Jeff Timmons on 98 Degrees Reunion: This Will Be Our Last Show (EXCLUSIVE)
This August, much to the excitement of millions of pop music fans, Jeff Timmons and the guys from 98 Degrees will finally reunite for a concert performance at the two-day-long MixTape Festival, joining a roster that includes acts like Kelly Clarkson, The Wanted and New Kids on the Block.
It's a reunion that has been over 10 years in the making; the group's last performance was in New York, on Sept. 10, 2001, one day before the terrorist attacks on New York, Washington D.C. and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
So, after many starts and stops -- and many more Internet rumors -- how did it all finally come together?
In an exclusive interview Friday, Timmons -- who created the group back in the '90s -- explained to Celebuzz that the right opportunity finally presented itself.
"The guys approached me with this date," said Timmons, who in April told Celebuzz he didn't think a 98 Degrees reunion would ever happen. "[We thought], maybe we should do just one last show together, end things the right way, button everything up."
"If we’re gonna go out, that’s a way to end it," he added.
But does that mean the Aug. 18 event will be a one-time-only deal?
"As of now, I don’t see it going anywhere past it," Timmons said. "I think right now we want to do one last thing ... In 2001, we didn’t end things the right way; we were kind of forced off the road [after the terrorist attacks] on 9/11 ... You never know. Maybe we’ll love doing it together and really enjoy it."
"But we really want to give one great, last performance to our fans, together," he said.
Now, with less than two months to get ready, Timmons says that he and the group -- which also includes brothers Nick and Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre -- is still trying to figure out what they actually want to do for the much-anticipated reunion.
"We want to make sure we have all of the old songs in there," he said. "But we also want to dress up the show a little bit and make it a little more hip, and cool and current."
First and foremost, though, was making sure that everybody in the group was on the same page.
"We just wanted to make sure we all wanted to do it," he said. "We had a few discussions about that and thought, 'Should we just do one show? Should we go on tour?' And we were all like, Let's do one show together. We're all doing our own thing. Let's do one last hurrah. We think we owe it to the fans, because there's been so much back and forth us about getting back together. So we should at least do that."
And while the performance may not lead to a full-fledged reunion tour, Timmons -- who on June 29 will begin hosting his own show, Wired, in Vegas -- is still holding out that the group may one day record more music together.
"That is main thing that I would love to do with the group," he said. "Above and beyond our performance, I would relish the opportunity of actually getting into the studio with the guys and creating something new. If that opportunity came [up], and everybody was on the same page, I would be on top of the world."