Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
The reality show garnered a favorable review from Digital Journal, since it does a solid job emphasizing such values as hard work, perseverance, reliability and teamwork.
Timmons is best known as the founding member of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees, and this is not the first time that he crosses over to different musical genres. His "Whisper That Way" single from his debut first solo album was a hit on adult contemporary radio and it subsequently reached the Top 20 on the adult contemporary charts.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
E! turns the cameras on the "Men of the Strip," a new Las Vegas male revue featuring 98 Degrees star Jeff Timmons.
Debuting June 1, Timmons teams up with entrepreneur "Money" Mike Foland and choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard to prep a group of hard-bodied studs for their big Sin City debut.
"These guys have very interesting lives behind the scenes. With this reality TV movie, you get a sneak peek at what these guys are like off the stage," he explained. "Some of these guys are actually shy. They aspire to do different things, including professional sports and acting. It's not all about bumpin' and grindin' -- it has a lot of depth to it."
With nicknames like "Poster Boy" and "Hearthbreaker," there's something for everyone! "When we were in 98 Degrees, each of the guys had their own fan base, so that's what we had in mind with these guys," Jeff said.
Timmons, who describes himself as a "married guy with all kinds of kids," says his wife actually pushed him to do Men on the Strip. "My wife actually encouraged me to do this," he admitted. "She said, 'This could be something really cool for you to create and be a part of.' My kids have seen the show! It's nothing over-the-top and not tasteful for them to see. If it is, they'll turn around!"
Dan Weiss - Single Again
So for 98 Degrees and Rising, did the band have much of a say in which songs you got to pick?
We really did. We played a big hand in most of our albums, even the first one. They didn’t let us write a lot of the songs on the first album; we started writing and co-writing a little bit more on the second album. But we definitely picked the songs — from “I Do” to “Invisible Man,” “Hardest Thing,” “Because of You,” we were receiving songs at a huge clip, sifted through all of them and we thought that those were hits. It’s funny you ask about “Hardest Thing,” we were finishing the album and the album was basically like, “yeah, one more song on the record.” It was the last one we recorded and it almost didn’t make the record, ironically.
What made you guys decide to throw it on at the end?
It just sounded like a hit. It was formulaic, it sounded amazing, and we liked the words a lot. We liked the meaning of the song. We thought it was a well-crafted song, it was written by a really great writer, Steve Kipner, who wrote [Chicago’s] “Hard Habit to Break” among other hit songs throughout the years, and we just thought, well, we have a surefire way with this one.
Replaying it for this interview, “The Hardest Thing” was a lot darker than I remembered. Did it dawn on everybody immediately that it was about a mistress and not a traditional breakup?
Yeah, absolutely. Just because at the time it was considered boy-band pop, people were just assuming by the production that it was a happy song but it was not. It was a darker song about choosing someone else.
Do you think a lot of the group’s teenage fans understood?
I think like you said, a lot of our fans were teens and decided they were more into the song than they were the lyrics, but I think when they got older they started to realize what it was really about. Same with “Invisible Man,” that song is pretty sad as well. People would always say, ‘oh that song means a lot to me, I was going through a breakup and didn’t know who to choose from’ and they would tell us their stories.
There’s a lot of songs in pop that people think are sweeter than they are, like “Every Breath You Take.”
Haha, good example.
What’s up with him saying he’ll meet her again? The guy in the song sounds like the least trustworthy person ever.
Yeah, exactly! He sounds pretty scandalous. Guys a lot of times would come up to us — of course they’d be embarrassed to say that they were fans — so they’d come up to us incognito and be like, “Yeah, that song ‘Hardest Thing’ reminds me of my girl and my mistress, or this girl I was cheating on…” And I’d just be like, “Oh well, good…I mean, it’s not a good thing you were cheating but it’s a good thing you relate to the song!”
That’s amazing that people would just walk up to you and tell you about their mistress.
People will say the craziest stuff. A lot of times people think because you’re a celebrity that you’re not a human being. So they’ll say the most outlandish things, because they’re nervous and they don’t know what to say. Some of them sound so crazy that you’re like “…okay.” It comes with the territory, but we did hear a number of crazy things on the road from different people in different scenarios.
Does one story stand out in particular?
One girl was obsessed with one of the songs, “Invisible Man,” and we were doing something for NBA’s “Stay in School,” and we were in the basketball arena, backstage before we could go rehearse before our little show. And someone had posed as an interviewer for NBC. She came into our dressing room and had the camera rolling and was asking us a bunch of questions. She seemed really nervous to be a reporter, and our security guy realized the light wasn’t on on the camera, and it wasn’t really recording. And she turned out to be that obsessed fan, she starting freaking out like, “I’m the invisible fan, I’m the invisible fan!” It was kind of scary, obviously harmless but sometimes you never know.
