Ryan Adams Dissed Deadmau5 At Gov Ball So Don’t Hold Your Breath For Their Unreleased Collaboration

Taylor Hill

Ryan Adams Dissed Deadmau5 At Gov Ball So Don’t Hold Your Breath For Their Unreleased Collaboration

Taylor Hill

Ryan Adams doesn’t appreciate interruptions, be they Bryan Adams-obsessed hecklers or flash-happy amateur photographers. And crowded music festivals can be stressful places for everyone — if you’ll recall, it was festival noise spillover that got the whole stupid Sun Kil Moon/the War On Drugs thing going in the first place. Similarly (but much less over-the-top, because Ryan Adams is not Mark Kozelek), Deadmau5’s bass-heavy EDM bleeding into Adams’ own headline set at Governors Ball last night set off the rockist curmudgeon in him: “Try to make this song on your fucking iPhone,” Adams snarked. “Thanks for choosing rock ‘n’ roll tonight, thanks for choosing humans.” And “This song is not going to match the robot music over there … It’s like we’re living in a fucking Terminator nightmare!” He then launched into “Oh My Sweet Carolina,” which you can watch below.

For his part, Deadmau5 seemed pretty meh about the whole thing, at least moreso than the last time something like this happened:

The real tragedy here is that the previously reported Adams/Deadmau5 collab ever seeing the light of day is now seeming unlikelier than ever. Come on, guys! We want to hear whatever it is that “sounds like BladeRunner starring Don Henley.”

Meanwhile, Deadmau5’s Governors Ball set was not without its own troubles. The DJ debuted a fancy new geodesic dome that didn’t seem to work properly. Billboard reports…

It started as a patience-testing struggle against power issues that caused the sound to sputter and cut out multiple times. The pregnant pauses spurred “fix this shit” chants and speculation that the trickster artist was messing with the crowd. “It was so good for like minutes!” lamented one attendee.

Deadmau5 removed his trademark mau5head and could be seen yelling at the tech crew onstage before coming out to the front, shrugging and doing a few push-ups to fans’ amusement.

UPDATE: All good:

Read our review of Adams’ excellent Gov Ball set here.

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