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Nick Lachey: I love screaming fans

Nick Lachey has joked that singing in front of 16,000 screaming women feels pretty amazing.

The singer has recently reformed boyband 98 Degrees with his brother Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons.

The group have joined fellow ‘90s groups New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men for their cheekily named The Package Tour, which started last month in the US.

Nick joked that the best part of being back on the road has been the warm welcome they've received from the ladies.

"Well you know when you're onstage and there's 16,000 women screaming at you, it's just miserable. It's the worst working conditions," Nick joked to MTV News. "No, it's amazing! Every night is a great new crowd, full of people who want to be there 'cause they love the music, they love the groups. A lot of people, obviously, it's The Package Tour so insert your own joke there, but it is a great package."

The screaming women are equally as vocal during the backstage meet and greets.

He joked about the over enthusiastic response all the band members get from their female fans.

"It's hard to describe the amount of anticipation these women have for the moment they get to come and meet [NKOTB's] Donnie Wahlberg or meet [BIIM's] Shawn Stockman or meet Drew Lachey. It's a cool vibe going on backstage," Nick described. "There's a lot of women; there's a lot of tailgating and pre-partying going on, which we encourage. We always sound better when people have had a few drinks. But, no, it's just a lot of fun top to bottom, a great show and the crowd's been great."

Fans who don't get to meet their idols backstage needn't despair as they might be lucky enough to be pulled on stage.

Nick joked that the portion of 98 Degrees' performance involving crowd participation has received some pretty strong reactions.

"Well we do a little segment in our show where we bring four fans on stage and we dedicate a song to them and sing to them. And there have been some interesting reactions. As a fan, sitting up there in front in an arena full of people, being sung to... some shake uncontrollably, some cry, some don't like [it and] are comfortable and want to get off, others milk it up and go for it and grabbing hair. It's a fun moment," he reflected. "I think that what boybands kind of did for a lot of people, it's the music they grew up on. It's a moment in their lives, especially in the teenage years when we're all so impressionable and they really invested themselves in these groups and this is a chance for them to come and relive that moment in time. And for us to relive that moment in time too. It's a cool dynamic."

The Package Tour continues around cities in the US until August 4.

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