DJ Tiësto Plans Extravagant U.S. Events

Although his stops will be few, internationally renowned Dutch DJ Tiësto will strive to make a substantial impact with a four-date U.S. tour.

Although his stops will be few, internationally renowned Dutch DJ Tiësto will strive to make a substantial impact with a four-date U.S. tour. The artist intends to replicate an extravagant stage show that has been on display at large events in Paris and the Netherlands, as well as the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

In addition to a Los Angeles show and a performance at New Orleans' Voodoo Music Experience (Oct. 29-30), Tiësto will play Washington, D.C., and Miami on dates to be confirmed. The DJ is also planning a "special New Year's Eve event" at an undisclosed location.

Video production will enhance the four-hour show's global theme with segments exploring the United States, South America, Asia and elsewhere. The production will employ more than 30 performers, including singers, dancers, aerial acts, Samba and Taiko drummers and Carnival showgirls.

Tiësto will spin music out of a DJ booth in front of a three-story LED wall and surrounded by pyrotechnics and lasers, on a set by Tribe Design, which has created staging for Ricky Martin, Sting, Madonna and the Lollapalooza tour.

"At the end of the day, this concept is as much magic and theatre as it is a performance by the most recognized DJ in the world," says Angel LIVE's Brook Pettus, who is executive producing the tour. "Tiësto is about to break through to the mainstream and we know we have something amazing here... a show that is incredibly original and history in the making in the United States."

Tickets for the L.A. show range from $37.50 to $67.50 (the higher priced seats include a tour t-shirt) and go on sale tomorrow (June 14) via Tiestoinconcert.com and Ticketmaster. A $200 VIP package includes standing admission to an area at the side of the stage, access to a backstage lounge with hosted bar and a t-shirt.

Tiësto's most recent releases are last year's "Just Be" and his Olympic soundtrack "Parade of the Athletes." The Black Hole/Nettwerk sets each peaked at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Electronic Albums chart, and combined have sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.