Saturday, April 30, 2011
NICE HAT JEFF!!!
When I caught him for a few minutes before the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati 2011 Achievement lunch today and asked him what’s new, he said: “I”m heading back into the recording studio to do another album. I’m getting music going again. And I’m getting married.”
“The clock is ticking,” said Lachey, who popped the question to Minnillo last November.
Will it be sometime this year?
“If I were a betting man — and I’m not — I’d say it could happen this year.”
It could be a busy year for Nick, in addition to wedding plans and a new album:
“The Sing-Off”: He returns to host the third season on NBC. Open auditions start Thursday May 5 in Boston, but he won’t be involved until shows are taped in August.
Flying Pig Productions, the TV production company he owns with brother Drew: “We’ll be pitching two projects later this month in LA (to networks). We’re trying to make the productions here in Cincinnati, to do it out of here.” He would be a behind-the-scenes producer, not the star. Nick says he’s not involved with the “Glee”-like reality TV show that Drew and his wife Lea are talking to their alma mater, the School for Creative & Performing Arts, about doing based on their efforts to revive the music theater major this fall. “I encouraged them to do it,” said Nick, who co-created and produced the “Taking the Stage” reality show starring SCPA students for MTV.
Coming home: He’s “making a gradual transition to be back here.” Currently he spends about 3 weeks a month in LA, and 1 week at his place here. “There are a lot of things I’ve go to do in LA productionwise,” he says. Drew and Lea moved back here two years ago. Sounds like we could be seeing more of Nick? And Vanessa?
Written by Cindy Kranz
Nick Lachey (second from left) speaks to award winners (left to right) K'Ron Covington, Ziphyahn Glass, Alesea Ronnebaum, Donzel Bailey and Javele Jackson after Lachey keynoted the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati's Annual Achievement Luncheon at Xavier University's Cintas Center. / The Enquirer/Amie Dworecki
Javele Jackson never let adversity stop him.
In the past, he lived with his mother in Kentucky, moving from apartment to apartment.
"Things were hard," said the 17-year-old Western Hills University High School senior. "That was going on for as long as I can remember."
One day, when he was in fourth or fifth grade, they got evicted. His mom took off without him.
"To this day, I have not seen her," Javele said.
Despite the hardships he's faced, Javele has grown up to be a young man of character who serves as a role model for other youths.
On Friday, Javele was named the Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati at its Annual Achievement Luncheon at Xavier University's Cintas Center.
The award is based on a club member's character, academic excellence, citizenship and club involvement. It's the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive and comes with a $5,000 scholarship.
"It meant a lot," Javele said. "Just to win and to get the money was overwhelming."
He also met Nick Lachey, who was keynote speaker for the event. Lachey recently founded the Nick Lachey Foundation, dedicated to helping children and families in need.
A member of the U.S. Bank Club in Avondale, Javele is also a junior usher and fundraiser at Lee Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Javele is the youngest of five children in his family. He stresses to his younger cousins the importance of having a positive self-image, the negatives of drug use and taking care of oneself by eating right and exercising.
"I learned that from people showing me and teaching me," he said. "I always had a coach who said, 'You have potential. If you do this and keep yourself in shape, this is what you could become."'
Javele plans to attend Mount St. Joseph College to pursue a career as an athletic trainer and nutritionist. He'd also love to coach someday.
Other finalists for the award were:
Donzel Bailey, LeBlond Club in Over-the-Rhine; junior, Walnut Hills High School.
K'Ron Covington, Buenger Club in Newport; senior, Newport High School.
Ziphyahn Glass, Marge Schott-Unnewehr Club in Covington; eighth-grader, Holmes Middle School.
Alesea Ronnebaum, Espy Club in Price Hill; sophomore, Mother of Mercy High School.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati provide a free daily meal and after-school and summer programming for 10,000 children between the ages of 6 and 18 at 10 locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Drew Lachey, of the band 98 Degrees and winner of the second season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” enjoyed an early dinner with his wife and their young children at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas last night (Photo credit: Sugar Factory).
The family enjoyed ahi and beef sliders, ham and cheese crepes and turkey burgers, followed by Sugar Factory’s signature Cookie Jar ice cream sundae and root beer float for dessert. After their meal, the happy family stopped into Sugar Factory’s retail store and filled up on licorice bites, Reese’s peanut butter cups and gummy worms before heading out to enjoy the rest of their evening.
