For a band on tour, life can become a blur. One city starts to look like the next.
But one destination on Big Time Rush's 50-city "Big Time Summer Tour" will stand out for Logan Henderson.
He can't wait for the pop-music quartet, which got its start as a sitcom boy band on Nickelodeon, to arrive in Dallas on Saturday.
"My whole family will be there," says Henderson, who grew up in North Richland Hills. "I'm so excited to have them all see me perform. To do a show for all my family and friends is the coolest feeling."
The Nickelodeon stars and Columbia Records artists released their second album, Elevate, in November. It's the follow-up to the group's gold-certified debut, BTR.
Their hit TV series, meanwhile, averages more than 3.5 million viewers.
We checked in with Henderson, 22, before the band hit the road last week.
You and James Maslow, Carlos Pena Jr. and Kendall Schmidt have been a big-time success for a couple years now. But did it not really sink in how popular you were until you started touring?
It was so strange once we finally got out there [on the "Better With U Tour" in February]. Up until then, we spent most of our time kind of isolated in a soundstage or in a recording studio for 13, 14 hours a day. So to see the reaction from a live audience, to see the music and the show take flight, was incredible. And our fans cut across a lot of age groups, from 8-year-olds to 18-year-olds to adult parents.
Haven't you even had a few Beatles-come-to-America/ A Hard Day's Night-type experiences involving intense, passionate, screaming, grabby fans?
Yeah, that's interesting when it happens. It gets pretty hectic, pretty wild at times. But we're having the time of our lives.
The TV show is about four friends from Minnesota being groomed in Los Angeles for stardom as a boy band. Having grown up in Texas and moved to L.A. at age 18, can you relate?
It's been a whirlwind. You never know what will happen from one day to the next. Like, we were rehearsing the show, and rehearsing right next door was Chris Brown. So we got to have a little chat with him about music and stuff. He's such a great talent, and he's a good guy. So that was a cool moment.
Do you feel that Big Time Rush has grown musically since you started?
Without a doubt. This would have ended a long time ago if that wasn't the case. The four of us, we try to reinvent and make music that's interesting to us -- and hopefully everybody else follows. After our first album, we felt very free to explore and collaborate and create and try new things.
Our new single that just came out, Windows Down, is quite a different side of Big Time Rush than what people are used to hearing. But I think people are recognizing that, "You know what? These guys are still growing musically." Besides, it's such a cool song. So we're still having fun.
If we snooped through your music collection, what artists and what genres would we find that you enjoy most?
I listen to everything. One artist I've been listening to is Kimbra. She did a song with Gotye that was one of the biggest songs of the year. I love the way she sort of explores the whole studio and doesn't hold back. Also Ryan Tedder of One Republic.
I just had the Beatles on my iPod. They were such a huge inspiration to me. I like Ray Charles, the Clash, old-school rock 'n' roll, jazz and just all sorts of stuff.
Top 40 artists are great to listen to, but there's so much more great music that you don't get to hear on the radio. So I try to listen to a little bit of everything and soak it all up.