For those of you who attended Aaron’s party back in 2000, the after party is finally here.
Former teen idol Aaron Carter is back in business, and his “After Party” tour will stop in State College to perform a sold-out show at 9 p.m. Wednesday at Café 210 West.
Carter, now 25, is excited to bring the party to Penn State. He will perform music from his upcoming album and his old hits, such as “Aaron’s Party (Come and Get It),” “I Want Candy” and “That’s How I Beat Shaq.”
“I feel very lucky and very blessed to see so many beautiful girls [on tour] and have a good time and bring the party to them,” Carter said in a phone interview. “It’s cool because I still have something to offer my fans. I still sing all of the same songs in the same keys. It’s me. I’m still the same guy.”
Carter, who is touring for the first time in 10 years, has kept his foot in the door of the entertainment industry. In 2009, Carter competed on the television show “Dancing with the Stars” and then moved on to Broadway shows.
“On Broadway I came up with the concept of ‘The After Party,’ the sequel to ‘Aaron’s Party,’ ” Carter said.
He later added, “That party never stops. It’s going to continue to go on and bring good times all over the world. That’s what I do as a performer.”
Penn State senior Alexis Baker, who saw Carter last spring in Allentown, said she is excited to see her childhood crush perform again. Baker said she screamed like a little girl when she saw Carter the last time and is a big fan of his new music.
She added she believes Carter will have no problem making a comeback.
“He was a part of a lot of our childhoods, so you know we are all going to be rooting for him. He went through some hard times and made a few mistakes but is trying to make a better life for himself,” Baker said.
“He has fun in every one of his concert and interacts with the audience. How can you not love him? He’ll make a comeback and hopefully knock Justin Bieber right off the charts. He has my vote.”
Carter released his first album, “Aaron’s Party,” in 2000 and has released two others since then. His newest album, which he is working on, is set to release in two to three months.
Carter said his music style hasn’t changed. The new album “is going to be me; it’s going to be pop music,” he said.
“I hope to release a successful album and be able to retouch and reconnect with my entire fan base. I’m somebody who’s trying to get their career to a point it’s never been before.”
Leah Polakoff is a Penn State journalism student.