Saturday, August 31, 2013

98 Degrees Jeff Timmons Stripping Down To Heat Up Las Vegas


Jeff Timmons, founding member of the internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum, Grammy Nominated selling group 98 Degrees, teams up with Glenn Packard, the Emmy nominated choreographer to the biggest names in the entertainment industry, to search the Country for the hippest, hottest and sexiest male entertainers!
This SEXY new docu-series will follow Jeff and Glenn as they travel to Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles, in search of the hottest and most talented male entertainers who will compete to become ‘The Men of the Strip.’ The Men of the Strip will be the NEW nightly male revue show in Las Vegas, and will feature celebrities, the hottest male entertainers in the industry, the freshest choreography, and will be hosted by Jeff Timmons.
As one quarter of 98 Degrees, one of the most successful boy bands in pop history, Jeff Timmons learned a little something about whipping young girls into a frenzy.
On the recent “The Package Tour,” a high grossing, 49-date summer fling across the U.S. with his group, New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, the singer saw firsthand the way otherwise mild mannered wives, moms, nurses, lawyers, etc. went crazy when NKOTB‘s Donnie Wahlberg and Jordan Knight ripped off their shirts like Chippendales dancers.
That’s the kind of widespread, uncontrollable estrogen commotion Timmons is set on stirring up with “Men of the Strip” (, an explosive and multi-faceted new live male revue entertainment extravaganza whose branding is spot on: Taking Sexy To A Whole New Level!
A full spectrum and contemporary production featuring fresh choreography, sexy numbers, singing and dancing by each of the performers, a wide range of music and dynamic Cirque Du Soleil elements (including acrobatics), “Men of the Strip” is a revolutionary new twist on the male revue concept.
The singer will both perform and play host to the launch of the hot new brand, which he developed in partnership with Glenn Douglas Packard, an Emmy-winning choreographer and producer whose live stage and video productions include work with P!nk, Usher, Missy Elliot, Ricky Martin and Whitney Houston. Packard was also involved in the late Michael Jackson‘s “30th Anniversary Celebration,” an all-star tribute to the King of Pop.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees launching adult-male revue Men of the Strip


Expect the bow ties and cuffs to fly and adult-male revue dancers to flex their muscles as a rivalry heats up between Chippendales at the Rio and the new Men of the Strip.
The Chippendales hosting gig must have bitten big with 98 Degrees singer and founder Jeff Timmons. Now that the boy band’s successful summer “Package Tour” with Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block has wrapped, Jeff has returned home to Las Vegas and is launching his own rival male revue.
Jeff will announce shortly that his Men of the Strip crew — dressed in silver-and-white ties and black collars — will start a national fall tour before taking up a Las Vegas residency. Jeff says that he took his ideas to Chippendales producers, who said that their successful residency at the Rio didn’t need updating and thus nixed them. That decision left Jeff free to compete.
“They were happy the way it was,” Jeff said. “So we decided to launch a new male revue our way. I wanted to make it younger, hipper, with super-sexy 20-something dudes showing their personalities while dancing their asses off. The more youthful approach and extra production elements would take the ‘Magic Mike’ look to the next level.” The nine hunks include two other Las Vegas residents: former college football star Chris Boudreaux and stage performer Kyle Efthemes. Former UFC fighter Mike Foland, who has ushered and hosted at Chippendales, is one of Jeff’s partners in the project with Emmy Award-winning choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard, who has produced shows for Pink and Ricky Martin and worked with Jeff when he hosted at Chippendales. Glenn also is credited with the most recent revamped Chippendales show.
Jeff, who calls himself the “quarterback ringleader” of the troupe, will use his 98 Degrees tour bus for Men of the Strip tour dates in 40 cities across the U.S. and Canada, drumming up buzz this fall before returning to Las Vegas full time. The tour also will be filmed as a behind-the-scenes reality TV docu-series.
“It will show the macho men being put through a boot camp of training and rehearsals,” Jeff said. “The show will let viewers learn about each of the guys. They are strippers but also total rock stars, and we’ll take an irreverent tone to share their lives.
“Seeing Donnie [Wahlberg] and Jordan [Knight] from New Kids rip off their shirts and engage in stage histrionics that drive thousands of women nuts every night made me realize that we had to have younger, sexier guys performing and doing the same thing. I had the stereotypical male stripper thought in my mind, and my wife, Amanda, convinced me that it would be a good idea.”


