Interview: 98 Degrees
Ohio natives Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, and Justin Jeffre bring their hits home on Saturday night
Pop/R&B vocal group 98 Degrees is set for an Ohio homecoming on Saturday night as they bring their An Evening With 98 Degrees tour to Hollywood Casino Columbus.
Members Jeff Timmons, Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, and Justin Jeffre have achieved international success since the group’s formation in 1996, but all of them have roots firmly planted in the Buckeye State (Timmons hails from Massillon, while Jeffre and the Lacheys grew up in and around Cincinnati).
In contrast to many of their contemporaries, 98 Degrees was founded independently before they signed a recording contract with Motown Records in 1997. Their eponymous debut album also arrived that year, featuring their first top twenty single, “Invisible Man.”
Touring extensively to build their cachet and eventually migrating to Universal Records, the foursome released an impressive arsenal of successful albums (98 Degrees and Rising, This Christmas, Revelation) and radio hits (“Because of You,” “The Hardest Thing,” “This Gift,” “My Everything,” “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche),” and “Thank God I Found You,” a collaboration with Mariah Carey and Joe that would propel them to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 2000).
All told, 98 Degrees’ album sales have exceeded ten million units internationally.
In 2002, the group went on hiatus, during which its members pursued a wide array of solo projects – musical and otherwise. A decade after putting the 98 Degrees banner into semi-retirement, the quartet announced in 2012 they would be recording their fifth studio album (2.0 would be released in May 2013), and began touring again the following summer as part of The Package tour alongside New Kids on the Block and former Motown labelmates Boyz II Men.
Along with their 2017 holiday album redux, Let It Snow, the foursome embarked on two consecutive winter tours (2018’s 98 Degrees at Christmas booked them into no fewer than thirty-six dates from start to finish). The 2019 iteration that will make its way to Central Ohio this weekend promises to lean more heavily on 98 Degrees’ non-yuletide catalog, and will continue on through early 2020 with a final scheduled stop in Honolulu on Valentine’s Day.
Columbusites hoping to see 98 Degrees take the stage this weekend still have good ticket options in the venue’s Gold (front) and Silver (middle) seating sections. Standing room tickets at the rear of the venue are sold out as of press time.
98 Degrees will be at The Event Center at Hollywood Casino Columbus, 200 Georgesville Rd., on Saturday, October 26 at 9:00 p.m. Tickets for Gold and Silver section seats are $65 and $50, respectively, (plus applicable fees and taxes) and are available here. Due to casino regulations, this show is only for attendees who are 21 years of age and older. Learn more about 98 Degrees by visiting their official website, or by following them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.