Members of a number of notable rock 'n' roll bands are expected in Minnesota for a memorial for Dennis "Fergie" Frederiksen, who died of liver cancer at his home in Mound over the weekend. He was 62.
According to his obituary in the Star Tribune, his funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bayview Event Center in Excelsior. Frederiksen had made his home in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities since the 1990s when he moved to the area with his former wife. He is the father of three sons (pictured here, along with his friend Mike Woodley).
Frederiksen was most famous as the second lead singer of the Grammy-winning band Toto. He was with Toto for two years and recorded one album, “Isolation,” which went gold in 1984 and featured the song, "Stranger in Town." Frederiksen sang with a number of other bands including Trillion, LeRoux and World Classic Rockers. He also sang backup for Survivor on “Eye of the Tiger.”
His friend, veteran broadcaster Mike Woodley, said many of Frederiksen's longtime running buddies from his years of touring, performing and recording are expected at the service. Woodley said they include Jimi Jamison of Survivor, Alex Ligertwood of Santana, Kevin White of World Classic Rockers, Nick St. Nicholas of Steppenwolf, and Fran Cosmo of Boston.
Frederiksen got a diagnosis of inoperable liver cancer a few years ago and outlived the expectations of his doctors. Woodley told BringMeTheNews that Frederiksen set out to make his final years productive, both personally and professionally.
"Fergie didn't quit or wallow in sorrow. Instead of 'woe is me,' he released two albums, fixed his broken relationships and toured the world. When he re-released the video for Toto's 'Angel Don't Cry' this summer one music critic hailed Fergie as 'still one of the best voices ever in rock,'" Woodley wrote. "Through the misery which is terminal cancer, Fergie got more out of these last one thousand days than most people do in a lifetime. He is now at peace ... encore coming in heaven."
Frederiksen's friends in and out of the music business joined his family in his final days to say goodbye. (Pictured here with friend Bill Fuller.)
The British music site PlanetMosh paid tribute to Frederiksen, including comments the president of Frontiers Records, the label that recorded his final two albums. “Fergie has always been special to us. A fine artist, brilliant singer, lovely person ... I had the chance to say goodbye to him some weeks ago and was so emotional," said Serafino Perugino.
Frederiksen had an international following, as witnessed by numerous obituaries including the one in HD, a Swedish website. His passing was noted on the German website MetalHammer and on Blogo, an Italian entertainment site based in Milan.
His family set up at GoFundMe site to accept donations for this funeral. The family established the site last summer to raise funds for Fredriksen's living expenses as his health declined sharply.