Review: Skrillex at 1STBANK Center, 10/31/11

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Eric Gruneisen
Skrillex as Corey Feldman or vice versa?
SKRILLEX at 1STBANK CENTER | 10/31/11
Skrillex's performance last night at 1STBANK is one for the books. Thanks to the live synched projector mapping, coupled with two towering LED screens on both sides, the electronic artist, whose given name is Sonny Moore, demonstrated just how he's gone from opening shows at the Fillmore for Deadmau5 to headlining his own Halloween arena show.

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Eric Gruneisen
Skrillex at 1STBANK Center last night. See more photos in the full Skrillex at 1STBANK Center slideshow.

The unveiling of the stage for Skrillex brought about more cheers and claps than anything I've seen before. He hadn't even hit the stage yet and people were losing it. The stage itself was a subtle white screen with pillars flanking the DJ booth and LED panels outside of those. Two projectors, similar to the ones Amon Tobin uses for his monumental mapping, sat at the sound booth, along with a team of visual artists all wearing headphones and awaiting the headliner.

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Eric Gruneisen
Skrillex at 1STBANK Center last night. See more photos in the full Skrillex at 1STBANK Center slide show.

Enter Skrillex. Deafening screams of excitement greeted him as he took the stage, nearly trumping the speakers, until he really cut loose. We tasted little bits of samples from all of his works in the opening minutes, like he was teasing us with what would later be the closing tracks. The most impressive thing, visually at least, was the live-synched mapping going on behind him. It was as if he was wearing reflectors that were picked up by cameras, then fed into the computer at the sound booth and synched to screens, where tall skeletons, who started out as robots, mimicked his every move behind the booth. Picture skeletons on both sides of the LED screens, then a projected skeleton of the same look, though slightly smaller, directly behind him on the screen. This held true for nearly the entire show, along with various graphics exploding, melting, oozing, dripping and flashing on the booth-flanking pillars.

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Eric Gruneisen
Skrillex at 1STBANK Center last night. See more photos in the full Skrillex at 1STBANK Center slideshow.

Track-wise, we heard it all. Close to the beginning, we were offered bits and pieces from "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites," as well as the hook from Benny Benassi's "Cinema," remixed by Skrillex, of course, and that led into his hard-hitting remix of La Roux's "In for the Kill." Later segues included a longer version, complete with the groundbreaking bass line of "Scary Monsters" into "All I Ask of You." It seems like dubstep is morphing into moombahton, adding more Latin influence and giving a dancehall feel to what formerly could be described as your typical rave scene. Even when he dropped a remixed version of "Hypnotize," sped up and much harder than the famous Biggie track, the place erupted.

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Eric Gruneisen
Skrillex at 1STBANK Center last night. See more photos in the full Skrillex at 1STBANK Center slideshow.

The closing songs were a mash-up of Skrillex favorites, but the two high points came from the entire venue singing along to "Cinema," with no backing track, and "First of the Year (Equinox)," recently made famous thanks to a shockingly graphic and perverted music video where an obvious sex offender follows a little girl into a room -- where she destroys him with bass. There's a good chance that until this time next year, when another artist is given the same opportunity to celebrate Halloween with 7,000-plus people, those of us who were at Monday night's show will be talking about it.

Click through for Critic's Notebook and to read about the supporting acts

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1STBANK Center

11450 Broomfield Lane, Broomfield, CO

Category: Music

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David Rodman
David Rodman

Been a skrillex fan from day1, but he never really topped bass nectar or deadmau5 in my book... until this show. Hands down the most impressive thing I have ever seen concert-wise, my only complaint is that he again played a 90s hip hop track without altering it much (ala global-where admittedly it was much worse). Also I am honestly worried that he just might not be able to top this one. 

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guest

great show.. could really use some more pictures though

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