes and a lock of hair from Beckham’s son Brooklyn. Oliver will be sentenced Feb. 16.

GRAMMY NEWS: Grammy nominees U2 and Madonna are set to lend their musical talents when the annual award show airs on Feb. 21 on CBS.

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards will include 10 to 12 musical acts including the Irish rockers and the Material Mom, Academy President Michael Greene told Variety.

Hollywood.com reported last Wednesday that Madonna will perform at next month’s Grammys.

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