I tried to write this blog as impersonal as possible but I know with this post, I won’t be able to. To say yesterday’s news of Lachey’s Bar closing was devastating to me and my friends is an understatement. With a tweet and a facebook post, Lachey’s Bar announced that they were closing permanently on February 11th (we’ve heard that this date is not correct, that it is actually closing on February 10th). Since that moment, my phone blew up with texts, tweets, facebook messages, and facebook notifications. Everybody has the same question as me, “why?”. As of this moment, I don’t have an answer to that question and to be honest, does it really matter? Lachey’s Bar is closing. This blog has posted all the milestones of the bar since the conception was made known. We visited the site during construction, we toured it before it opened, we went on opening day (3 times!), we went to watch the A&E show about the bar, we went for football games, we went for the Anniversary party, we went for the after parties for “Cincy Sings” and both 98 Degrees concerts in Cincy, and we went every Friday night to watch “Live at Lacheys”. We got to know the entire staff and we laughed and cried, celebrated and supported. It wasn’t just a bar to us, it is our second home. Friday nights became known as “Beer and Drew hugs” and often led to a release and escape from a long work week. To be honest, we don’t know where we’re going to go without our second home.
I just want to thank Drew and Nick, 4EG and all the amazing people who made Lachey’s Bar home. I know this is probably more heart wrenching to you than us. Thank you for always being accommodating. Thank you for always being an escape. Thank you for always making sure we had beer and the best tot bowls ever. Thank for you the laughs and the tears. Thank you for the hugs and the chats. You will all be missed dearly. See you Friday and Saturday to go out in style.
City Beat magazine has come out with its annual “Best of Cincinnati” poll and Lachey’s is nominated in a handful of categories and we think you should cast your vote and help to make them win! You can vote by clicking here. Registration is required and you have until noon on February 1st to make your opinion count and help Lacheys (and Drew) win!
The categories that Lacheys is nominated for:
Happy Hour Food
Neighborhood Burger Spot
Overall Burgers non chain
Neighborhood Restaurant Downtown/OTR
AND for an added bonus…
Cincinnatian: DREW LACHEY!
Who’s gotten a chance to take in a #98Christmas show? We’d love to share your Drew pics with the world!!!! Please tweet us at www.twitter.com/drewlacheyfans for more details- we promise to give you credit!
Wanted to give you all an one stop source for all news and media stops from the #98Christmas tour so here goes:
98 Degrees’ Nick and Drew Lachey Talk ‘Shamelessly’ Listening to Their Christmas Albums & What to Expect From Holiday Tour
This past week was full of hype as the 98 Degrees twitter came to life again, showing us each member of 98 Degrees in posts and reminding us of past tours and making fans remember just how long they’ve loved 98 Degrees!!!! On Thursday, they promised “Santa is coming tomorrow” and by 9 AM EST Friday, Santa delivered! He delivered the cover of a shiny new Christmas album of 12 songs that goes on sale October 13th with promises of the title track, “Let it Snow”, “What Christmas Means To Me”, “Little Saint Nick”, and “Run Rudolph Run” and one original song.
And then they delivered another gift, tour dates for their 31 city adventure starting November 10 in Iowa and ending December 23rd in Nevada. Tickets for most shows go on sale this coming Friday, August 18, 2017 to the general public but it seems there are presales for VIP packages and possibly fan club (What fan club? Yeah, we wish we knew!).
We will continue to keep you updated as we hear information, so please don’t forget to follow us on twitter and while you’re at it, please join in the conversation on the Just Justin Jeffre facebook group and the Still Loving 98 Degrees and more facebook group and follow the Nick fanatics page on facebook . All these folks work very hard to try to keep the fans up to date as well!!!
Here’s some articles about the Christmas “gifts”:
98 Degrees Are Back with a New Holiday Record and Tour: ‘We’re Having More Fun Now Than We Ever Did in the Past’
Drew did two reading for a new play that hopefully *fingers crossed* will premiere on Broadway in the fall, Bulldozer. Bulldozer, tells the story of Robert Moses (who Drew will portray) who shaped New York with his control of its park system, streets, bridges, and tunnels. Its written by Peter Galperin and Scott Kadin. A good friend was able to attend one of the readings and snuck us some exclusive pictures of Drew reading. For more about Bulldozer, check out their facebook page and an article from playbill about Drew’s reading.
