No way the world’s sickest and most intense stage show of the moment-that of superstar electro/house DJ deadmau5 (pronounced “dead mouse”)-was going to be contained by San Diego’s 2,600-person-capacity concert venue, SOMA.
After much head-scratching over the venue choice, it was announced that Toronto’s Joel Zimmerman (aka deadmau5) had in fact pushed his San Diego gig back two days (to Friday, October 28), and way up in capacity, relocating to Petco Park-for an under-the-stars, pre-Halloween extravaganza in downtown San Diego.
Named after his pet cat, Professor Meowingtons, deadmau5’s Meowingtons Hax tour debuted in August during Chicago’s Lallapalooza show, leading festival-goers on a mouse-in-a-maze sensory roller coaster ride. Expect a colossal kitty of LED trickery from the artist’s Q*Bert video-game-inspired stage show, pulsing and strobe-flashing to deadmau5’s catalogue of killin’ club hits.
Though there are sure to be costumed “deadmau5 heads” in the house, the DJ’s own trademark mouse helmet-which acts like a video monitor, lighting up a lyric-mouthing mouse face-is sure to command the most attention.
The evening, which includes a set by deadmau5 label artist and Mötley Crüe drummer, Tommy Lee (with DJ Aero), features new mixes of deadmau5 hits including “I Remember,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and “Raise Your Weapons,” and vocals by SOFI (“Sofi Needs a Ladder”). Swedish DJ/producer and Beatport chart-topper Avicii (“Seek Bromance”) makes his only tour appearance in San Diego at the event.
-Pat Sherman (Photos by Drew Ressler)