Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Joey Fatone joins 98 Degrees to perform *NSYNC hit 'Bye Bye Bye'


Boy band fans got a fun surprise Saturday when *NSYNCmember Joey Fatone joined 98 Degrees onstage at the West Palm Beach stop of the band’s My2K Tour for a rendition of *NSYNC’s iconic 2000 song “Bye Bye Bye.” 
The performance featured both the original “Bye Bye Bye” choreography and matching outfits, à la the early 2000s — in other words, it was a big day for boy bands covering other boy bands.
Fatone recently collaborated with 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons in Dead 7a Syfy film that also starred the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, and A.J. McLean, along with *NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick and the entirety of O-Town (save for Ashley Parker Angel, who is no longer with the band).
The My2K Tour also features O-Town, Dream, and Ryan Cabrera. Watch a clip of the performance below.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Random My2K Videos

98 Degrees "I Do" Tulsa (Video)

Watch 98 Degrees Perform A Cappella Medley on Billboard's Facebook Live

Lauren Craddock

Prepping to kick off the My2k Tour this summer, 98 Degrees stopped by for a BillboardFacebook Live performance. The boy-banders performed an a cappella medley of their hits “The Hardest Thing,” “Invisible Man” and “Because of You” in the video.
During the Q&A session with BillboardJeff Timmons recalls the craziest party they ever crashed that resulted in their pop success. “That’s how we got signed. We crashed a party. We went to a Boyz II Men concert; we idolized Boyz II Men,” Timmons said. “We bought Boyz II Men tickets, we went backstage and sang on a radio-station party ... so we kind of crashed that party and that’s how we got discovered.”

As fans have grown up with the band, 98 Degrees is interested to see how their crowds come full-circle, bringing along a younger generation. The guys kick off the My2k Tour on July 8 in Park City, Kansas.  
Watch the full session and a cappella performance as Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons share what it’s like sharing a tour bus again and how drinking is their activity of choice.

98 Degrees bring back the '90s during TODAY performance


8 Degrees brought the heat – and the ’90s – to Thursday’s episode of the TODAY show.
The boyband reunites for their My2K tour this summer to help audiences relive the glorious ’90s and early 2000s. During their visit to TODAY, which included a performance and an interview, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons, and Justin Jeffre spoke about the tour: “[We’re] to reconnecting with all our fans,” Nick Lachey said.
The band decided they wanted to tour after their last outing three years ago. Drew Lachey assured fans that they fell right back into a familiar groove and the rehearsal “potty, toilet humor it’s still funny… It doesn’t matter how long you’re apart. You still fall back into the same roles.” 
And when they turned on the music, 98 Degrees obviously performed with choreographed mic-stand dancing included.
Check out the full clips below and the My2K tour starts July 8.

