There were three pre-eminent boy bands in the 1990s: Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and 98º. Time went by, and the bands diverged, though Backstreet Boys reunited a few years ago and have gone on several successful tours with New Kids on the Block as well as Florida-Georgia Line.
NSYNC hasn't reunited, mainly because Justin Timberlake became a multimedia icon.
Then there's 98º, who famously featured brothers Nick and Drew Lachey, the former of whom married Jessica Simpson and became an actor and reality-TV star.
But just as the holidays are about coming together, 98º is back together (they've done a few reunion shows and small tours over the years) for a holiday tour that comes to The Chevalier Theatre in Medford this Saturday, Dec. 8.
Tickets are $49.50 and $39.50 and are available through Ticketmaster and the box office.
The show is part of a 36-date tour that began Nov. 1, but is really the continuation of a tour that began last year in support of their first full-length Christmas album in 18 years, "Let It Snow." That album was essentially a follow-up to their 1999 multiplatinum album, "This Christmas." The band also went back into the studio earlier this year to work on a new album that will come out in early 2019.
From 1997 to 2002, 98º sold 10 million records, had a chart-topping single in "Thank God I Found You" with Mariah Carey and Joe, and collaborated with Stevie Wonder on "True to Your Heart" for the Disney movie "Mulan." They also had top-five singles with "Because of You," "I Do" and "The Hardest Thing," and their 2000 album, "Revelation," spawned the hits "Give Me Just One Night (Una Noche)," "My Everything" and "The Way You Want Me To."
A recent setlist shows the band mixes in some of those hits with a holiday-themed show, so if you're a fan of 98º, check it out!
Check your calendar: The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley has launched the Bull Run Speaker Series, and the first speaker will be Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, who will come to the Shirley restaurant Sunday, Jan. 20, at noon. The program will be moderated by Danette Day, assistant professor in the Education Department at Fitchburg State University. Tickets are available at www.bullrunrestaurant.com.