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A Christmas 'gift': 98 Degrees to play Niagara Falls this holiday season

Back in 1999, when boy band 98 Degrees and lead singer Nick Lachey were at their heart-throb height, a KISS 98.5 listener challenge among local high schools - with the reward of a free concert featuring Lachey's band - spurred the submission of 15 million index cards. (Kenmore West was the winner, in case you're into '90s Buffalo pop trivia).

In the ensuing two decades, the luster of 98 Degrees' shine has dimmed - vanishing, in fact, for 10 years when the band broke up - but Lachey and crew are back in action. The four-piece band - in support of its 2017 Christmas album, "Let It Snow" - will play Niagara Falls at 8 p.m. Dec. 14 in the Seneca Niagara Events Center.

Tickets go on sale at noon Sept. 21 and begin at $25. They may be purchased at any Seneca Resorts & Casinos location, online at ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster location or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

While pop singles like "The Hardest Thing" and "Because of You" signaled the band's breakout, 98 Degrees' first Christmas album, "This Christmas" in 1999, sold more than one million copies and, perhaps smartly, the now-older band has veered more strongly in that direction.

"...We are so proud of the first Christmas album," Nick Lachey told Bustle last December. "We feel like we really came to our own musically [with it]. It's this timeless compilation of great songs we all really love and are attached to so we figured let's give that another shot in trying to even top that one."

In case you were looking for a review of that 1999 show at Kenmore West High School, it's here.

Email: btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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