Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Former 98 Degrees boy band member, Drew Lachey, comes to Plachta Auditorium on Monday


By: Eric Dresden

Former 98 Degrees singer Drew Lachey will be coming to Central, not to perform, but to talk about life in the music industry and Hollywood.

The 32-year-old singer was part of the quartet alongside his brother Nick Lachey, who is famous for his marriage to and divorce from with singer Jessica Simpson.

He will speak Monday March 30 at 7 p.m. in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium.

Matt Burza, Allegan senior, was in charge of bringing Lachey to Central for the Program Board and said Lachey was brought in to kick off the third annual Program Board Week.

"We decided to highlight the organization, so everyday we do different events," Burza said. "We wanted to start the week out with a big name."

Burza said Lachey was just the right name to start off the week, even though he just started college tours.

"He's new to the speaking tours and the date fit well with his schedule. He speaks on a variety of things, specifically about his time with 98 Degrees, his brother Nick, Nick's relationship with Jessica Simpson and Drew's being on the outside of that, and his time with 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Burza said.

Drew joined the group 98 Degrees after his brother, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons were looking for a fourth member.

The band has been on an extended hiatus since 2002, and each member reportedly has been pursuing individual careers.

Drew has played in the Broadway productions of "Rent" and "Spamalot" and won ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" during its second season.

Burza said Lachey is only the start to a big week celebrating 80 years of Program Board.

"It's a good opportunity, to come see a big name celebrity come to mid-Michigan," Burza said.

The Program Board will have a busy week including a showing of the film "7 Pounds" at noon Tuesday in Pearce 128 and an anniversary cake-cutting ceremony in the University Center rotunda.

On Thursday, the week will continue with the annual Psychic Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center. Later, starting at 8 p.m., R&B artist Javier will perform.

To close the week, comedians Alex McHale and Jay Black will perform 8 p.m. in Warriner Hall's Plachta Auditorium.