The Ultimate Boyband Concert: Blue, a1 and Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees

by Guo Wei Ho on January 25, 2012

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As much as we want to do not want to admit this, boybands will never be a thing of the past. Many a time, we find ourselves digging our iTunes playlist to find tunes by our favourite boybands. Close the door to the bedroom and dance yourself silly to the silly pop tunes, that about explains what we do when a boyband song comes along. Of course, let’s not talk about the embarrassing posters that we used to put up, with or without those smooch stains.

Guard your heart because One Productions is bringing in the greatest boyband concert of all time, with not just one but three bands that had once rocked your world. We are talking about the evergreen boybands of our youth, Blue, a1 and Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees. They will be performing together on the same stage for on February 28 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. You can say that it is a clash of the bands, but we would rather say that too many cooks can make it work too. Yes, you can go ahead and scream now.

The aged group from A1 are still the boys that they once were. The fans here would definitely not mind the increase in age because after all, we have grown up with them. But one thing their fans should look forward to is their new rendition of their smash hit Like A Rose,” which arguably is their biggest song in the ears of fans this side of the globe. Member Ben Adams who wrote “Like A Rose” is thrilled to announce their performance of the said version. “We have just updated it for a brand new version for 2012, which was amazingly fun to do! Very excited for you all to hear it!” He recalled, “I wrote it when I was 16 years old on my old upright piano at my parents house. I haven’t told anyone this really as most people assume it’s a love song, but it was actually originally written for my mom!”A1 started making a big splash when their first single, “Be the First to Believe,” entered the UK charts at #6 in early 1999. They had a huge amount of success worldwide with two #1s and eighty top 10 hits. Some of their other hits are “Take On Me”, “Ready or Not / Everytime”, “Same Old Brand New You”, “Caught in the Middle” and “Make It Good”. The band might very well play tunes from their new album which will be released soon under MCA Music, now that would be such a treat bevause we have not heard new music from them for years!

Joining a1 for the February 28 concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium are contemporaries Blue and Jeff Timmons, lead vocalist of the now defunct 98 Degrees. Fans can expect for these guys to sing their biggest hits and surprise cuts in the triple-treat concert dubbed The Greatest Hits Tour: Blue, Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees and a1 – Live in Singapore.

Asked about his favorite 98 Degrees song, Timmons, who has remained faithful to his group’s tracks even as a solo performer, noted, “Out of all the hits, Invisible Man is my favorite.  It is the most soulful of our radio songs, and it was the first song we ever heard of ourselves on the radio.”He added, “We recorded ‘I Do’ in Nashville with mega-producer Keith Thomas. I remember being there right after finding out about my ex-wife being pregnant with our daughter.”The group’s unforgettable R&B, soul, urban and contemporary pop sound lives on especially with major hits like “Because of You,” “The Hardest Thing,” and “My Everything.”

The English vocal group Blue comprised of Simon Webbe, Lee Ryan, Duncan James and Antony Costa, is the last to join this concert. They appeared briefly last year for Ion Orchard’s second year anniversary. Performing live for a free concert, the crowd flooded the entire Orchard road to deafening screams. So it is no surprise that the quartet is excited to be back here at the anticipation of fans here in Singapore. They are set to paint the town red by singing live their hits such as “All Rise,” “Too Close,” “If You Come Back,” “Fly By,” “One Love,” “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word,” “Guilty,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours).”

Now how is that for a feast of the ears for one night of boyband. We guarantee that you will be absolutely satisfied!

The Greatest Hits World Tour: A1, Blue and 98 Degrees’ Jeff Timmons - Live in Singapore are set to perform on February 28 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are available via SISTIC at www.sistic.com.sg and +65 6348 5555 and all authorized SISTIC agents. For more information, visit them at their Facebook page.

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