EXCLUSIVE: Nick & Drew Lachey Announce 98 Degrees Will Reunite For One Performance! [AUDIO]
Boy bands are back!
Nick Lachey may have denied a tour a couple months ago when he tweeted: “So psyched to see all the excitement for a 98 degree tour, but the only tour I’ll be doing this summer is at baby’s ‘r us!” But on Wednesday Nick and Drew Lachey called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to announce that 98 Degrees will be reuniting for one performance at the Summer Mixtape Festival in Hershey, PA. The two also chatted about fatherhood and the possibility of Drew being part of the “Dancing with the Stars” All-Star cast.
Summer Mixtape Festival:
98 Degrees will be reuniting for the first time in over a decade! “We’re very excited about the opportunity, and we’ve been toying around with the idea for a couple years of: ‘if we got back together, when would be the right scenario, and this music festival right here just kind of seemed like the right time to get back together and do a show and kick the tires and see how it feels,” Drew tells us.
Nick had this to say about his earlier tweet: “I didn’t say we weren’t going to do it, but there was some speculation about a full tour happening this summer and our fans have been kind of eager to see us get back together. I just wanted to make sure that they understood that a full tour wasn’t happening this summer, but obviously very excited to announce that we’re doing this big festival in Hershey in August. So, that will be our one and only appearance.”
98 Degrees will be performing at the Summer Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 18th. For additional information on tickets and festival packages please visit www.mixtapefestival.com.
On 98 Degrees Reuniting:
Nick says: “I think we’ve all been lucky in the 11 years since we last performed together to go on and do stuff individually. Drew was the winner of “Dancing with the Stars” season 2 and I’ve gone and done some solo stuff. But there really is nothing like coming together as a unit, as a group, as a band, on the stage, and I think we all miss that. We all miss the rush of being on stage together, performing together, and certainly the fans have kind of been clamoring for it, so it just felt right. We always said we were not broken up, we were just taking a break and now it just seemed like the right time to put everything back together.”
Will There Be A Full Tour?
“Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better for your ego than standing up on stage and having thousands of girls screaming for you. It does become kind of addictive and we always had a blast touring together and making music together, but we are 4 grown men now,” Drew says. “Most of us have families or kids on the way, so it really is about making sure that everybody can take care of their own responsibilities at home, and with their family, and with their private lives. If we can get together and do more that would be great. We’ve missed working with each other, performing together. So, we’re always open to that opportunity.”
Nick’s wife Vanessa Minnello is pregnant their fist child. “I’m beyond excited,” Nick says. “I’ve watched Drew, he’s an amazing father. I’ve watched his family grow and I’ve been a proud uncle, but obviously, there’s nothing like having your own. So, I’m very excited to kind of join those ranks and start a family, it’s been a long time coming.” So does his brother Drew have any advice for him? The father of 2 had this to say: “My advice has been don’t listen to anybody’s advice. Every scenario is different, sleep now while you can, and basically just keep your head down and go full speed ahead. It’s going to change your life, but it’s the most amazing thing in the world.”
On ‘Dancing with the Stars’:
Being the season 2 champ, will Drew be coming back for the All-Star cast in September? “I don’t know. I think it’s happening in September, so I’m sure they’re a long way off from finalizing the cast. I don’t know if they’re going to bring back winners, whether it will be runners-up, I don’t know. It’s something I enjoyed doing, I had a blast doing it, I’d be open to doing it again, but I just don’t know how it’s all going to play out. We’ll have to wait and see,” he tells us.