HOL­I­DAY SEA­SON WARM­ING TO 98 DE­GREES

The Modesto Bee - - Scene - BY PAT CLARK pclark@mod­bee.com

The weather’s turn­ing cooler in Modesto, but it will be 98 De­grees at the Gallo Cen­ter next week.

The pop­u­lar boy band, which sold 10 mil­lion records at its height from 1997 to the early 2000s, brings its Christ­mas show to the down­town Modesto arts venue on Thurs­day, Nov. 15.

The four singers – Justin Jef­fre, Jeff Tim­mons and broth­ers Drew and Nick Lachey – are tour­ing in sup­port of their lat­est al­bum, “Let it Snow.”

The group found its suc­cess in the 1990s boy band craze, scor­ing chart­top­ping sin­gles and a four-mil­lion-sell­ing al­bum, “98° and Ris­ing.”

That al­bum brought mas­sive, die-hard fans and big hits such as “Be­cause of You,” “I Do” and “The Hard­est Thing.”

In the en­su­ing two decades, 98 De­grees’ pop­u­lar­ity dimmed and the group broke up for 10 years.

But the boys are back and in­tact, re­leas­ing the new hol­i­day al­bum. This set of fes­tive tunes marks 98 De­grees’ sec­ond hol­i­day set af­ter the group’s multi-plat­inum seller “This Christ­mas” from 1999, which sold more than one mil­lion copies.

“... We are so proud of the first Christ­mas al­bum,” Nick Lachey told Bus­tle last De­cem­ber. “We feel like we re­ally came to our own mu­si­cally (with it). It’s this time­less com­pi­la­tion of great songs we all re­ally love and are at­tached to so we fig­ured let’s give that an­other shot in try­ing to even top that one.”

Gallo Cen­ter for the Arts

98 De­grees plays the Gallo Cen­ter for the Arts on Thurs­day.

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