Fans of 98 Degrees were no doubt disheartened when Nick Lachey shot down rumors of an impending summer tour by the reunited band in the spring. But today both Nick and his brother Drew Lachey called in to On-Air With Ryan Seacrest to make the announcement that the ’90s boy band will indeed be getting back on stage together this summer — for one gig, at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania on August. 18.
“We’re very excited about the opportunity, and we’ve been toying around with the idea for a couple of years: ‘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 said.
So what was the deal with Nick Lachey’s tweet in April, where he noted that the obligations of being a new dad wouldn’t allow for a tour?
“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,” Nick told Seacrest. “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.”
Does this mean there’s a future of the “Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)” crooners as a fully-fledged band again? As someone once said, never say never.
“Let’s be honest, there’s nothing better for your ego than standing up on stage and having thousands of girls screaming for you,” says Drew. “It does become kind of addictive and we always had a blast touring together and making music together, but we are four grown men now. 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.”