Sugar Factory American Brasserie is an American take on a traditional French brasserie, serving delicious cuisine all day, and all night, along with an oversized retail store and signature Chocolate Lounge. Other Sugar Factory retail stores are located at The Mirage and Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Jeff Timmons is a founding member of the platinum selling singing group 98 Degrees. He along with members Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre have sold over 15 million albums worldwide and are responsible for such hits as “The Hardest Thing” and “I Do (Cherish You).” After the group went their separate ways, Timmons focused on a solo career and appeared on the VH1 reality show Mission ManBand where former pop group singers (*NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick, LFO’s Rich Cronin, and Color Me Badd’s Bryan Abrams) joined forces and worked on creating music together. Timmons is currently using new technology and social media to get connected to and share his music with his fans. He is also getting ready to join the men of Chippendales at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas as the show’s emcee and special musical guest from May 12 through June 5 (Thursday through Sunday nights). TheCelebrityCafe.com’s Michelle Vaccaro spoke with the talented singer about his former band, new music, and his upcoming stint at the Rio.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: The New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, and even O-Town have gotten back together and created more music. Is there any chance that 98 Degrees will do the same?
Jeff Timmons: You know what? We threw out the idea for a while. Earlier in the year we got together and…I’m friends with some of those guys in the different groups you spoke about. I know they’re having a tremendous amount of success so far traveling and touring. We talked about it as a group…got together, discussed it, threw it around..but I just don’t think right now it’s going to happen. Everybody’s got their own things going on. So…maybe in the future.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: So you still talk to everyone else from the group?
Jeff Timmons: Yeah, I mean we’ve remained friends. It’s not like our group’s one of those groups that had a falling out or kind of broke up, on bad blood or anything like that. We were all friends. We kind of just had our run and kind of wanted to be with family and friends and do our own thing in the industry and so that‘s why we kind of just split up for a little while so…But yeah, I talk to them all the time.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: You were on Mission ManBand. Would you ever consider doing another reality show?
Jeff Timmons: I would if the situation was right. I was pretty reluctant to do Mission ManBand. VH1 had been asking me for years and years and years to do it. I kind of had a feeling that they would kind if skew the show to make us not look so good and it’s what they did ultimately, but...the four of us actually had a bond and had a great time together outside of the show. I mean if they would’ve filmed some of the stuff outside of the show, they probably would’ve had a pretty crazy show, but they had their own plan and sort of a script for what they wanted to happen. I think that if the premise of the show was right and it was well written and sort of had a cool message or reached the right amount of people in the right way, I would definitely do it again.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: Do you have any good stories from that then since you said it was a crazy time?
Jeff Timmons: Oh yeah, we had more fun…they had turned the cameras off at 11/12 o’clock at night. We had more fun after that…crazy times, people coming over, parties, and us screwing around and actually doing music. The show didn’t really revolve around us doing music, but we actually did music and nothing in particular, I mean the whole thing was great. I could give you stories, but you’d probably have to write another story.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: Is that why the group never release any music…because of the show?
Jeff Timmons: Well, no, I think that…none of us were really taking it seriously. I think we all kind of did it because we all had things we wanted to promote. When we got into it, they were talking about one thing, regarding the seriousness of the group and us seriously doing music and we were putting a record out and stuff like that. I think all of us were into it just because it’s an interesting, kind of weird thing. But when we got there and started filming the show, the show wasn’t about that at all. The show was about putting us in situations that tried to make us look uncomfortable, feel uncomfortable, and more vulnerable. It wasn’t about the music so we just said, ‘screw it, we’ll go back and do our own thing, we’ll make friends…’ The premise of the show of the whole show put a monkey wrench into the whole process of putting music out.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: Being in what many consider a “boyband,” do you think you have some training as to what the audience is going to be like at Chippendales?
Jeff Timmons: You know, I think the audience is just going to be an extension of what my old audience, the group’s old audience is. It’s going to be females. I mean the majority of our audience in 98 Degrees were females anywhere from 10-years-old to 42-years-old pretty much. I just think over the course of the past few years, I’ve always stuck with music so I still have a fan base. I gave away a record last year online in exchange for people’s email addresses and the album had over a million [and] two downloads. So I know that there’s still a fan base out there. I just think that they’re a little bit older now. Instead of being 12-years-old, they’re in their early twenties up until the late forties. I think it’s going to be the same kind of thing. I’m just ready to have fun with it. Anybody that knows me knows I’m not too serious of a guy so I think that it’ll be a good time. I’m looking forward to it.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: You’re going to be singing and emceeing. Are you just going to be doing any dancing as well?
