98 Degrees are back! With a new album called “2.0“, a new single called “Microphone” and a new North American tour called “The Package”. I met with the band last week just hours before they were set to hit the stage at the Air Canada Centre as part of their tour with NKOTB and Boyz II Men.
My interview was booked a month ago which left me with plenty of time to do a little investigating by asking female friends who I knew are huge fans of the band, what they most wanted to know. After the usual “Oh My God!!! You’re going to speak with 98 Degrees??? Oh My God!!!”, everyone said “I wanna know what the hell took them so long!”
As many of their devoted fans know, the band’s last album of new material came out back in 2000. Since then, Justin Jeffre, Jeff Timmons and brothers Nick and Drew Lachey pursued their own goals – both personal and professional.
So when I met with them, that was the first question I asked. The foursome are very friendly, truly gracious, have a great sense of humour and are excited to be back on stage. We talked about their new album, how they view success today and what it’s like to tour with their young families in tow.
What took you so long?
How has your music changed since the last album?
What can people expect to see during the show?
What are your favourite things to do with your families when you’re not working?
Nick: It’s a big camping trip! [laughs]