On Friday, 98 Degrees -- Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre -- gave their first performance together in more than ten years on NBC's Today show. On Saturday night, they'll be performing their first actual reunion concert at MixTape Fest, a multi-artist music festival taking place at Hershey Park Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Also on the bill: Carly Rae Jepsen, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys.
Speaking about the quartet's decision to reunite, Nick Lachey tells The Hollywood Reporter, "We've always left the door wide open about getting back together and reuniting, this just happen to be the time when personal schedules and professional schedules lined up."
Nick says the group members first came together last fall to see how they felt singing together, and according to him, it was like getting back on a bicycle. "I think we were all kinda surprised and shocked by how quickly the sound and the blend came back," he tells THR. "It felt like it was just yesterday we were doing this, and it seemed normal and it seemed routine."
Jeff Timmons tells The Hollywood Reporter that the group wants to make new music -- something that will incorporate their trademark harmonies, but which will also sound contemporary. However, he notes, "We haven't even really figured out what our sound is yet."
And, once they make it, the group says they're trying to decide what kind of record deal, if any, they're going to set up to get the new music out there. Drew Lachey says, "We've never been able to just decide what we want to do. It's always been dictated to us...now, we can just see what happens, we can be creative and be artistic and see where that takes 98 Degrees."
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