Jeff Timmons: If you’re talking about striptease dancing…absolutely not. You don’t want the Chippendales to start losing their fan base and people start going in different directions… No, I think I’ll get up there and stick with what I know best and that’s just pretty much entertaining and having fun..
TheCelebrityCafe.com: You have a new album coming out. Can you tell me a little bit about it?
Jeff Timmons: Yeah, I had produced all my music myself. I do it with some of my friends. I have been doing production since the group. A lot of our notoriety didn’t come from producing, arranging, engineering records, but we all did that stuff. This record is kind of a little bit different than 98 Degrees. It’s got a lot of high energy, high tempo songs. Of course you’re going to have the ballads like we had with 98 Degrees, but we have a lot of up tempo dance stuff. I’m going to be releasing the music in a very unique way. I’m going to be releasing songs exclusively through different popular social websites and entertainment websites…a site like yourself. I’d like do a song with you guys and release it exclusively through you guys and through some very, very unique technologies as well. It makes it a little bit more fun and interactive. Every song will have a music video attached to it…and a high level one, an MTV ready one. So I think that’s going to be quite unique with this project.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: That’s really cool. Now, you like to stay connected to your fans through the social media stuff. You also use VMS. Can you tell me a little bit about that?
Jeff Timmons: Yeah, you really did your research. VMS is a new technology that’s very interesting. It hasn’t really caught on here in the States surprisingly. Some of the founders of VMS, they’re a Swedish group that I got connected to through an old producer of 98 Degrees… They met with me and said, “Will you promote this VMS for us?” Basically, it’s just video messaging. The fans can go to VMS, sign up for my channel. They download an app called VMS by Ironroad Technologies. They sign up and I can send them a video message and it’ll go right to their phone. And if they sign up, they can send me one back. I can go into my inbox and see…It’s sort of like a Twitter on steroids. Instead of instant microblogs, it’s instant video messages. I can pick and choose who I want to reply back in a video fashion. It’s pretty, pretty amazing.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: So are you going to release some of your music through that too?
Jeff Timmons: I don’t think that they’re capable of that…I can send a three minute video like that, but I want to make it so that the other technologies that I have…make it so…if I want to put…let’s say that you’re magazine was a real, physical magazine, not part of the virtual world. I could put a code in your magazine, people could snap a picture of it with their phone…I could do it on your website too…It could go right into the phone, but then they have the option to take it out of their phone and then stick into the computer and interact with it, with VMS it would just strictly be stuck into the phone. I think they’re working on the technology where they can take the videos out of your phone and into your computer, your iPod, your Zune, whatever.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: Do you have any other upcoming projects…well, you’re doing a lot actually… Chippendale’s, the CD coming out...are you going on tour?
Jeff Timmons: You know I probably would do a few dates after the Chips. But right now I’m just really focused on getting the music out there. I want everybody to come to the Rio, check me out. We’ll have a good time. As you know… I’m very interactive with the fans and hands on. I just want everybody to check the music out and if they get a chance, I released the first single for free at sharefuze.com/JeffTimmons-itfactor and all you got to do is share it. If you share it once on one of your social networks, you can download it for free. A lot of the music will be free too this time.
TheCelebrityCafe.com: Your whole CD is going to be free?
Jeff Timmons: Everything’s free. The whole thing’s free.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
"I would love to be there when the time comes," Timmons, who performed with Lachey in the boy band, 98 Degrees, tells RumorFix exclusively.
Timmons, who just accepted a gig to perform at Chippendales in Las Vegas, says, "I've known Nick and Vanessa for a long time ... I got to see their synergy and what their relationship was like last summer and fall -- I just think they're incredible and I think they're going to make a great couple."
The 30-year-old is "just a beauty and a wonderful person to be around," he says.
When Nick and Jessica Simpson wed on October 26, 2002, 98 Degrees performed, but will the group reunite to perform this time around?
"I think it would be cool," Timmons says, "but I think sometimes you want to separate business from personal and I could see how he maybe would not want that to happen."
Friday, April 22, 2011
Nick Lachey has teased that he is going to “let himself go” before his imminent wedding.
