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O-Town Reunites ... Minus One Key Member

1/18/2011 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Just when you were thinking, "Hey, whatever happened to those guys from O-Town??" -- TMZ has learned 4 out of 5 band members have reunited ... and they've already begun to record new music!

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Sources close to the band tell TMZ ... Erik-Michael, Dan, Trevor and Jacob are back in the studio ... sans one member who just didn't feel like getting the band back together -- Ashley Parker-Angel.

We're told the guys -- who were all plucked out of obscurity on the very first "Making the Band" in 2000 -- have been kicking around the idea of a reunion for a while ... and have spent almost a year trying to get Ashley on board.

But a few weeks ago -- when it became clear Ashley wasn't going to change his mind -- the guys decided to officially move forward without him ... and are now trying to work out some tour dates. 

They want it all ... or nothing at all.

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frannie2luv    

Hey "Mark" it's LOU Pearlman not Ron. Lou is in jail. Ron is the CEO of Revlon. I hope they get back. I don't know why Ashley wouldn't join them. He couldn't make it as a solo artist. What's he doing now?

1271 days ago
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Ashley    

Ok this is awsome. I think to really break the market again...reality show!!! And it is totaly fine since Ashley is what a singer on Broadway 1o1. Ashley acted like a big baby on his show...it's for the best.

1271 days ago
33.

christy    

First NKOTB then BSB and now O-Town, now if only NSYNC were to jump on the band wagon and reunite as well i would be even happier!

1271 days ago
34.

Chris    

It's the Pointer Sisters all over again...Seriously, I find it amusing that Ashley kid appears to be above this now. His next single is...? There isn't any part on those songs that one of the other guys can't pick up. No big loss.

1271 days ago
35.

Jack    

Difference is that NKOTB and BSB had big fan bases so if even a small percent come just out of curiosity for a reunion tour it might work. O-Town would have to create a fan base, not likely. Teenagers aren't interested in guys in their 30's, they want to see Bieber. Folks in their 20's and 30's aren't interested. Can you imagine going to work on monday morning and telling your co-workers you went to an O-Town concert. First they would ask who and then they would ask if you were serious. If you wanted anyone to respect you ever again you'd have to keep it a secret, but what if someone saw you at the concert? You could tell them you were at the mall to buy a new shirt but would they believe you?

1271 days ago
36.

Leslie    

I never really comment, but OMG Jack, your comment made me LOL so hard! I especially loved the last part...so unexpected. AMAZING.

1271 days ago
37.

Jack    

Wow, a fan, thanks Leslie. Hey O-Town, were tied!

1271 days ago
38.

Angel    

Just because you have never heard of a band does not mean they were not big over in Europe. Backstreet Boys actually got their start there. I can not say anything about Nsync, NKOTB, or O-town but I can tell you that for over 16 years the Backstreet Boys have been a band, never once broke up or took a break. So if anyone is "riding coat tails", it is not the Backstreet Boys.

1271 days ago
39.

Angel    

And it's Lou Pearlman, not Ron.

1271 days ago
40.

mike    

they must need the money, its been 10 years. the one who doesn't wanna join must've budgeted his money properly and is happy as to where his life is going. lol

1271 days ago
41.

GEL    

Who?? I've NEVER heard of them.

1270 days ago
42.

Amanda    

I'm listening to them right now!


I'll be in the front row you guys!

1270 days ago
43.

Noelle    

@ Jackie: Just because you haven't heard of them, doesn't mean that they don't reach Europe, it just means that you don't know what is going on in the music business. They sold millions of albums in Germany (but then again, which boyband doesn't?) and the UK.

1270 days ago
44.

Amber    

Gooodd, who care's let's see what happens i loved there song's make it right o-townn i'm a big fan..

1246 days ago
45.

Matt McKechnie    

god what is wrong with you all? O-town was one of the best bands around. they were rushed into recording & even replaced Ikihka with Dan on short notice. all the members were good. I'd be happy to have them back even without Ashley which is sad to hear doesn't want to come back. they were cut short which is alos sad because they were a fast rising group reaching a platinum album within a year. Thank you for coming back & please include "American Game" it should be on an album.

1168 days ago
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