This year’s Friday After 5 finale on Sept. 3 will be a blast from the past, featuring members of some of the most popular boy bands from the late 1990s and early 2000s — including the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and 98 Degrees.
Jeff Timmons (98 Degrees), AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys), Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC), and Chris Blue (winner of The Voice Season 12) are performing as the band called “All the Cool Kids, or ATCK.
According to Timmons, the band was formed by Mclean and DJ Lux.
“They kind of created it because all of our schedules are so busy that it can be sort of a revolving door for celebrity guests,” Timmons said. “With all of our schedules being so busy, if one or two or all of us can’t be on there, we’ll have somebody else come in and fill in. It’s not limited to guys, it could be female artists or rock artists or whatever. It’s sort of just a fun thing to mix it up and keep things fresh and exciting.”
Timmons said the will be the first time the four have officially performed together as ATCK except for a charity event a few months ago in Las Vegas.
In a phone interview Thursday, Timmons discussed their excitement to perform in Owensboro and gave a little more insight into what the crowd can expect.
Owensboro Times: So the performance in Owensboro will be you, AJ, Chris and Chris. What will the show be like?
Timmons: Each of us will be doing our originals, we’ll be doing some of the songs together, and you know some of them are remixed. I mean it’s just a fresh new take on it. When you play for an audience as big as the audience we’re hoping to have at Friday After 5, you want to keep things up-tempo, so they’re mashups of our old songs. A lot of us, especially 98 Degrees, are known for our ballads. We want to keep the energy going, and we might even have a surprise where we all sing something together, so it’s gonna be a lot of fun.
OT: Sounds like you’re pretty much just having a good time and offering a little bit of everything in there.
Timmons: That’s exactly right. I mean look, none of us take ourselves too seriously. Obviously, we take performing seriously and we love our careers, but we’re there to have fun. This many years later still be doing it — for me going on 25 here, and I think the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC have been around even longer — we’re lucky to do it and we want the audience to feel the same energy we do in our excitement up on stage.
OT: Are there going to be chances for fans to meet and interact with you guys?
Timmons: We’re gonna be doing meet-and-greets. We don’t have an official link or anything like that up yet, but you know if people check out all of our socials under our names, I’m sure before too long we’ll have some links up there where people can find out how to meet us before or after the show.
OT: Is ATCK planning to collaborate and put out new music? Where can people find it if so?
Timmons: We’ve had such a good response that we’re now going to start creating music together. We haven’t even started recording yet. We just started kind of writing and producing some music together and soon enough it’ll be out on all the streaming platforms and anywhere that you can purchase music. But yes, we will be releasing music.