The 37-year-old singer became engaged to stunning actress-and-model Vanessa Minnillo, 30, last year, and the pair have been busy planning their impending nuptials.
Nick has revealed he is looking forward to the big day, which he says is drawing closer. He doesn’t want to give any more details on the subject, other than that it will be happening soon, and joking that he won’t be working out in preparation for it.
"The countdown's begun,” he told People. "You know, the clock is ticking, so we're getting dangerously close. That's all I can say.
"I'm just gonna let myself go. She loves me for who I am, skinny or fat."
The heartthrob admitted he was only teasing, insisting that he wants to look his best for his beautiful bride Vanessa. The star said he will be visiting the gym to hone up his already muscled physique.
"No. Of course. Everyone likes to get in shape and try to look good on [his] wedding day, at least. So, I'll have to start hitting the treadmill regiment to get ready for it," he smiled.
Nick claims many details for the day of the marriage have not yet been confirmed, such as the menu at the reception or the all-important wedding cake. One subject which Nick is making a priority, however, is having a wild bachelor party.
"We're working on that," he smiled. "A few of the boys are here tonight, so we'll get some conspiring together and figure something out."© Cover Media
Monday, April 18, 2011
Jeff Timmons tells us when News Kids On The Block started their tour he, Nick and Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre discussed getting back together.
"I think that now would have been a great opportunity for us to get back together," Jeff says of the boy band group from the late 90s famous for such hits as "Because of You," "The Hardest Thing" and "Invisible Man."
Jeff, who is 37 now and about to embark on a four week gig with Chippendales, says there's no bad blood between the band members, in fact he says, "We were like brothers ... we were very close as a group."
Jeff says the timing wasn't right for the group, Drew just signed on to return to the Price Is Right at the Bally's in Las Vegas April 19-30 and of course, Nick, is about to get married to Vanessa Minnillo.
But the singer still holds out hope, "Look if the opportunities not now, hopefully it will be later."
LMAO I LOVE This Article!!!! ;)
By Stephanie McKinny
Do you smell that? That’s the faint smell of Dr. Pepper flavored Bonne Bell Lip Smackers being reapplied once again by the teenage girls of the ‘90s. Except now those teenage girls are mid to late 20-year-olds and that means they can go to Vegas and see naked men. They’ll probably be especially giddy now, because it turns out one of their beloved boy-banders from back in the day was forced to quit gave up his day job, and has now resorted to stripping. That’s right ladies, for the small price of $54.95 – which is probably more than their actual concert tickets used to cost – you can see former 98° member Jeff Timmons shake his shit with the Chippendales in Las Vegas. It’s official; that band is now more famous for all the other bullshit they’ve been a part of than their actual music career. He’s not only a stripper, but he’s their musical guest too. Here, I’ll let them tell you:
“The temperature is rising at Chippendales as Jeff Timmons from the platinum-selling group 98 Degrees joins the acclaimed revue as the special musical guest star at the Rio All-suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas May 12th through June 5th.”
It’s a drunken bachelorette’s dream come true. Have fun, ya hussies.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Saturday, April 16, 2011
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Make me wish I was going!!!!
Before you book a flight to Vegas and cash in your pay check for all singles, see if Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees has still “got it” for his run as a Chippendales Dancer!
Friday, April 15, 2011
“The Price is Right Live™” Stage Show at Bally’s Las Vegas welcomes back special celebrity host Drew Lachey for an exclusive run, April 19-30. The “Dancing with the Stars” winner and former co-host previously hosted the live game show in Las Vegas to sold-out crowds in August 2010. Lachey will enlist audience members to play fan-favorite games as “Plinko,” “Cliff Hangers,” “The Big Wheel,” and of course, “The Showcase,” for their chance to win thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. “The Price is Right Live” runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $54.50 and are available at the Bally’s and Paris box offices, or by calling 702-967-4567 or toll free at 1-877-374-7469. Tickets can also be purchased via www.ballyslasvegas.com. There is no age requirement for ticket holders, but contestants must be 21 years of age or older.
I've been thinking about blogging this for quite sometime now.. Opening up about the past & letting you see the real me. A part of me that I hide. Not intentionally, but its not something that I really like to talk about either.. A tweet that I received from Jeff Timmons the other night actually inspired this Blog... So where do I start?
