About 98° (Created July 5, 2013)
Along with the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, 98 Degrees completed the trifecta of mega-star boy bands born in the 90's. Indeed, the group came together at a time when teen-oriented acts were all the rage. But looking to set themselves apart and avoid falling victim to labels and sterotypes, the members of 98 Degrees put an emphasis on the R&B influences that took them from Boyz II Men (or rather, boys to men).
For members Nick and Drew Lachey, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, the humble beginnings of 98 Degrees set them apart in the industry. First off, the quartet came together free of any outside influence by a record label or producer. And success certainly wasn't born overnight. The four worked a multitude of odd jobs (including fast-food delivery, club security and as part of the man-stripper crew at Chippendales in Las Vegas), and didn't get their big break the easy way. Instead, the four sneaked backstage at a Boyz II Men show and got to sing live on the air for a local radio station covering the concert. In an instant, trespass was transformed to chart-topping superstardom.
From 1997 through 2000, the band put out four studio albums. There was the self-titled debut "98°," followed by "98° and Rising" in 1998. A Christmas album came the following year, and in 2000 the group put out "Revelation." But it would be their last studio project for 13 years (save for the 2002 compilation "The Collection), as the guys decided to take a break to fulfill other ambitions and opportunities.
On June 20, 2012, Nick and Drew Lachey announced that the group would reunite for a one-time performance at Mixtape Festival in Hershey, PA. By October they were back in the studio to record a new album, and by January 2013 they announced a joint tour with New Kids on the Block and Boys II Men. The North American tour began on May 28, 2013 – three weeks after the new album "2.0" was released.
date city state venue 5/28/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 5/29/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 5/31/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 6/1/2013 Uniondale NY Nassau Coliseum 6/2/2013 Boston MA TD Garden 6/3/2013 Boston MA TD Garden 6/4/2013 Kanata ON Canadian Tire Centre 6/6/2013 Montreal QC Bell Centre 6/7/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 6/8/2013 Auburn Hills MI The Palace of Auburn Hills 6/9/2013 Cleveland OH Quicken Loans Arena 6/11/2013 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 6/13/2013 East Rutherford NJ Izod Center 6/14/2013 Washington DC Verizon Center 6/15/2013 Philadelphia PA Wells Fargo Center 6/16/2013 Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 6/18/2013 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 6/19/2013 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 6/20/2013 Atlanta GA Philips Arena 6/21/2013 Orlando FL Amway Center 6/22/2013 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 6/24/2013 Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 6/25/2013 Cincinnati OH US Bank Arena 6/27/2013 Houston TX Toyota Center 6/28/2013 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 6/29/2013 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 6/30/2013 St. Louis MO Scottrade Center 7/2/2013 Milwaukee WI BMO Harris Pavilion 7/2/2013 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 7/5/2013 Los Angeles CA Staples Center 7/6/2013 Las Vegas NV Mandalay Bay Events Center 7/7/2013 San Jose CA SAP Center 7/9/2013 Tacoma WA Tacoma Dome 7/10/2013 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena 7/12/2013 San Jose CA SAP Center 7/13/2013 Anaheim CA Honda Center 7/14/2013 Glendale AZ Gila River Arena 7/16/2013 Broomfield CO 1St Bank Center 7/18/2013 Rosemont IL Allstate Arena 7/19/2013 Rosemont IL Allstate Arena 7/20/2013 Minneapolis MN Target Center 7/21/2013 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 7/25/2013 Manchester NH Verizon Wireless Arena 7/26/2013 Atlantic City NJ Trump Taj Mahal 7/28/2013 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 7/29/2013 Mount Pleasant MI Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort 8/1/2013 Albany NY Times Union Center 8/2/2013 Buffalo NY First Niagara Center 8/3/2013 Columbus OH Value City Arena 8/4/2013 Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
date city state venue 8/17/2012 Hershey PA Hersheypark Stadium