REWIND! Deadmau5 – Congress Theater – 2010

[REWIND! is a weekly feature where Hugh Voltage and Ray De Ation dig through the coverage archives. The original words and photos are published with modern commentary about what they think now.]
THIS WEEK: Deadmau5 – Congress Theater – 2010

HUGH: The better part of a decade ago–fuck, I feel old–we had the opportunity to see the one and only Deadmau5 in person as a venue that doesn’t even exist in the city of Chicago anymore. There are not enough synonyms for the world “ridiculous” in the English language to accurately describe how insane this show was. If it’s any indication, Ray de Ation, who hates taking crowd shots, couldn’t help himself because even the audience was out of control with what can only be described as Deadmau5 fever. I wasn’t on drugs, but it sure as hell felt like I was. 10/10 would do again.

ORIGINAL REVIEW FOLLOWS: Deadmau5 – Congress Theater – 2010
In the world of club music–the nightlife overseen by the DJ/producer–there is a place, one place, that ranks higher than all others on the list of hot spots – Ibiza. Until Saturday, October 23 when Deadmau5 came to The Congress, many Chicagoans (us included) probably thought they would never make it there. And then Joel Thomas Zimmerman–better known by his stage name Deadmau5–took his place at the top of his cube tower, complete with mouse shaped crown.

Deadmau5 transformed The Congress into the biggest rave this side of the Atlantic Ocean using one of the most sophisticated lighting setups, thousands of audience cell phones, and the special brand of prog / electro house that he’s known for. Seriously people, there were lights on everything. Mouse hat? Covered in lights and playing videos. Videos. ON his face. The same goes for the cube.

When he got bored of playing Mickey Mouse to everyone’s Mouseketeer (there were more cell phones recording video at this show than any other I have been to), he got off his podium, threw on a sheet, and started throwing confiscated glow sticks back into the crowd. You know those Tiesto videos that we’ve all seen at one point or another on YouTube? Choir practice compared to this Deadmau5 performance.

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