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  • DISNEY NOT AMUSED WITH DEADMAU5

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    Huh-hah! (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    Deadmau5 wants to copyright his mau5head for scientific apparatus, among other things. (Proof of the Higgs-Boson brought to you by “Ghosts N Stuff!”) His copyright case is getting the stinkeye from Disney, whose Happiest Lawyers on Earth note a striking similarity between the mau5 and The Mouse. Seriously though, is Disney even trying to corner the leather goods, staple foods and BMX markets? Presumably all at once with Deadmau5′s edible Huffy, with throwback leather football helmet.

    Sometimes “prank” means “thing you do to give your poor, gullible mother a heart attack.” Because hilarity. MGM Grand put together a string of April Fool’s mock weddings at the Forever Grand Wedding Chapel. After getting fake-married, they posted the pics to Facebook and Twitter in order to freak out their closest friends and relatives. Joke’s on you, MGM: They were only in it for the free cake the whole time.

    The part of that S.K.A.M. Artist party on Monday that didn’t go all to hell drew in a strong Marquee crowd that saw 40 or so DJs doing 15-30 minute sets in the Boom Box Room and Library–perfect for the attention deficit-afflicted EDM lover. Samantha Ronson had a turn, which just made us miss the old LiLo days. The afterparty at Crazy Horse III was headlined by DJ Skratchy and Aussie model/DJ Brooke Evers.

    MAU5 BACK IN OLD HOU5E

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    Nobody expects the Deadmau5 drop-in set. His chief weapon is surprise. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    That whole Deadmau5-leaving-Hakkasan thing? Looks like the Mau5 himself is confirming it with a legit surprise set at XS Friday night.

    While in town to play at a private function he stopped by Wynn to catch up with longtime friend and XS and Tryst managing partner Jesse Waits. Over dinner at Andrea’s, Zimmerman joked with Waits that he should book him to return to XS that evening. Waits saidd that while he would love to host the Mau5, he couldn’t pay him.

    As rumors indicated that he and Hakkasan mutually dissolved his contract–one that reportedly made him the highest paid DJ per show in Vegas, it’s not about the money for Zimmerman. True to that notion, he told Waits that he would play at XS for free. So after finishing their meal the pair walked in XS at 11 p.m. and Zimmerman hit the decks shortly thereafter to play a full, two-hour “warm-up” set for Wolfgang Gartner.

    Word of the impromptu performance quickly spread by social media and the club was quickly at capacity–something that few venues manage to do during the typically slower pre-Thanksgiving period. As for the set, multiple sources said it was upbeat, high energy and true to Zimmerman’s style and “one for the record books”–a sentiment shared by the surprised Gartner when he made his way to the booth to find his unexpected opener.

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    DEADMAU5 QUITS TWITTER

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    You won’t have Deadmau6 to tweet around anymore. (Photos by Al Powers)

    Deadmau5, who held one of the few genuinely interesting DJ Twitter accounts, has shut the feed down, after naming a new track “Ira” by enraged Ira Glass fans. Wait, no, it was people mad about the IRA. In a statement, the Mau5 said:

    I’m no longer going to be managing my own twitter account for “deadmau5”. I’m going to let management deal with that account. My reasons are my own, not because of something i said, not because of this hilarious I.R.A. vs “ira” craic, not because of lady gaga’s infinite legions of brain dead fans. but as i said… reasons of my own.

    You see what you did, people? This is why we can’t have nice things.

    DON JOHNSON VS. DEADMAU5 VS. XS


    Sometimes, you’ve just got to hear some Jovi. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    Don Johnson: Extravagant clubber. Bon Jovi cohort.

    Deadmau5: If the Internet came to life and learned to DJ.

    XS: Place that manages to teleport the money directly out of your pocket in exchange for vodka.

    “Livin’ on a Prayer”: The Bon Jovi song that’s still inescapable 30 years after it was released, but costs $200,000 to hear at the latter.

    In what might be our favorite lawsuit of the last year (sorry, A-Rod vs. MLB), William Morris Endeavor (the agency that represents Deadmau5) and XS honcho Jesse Waits are embroiled in a lawsuit over Johnson offering Deadmau5 $200,000 to fire up “Livin’ on a Prayer” in February 2011. Thus:

    On the night in question, Waits introduced Johnson to Deadmau5′s agent, Joel Zimmerman, whereupon Johnson made the $200,000 offer. (Bad call. Everyone knows the only song worth $200,000 in the Bon Jovi oeuvre is “Blaze of Glory.”) Waits vouched that Johnson was good for the money, and that’s how you end up with Deadmau5 grooving to New Jersey’s finest.

    When it came time to pony up, though, Waits and Zimmerman allegedly approached Johnson at a blackjack table, but the Champagne King got hot and refused to pony up. So instead of everyone agreeing this was a ridiculous circumstance to be in over a fucking Bon Jovi song, the parties involved went in the exact opposite direction. Zimmerman was afraid to piss off Deadmau5, so Waits kicked in $50,000 and William Morris $150,000 and every classic rock DJ in America who plays “Livin’ on a Prayer” six times a day all had a heart attack at the same time.

    Then Waits sued Zimmerman in June for failure to repay a $50,000 loan, and the agency fired back a counterclaim for its cash, and Waits then got in there with a motion to dismiss. Long story short, there’s supposedly a tentative settlement on the table that should be finalized before October 17. In the meantime, we suggest you keep your six-figure hair metal requests strictly to Def Leppard, Ratt or Motley Crue (ballads only).

    DEADMAU5 ON HAKKASAN HIATUS?

