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Deadmau5 comes to San Diego for Halloween Show

Stadium spectacle set for Petco Park

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He says he’s no role model, but his talent brings millions of diehard fans to their knees. Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, is bringing his wildly mesmerizing cube stage to Petco Park on Friday, October 28, where he will don his legendary L.E.D. mouse head and captivate thousands with his unrivaled stage presence. Joining him onstage will be mau5trap label artists Tommy Lee, Aero, Feed Me, SOFI and Swedish sensation, Avicii.

This highly anticipated concert is one of more than 40 shows in Zimmerman’s Meowingtons Hax tour, aptly named after his cat, Professor Meowingtons. Originally scheduled for Oct. 26 at SOMA, the show was moved to Petco Park, suitably on Halloween weekend, to accommodate an overwhelming demand for tickets. Tickets for the show at SOMA’s 2,400-capacity venue sold out within three weeks and there were concerns that Zimmerman’s extravagant production would not fit on SOMA’s stage, according to the venue’s owner.

The Meowingtons Hax craze began at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, where Zimmerman performed what SPIN.com dubbed as the No. 1 set, saying, “The level of spectacle that the Canadian electronic musician/producer commands is not just beyond any other electronic act, it’s beyond any other act period; even the Muses and Coldplays of the world seem like community theater by comparison.”

Zimmerman’s critically acclaimed albums comprised of chart-topping tracks such as “Sofi Needs a Ladder,” “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” and “I Remember” has earned him the eminent title of No. 4 DJ in the world as ranked by DJ Mag. But don’t call him a DJ, he hates that.

“There are no CDs involved,” he said. “It’s a technological orgy up there and I try and keep it more my music than anyone else’s. If people come out to see Deadmau5 I want them to hear Deadmau5 music.”

Zimmerman’s talent of producing computerized series of impromptu ear-gasms onstage has gained him respect from world-renowned artists, not to mention millions of devoted followers. He reacted to his prestigious ranking by stating: “Hey, not bad for someone who isn’t a DJ … It just means you all voted, and I didn’t even have to spam you to do it!”

Before adopting his pseudonym, inspired by a dead mouse found in his computer, Zimmerman worked as a web developer writing music-making software, which he now uses during his live shows. He applied his tech-savvy skills to produce his first track, which began as a joke but soon became his portal to fame, claiming the No. 1 spot on Beatport’s chart in 2006.

By 2008, Zimmerman was the top-selling artist on Beatport and Deadmau5 pandemonium took over the electronic dance music scene as the illuminated mouse head became a celebrated icon. Last year, the Grammy-nominated artist became the first electronic musician to play a sold out show at Earl’s Court, London’s historic 19,000-capacity venue. And now, Friday will be his first-ever baseball stadium show, expected to host as many as 15,000 ecstatic fans. He reigns over an entire musical sector of his own, and he never fails to remind his fans that he is no leader or prophet, and certainly no DJ.