Saturday, March 3, 2012
Before Jeff Timmons of 98 Degrees and the boys of Blue and A1 serenaded their Filipino fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last February 25 for “The Greatest Hits Tour,” they first faced members of the media at the Mactan Room of the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel.
Being in the same room with the guys led me to one realization: some things—guys, in this case—get better with age.
Take Jeff Timmons, for example, who—believe it or not—is already a dad (a hot one, right?) to not just a boy and a girl with his ex-wife, but also to a little baby named Ariahuna, who together with her mom Amanda (Jeff’s wife—lucky girl) was also present during the press con. Jeff pretty much looks like his “Invisible Man” self (the music video for the song was released way back in 1997, can you believe that?)—only more ripped. There is also no denying how he looks like handsome actor Bradley Cooper. “I’ve been hearing that a lot lately,” he said, and then adding, “I would say that Bradley Cooper looks like me!”
The boys of Blue have also grown into fine-looking men ever since they entered the music scene, which was back in 2001, thanks to their hit song “All Rise.” Although the boys have put on a little weight (yes, I’m talking to you, Antony Costa), they all still look good—especially for their age. Duncan James looks hotter than ever. Simon Webbe has become a fashionable man (he looked summer-ready at the press con, wearing a striped blue and white polo plus a pair of shorts). And Lee Ryan still looks youthful. Actually, he acted like a little boy, too, replying to some questions with funny answers, and even snapping when someone asked how they feel about gay men in boybands, like Lance Bass of N’Sync. Lee must have felt offended, thinking that the person who asked the “gay question” wanted him to open up and talk about his straight threesomes with Duncan, who later confessed to being bisexual.
Also embracing change are the boys of A1: Ben Adams, who got rid of his GQ-style hair and as a result doesn’t resemble Nino Muhlach anymore; Christian Ingebrigtsen, who is also benefitting from a hairstyle change; and Mark Read, who… well, looks exactly like he did a decade ago (which isn’t a bad thing, of course).
It’s not only when it comes to looks that the A1 boys have changed. Even the materials they write and produce have improved. “I think we’re more critical with the lyrics now than the old days,” noted Christian, “as the lyrics before used to be more just…”
“…out of a diary,” continued Mark.
Christian continued explaining: “I think now we’re thinking about situations in life. Also, we’re 10 years older and we’ve got more experiences and stuff.”
Yes, it’s been over 10 years since these acts first burst into the music scene and while they have changed in several ways and (hopefully) grown mature too, there is one thing that remains the same: they are the guys responsible for some of the most unforgettable songs that will always remind us of our sweet teen years. And for that they are gods in our books.