A lot has changed for Aaron Carter since beginning his performance career as a pop music-focused 7-year-old in 1994. He found platinum success with a trio of Disney-approved albums. He became a reality television star (“House of Carters”), dancing star (“Dancing With The Stars”) and Broadway star (“The Fantasticks”). And, in between, he became old enough to legally drive a car.
But, after his Friday night tour stop at The Forum inside Amherst’s Maple Entertainment Complex, one thing remains unchanged amid these deviations: Carter is still the same caliber showman who approached the millennium as a frosted-tipped tween sensation.
If a career-rejuvenation at the age of 25 can actually be referred to as a comeback, then the Tampa, Fla., native’s 2013 “After Party Tour” could be billed as just that. Carter hasn’t recorded a studio album since 2002’s “Another Earthquake.” He hasn’t toured since 2005 and, intermixed with his diversified entertainment detours, he’s countered drug-related appearances in gossip magazines with rehab, recovery and scattered performances. Now on the back end of an over-150-show tour that started in February, the pop star behind 2000’s Pixy Stick-infused “Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)” can still summon the same charisma and command that once controlled his Nickelodeon legions. Read full article.