By Emily Wilcox
Tue Aug 05, 2008, 08:00 PM EDT
With four platinum albums, more than 10 million copies sold and eight top 10 singles, 98 Degrees proved it wasn’t just another boy band.
98 Degrees founding member Jeff Timmons has since gone solo, has written songs for Mariah Carey and is still all about raising temperatures as a TV producer for The World’s Hottest Girl. It may not be the most cerebral foray into the entertainment industry, but it’s clear Jeff Timmons will have a good time. And he’s bringing the fun to Plymouth this weekend. While Timmons will start the search for the world’s hottest girl in Asia, he’ll begin filming the pilot episode here in Plymouth.
At 7 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 9, Timmons will headline Plymouth Rox Summer Fest at Memorial Hall in a lineup that includes The Funky Bunch, Dre Robinson and Louie Bello.
The key word here, folks, is the concert is free.
Rich Cronin was originally scheduled to perform but won’t be able to due to illness, hence the concert freebie.
Timmons will also be filming for his TV show during Saturday’s concert, when some lucky girl wins the chance to be serenaded on stage.
“We’ll be filming the audience and giving people a chance to get on TV,” Timmons said. “We’re just going to make it like a big party.”
98 Degrees signed with Motown in the mid 1990s when it started cranking out hits like “True to Your Heart,” “The Hardest Thing” and “I Do (Cherish You).”
Timmons has since launched a solo career, releasing the CD Whisper That Way in 2004, and is enjoying his work as a TV producer with Boston’s Dolce Vita Productions.
“The last song I wrote was for Jordon Knight,” Timmons said. “‘Where is Your Heart Tonight?’ was number 15 on the top 20.”
He said he’s sharing the stage Saturday with some amazing talent.
Meanwhile, film from Saturday’s concert could be aired on national TV, so folks attending the concert might become part of the reality show as Timmons woos a member of the audience.
The World’s Hottest Girl has been picked up by a major network, Timmons said, and will feature naturally pretty girls of any race, creed, color or size. And there won’t be a judging panel.
“Whatever town we’re in, the people there will vote on it,” he said. “The winners in the different cities will attend a big party and become the cover girl of a magazine.”
Rob Young of Digital Media Services, which manages the hall for the town, says they’re expecting other special guests as well. “We are billing it as, ‘You never know who will show up,’” he said.
When Cronin was forced to cancel, Young said, he was faced with two options: Cancel the show or make good with the town. And every performer stepped up to the plate, Young said, offering to play for free or a mere fraction of their usual fees.
“Now the event is free to patrons,” Young said. “This is pretty amazing considering these artists have sold over 20 million records combined. These guys are all heroes in my eyes, and I hope the town shows up and cheers them on.”
If you’d prefer early admission to the hall and the guarantee of a seat, you can still purchase a $10 ticket online at www.MemorialHall.com.