With just one little tweet, Nick Lachey broke a lot of hearts as he announced 98 Degrees would not be going out on tour this summer. But Jeff Timmons can help start the healing process, letting fans know that the reunion is only postponed, not cancelled. In fact, the group has been looking to get back together and do something ever since their last show over ten years ago.
“We’ve been kicking around the idea for a couple of years now,” Timmons told CBS Local. “We thought it would be great to go out and do something for the fans, considering how we abruptly ended things last time. There was no falling out. September 10, 2001 was our last true performance together for the Michael Jackson [30th Anniversary Special] in NYC. Obviously, 9/11 was the next day, so we all just stopped everything and went home to be with our families. We went our separate ways after that.”
After much speculation that 98 Degrees was going to tour the States this summer, Lachey refuted those reports on Thursday, April 12, writing on Twitter, “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.” The singer, who is expecting his first child in the late summer/early fall with wife Vanessa Minnillo, ended his tweet with the hashtag, “#neversaynever,” a sign that not all hope was lost.
Timmons says the group came to the decision to call off the tour the night before Lachey’s tweet. All four members agreed that it just wasn’t the right time. “Everything in the group has always been decided in a democratic fashion,” he said. “And that’s how this decision was made. It had nothing to do with anything or anyone outside of the members of the group. It would’ve been nice to do the tour, but things have to work out the right way for everybody involved.”
As of right now, an exact timeframe for a reunion tour is up in the air, but Timmons would like to see the guys perform again. “There were many magical moments regarding my experience with 98 Degrees both in the studio, and onstage. I think being able to deliver a wonderful performance and experience to the fans is the most gratifying thing. People from all walks of life understand what’s like to go out there and make someone else happy, whether they’re performers or not.”
As for new music, Timmons is also open to the possibility. “It’ll be interesting what direction we would go because we’ve all been creating music in our own styles,” he said. “I’m intrigued to see what we’d come up with. If that ever happens…”
And even though the reunion tour won’t be happening as of yet, Jeff’s calendar will be filled. He’ll be releasing new music in the coming months and 98 Degrees fans should also keep a look out for an announcement of upcoming dates for a Las Vegas residency. All details will be announced over at his website or on Twitter (@jefftimmons98).
– Heather Stas and Shannon Carlin, CBS Local