Back in 94 my Dad came down with Esophageal Cancer, at the time it wasn't a well known cancer like it is today. Basically its cause by Acid Reflux. As luck would have it. My Dad was a vet. So it he received amazing care at the George Washington Medical Center which is in DC. The bad part was that this hospital wasn't in a good part of the town. And my father was there for a better part of 6mths. we couldn't afford to stay there with my father, so my Mother and i would drive down several times a week with friends and family to see him. He recovered from this dreadful illness, but he was half the man he used to be afterwards sadly.. But still my daddy had an amazing soul and he got thru this..
After 2yrs of driving back to and forth to DC we finally thought that maybe. Just maybe life would get back to normal.. But Christmas Eve 1996 turned out to be not such a good Christmas. My Mom found out that she had Lymphoma and would had to be going thru Cancer treatments as well.. Sadly thou. We live in a small town and she would have to stay here at the Hospitals to be treated.. She didnt choose this. In fact she wanted us to take her somewhere else. But with no Health Insurance there wasn't much we could do. Our hands were tied. A few mths later she was told she was cured and that life could go back to normal..
It was not meant to be.. One week later my Mom was back in the hospital being treated for a Brain Tumor that went undetected. I was 27. Still pretty naive and being kept in the dark by the entire family. Even when it wasn't looking good? I just didn't see it. Denial perhaps? I really dont know..My Dad made it thru so why wouldn't my Mom right?
This is where 98 Degrees came into my life.. The funny thing? Cassette Tapes were still popular then. I know what the heck is that? But i used to buy tapes just because I thought the guys on the Front cover were cute. There I admitted it. Alot of the times, I got some not so good music. But this time? Well it may have changed my life. The song you ask? Was **Invisible Man** One of my fave 98 degrees songs to this day. I remember taking this cassette tape to the hospital to show my Mom and telling her all about this new group I had discovered.
My mom was my very best friend. She grew up on American bandstand, Elvis & the Beatles.. and started me young with people like Shaun Cassidy and Leif Garret. In fact our favorite thing to do when i was in high school was watch Dance Party USA together.. So you know where i get my love for Music & dance from. My Mom! She would have loved 98 Degrees.. But sadly she passed away less then a month later. Looking back, I have blacked out most of her sickness and the time that went with it. That cassette tape is one of the only memories i have of those days..
Not even 6 months later. I lost my Daddy as well. I can honestly say I think he died of a broken heart.. Its hard for me to write all of this. But its part of the healing process as well. Sharing my story.. And helping others out that go thru this as well.
I think 98 Degrees helped me thou..They got me thru the worst years of my life even after the group broke up. I know everyone has there own story saying a band or song saved them. Well Im here to tell you that its true. Not that they actually saved me. But it was something to do.. Somewhere else to focus my attention. Somewhere, where i could be me and not the poor girl that had just lost both of her parents. If that makes any sense..
Webtv was very popular back then and i met a friend from California on the boards. We had so much in common and i think she may have been my first friend thru the internet. We haven't met in person yet but i hope to meet her someday.. This girl weather shes knows it or not carried me thru that ruff time.. I could go on for hrs in letters to her about my life and she listened. She didn't know me personally so it helped because i could be real and raw with her and she didn't have anything previous to go one.. But she also shared my love for 98 Degrees as well.. So when the nights got lonely.. I would open up that webtv (which makes me giggle thinking about it) and she was always there. So thank you my friend..
98 Degrees also got me to NYC for my very first time.. The Bright Lights of the big city that i have fallen in love with so many times since. I will never forget it.. They made me drive thru Times Square to go to Mtv TRL. I think i cried the whole way. In fact I know I did. I was scared to death. It was well worth it thou. They had a song that was banned in the US called.. Can I touch you there. Yes your reading this part right. So i made a sign. Im almost embarrassed to write this. That said Drew & Jeff can I touch you there and i held it proudly above my head.. on a street corner of NYC mind you.. Nick wasn't there that day, but the other three were. Now whether they remember this or not. They all 3 turned around, busted out laughing and pointing at the poster. I was happy. The other girls? Not so much. I got dirty looks from quite a few because they had been on that corner for over an hour trying to get there attention.. So yes that was me..
That trip started my many NYC trips. But that's another story. I spent the next 2 years floating to concerts on the East Coast with random friends I had met on the 98 Boards, having the time of my life.. I had been thru the worst tragedy that could happen to someone at a young age. But my parents wouldn't have had it any other way. If this was my way to escape reality, then so be it.