Trying to keep up with all the news lately has been HARD…but here’s a roundup of reviews and interviews:
Starting off with this very cool review of the Bethlehem PA show:
REVIEW: My2K Tour with 98 Degrees at Sands Bethlehem Event Center shows ’90s music, acts, hold up well
And this very cool Cincy article including some updates on Drew:
An interview with Nick:
A Q&A with Nick Lachey about the 98 Degrees reunion, boy-band rivalries and lessons from ‘Newlyweds’
This sweet review of the Westbury show, followed by interview by the same author:
Okay, this is way sweet:
This fantastic article and review from Fuse:
Admittedly, I have not been updating nearly as much as I’d like lately. Sometimes life events and work issues have to take precedence over fun…sadly. I’m sorry, I’m going to do better at keeing up, I promise. I got some pics to share but first let’s catch up on all the news, if you haven’t been paying attention and if you have, let’s reminisce, shall we?:
This first one is not tour related but very interesting:
This incredibly cute video from E News:
98 Degrees went on the Today Show and EW wrote this article:
And they performed A Capella for Billboard:
And visited New York news network, 1010 WINS:
Drew interviewed with Tulsa World news:
The guys did an interview with Huff Post:
And not to be outdone, People did an article:
Joey Fatone joined 98 Degrees to sing “Bye Bye Bye”:
Drew’s interview with the Allentown Morning Call:
City Beat magazine has come out with its annual “Best of Cincinnati” poll and Lachey’s is nominated in several categories and we think you should cast your vote and help to make them win! You can vote by clicking here – registration is required and you have until February 9th to make your opinion count.
Here is a list of categories that Lachey’s is nominated for and ones that we suggest writing them or their staff in for (before you write in, make sure they haven’t been added to the category first):
Overall Restaurant – write in Lachey’s
Neighborhood Restaurant (Downtown/OTR)
Appetizers – write in Lachey’s (I mean, come on TOT BOWLS!!!)
Overall Burgers -write in Lachey’s
Neighborhood Burger Spot (Downtown/OTR)
“Cincinnati Burger Week” Restaurant
Business Lunch – write in Lachey’s
Chef with Restaurant Affiliation – write in Orlando Caraballo (Lachey’s)
Waitstaff/Service – write in Lachey’s
Overall Bar/Club – write in Lachey’s
Bar/Club Staff – write in Lachey’s
Bartender (Female) – write in Kyla Wykoff (Lachey’s)
Beer Selection Draft – write in Lachey’s
Beer Selection Bottles and Cans – write in Lachey’s
Happy Hour Drinks – write in Lachey’s
Happy Hour Food – write in Lachey’s
Trivia Night – write in Lachey’s
Last but not least, there’s always a category for favorite Cincinnatian… – write in Drew Lachey
On November 12, 2015, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Cincinnati Chapter will honor Drew at their National Philanthropy Day Luncheon with the “Ambassador of Philanthropy” special award for his work in the community and his commitment to the promotion of arts and philanthropy in Cincinnati. More information about this award:
Please join us in congratulating Drew!!!!
Mariah Carey was in Cincinnati filming a movie for Hallmark Channel in Cincinnati and it was all over the news. There was Mariah sightings and Wyoming was decked out like Christmas came early. And behind the scenes, Drew and Lea were helping Mariah by choreographing scenes and bringing some of their Lachey Arts kids to star in a scene shot for the movie that premieres on the Hallmark Channel on December 19, 2015. Per John Kiesewetter’s article on WVXU.org, Lea will also have a small role in the movie. Lacey Chabert (star of Mean Girls) also stars in the movie and tweeted this pic of her and her sister with Drew from the set:
This isn’t the first time Drew and Lea worked on choreographing movie in Cincinnati, they worked together on a scene for “Miles Ahead” and did some work on “Carol”.