Monday, August 19, 2013

98 Degrees -- Columbus Pictures 8-3-13 The Package Tour

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The Hit Of The Summer: Nick Lachey's Final Love Song to Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger


DUBLIN, Ohio, Aug. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum recording artist and television personality Nick Lachey is serenading his summer love interest – Wendy's® Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger. Wendy's released the finale video of its #PretzelLoveSongs digital campaign, starring Lachey, today on Facebook.
The love song extraordinaire croons the ultimate mash-up of three American loves—pretzel, bacon and cheeseburger, choosing the most passionate #PretzelLoveSongs posts by fans.
"Our fans are the stars, directors and writers of #PretzelLoveSongs," said Craig Bahner, Wendy's chief marketing officer. "Consumers' viral outpouring for the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger drove our inspiration for these entertaining videos."

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger captured consumers' hearts—and passion—when introduced nationwide in July. To celebrate the love, Wendy's turned fans' heart-felt social media posts into song lyrics through a five-part video series. 

The entire video series gives an over-the-top homage to love song music videos of the past, with exaggerated theatrics, emotion and backdrops. Lachey's finale video is no exception. It is complete with a bed of rose petals, extended gazes into the camera, and falling rain. Lachey proves that Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger is the one and only cheeseburger of his eye.

"I've had a blast turning Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger fans' social media love into lyrics," said Lachey. "Fans' love inspired one of the most fun music videos I've been a part of – and this cheeseburger is deserving of every accolade."
#PretzelLoveSongs Success
Wendy's Pretzel Love Songs digital campaign is one of the most successful in Wendy's history and has amplified consumers' love for one of the most popular quick-service restaurant offerings of the year. To date, more than 80 million people in the U.S. have seen the #PretzelLoveSongs campaign.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Nick Lachey Talks Turning 40 and Having More Babies


He’s turning 40 and it seems Nick Lachey couldn’t be happier.
Nick Lachey Talks Turning 40 and Having More Babies
The host told reporters at a press junket for “The Sing Off,” “Maybe it is because I’m incredibly immature, but 40 doesn’t intimidate me the way even 30 did. It is actually the best time in my life, so turning 40 is going to be a celebration and life has never been better or more exciting.”
Nick, who will celebrate the milestone birthday on Nov. 9, is feeling his age these days, admitting that The Package tour with Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block and his own group, 98 Degrees, took its toll.
Turning to Boyz member and “Sing Off” judge Shawn Stockman, he said, “I think the tour we were just on aged me about 12 years, so all of a sudden I do feel 40.”
In other news, Nick and wife Vanessa Minnillo can’t wait to welcome a little brother or sister for son Camden, who turns 1 next month.
“Yes, we definitely want to have more kids,” he said.

Vanessa Lachey on Nick Lachey & Baby Camden: My Family Comes First Before Hollywood


Vanessa Lachey may be juggling work and motherhood, but family remains her No. 1 priority.
Life & Style chatted with the star on Thursday in Beverly Hills, where she was busy promoting her new Fox show Dads at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.
Though she's so excited about the new project, Vanessa admits that hubbyNick Lachey and their adorable 10 month old baby boy Camden are always on her mind.
"My family is number one. I would be happy having the show or not having the show because I have my family," she explained to Life & Style. "As soon as I got married and found my husband Nick, that was my priority. Then us creating my son Camden...I'll do anything for these guys. To the point that if it becomes a choice between the show and them - and I don't think there ever will be because there's a great opportunity for me to integrate the two - I don't have a choice. Family's first."
And right now, life is very hectic for Vanessa, who is also busy planning Nick's 40th birthday in November and Cam's first on Sept. 12.
"I've devoted the last month to their birthdays because I'm going to start work on Dads Aug. 14 and I wanted to obviously have time to work on the show. For the last month, I've been on my phone and e-mails planning Camden's birthday and Nick's birthday. I just joked to my friend - I said, 'I just hope I don't send Maker's Mark to Camden's birthday and send streamers to Nick's birthday!'" she said with a laugh."
She added, "It's fun to have these two men in my life - my little man and my big guy. That's what makes all of this awesome and then it gives me this platform to kind of, in a cool way, expose me now. Because Vanessa now in 2013 isn't the same as Vanessa as 2011. It isn't the same Vanessa as 2000. Now I love my family. I love my priorities. I love my job. I'm just excited that I get to do that."
Perhaps after the two big shindigs, Nick and Vanessa will try for baby No. 2!
"Of course [I want to expand my family]," she revealed to Life & Style. "I was thinking how fun would it be because this [Dads] is a family show. All the fodder of a pregnant wife and then a woman giving birth and all of that. The stories you hear from families in the delivery room, throughout the process. The things that go on that I didn't even know about. All of that is great fodder for television because that is real, that is endless. So I look forward to expanding my family and being able to integrate that into my work."
And the pair already have a number in mind.
"If we have a girl next, Nick's like two or three may be good!" she said. "But we both talked about three. I said if I had a girl next, I'd love to just try for a third. And if I had a boy next, I'd for sure want to try for a third. It isn't so much about boy-girl. I've always loved having a big family."