Then 2000 rolled around. The Boy Band fad was over and the group broke up. By then I had left the 98 Message board and started my own yahoo group, called Still Lovin 98 Degrees. I met some amazing friends there. Grew a VHS tape collection of about 50+ videos of the guys all over the world. From Australia to the Philippines. You name it. I probably have it somewhere in that collection. And started writing Fan-fics. If you look hard enough you may just be able to find that old website on the net somewhere. none of my real life friends were into the group. So i doubt they ever even knew anything about it. Once again it was my Getaway.
A few yrs later. I closed the group. Started a Blog called **Still Lovin 98 Degrees** and its full of articles on the guys solo careers. I think its become my guilty pleasure to be honest. Im pretty proud of it.. It hit over 100,000 views from all over the world.. And its nice to see after all of these yrs later, people still have interest in what there doing.
I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff, WAY back in '99 in a Hotel parking lot in Salisbury, MD. He was the only one that even bothered to come up and say Hi to us. I never forgot that. It was late and there was maybe 5 of us there.. But that spoke volumes to me.. So I got my first of what was to be many pics of us together. I still have that picture framed on my wall.
Fast Forward to 2003. Jeff has released a solo CD and Im dragging a friend to Canton, OH to a Borders store to see him. I had never been to Ohio so it was a crazy roadtrip. But it was only a few hours away so why not? My friend Had NO idea who she was going to see. In fact Jeff walked right past her and i laughed when she asked who he was.. he performed a few songs and we got a chance to get pics and autographs with him.. Im laughing as i write this. He looks at me and asks where do i know you from? Well the only place we ever met was that parking lot.. I told him where it was.. And he thinks Im an old friend from High School!! that still makes me smile..
A year or two later Jeff starts touring with Jim Brickman and i get a chance to meet him again.. So I drag my cousin. Who you guessed it. Has an idea who he is. But not really. Sorry Jeff. But anyways, she falls in love with the music and bought Jeffs & Jims Cds after the show, so thats a good thing right.. We get to meet him after the show. And here we go again.. I know you don't I? yes I'm laughing. This time Jeff thinks Im a model from OH. thats extremely funny considering I'm 5ft tall. Who would hire me to be a model. But at least he had an idea he knew me right??
The next year another Christmas Show is another opportunity to go. So my cousin meets me and off we go to my third favorite city in the US. Pittsburgh, PA. Its December 30th the day before my Birthday and this is my Birthday present. We bought VIP at the last minute so we could meet them again.. I walk up and I say.. Please DO NOT say, I know you don't I? Jeff smiled, and replies well I know I know you I'm just not sure how..
Where am I going with all of this?? Its been 14yrs since I lost my parents. I'm still here, trying to get thru this thing we call life.. Yes I struggle day to day but I think we all do. Just because someone looks like they have it all together on the outside isn't always the truth. We don't see whats in peoples pasts.. We don't know what they have been thru. Basically the Grass isn't always greener on the other side. And we all have our Guilty Pleasures, I guess 98 Degrees was and still is mine..
I am now proud to say that I can call Jeff Timmons my friend. Thru the years I went from that Don't I know you girl to someone I hope he can call a friend as well. Maybe I wrote this blog to let him know how he helped me. Or maybe i wrote this blog to help myself move on. Or maybe this Blog will help someone else out there struggling with the same thing. I really don't know. But it feels good to get the story out there. Then again. maybe not many will read this.
Lifes a Hurdle.. You have Gotta jump it..Find something that you love and have Fun with it. Don't let what others think of you, stop you from doing something.. Had I listened to my friends back then.. who knows where i would be now.. I'm glad I didn't. I'm glad I went into my little 98 Degrees world, I have some amazing memories and friends who got me thru it.
Dedicated to my Parents.. May they RIP... Loving you Always and still Moving on..
Thursday, April 14, 2011
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the Grand Illusions Roasts that benefit Ohio Cancer Research Associates. They will celebrate the milestone by putting Cincinnati's most prolific restaurateur in the hot seat at The Roasting of Jeff Ruby. Celebrity roasters like 11-time Emmy Award Winner Cris Collinsworth and Nick Lachey will dish truths, untruths and everything in-between about their favorite Cincinnatian.
"This is for a really great cause, one that's particularly important to me. It's a chance to have a laugh at my expense to raise funds for a worthwhile organization," Ruby said.
