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Interview:
98 Degrees member bares all -- or at least some -- with new project
 

By GARY GRAFF
@GraffonMusic

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98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons has switched his focus from this summer's Package Tour to a, er, different kind of package.

Timmons' new endeavor is Men of the Strip, a partnership with choreographer Glenn Douglas Packard inspired by a show he hosted for Chippendales in Las Vegas. The tour features eight dancers who at this juncture only take their shirts off, according to Timmons, and it will soon become a reality TV show with a deal that will be announced in the near future.

"I was very reluctant before I did the Chippendales show, but it's been a great experience," says Timmons, 40, who resides with his family in Las Vegas and sings several 98 Degrees songs as part of the show. "It's basically a grown-up boy band and basically has the same fan base, the same fans that came and saw us and New Kids (on the Block) and Boyz II Men this summer.

"It's pretty vanilla, really. It's edgy, but mostly the same thing 98 Degrees does -- sing, dance, take their shirts off. They're all hams, very charismatic. The fans really love it."

Timmons is looking forward to Men of the Strip's future on TV and as a full-time Vegas show, but he's also leaving the door open for 98 Degrees, which regrouped in 2012 after a nine-year hiatus and released its first new album in 13 years in May.

"We had such a blast being on the Package Tour, Timmons says. "We kind of modeled ourselves after Boyz II Men, so to be on the road with our idols and legends like New Kids was so much fun. We're kind of considering going on tour next summer, but if not, that would be a good way to end it and wrap up our career together. We'll just see what happens."

Men of the Strip, featuring 98 Degrees' Jeff Timmons, performs Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

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