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    First the Goretorium, then no Deadmau5 on Halloween? What’s going on here? (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    When Labor Day Weekend rolled around and Deadmau5–who’s supposed to have a two-year deal with Hakkansan–wasn’t part of it, it was somewhat eyebrow-raising. Now the club (which from the get-go made sure to announce that the Deadmau5 deal wasn’t a residency) has put out its Halloween lineup with nary a Mau5 to be found. This, after he spent the last two Halloween weekends with big-ticket weekends at XS.

    In a brief statement, Hakkasan said, “Due to studio, performance commitments and date conflicts we were unable to schedule a date for Deadmau5 over Labor Day. We currently do not have any further dates scheduled.”

    Indeed, the only dates listed on Deadmau5′s website for the rest of the year are shows October 12 in Mexico City, November 3 in Los Angeles and December 27 in Dallas. What’s not clear right now is whether this is a permanent split, as rumors have suggested, or if at some point he’ll be back to do however many shows he might be obligated to perform during the remainder of his deal. Reps from Hakkasan and Deadmau5 have thus far declined requests for comment.

    DEADMAU5, KAT VON D SPLIT


    The formerly happy couple. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    The good news is, you won’t need to get that tuexedo/wet suit for the Kat Von D/Deadmau5 underwater Cthulu-themed wedding anymore. The bad news is things took a turn for the couple, and now there’s not going to be any wedding at all, Cthulu-ified or otherwise.

    Oh love in the age of social media. Let’s roll the tape:

    Man, I'm a fool.

    — Kat Von D (@thekatvond) June 26, 2013

    Cheating on your loved one is the most hurtful thing one could do. I hate to have to admit, that this relationship is indeed over.

    — Kat Von D (@thekatvond) June 26, 2013

    Ooh. Well that sounds nasty. Your rebuttal, Deadmau5′ Facebook Page?

    All i am saying on the matter:

    Kat and I split in November and I moved back home to Toronto. During this time, while we were broken up, I did have relations with another woman. Following that, Kat and I reconciled and I acknowledged being intimate with another person while we were estranged.

    We did move past those issues and I proposed to Kat in mid- December. At the end of June, it was clear that the relationship was not working and we mutually ended the engagement. I was not, at any point, unfaithful to Kat during our time together.

    I don’t wish to go tit for tat with these kinds of pronouncements and don’t expect to comment further, but I do believe that those who have expressed concern deserve a more complete understanding of what transpired.

    Hey, here’s an idea for Kat Von D: Stop dating dudes who really enjoy banging other women, if fidelity is your thing. Because your track record in this particular arena isn’t exactly stellar.

    WET REPUBLIC BACK WITH DEADMAU5

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    Gotta get the whole outdoors-with-the-head-on thing in while it’s merely in the 90s. (Photos by Al Powers)

    Oh, hello there, pool season. We didn’t see you come back. At least these swimmies we wear everywhere make a lot more sense this time of year.

    Over at Wet Republic, Deadmau5 came in to get the ball rolling for a daytime edition of Unhooked for the final day of their grand opening weekend. He came on around 3 p.m., and dutifully rocked the mau5head despite the fact that it was getting progressively hotter all day. That guy is going to set records as the first EDM artist to pass out mid-set from heatstroke.

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    DEADMAU5, KAT VON D PLAN WEDDING


    In ancient R’lyeh, Deadmau5 waits dreaming. (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    So, tattooed lovebirds Deadmau5 and Kat Von D are going to get married. Underwater. Because of course they are. Actually, Deadmau5 is a notorious nerd and the ceremony is going to be Call of Cthulu-themed, which is badass, if People notes it’s “bout a character that is half-man, half-octopus” which–no. It’s about a cephalopodic elder god who can make people go crazy just by looking at him. So, it’s super weddingy, as you can imagine. We hope they don’t get into a fight with a competing Iron Islands wedding ceremony next door.

    DEADMAU5 TO HAKKASAN IS OFFICIAL


    What better way to celebrate a new gig than by stage-diving? (Photos by Danny Mahoney)

    Confirming what we’ve all known since December: Deadmau5 is going to be doing Unhooked at Hakkasan (and don’t forget about those Wet Republic and Grand Arena shows). He’s not, however, going to be a resident there. What we don’t know is what kind of inflatable animals that AMG is going to be providing before the performances.

    AFROJACK SNIPES AT DEADMAU5


    Say hi to Deadmau5′s mother for us. (Photo by Danny Mahoney | SPYONvegas.com)

    Apparently Deadmau5′s “We all hit play” spiel must’ve made things frosty at the Wynn last year when he and Afrojack shared a venue home. Because Afrojack just laid it out in an interview with Billboard:

    You’re never just pressing play. If you’re a guy in a cube with a mask on, you can press play. Deadmau5 also said himself he’s not a DJ — don’t talk about stuff you don’t know about. I don’t know shit about LED walls and giant mouse heads; I can’t judge it. But if you put four CD players in front of me or [Sebastian Ingrosso] or even Skrillex, we’ve been DJ’ing for so long, we can do a lot of things with those CD players.

    We don’t know what’s more fun here. The umbrage, or the passive jab at Skrillex. “LOOK! Li’l Skrillex thinks he can do this. Bless his heart he’s tryin’.” You know what? Of course Deadmau5 is right, that they all just press play. You know why we can say that with confidence? Because he’s in print laying out in exhaustive, embarrassing detail just how simple it is to pull off the live shows. And because all this stuff isn’t done on analog turntables anymore. And because we possess basic powers of observation and common sense. Though we’ll be thoroughly entertained if this leads to another Deadmau5 Twitter feud.