The sold out event will be held at the Westin Hotel Downtown on Thursday, April 14th, and will be emceed by iconic sportscaster Brent Musberger and feature other celebrities like Coaches Marvin Lewis, Dusty Baker, Brian Kelly & Butch Jones, NFL Hall of Famer Paul Hornung, as well as Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman, former Oakland Raiders star and Super Bowl Champ Phil Villapiano and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory. The evening will open with a special video roast from Governor John Kasich.
"These roasters should keep in mind that I have way more dirt on them than they have on me…and yes, I'll get my turn at the podium," Ruby kidded. "Seriously, though, I'd encourage everyone to come out and support the event. It will be an entertaining evening."
By Ethan Goldsmith
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A luncheon was held Wednesday afternoon to mark the beginning of the Reds Kid Glove Games program.
Honorary chairperson Nick Lachey hosted the luncheon that was held at the Diamond Club at Great American Ballpark. The Kids Glove program provides area youth leagues with equipment by selling Reds tickets.
Nick Lachey, who used to play in little league, said at the luncheon, "I think it's just so important that we're able to keep our youth invested in sports and team sports and especially baseball. It's such a great baseball town and I think it's really important that we as a community continue to remember that and continue to promote that with our young people."
More than $8 million has been raised in the 62 year history of the kid glove program.
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Written by Antonio Martinez
Media outlets everywhere have been reporting that 98 Degrees founder and member Jeff Timmons has joined the Vegas show Chippendales as a stripper at the Rio Hotel and Casino from May 12th to June 5th . Celebuzz had the great pleasure of chatting with Timmons to set the record straight.
Sit tight Degreers. Jeff revealed he will NOT be stripping down to his boxers. We know. Sad face. But on a brighter note, he WILL be lending his beautiful vocal stylings to the show’s already extravagant and provocative line up. His role will be as a guest performer and M.C..
Jeff chatted with us about everything, including his gay following and what that means to him. He even revealed that talks about a 98 Degrees reunion have taken place (hooray!). Read the entire interview and get the entire story straight from Jeff himself after the jump — and check out a chance to WIN four VIP tickets to the show!
When did you first decide to team up with the Chippendales?
My old manager, Mike Caprio, is the PR guy for the Chippendales and he actually approached me about a year ago about doing it and I thought Chippendales? What do they want me to do? They want me to become a male stripper! He said that’s the old school Chippendales — you gotta come check out the show. A lot of celebrities are going and doing these shows in Vegas now. It’s becoming a miniature Broadway. Vegas has always been known as a haven for entertainment. I went and checked out the show and was pretty blown away. It’s a multi million-dollar performance in a $10 million performance facility and it’s a real deal show. Did the guys in the show take off their shirts? Yeah, that’s what they do. Do they strip naked and do girls shove dollar bills in their pants? No, it doesn’t happen like that anymore. They do musical numbers. It’s an entertaining show and it also hits my fan base, which is the female fan base. So, I was asked to come in and, not dance with the guys cause I cant hold a candle to those guys as professional dancers, but to come in and MC the show basically. I sing a couple older numbers and some of my new stuff, and get some new fans acclimated with my new music. It sounds like a fun thing to do.
Is there anything that you’re most nervous about in regards to performing with the Chippendales?
Well, those guys are extremely well-built studs. I’m just the guy next door from Ohio. It’s intimidating to get up there with them. I don’t know if I’ll be performing with them or exactly what they have in mind as far as the musical numbers that I’m going to be doing with them. But it’s an intimidating thing to get up there with a bunch of guys that look like the Incredible Hulk. Just little old me from Ohio hanging out with them. Although, I am really comfortable I my own skin, I think the biggest part of the whole thing that bothers me is that I hope people don’t get the misconception that I’m becoming a stripper. None of those guys in that show are strippers. It’s a very professional show like I said before. At the end of the day I’m excited to get up there and perform and introduce new stuff and get out there again. So, I’m not really nervous about any of it to be honest with you.
What has life been like post 98 Degrees stardom?
Well, I’ve been married before and I have two kids from a previous marriage, so I’ve been spending a lot of time just being a Dad. That was great — but I’ve never gotten out of music. I released my solo record on my own that was a very small project but made some noise on the adult contemporary charts and overseas it did pretty well. I’ve always been producing new artists, up and coming artists, and just been in the studio working on some of my new stuff. I’ve always hung around music and stayed with the music.
