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Dutch Treat 

Holland's top DJ clears a busy schedule for a spin in Cleveland.

To say that 2008 is turning into Tiësto's banner year would be an understatement. In January, the 39-year-old Dutch DJ announced he will marry his teen gal pal in October. A month later, he was up for an electronic-music Grammy for his 2007 CD, Elements of Life. And next month, he'll spin every Monday at a Portuguese club that the Guinness World Records folks have certified as the largest nightspot in the world. "It's the place to be when it comes to the most crazy and energetic parties," says Tiësto, whose globe-trotting schedule drops him in Cleveland tonight for a gig in the Flats to promote his latest disc, In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia.Born Tijs Verwest, Tiësto has been working turntables since 1985, when he started to produce dance tracks under the monikers Da Joker and DJ Limited. By the mid-'90s, he made the transition to trance by co-founding his own record label. He then released his debut solo disc, In My Memory, which spawned five chart-topping hits, including "Lethal Industry." The list of firsts, bests, and mosts continued to grow. As a promotional stunt, Tiësto drank 31 cans of Red Bull in 24 hours to set a Guinness record in 2000. In 2003, he performed for more than 25,000 fans in Holland's Gelredome to become the first DJ ever to stage a solo concert in a stadium. And London's DJ Magazine named him the top-rated turntablist every year from 2002 to 2004, the year he was asked to play for 90 minutes at the Athens Olympics. "The opportunity to perform my music for billions of people around the globe will be the greatest highlight of my life," he said at the time.For the Beijing Olympics in August, Tiësto is one eight musicians who've been cherry-picked to create tracks inspired by specially designed Coca-Cola bottles. His offering is the tune "Global Harmony." "I integrate music from all over the world in my sets," says Tiësto. "Harmony is what my music and life are built upon." Tiësto spins at 10 tonight at Metropolis, 2325 Elm Street on the West Bank of the Flats. Tickets are $15. Call 216-241-1444 or visit
Tue., June 17, 10 p.m., 2008

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