All Lance Everything ~ “Euro!Lance”
[*NSYNC] recorded its self-titled debut LP with help from a series of producers, including Denniz Pop (whose protégé, Max Martin would later work with the band after Pop’s death in 1998). The album was initially released by BMG Ariola Munich, and *NSYNC soon became an overnight success throughout much of Europe, where the singles “I Want You Back” and “Tearing Up My Heart” became sizable hits. [NSYNC Biography]
In the midst of all the excitement of being in Europe, recording an album, and playing an International Sex Symbol, sixteen year old Lance Bass was homesick. In his book, Out of Sync, he writes, “I called my mom and told her she would love it here and that she needed to come out. Mom told me she couldn’t, that she was still working. “But Mom,” I said, pleading, “I need you.” And that was all it took. She could hear her little boy calling for her and did not hesitate to respond. She up and quit her job and had joined our caravan by the next week. Feeling safe and secure, with Mom by my side, I was ready to face my future. And what a future it would turn out to be!