You also released an album that you put up as a free download on your website.
Yeah I did. I think at first people didn’t know what to do. I just wanted to experiment and see if it worked. What I wanted to do was put it up and everybody that submitted their email address would get a chance to download the record. I collected over 1.5 million email addresses in a matter of months. It worked out. I was nervous at first. People were asking why I was giving it for free, they didn’t understand. Here people are downloading music and movies for free on the Internet anyway. So, I figured if you cant beat them, you might a well join them. So, I gave the record away, had millions of downloads of it and got the music back out there. Now, with this new album I’ve been working on, I’m going to be doing a similar kind of thing. Starting today actually, I’m releasing the first song. I’m sending someone an email, blasting all million and a half emails. I’ll be sending a link. They can take this link and download the new song. The catch is, they have to share the link with at least one other person on their social network. So you can blast the link on your Twitter or your Facebook before you have access to the song. All that’s doing is helping me get my music to more possible fans.
The next release and subsequent releases on the album all will have music videos attached to them. Real music videos. So, every song on the album will be released over the Internet for free, virally, and with music videos attached. It’s pretty cool.
You talked about your female fan base, but you also have a huge gay following. How do you feel about that?
I’m flattered to have a following at all. The way I was raised, we didn’t discriminate against anybody. Sexual orientation has never been something that intimidated me whatsoever. Having a gay following, straight following, female following, alien following! I’m just happy to have people liking music. If I have a huge gay following I’m totally cool with that. 98 Degrees had a big gay following. We would go overseas to places like Germany and go to a club that was an exclusively gay club. It’s all about getting in front of your fan base and performing. In fact, my first solo show was for a Chicago Gay Pride festival. I’ve never had a problem with it. I’ve embraced it. I’m pretty sure everyone has good intentions, regardless of what they look like or what they prefer sexually.
I grew up in a small town. Not everyone has an open mind about things like that. I was raised a certain way, and if I behaved any differently my parents would kick my butt.
Are there any plans for a 98 Degrees reunion?
You know, we had talked about it for the first time in a long time a few months back, but we just couldn’t get it together. Everybody had different things that they wanted to do still. It’s still out there but I don’t think it’s going to happen any time soon. I think we have seen what New Kids and Backstreet Boys are doing, and they’ve had a fantastic run tour wise. It looks like it could be a great opportunity but we just couldn’t pull it together this time. But it’s not off the table. Just not right now.
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TMZ wont let us post it. But you can watch it HERE
Former boy band member Jeff Timmons tells RumorFix exclusively that he's joining Chippendales, "but they'll be no taking my clothes off in this production." Sorry ladies.
Still, the hunky 98 Degrees alum admits, "You never know maybe I’ll get a little crazy in one of the shows and show a little skin here and there."
At first, the 37-year-old was skeptical about joining the men's dance group. "You know the Chippendales have sort of a stripper kind of connotation to it, but after seeing the show it's a multi-million dollar production and a multi-million dollar facility. It's sort of like a Broadway show."
Jeff says he will act as emcee and sing some songs -- including some of his new music -- with the cast.
So what do his former bandmates, Nick Lachey and company, think about his new gig? "I haven’t heard anything from the guys in 98 degrees yet. I’m sure I will. I’m sure we’ll have a few laughs about it."
Jeff will be appearing with the dance troupe at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas beginning May 12, Thursday through Sunday for four weeks.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The singer, 37, will shake his moneymaker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino from May 12 through June 5, according to a press release on the man-dancing revue's website. The release promises "the temperature will rise" when Timmons "flexes his vocal chords and muscles" as the act's guest star and emcee.
"In addition to selling more than 15 million albums worldwide, 98 Degrees produced such mega-hits as 'The Hardest Thing,' 'I Do (Cherish You),' 'Invisible Man,' 'Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),' 'Because of You' and the number one hit single featuring Mariah Carey 'Thank God I Found You,'" the release touts. "The group also collaborated with legend Stevie Wonder on 'True to Your Heart' from Disney's hit animated feature Mulan. 98 Degrees' albums have reached gold or platinum status in more than sixty countries around the world."
Timmons will hit the stage Thursday through Sunday nights. Do what you must to prepare.
In the meantime, look back fondly on Timmons and the rest of the 98 Degrees crew with their best jam (that isn't 'Give Me Just One Night'), 'The Hardest Thing,' below: