Like many parents, Drew Lachey watches Disney movies like Mulan with his kids. Unlike most parents, Lachey is featured on the films show-stopping closing number True to Your Heart, a duet his iconic boy band 98 Degrees recorded with legend Stevie Wonder.
It is the kind of career experience Lachey will never forget, but for now, his 10-year-old daughter Isabella and 6-year-old son Hudson are not all that impressed.
They dont really get it, Lachey told Oklahoma Gazette. They hear True to Your Heart come on at the end and theyre like, Oh yeah, thats you Dad, and then they just go on about their lives, you know? Its not like, Oh my goodness! My dad sings the soundtrack on Mulan!
The former Dancing with the Stars champion reunites with brother Nick Lachey and the rest of the original 98 Degrees lineup (Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons) for the My2K Tour, a package also featuring late-90s pop acts Dream, O-Town and Ryan Cabrera. My2K stops June 9 at Tulsas Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.
Lachey said his daughter is just starting to grasp the concept of her fathers celebrity, but his son still does not see it as anything out of the ordinary.
My sons like, Whats famous mean? Were having a lot of discussions about that right now, he said. But I prefer them to think of me as Dad as opposed to anything else.
Next year marks the 20th anniversary of 98 Degrees, a group that quickly rose to prominence in the late 90s and early 2000s, the boy band heyday. Lachey said that period was pop musics pinnacle. It also featured music from NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and O-Town.
A few things have changed since 98 Degrees started in 1997. Three of the four bandmates are married with children, and the musicians have obviously aged a couple of decades.
They are more seasoned, more experienced.
Still, he said the four are like brothers, even though they are not all blood-related. Whenever they get together, they fall back into familiar routines.
When we get around each other and we start hanging out, the same jokes that were funny to us 20 years ago are still funny to us now, he said. The same things that annoyed us about each other then annoy us now.
The My2K tour represents an opportunity to see a band many fans never saw perform when they were younger. Back then, going to a concert depended on whether their parents got them tickets. Those fans are older now, and Lachey said some of them are even bringing their kids.
A lot of 98 Degrees music is emotionally based. Lachey said he often hears from fans that songs helped them through tough times. The group is also often present in some of fans happiest moments. Its song I Do (Cherish You) has become a popular wedding tune.
For us to be a part of a couples most memorable day or them starting their lives together and them choosing our song, thats big as well, Lachey said.
The band is often invited to perform the song at weddings, but Lachey said it hasnt yet taken anyone up on the offer. However, he wouldnt rule out the possibility of doing a reception someday.
Its got to be the right one, he said.
Lachey said the band wont reinvent the wheel for this tour.
Get the people together, get on a party bus, have a few drinks, come on out, he said. Thats what Im going to do.
Print headline: Heat check, 98 Degrees and the My2K Tour bring back the boy band era.