We Are Friends, previously a compilation and showcase to the mau5trap record label, hit the road for the first time ever. Minneapolis was among the lucky cities to host Joel Zimmerman’s (deadmau5, ‘dead-mouse’) legendary presence.
Opening acts included BlackGummy and Kasablanca as Joel’s friends and partners to the mau5trap label, as well as NERO, the British producers behind iconic songs Promises and Doomsday.
NERO has been quiet since their last album in 2015, after which two of three members shifted focus into a new group named The Night.
2021 marked their return to production and live performance, and it’s clear that Joel envisioned NERO’s sounds as the perfect introductory act to every stop of the tour.
Though not officially sold out, The Armory was filled wall-to-wall old heads and new. It’s not often that electronic acts fill every VIP booth in the 8,400-person venue, but deadmau5 is not your standard electronic artist.
Those in the know may have been disappointed that this was not an official ‘Cube’ tour, though the crew did present The Other Cube – a smaller and more easily transported model.
Zimmerman continues to impress fans with stirring visuals, dedicating countless hours to the production and presentation of every tour. For those who are curious, the crew posts plenty of BTS footage about how everything works.
Being no stranger to the internet, deadmau5 can occasionally be found on his Twitch channel, creating content for shows and adding to his always-expanding discography. We haven’t caught a stream in around 6 months, but one can always bet on his return.
Only the most die-hard fans sported custom headgear, but the mouse’s glowstick ears were out in full force that night.
If you missed the mouse this time, make sure to catch the next. Joel (and friends?) are sure to return for yet another tour in Minneapolis.
With stellar production, sound, and Strobe for the curtain call, there’s not much missing from this performance.