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Skrillex Tricks and Treats Denver
So how would one classify the Skrillex’s Spooky Tings tour, which took place on Monday night (a.k.a. Halloween) at the First Bank Center ? Well, let’s just say that it was nothing short of Denver’s dubstep event of the year, each performance and DJ outdoing the last, so we’ll be filing this event under the “awesome” category. And I hate to break it to those of you who couldn’t make it, but you MISSED OUT BIGTIME.
Early acts like 12th Planet set the tone for the evening by priming the crowd with some hard hitting tracks, and Nero brought their performance to another level by incorporating a live vocalist for tracks like “Promises” and “Innocence”. Totally bad ass and unexpected.
Some people may disagree with this, but Skream and Benga put on a killer set with some old school and unconventional throw backs like Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up’ and Rage Against the Machine’s “Killin in the Name of.” They had some technical difficulties in the beginning which got things off to a slow start, but all in all an awesome set that brought me back to the early 90s roots of electronic music.
And last but not least…Skrillex. The almighty god of dubstep himself…a force to be reckoned with within the world of electro. The word “amazing” doesn’t even begin to describe how awesome this performance was. The physical set on stage alone was just incredible, putting Deadmau5’s infamous cube to shame (see video for a glimpse of this monstrosity of colors and effects).
There were two 50 foot skeletons and pumpkin heads jamming out to the bass heavy music on either side of the stage at all times (super cool to say the least), and his set was just incredible, incorporating favorites like “Cinema,” newer remixes such as “Love in Motion,” and even throwing in some Halloween trickery of his own with non-electronic tracks from artists like Biggie Smalls. Oh what an incredible Halloween ride it was!
The pics and the video I got to take of the show are kind of subpar since I was afraid if I thrashed to hard I’d break my good camera, but they’ll at least give you a sense of what went down. And for your listening pleasure, I’ve included that remix “Love in Motion” I mentioned earlier because it was one of my favorite tracks of this Hallow’s Eve spectacular – consider it my “treat” to you: