Thousands of fans are looking forward to this summer’s “The Package” Tour featuring 98 Degrees, NKOTB and Boys II Men. And now comes the news that not only are they reuniting for the tour, but 98 Degrees is in the studio making new music.
But don’t worry fans – Jeff Timmons, founding member of 98 Degrees, promises the fans will get the goods they are looking for. From People Magazine:
Timmons adds that the group isn’t resting on their laurels, they’re back in the studio, working on new music. “We’ve all developed different sounds,” he added. “I’m more R&B. A couple of the other guys are more pop. So it’s fun to put us together and see what we come up with.”
But they’ll still perform many of their old songs this summer when they embark on The Package Tour, a joint tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men.
“That’s what people remember us for,” Timmons said. “I think our most popular song is ‘I Do,’ which still gets played at weddings. But people also like ‘The Hardest Thing.’ We’ll definitely give them what they want.”
I, for one, am glad to see the guys back together. I loved their music back in the 90s and still do. Great vocals all around.
For the upcoming tour, though, I hope Jeff plans to give the fans not only the music that the fans want, but also at least a hint of the beef cake I know the fans also admire about the guys of 98 Degrees. Here’s a just sample – if you’ve got a Porsche, kids, you don’t keep it in the garage…):
Announced today on The View – 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men will tour with NKOTB this summer.
Donnie Wahlberg made the announcement making it clear that each band will perform it’s own set so fans will get what they want. A couple of years ago Backstreet Boys toured with NKOTB and performed WITH NKOTB. I’m guessing fans made it clear they want the hits by each band.
I was a 98 Degrees fan back in the day and got to know Jeff Timmons during his solo years when my husband Michael worked with him; plus his time at Chippendales at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas a lot of fun.
I know there are a lot of happy fans out there today.
Back in the 90s, I was a big fan of the “boy band” music with 98 Degree, N’Sync and Backstreet Boys. I’m not as familiar with the new crop of bands, although from what I’ve been hearing I thought One Direction was pretty much the top dog these days. Guess I was wrong…
Although rumors were denied earlier this year, it looks like the buzz about a 98 Degrees
reunion is at least somewhat true. The boy band will reunite for a
one-off performance at Pennsylvania’s Mixtape Festival in August,
Nick and Drew Lachey confirmed.
called in to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show Wednesday (June 20) to talk
about, among other things, their band’s reunion. “We’re very excited
about the opportunity,” Drew Lachey told Seacrest, “and we’ve been
toying around with the idea for a couple years of: ‘if we got back
together, when would be the right scenario, and this music festival
right here just kind of seemed like the right time to get back
together and do a show and kick the tires and see how it feels.”
Boy band fans will have no shortage of acts to see at Mixtape Fest. Besides 98 Degrees, The Wanted, New Kids on the Block and the supergroup NKOTBSB are also slated to perform over the weekend.
Earlier this month, millions of pop music fans were excited when they heard rumors that former ’90s boy band 98 Degrees was reuniting for a tour this summer.
Unfortunately, said rumors were quickly shot down by band member and soon-to-be-father Nick Lachey, who on Twitter wrote, “So psyched to see all the excitement for a 98 degree tour, but the only tour I’ll be doing this summer is at baby’s ‘r us.” (Nick and his wife, Vanessa Lachey, are expecting their first child together this year.)
“I honestly don’t think it’s gonna happen at all now,” founder and creator of 98 Degrees Jeff Timmons said, candidly. “If it wasn’t gonna happen now, it wasn’t gonna happen last year … Maybe it’ll never happen.”
“We had gotten serious about it,” he said, of the proposed summer tour. “So much so that a tour was being put together for us; a 15-city tour. We got on the phone, all of the guys discussed it, and it seemed like a go. And then not everybody wanted to do it, for various reasons. We make decisions collectively as a group; not one person make decisions. [Since] not all four of us were on the same page, we decided not to do it.”
“I would love to get back in the studio with 98 degrees, but I just don’t think it’s gonna happen,” Timmons says. “Some of us want to do music, and some of us don’t. We all gotta want to do it; we can’t be forced into that. It’ll come through in the music. So, I don’t think it’s gonna happen. I would love the opportunity, but right now it doesn’t seem like it’s gonna go down.”