Reunited, 98 Degrees enjoys heat of spotlight again

By  John Kiesewetter

The Cincinnati Enquirer 

A new album, a summer tour.
It’s like old times for 98 Degrees — which has been on the road this summer to promote2.0, their first studio album since 2000, and tour with fellow 1990s heartthrobs New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men.
Singing together again “felt like the 12 years (apart) were never there,” said Nick Lachey, 39. “ That was a relief to all of us. We knew that we got this.”
Jeff Timmons, 40, concurred: “It sounds freaking awesome!”Timmons, a Massillon native, formed 98 Degrees in 1995 in Los Angeles with the addition of Justin Jeffre, Lachey and Lachey’s brother Drew — all Cincinnati natives.Since their 2002 hiatus from performing together, they often talked about reuniting. They took their fans’ temperature in August 2012 — singing on Today on NBC and at Hershey, Pa. Then they grew serious about harmonizing their schedules.
“This takes a year-and-a-half commitment,” said Drew Lachey, 36. “That was our biggest hurdle in getting back together.”
The group last performed together eight years ago in Cincinnati at a fundraiser for Jeffre’s mayoral campaign.“We’ve been thinking about getting together for a long time,” said Jeffre, 40. “It just took us longer than we thought.”
The reunion yielded an invitation to join the nostalgic “Package Tour,” and ticket sales were brisk for the original 25 dates. When the tour ends on Sunday in Indianapolis, they will have performed 47 shows.
“To be selling out shows with legendary bands in huge arenas, that was super gratifying,” said Timmons, a music producer, writer and performer based in Las Vegas.
Their new album is a more-mature reboot with songs about men in their 30s looking for love and relationships.
“We found a balance between classic 98 Degrees . . . and fitting into the modern world,” Jeffre said.
He recalled his first 98 Degrees gig singing Boyz II Men’s arrangement ofThe Star - S pangled Banner at Dodger Stadium — three days after he arrived in Los Angeles. Two days after Drew Lachey drove cross-country, he opened with 98 Degrees at the House of Blues in Los Angeles.
The 10-week tour was scheduled around the filming schedule of New Kid singer Donnie Wahlberg, who stars on the CBS drama Blue Bloods, and Drew Lachey’s summer arts camp with his wife, choreographer Lea, at the School for Creative & Performing Arts in Cincinnati.
Performing solo in recent years “enhanced our ability,” Timmons said.
“Being better individually made us better as a group,” Nick Lachey said, jokingly adding: “ Finally Justin is pulling his weight.”
Jeffre didn’t miss a beat — noting that Lachey was the worst of the four at remembering lyrics: “ Even songs he’s written!”
Doing 47 concerts in 69 days “is the most grueling schedule I’ve ever seen,” Nick Lachey said.
“We’re hoping we haven’t killed each other by the end of the tour,” his brother said.
But, if all goes well, 98 Degrees could tour more after a break this month, Drew said. “We’ll probably go back out in the fall. Success builds on success.”

Dirk Nowitzki, Nick Lachey and all-stars party with purpose at Club 41


Nick Lachey, Dirk Nowitzki, Club 41
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