98 Degrees

New Kids on the Block, Boys II Men, 98 Degrees Team Up for Summer Arena Tour

When putting together a tour with New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 Degrees, you don’t even have to mention any band names in the title – just call it “The Package.”

And that’s exactly what the three bands have dubbed their joint tour that they will head out on beginning May 31 with a show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. The three boy bands will stay on the road through a July 13 show at the Target Center in Minneapolis, and will hit cities in all corners of North America, including Boston, Toronto, Philadelphia, Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.

There’s no reason to go into why it’s such big news that these three bands are touring together this summer, as all three (well, at least NKOTB and Boyz II Men) were at one time or another one of the biggest bands in the world. How about some fairly awesome (if pretty goofy) tour announcement quotes from members of NKOTB instead?

“The state of the boy band union is strong,” said NKOTB member and Mark brother Donnie Wahlberg. “Even though technically we’re not really boy bands, but we’re OK with that, so we’ll accept it.”

Walhberg also (fairly needlessly) explained the 14-year hiatus of the group between 1994 and 2008; that it was all for the fans.

“They needed time to have families and husbands and children and get jobs and live their lives,” he said. “We created an outlet for them to feel good about themselves and tap into that youthfulness that had been put to bed for a long time… you may be 40, but the euphoria of it makes you feel 14 all over again.”

New Kids on the Block also will release a new album, 10, in April, and Joey McIntyre says the new album will be a bit more mature.

“It is about the decisions that a grown man makes and goes through, as opposed to singing songs like ‘Popsicle,’” he said.

Mix Tape Festival Adds 98 Degrees, Carly Rae Jepsen

Mix Tape Festival Adds 98 Degrees, Carly Rae Jepsen

A rumored reunion of boy band 98 Degrees has been confirmed, as the band has been added to this year’s MixTape festival lineup along with new sensation Carly Rae Jepsen.

“We are so excited to reunite and be a part of the Summer MixTape Festival,” 98 degrees said in a statement. “It’s been over 10 years since we last performed together and there’s nothing that makes us more excited than being on stage as a group. This will be a chance for us to see old fans and meet new ones all while singing the songs we know people love to hear. We couldn’t think of a better place and time to do this.”

The band will appear at the festival on August 18, which is the second day of the two day festival. The event will be held at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey Pennsylvania. Jepsen’s performance will be the same day as 98 degrees.

The announcement that Jepsen will play at the stadium comes just a week after she announced that she would be opening for Justin Bieber for his extensive tour that is scheduled to begin in September of this year. Bieber is in part responsible for Jepsen’s current success, as earlier this year he tweeted that the then-unknown Canadian artists’ song “Call Me Maybe” is “probably the catchiest song I’ve ever heard.” The song has become something of an internet sensation since, being covered by numerous amateurs and stars, including Katy Perry and James Franco.

Previously announced headliners for the MixTape Festival include New Kids on the Block, Kelly Clarkson and the Fray. New Kids on the Block also will perform another set with the Backstreet Boys as part of the supergroup NKOTBSB. The appearance will be that group’s only North American performance this year.

Though the previous 98 degrees rumors hinted at a world tour, the band hasn’t confirmed this yet, and say they will use the MixTape appearance to test the waters and “see how it feels.”


Summer Tour Rumored for Reunited 98 Degrees

It appears that boy band 98 Degrees may reunite for an upcoming tour after a ten year hiatus.

Rumor Fix reports that an unnamed source has revealed that the four-piece group vocal group will undertake a 15-city tour between July and August this summer. No additional details of the tour were revealed.

The gossip website also reports that the rumors began on Wednesday when the band’s website was updated for the first time in ten years. The update included a new design and logo, and the source says the updates were made because of the tour.

The band has been on an “extensive hiatus” since 2002, though they have come together occasionally since for special one-off shows. They sang on the 2004 television special “Nick & Jessica’s Family Christmas,” which featured band member Nick Lachey and his then wife Jessica Simpson. The group also sang together in 2005 to support member Justin Jeffre’s bid for mayor of Cincinnati.

The band went on hiatus to explore solo opportunities, and Lachey’s solo career has since had the highest profile of all the members, partly due to his marriage to Simpson and the MTV reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” which chronicled the pair’s first years of marriage. Lachey also released two solo albums since the hiatus was announced, SoulO in 2003 and What’s Left of Me in 2006.

In 2004, Singer Jeff Timmons also released a solo album, called Whisper That Way. Nick’s brother Drew Lachey has appeared on Broadway twice since the hiatus began, in Rent in “2005” and “Spamalot” in 2008.

98 Degrees released their debut, self-titled debut in 1997 and were part of the late 1990s boy band era that included N*SYNC and the Backstreet Boys. The group’s second album, 98 Degrees and Rising is their most successful to date and includes the singles “Because of You” and “The Hardest Thing.”