Simply after Denver’s first snow day, Joel Zimmerman, higher identified by his stage title deadmau5, introduced the “We Are Buddies Tour” to Pink Rocks Amphitheatre final Friday night time. The tech-savvy and beat-obsessed digital music producer introduced life again to the chilly rocks with NERO and Kascade as his openers.
Visible references to the rock formation that makes up the amphitheater started the present. A shiny mild traced the pure formation behind the viewers, highlighting its pure curves and cliffs. The rock additionally served as a canvas for the names of every band and the tour brand.
NERO jumpstarted the present with blue mountains behind their mixing desk and wonderful nature movies as their backdrop. Dubstep beats had been shortly combined with Alana Watson’s intense lyricism. The group was wearing all black and introduced icy blue lights that transitioned to crimson as their set continued. NERO stored the gang on their toes with every beat drop and a remix of “Icky Thump” by The White Stripes. Watson’s black platform heels and full leather-based bodysuit introduced the heavy guitar to life. Shifting again into dubstep, the observe “DREAMS” elated the gang. Because the set closed, followers clearly wished extra.
Second opener Kascade introduced the viewers on a journey of life and dying. Visuals started with blooming flowers and shiny pink lights however slowly moved into rotating skulls and oppressive white flashes. Members of the gang had been highlighted on the display, displaying probably the most passionate to the few disgruntled listeners. Many followers wore glow-stick mouse ears on their heads, giant luxurious coats or animal onesies in honor of the event. deadmau5 made his first entrance throughout Kascade’s set, chugging a beer to the gang’s pleasure. Kascade shortly supplied him a spot on the mixing desk, however deadmau5 solely watched. “I don’t know what to do with my palms,” he mentioned by means of laughter.
deadmau5 referred to as the viewers to consideration moments after Kascade completed his set by giving a shoutout to each openers. Instantly the performer made himself identified and interacted with the gang. “Hey, I obtained one thing to do with my palms now!” he exclaimed. Standing behind a symmetrical podium, he introduced the gang to life with beats and instrumentals propelled from the darkish stage. The group buzzed as white and inexperienced lights shot throughout the night time sky. Photographs of the long-lasting deadmau5 masks swirled throughout the stage because the beats intensified and intense chord progressions introduced forth “Some Chords,” recognizable to any long-term followers. Then deadmau5 moved from the #1 Spotify hit “Escape” right into a remix of “More durable, Higher, Sooner, Stronger” by Daft Punk. The group erupted with vitality whereas the backdrop shifted to darkish greens and blacks.
Behind the rostrum, deadmau5 grew right into a towering inexperienced tentacled monster whose skeleton flashed with mild. Inexperienced lights prolonged these tentacles towards the gang menacingly. The musician’s sweatshirt, with bones painted alongside the arms, was shed because the amphitheatre grew heat beneath the soul-rattling bass.
Shifting right into a extra night time club-esque sound, visuals transitioned as soon as once more, displaying a meme identified generally as the confused math lady. deadmau5 adopted this with a video of a pilates video instructed by a lady with a photoshopped face. “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” introduced every picture to life and the gang roared with laughter, motion and shock.
deadmau5’s smile was contagious and his pleasure advanced with every new transition. Darkness returned to the stage and behind the rostrum, two reflective ears rose, slowly taunting the gang. Screams echoed off the rock partitions because the deadmau5 masks regarded over the writhing crowd with enormous glowing eyes. Shortly the music regained heart stage as the big deadmau5 head bobbed to every rhythm.
Hours handed within the blink of an eye fixed. Masks-less deadmau5 closed the present along with his emotional 2022 single “Alive.” Over cheers, deadmau5 rejoiced, “Such a legendary venue, so privileged and honored to be right here.” Clearly, the digital legend loved his time at certainly one of Colorado’s highest-altitude venues and was greater than prepared for his subsequent present at Temple Nightclub.