98 Degrees brings nostalgia to Brady Theater show

Drew Lachey talks about the band’s return

Drew Lachey was surprised how quickly he and his bandmates in 98 Degrees found their sound again after several years apart.
Preparing for that tour in 2013, Lachey, his brother Nick, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons soon found what sent their pop and R&B vocal creations to the top of the charts.
“It kind of awoke a sleeping giant, like, ‘Oh, we miss this! We enjoy performing together and making music together,’ ” Drew Lachey told the Tulsa World in a recent interview.
Lachey and 98 Degrees are bringing that music back to Tulsa on Saturday, with a heavy dose of pop nostalgia coming along on the MY2K tour, also featuring O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera. The show is set for Brady Theater, with doors opening at 7 p.m.
Lachey talks about why they wanted to come back, the reception from fans and the possibility of new music while dealing with a changed music industry.
What was it about that tour three years ago that motivated this tour?
I think it was the fact it had been so long since we had performed together and getting back on stage together on the tour was kind of the catalyst. It kind of awoke a sleeping giant, like, “Oh, we miss this! We enjoy performing together and making music together.”
So that was kind of what spurred this on with the fact we realized now over the passage of time, we’ve learned to appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given and how much we enjoy performing together and working together.
How were you surprised by the reception?
It’s been very flattering and humbling. There’s no real way to put it other than we’re excited that our fans have missed us, and we’re excited to get back out in front of them. The last tour, it was electric with the connection with the audience. To have the fan base that, even after all these years, is excited to hear your music and see you perform, that’s a huge compliment.
What was it like getting back into that grove of touring and performing? Or was there a new groove you had to discover?
On the last tour, we had our families out with us, so that was definitely an adjustment to being young guys just out on the road together and being responsible for no one other than yourself. But on the MY2K tour, we’re going out on the road just the four of us and our band, then flying home on days off to see our families. So yeah, there are adjustments logistically and schedule-wise you have to make and compromises you have to make, but for the most part, just physically, skill-wise and practice-wise, it was kind of like riding a bike when we got back together. The sound came back, the harmonies came back. We’re fortunate we were able to recapture our sound again.
What set 98 Degrees apart from other vocal groups at the time?
I think it was our sound. Our vocal sound. It was always a little more harmony based than other groups. We modeled ourselves after groups like Boyz II Men or Four Tops, the Temptations, more vocal harmony groups were our inspiration. I think our vocal sounds and harmonies were our biggest difference.
And you guys were with Motown Records and you wrote most of your own music, so that added a few different layers there.
Sure, every group has their different strengths and different focuses and things that set them apart, but yeah I think being on Motown and having the R&B influence to our music and our vocals, it definitely was one of the things that made us different from the other groups. Not better, not worse, just different.
When you guys were putting together “2.0” in 2013, how was that process different from earlier albums? Do you see that process changing as you go forward?
The industry has definitely changed a lot in the last 20 years — the way people solicit songs, the way albums are put together, advances, publishing, every aspect of music has changed. So for us, going back into the studio, we kind of have to learn a new business model as we’re recording.
We’re definitely much more educated now as to the new music industry, but I think there is less of a focus on album sales and more about the connection to your fans, which is something we’re 100 percent supportive of, and that’s the way we prefer it. Our fans have been so supportive of us for decades. They’re the ones that have given us this opportunity to come back and supported us, so we love being able to get back out in front of them and make music.
In that way, you have kind of a 20-year head start of building that fan base.
Yeah, it’s great. We just have to catch up on the social media front and all that kind of fun stuff. I feel like my grandparents a lot of times. But slowly but surely we’re getting there.

98 Degrees, O-Town, Dream reunite this summer for most hilariously named tour

MY2K (13 of 17)

Somewhere, the past versions of everyone who loved Nick Lachey in the ’90s are losing their minds, because 98 Degrees is hitting the road! That’s right folks, you heard it here first (maybe): Lachey’s band has joined nostalgic forces with O-Town, Dream, and Ryan Cabrera, and the whole gang is traveling the country on a summer-long tour.
The best part? They’re calling it the My2K tour.
One more time: They’re calling it the My2k tour.
This name is brilliant because it’s a mashup of the ownership fans felt for these bands, relics of the early aughts, and of the early aughts themselves. My 2k. My 2000. And, to boot, it’s a play on Y2K, that thing where everyone thought that, upon entering a new millennium, our computers would spontaneously combust due to some glitchy bug having to do with dates and times. It seemed highly likely, as the year 2000 approached, that we would all have to retreat to bunkers, subsist off the cans of Spam we had carefully stockpiled, and live in a post-apocalyptic wasteland until aliens rescued us or something.
But back to the tour. Because, if you can believe it, it gets even better: The tagline is “I know what you’re doing this summer,” which is a play on the movie I Know What You Did Last Summer, which came out in 1997.
True to form, the bands appear to be sticking with the looks that made them famous in the first place. Here are the members of 98 Degrees rocking camouflage-print bottoms (which I think — nay, Ihope — are cargo pants) and vests without shirts on underneath on the opening night of MY2K in Park City, KS.