98 Degrees Reunites on ‘Today’ and Announces Plans for New Music
Its been more than 10 years since the members of 98 Degrees performed together, but on Friday, the 1990s group took the TODAY stage by storm.
98 Degrees – Nick Lachey, his brother Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre — performed a few of their greatest hits, from “The Hardest Thing” to “Because of You,” much to the delight of the hundreds of fans who amassed on Rockefeller Plaza hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite 90s boy band.
The group kept things simple, wearing all black ensembles and perfecting their Motown moves, as frontman Nick took the lead on the vocals. The band teased the prospect touring this year — after their Aug. 18 night gig at the Summer Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pa. — they admitted that they’re just happy to be back on stage again.
But is there a 98 Degrees album in the works?
Now it looks like the group has been spending some time in the studio recording new music. Lachey told Today host Savannah Guthrie that the band has some new projects in the works.
In February, Timmons sparked rumors of a reunion tour when he told a news outlet in the Philippines that there had been discussions for a 98 Degrees reunion, but nothing had been confirmed yet at that time. Although, the former boybander seemed hopeful.
“We’ve been talking of 98 Degrees getting back together for a reunion show,” he said. “Nothing’s out of the question but nothing’s solidified. We’ll see.”
Timmons, alongside brothers Nick and Drew Lachey and Jeffre, formed the group in Los Angeles in 1995. Coincidentally, all members of the band were originally from Ohio. A little more than two years later, the group released its debut album, with the lead single, “Invisible Man.”
98 Degrees went on to release eight Top-40 singles, including “Thank God I Found You,” which featured pop diva Mariah Carey, and “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche).”
Since announcing the band’s extended hiatus in 2002, the members of 98 Degrees have pursued individual projects. Drew Lachey won in the second season of Dancing with the Stars, and recently joined the ABC dance competition’s all-stars season. Dancing With the Stars: All Stars will premiere Mon., Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET.