Kevin Won't Sidestep on the Environment
In an interview with the Associated Press, the thoughts of Richardson turned to politics and the environment -- specifically, mining in the Appalachian Mountains.
"Dude, I'm telling you, if the public could see what was going on, there would be an uprising," he says. "It looks like a war zone. I mean, the entire tops of mountains -- gone. Generations and generations of families that have lived there forced out."
Growing emotional, Richardson went on to say: "People think I'm some kid. But we (Backstreet Boys) have been touring for eight years, all over the world, and I've been soaking everything in. I'm a 31-year-old man who's seen a lot -- a lot of things that have disturbed me. And instead of ... not doing anything about it, I thought I'd use my voice to express my concerns and try to help."
Richardson, the grandson of a miner, also says he should be aware about Appalachia, having come from Lexington, Ky., practically next door to the Daniel Boone National Forest.
"I grew up in the heart of coal-mine country," he says. "I was a hike leader, a camp counselor -- I did all that. I love nature."
To say nothing of showbiz. There is a new Backstreet album planned for this fall, and his stint in "Chicago" is due to last until March 9.