Thanks to 98 Degrees, this summer just got a whole lot hotter. The boy band surprised eager fans by announcing they’ll be taking the stage together for one night only in the sweetest place on earth.

Earlier this year, Nick Lachey squashed rumors of a tour, but fellow bandmate Jeff Timmons told CBS Local the guys would perform together…eventually. Now on August 18, 98 Degrees are reuniting for the Summer MixTape Fest 2012 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It will be the first time in over a decade that all four members have performed together.

Right after the announcement, Lachey tweeted: “Felt like 2001 all over again! Can’t wait for August 18 in Hershey. Be there.”

The singer, who’s expecting a baby boy with his wife, Vanessa, in September, later released a statement expressing even more excitement about the upcoming show.

“It’s been over ten years since we last performed together and there’s nothing that makes us more excited than being on stage as a group,” he said. “This will be a chance for us to see old fans and meet new ones all while singing the songs we know people love to hear. We couldn’t think of a better place and time to do this.”

To add to all the boy band fever, the festival’s lineup also includes New Kids on the Block, performing not only on their own but with the Backstreet Boys. After a successful tour last year, this will be the only appearance the two groups have scheduled together in 2012.

Carly Rae Jepsen, Kelly Clarkson, The Wanted and The Fray are also scheduled to appear at the 2-day festival.

For fans that need more 98 Degrees in their lives, Timmons is now performing his own solo show in Las Vegas. Starting June 29, he will be at the Green Valley Ranch every Friday and Saturday night headlining a musical revue that will feature current pop hits, along with songs from the 98 Degrees back catalogue. Timmons is currently finishing up his new album and writing his first book.

Shannon Carlin, CBS Local


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