Yeah, wow. So was everyone familiar with the Doctor Zhivago reference in “The Hardest Thing”? Be honest.
Well, look, a couple of our guys were not, okay? We assumed since some of us weren’t, that 14-year-old girls would never understand that. To this day, I think people don’t even know what the words are on that part. You’d see people in the audience mouthing at that part like, “wherever I go…” It certainly got lost in translation with our demographic. We did try to get it changed, but the guys who wrote the song were much older and they were like, “no way.”
It’s a really random surprise in there, the only literary reference I know of in a boy band song.
Yeah, exactly. We were the scholars. [laughs] No, we didn’t want the lyric in there either but it makes for a really interesting trivia question when people talk about the song.
Were you guys trained for boxing at all when you made the video? Had any of you boxed before?
I think a couple of us did some pickup training in maybe one session but it was too hard.
BY ALLISON CORNEAU
At 21-months-old, Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo's son, Camden, is already a city slicker. "He loves New York," Lachey, 40, tells Us Weekly of their son. The family relocated from their Cincinnati and L.A. home bases in January so the former 98 Degrees member could host VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live from the music channel's headquarters.
One of Lachey's favorite ways to bond with Camden is during breakfast, when The Sing-Off host cooks and sings to his son.
"I make him scrambled eggs, and he gets his apple cinnamon oatmeal every day. It's our bonding time together," Lachey tells Us. "I sing to him when I wake him up and put him down for a nap."
Monday, July 7, 2014
By Stacy Lopez
As part of the 90s mega-group 98 Degrees, Jeff Timmons knows how to put on a good show for the ladies. Now, he’s using his singing and dancing skills to host and produce a reality male stripper movie called Men of the Strip.
We caught up with him in The Social's green room, where he talked about his parents' reaction to the movie, pizza (apologies to his half-eaten salad that was sitting nearby) and which tour mate he would cast as a man of the strip.
Canton native will be guest at Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Aug. 1
Canton native Jeff Timmons, who rose to international pop stardom with the vocal foursome 98 Degrees, is heading home for a fashion show. Timmons, 41, will be special guest at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon on Aug. 1 at Canton Memorial Civic Center. Tickets, $58 and $61, may be purchased by calling 330-458-2048.
Here, Timmons, 41, an upbeat and friendly guy who attended Perry High School, graduated from Washington High School, and later played football at Malone University, answers our five-question quiz, via telephone from his home in Summerlin, Nevada, a Las Vegas suburb.
A. “I’m performing intermittently throughout the fashion show, three or four songs. I was speaking with the producers and they were telling me they’ve revamped the event to make it chic and hip. I’m going to try to come in a little early. I hope to bring my whole clan, my wife Amanda and five kids. I have two stepkids, two from my previous marriage and we have one together. It’s like the Brady Bunch.”
A. “It was our best tour ever, 49 dates. 98 Degrees hadn’t been around for 13 years. We never really ended things, we just went in different directions after 9/11. When we found out New Kids had had recent success touring, it piqued our curiosity. Then when Boyz II Men signed on, (the tour) was a no-brainer. They were our idols starting out. Playing to 20,000 people a night was a great way to come back. It was a new and improved version of 98 Degrees. We’re better singers and better overall entertainers, and it was a lot more entertaining for our fans. Plus, it was a luxury for us to get back together now. When we were starting out, there was a lot more pressure, always somebody biting at your heels.”
A. “For starters, I don’t strip, I never did. When I hosted the Chippendales show, I was infusing a male revue with a pop singer who has some nostalgic music. It was a win-win situation, we were sold out the entire time, and I started getting mainstream media interest. So I decided to create a better version that was less about the stripping and more about the dancing. I got with Glenn Packard, a world-renowned choreographer who’s worked with Pink, Usher and Ricky Martin, and I brought him in to produce. We went all around the country to find eight guys who are amazing-looking but could also really sing and dance and have great personalities. E! debuted a two-hour, behind-the-scenes Men of the Strip movie on June 1 that got huge ratings, so now we’re waiting to see if they’re going to pick it up as a series.”
A. “Yes, it’s prime-time for me and we’re working on an album right now. It’s very contemporary, up to date and sounds like current top-40 stuff. For years, I couldn’t get anywhere and now the labels are coming around and I’m getting some offers. I’ll probably be releasing a single in the next month and a half.”
A. “I think about Canton all the time. I live outside Las Vegas and it’s a lot different here. I used to live in California and I didn’t like it. Kids don’t have the same chances, and the people in general aren’t the same as in the Midwest. A lot of friends are still there and some family. I think there will be a time when I get a little older and things slow down that I’ll end up there.”