deadmau5 @ Verizon Wireless Theater
Regardless of whether or not you know who deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) is or have listened to his breed of electronica, you more than likely recognize his iconic mouse head. I wouldn’t even be surprised if my dad has seen it before. Last Friday night, homemade deadmau5 heads of all sizes and colors flocked to Verizon Wireless Theater for the sold-out Houston stop on his Meowingtons Hax Tour. For those who aren’t in the know, Professor Meowingtons is deadmau5’s cat.
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Although doors weren’t scheduled to open until 8:00 pm, the line began to wrap around Bayou Place hours beforehand. If you’ve ever been to an electronic music/DJ event, you know the typical mix of audience members. You’ve got your high school kids, the old school ravers, frat boy types, hipsters, and then just the “normal” ones. Even though this was a 16+ event (one level above “All Ages”), I luckily never felt like a chaperone to a group of adolescent druggies.
Because deadmau5 didn’t take the stage until 11:30 pm, there were three openers to keep us motivated while we frequented the bar areas. First off was Houston’s own DJ duo, GRRRL PARTS. They are truly making a name for themselves in this city and have become a hometown favorite among the club scene. Next came Tommy Lee and DJ Aero. I know what you’re thinking, and yes I’m referring to THAT Tommy Lee. Their set was decent, but I really just wanted to see Tommy Lee in person. No, he didn’t show off his favorite band “member” (It might have been different it had been an 18+ event). Excision finished out the openers with a somewhat mediocre DJ set. He interspersed some classic dubstep tracks, but I wasn’t overly impressed. I was more focused on the Jack Daniels cocktail in my hand.
Once Excision concluded his set, you could sense the adrenaline rush throughout the venue. As the curtains began to fall and deadmau5’s colossal stage set was revealed, the audience roared with cheers. As soon as the man/mouse himself ascended to his platform, you knew it was going to be an epic night. Everything about his two-hour set was seamless and entrancing, from the music to the gorgeous lighting and displays. deadmau5 effectively utilized constant tempo and style changes to keep your attention focused on the stage. To complement this ebb and flow, the lighting effects corresponded effortlessly. The setlist included singles such as “Some Chords”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Ghosts N Stuff”, “Strobe”, “I Remember”, “Raise Your Weapon”, and a short remix of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. As a special treat, female vocalist SOFI gave a fierce live performance during “One Trick Pony” and “Sofi Needs a Ladder”. This girl has got some sass, and I like it.
For many electronica fans, concerts such as this are almost like a spiritual experience, and I understand why. deadmau5 created a hypnotizing and energetic musical atmosphere for those lucky enough to make it into the venue. To balance out the intensity, his often eerie interludes kept the audience intrigued. After the encore, thousands of sweaty fans poured out of Verizon Wireless Theater satisfied, buzzed, and smiling. I can only hope that he will make another visit to the Bayou City soon. To prepare yourself for his return, here are the instructions to create your own deadmau5 head. You’re welcome.