‘N Sync is going bye bye bye again – at least for now after performing together for the first time in over a decade at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug 25. There are no discussions of a tour following the reunion of Justin Timberlake with his former bandmates Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez and Lance Bass for their short, but highly hyped performance.
In an interview on Monday morning following the VMAs, Chris Kirkpatrick told Johnny’s House, an Orlando radio show, "I'm not gonna say (a reunion tour) is never gonna happen, but (the VMA reunion) was what it was. This was a moment for Justin to get his accolades, and for us to say that we had so much respect for what we did.” Kirkpatrick added, “For (Timberlake) to honor us the way he did, it was kind of crazy.”
‘N Sync’s 110-second performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” was part of Timberlake’s 15-minute set of mostly solo material, which preceded Timberlake’s acceptance of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
During Timberlake’s acceptance speech of the award, he said, “Half of the Moonmen that I’ve ever won, I won with those four guys right there,” referring to his former bandmates. “So above all else, we can keep it at my house, but I’m going to share this award with them.”
Kirkpatrick added there is at least one member eager to go on tour right away.
“Joey was the first one like, 'OK guys, let’s go on tour now!'" Kirkpatrick said. He added, going on tour “never really came up” otherwise. “It was just all about, to us, thinking about the night for Justin.”
JC Chasez shared similar sentiments when he phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
"It was about five guys who were great friends, who spent 10 or 15 years together touring, but we also were there mainly to support Justin and you want to be there for your friend," he said.
Chasez also mentioned that their performance was “the worst kept secret ever.”
“When (Timberlake) called me (about getting the band back together for the VMA performance), he’s like, ‘Lets really make it a treat and let’s not tell anybody,” said Chasez. “I don’t know if there are cameras in the ceiling or wherever, but it was unbelievable. We were in rehearsal and Lance walked in and said, ‘Well everybody knows now.’”
Chasez added, “There was some kind of Twitter feed and we were like, ‘How in the world did they figure it out?’”
A day before the VMAs, ‘N Sync officially joined Twitter and increased the frenzy even more, basically pointing out that the rumors were true.
Another ‘N Sync member also spoke to the media the day after the awards show.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Lance Bass said, "It would be lovely to do (a reunion tour), but we've got nothing planned." He mentioned Timberlake’s touring schedule, and added, "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 further stated, “If we did anything like that, I think we would come up with something real special where we could actually call it 'The Reunion.'"