Thursday, August 24, 2017
These days, 98 Degrees feel hotter than ever. Since reuniting in 2012, “we’ve really loved performing, recording and making music,” says. “The future is bright.”
That is, as long as there are no homicides. Jokes : “We look at one project at a time and try not to kill each other.” Now, the iconic ’90s boy band — made up of Jeffre, 44; Drew, 41; his brother , 43; and , 44 — will add joy to the holiday season with their 98 Degrees at Christmas tour, kicking off November 10 in Iowa and a corresponding Christmas album.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
by Jennifer Drysdale - Entertainment Tonight
98 Degrees has spent years in the spotlight, but do they want their kids following in their footsteps?
ET's Sophie Schillaci caught up with the band in Los Angeles last month, where they opened up about fatherhood and the advice they would give their kids if they ever wanted to pursue a career in Hollywood.
Nick Lachey has already done the reality TV show route, but with three kids, he now says those days are behind him.
"It's one thing to do it when you're just a young person and you're in this business, but when you have a family, your sole job is to kind of look out for your kids," he explained. "I just feel like that's not the place for them to be, on a show that's in their lives and it's just not normal."
"There's nothing normal about that, so as a parent, the responsible thing to do is to definitely steer away from that," he added.
For now, Nick's three young children are just enjoying being kids.
"My daughter, especially, dotes on him and loves him and hugs him, sometimes a little too tight," Nick said of welcoming his third child with wife Vanessa, son Phoenix, last December. "Then Cam is now kind of realizing he is going to have this younger brother, and at some point, he can teach him how to play cars and ride scooters."
"They're both doing really well [with a younger sibling]," he added. "It's a lot of fun to have three in the house."
Nick's brother, Drew, has two kids of his own, and revealed that "unfortunately" they're pretty musically inclined.
"I was hoping for medicine, maybe law," he confessed.
"That could still happen," Nick noted. "But my kids are definitely musical and love it. My daughter's like a theater junkie."
Jeff Timmons, who has three kids of his own, said that his daughter, Alyssa, is pursuing a different path in Hollywood.
"My daughter has now transitioned into becoming a model all of a sudden," he shared. "Like, right out of the blue. She was wanting to get in the medical field, like Drew was talking about, and then overnight she decided to become a model and it's tough."
"I mean, having experienced the business, as you know, it's a tough business and you don't want anybody to experience the lower parts of it," Timmons added. "The high highs are great, but the lower parts are really tough, so trying to stand back as an experienced person in the business and watch her do her thing is tough, but also giving her advice, so it's a fine line. I have trouble figuring out where to cross on it."
Plus, they don't want to listen," Drew chipped in. "Mom and Dad don't know anything, ever, about anything."
"You can try to steer them in another direction, but then they say, 'Well, Dad, you did it,'" Jeff said.
Jeff and the rest of the band definitely did a lot in their day -- and aren't necessarily proud of it! See their style regrets in the video below.
Desiree Murphy , ET
98 Degrees Are Back with a New Holiday Record and Tour: ‘We’re Having More Fun Now Than We Ever Did in the Past’
The hardest thing they’ve ever had to do is be apart!
Just 20 years after famed boyband 98 Degrees released their self-titled debut album, band members Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre are celebrating by returning to the stage for a tour to support their upcoming second Christmas album, Let It Snow.
“We wanted to do a project, in part, because it’s the 20th anniversary. We thought, ‘What a great chance to come back 20 years later and do something else,'” says Nick tells PEOPLE.
Yet, after selling 10 million records worldwide and achieving eight top 40 singles in the U.S. since their start in 1997, their “favorite musical project we’ve done together” still remains their 1999 Christmas album This Christmas.
“We thought, ‘Why not do a second version of that?’ and try to create the same type of timeless classic sound that we thought we accomplished in the first one,” Nick says about why they decided to come back with a holiday album. “It just made the most sense. We loved the first record and we’re loving the second record, too.”
While the exact holiday tunes they’ll be recreating are still under wraps, the album willinclude one original song and will not repeat any songs from the first record.
“We have two a cappella song on this record – similar to the last where we also had two – but a cappella has been something that we’ve always done and prided ourselves on, so there’s that element. Then we just literally went down our favorite Christmas songs and figured out which would work well and compliment each other,” says Drew. “We didn’t just want song after song, we wanted a journey – for the album to be a complete work of art as a unit.”
While the men agreed to take a long hiatus from 2003 until 2012 to fulfill other ambitions and opportunities, Justin says “it’s always great to get back together and to tour and interact with our fans.”
“It’s always been a passion of ours and that’s why we started this a little over 20 years ago now,” he says. “There’s something about just the creative process and I think we have something very unique with our blend, similar interests in music and similar influences and work ethic.”
He continues, “It’s what we love to do and I think we’re having more fun doing it now than we ever did in the past.”
“My oldest daughter was really young when we first got started, so she wasn’t aware of what this was, and we had such a long break and a lull that I was producing at home and doing other things,” says Jeff.
“It was a luxury for me to have her out on the road a few years ago when she was 15 and she actually thought I was cool!” he jokes. “It’s a great experience with these guys, but experiencing tour life with your children is really cool.”
That’s not to say all the kids will be hitting the road. Nick’s three children and Drew’s two “will come out at some point,” Nick says — but not much.
“We’ve discovered with a couple tours [that] it’s just easier for us to go out there and do it rather than totally disrupt their lives,” Drew explains. “Nick has a 6-month-old [son Phoenix], so there are sleep patterns, and then we have kids who take naps and kids in school and sports … you make the schedule so that you can go in and out and fly back and forth.”