BY MARKOS PAPADATOS
Westbury - On August 11, 98 Degrees headlined the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Long Island, as part of their "My2K" Tour, for a good turnout.
O-Town, Ryan Cabrera and Dream served as their special musical guests. 98 Degrees opened their set with "Heat It Up," as red and blue laser lights dimmed from the stage. It was followed by the mid-tempo yet sultry "Do You Wanna Dance?" where a video of the group members displayed in the background.
Equally tender and bittersweet was "The Hardest Thing," where yellow lights graced the stage, as their song's music video displayed in the televised screen in the background. "That song takes me straight to 1999," Nick Lachey said, at a time when Limp Bizkit, Lauryn Hill and Eminem had big hits.
They tipped their hats to the late but great Prince by singing "Let's Go Crazy" and "1999," where they were joined by fellow openers O-Town and Dream.
98 Degrees picked up with pace with the upbeat and fun "Microphone," and they showcased their honey-rich vocals on "My Everything."
They serenaded a lucky female fan to their love balad "I Do (Cherish You)," and closed on an upbeat note with "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," both of which were well-received, to the point where the Grammy-nominated pop group returned for an encore with "Because of You."
Overall, 98 Degrees were able to bring a great deal of nostalgia to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, with their classic hits and impressive cover songs. It is evident that Nick, Jeff, Drew and Justin were born to entertain. They were able to command the stage well, and they had the New York audience in the palm of their hands. Their set garnered five out of five stars.