Trance Comes of Age

What do you get the world's most famous globetrotting DJ for his latest tour? How about a traveling, half-million-dollar stage show complete with buto dancers, taiko drummers, trapeze acrobats, carnival showgirls, a chorus of singers, a hundred lasers, and some hair-singeing pyrotechnics? It's a worthy start, at least, to compliment Tiësto, the humble, Dutch-born superstar. "Until now, I did a lot of club gigs and big festivals in the U.S.," Tiësto says via e-mail while working in Brazil. "A lot of people are attending festivals, but they come for different acts and DJs. For the Tiësto in Concert shows, all the people come for me, and that's definitely a pinnacle of my U.S. career." "All the people" includes the 10,000 sweaty, post-raver revelers who rocked out the L.A. stop of the three-city tour in August (Vegas gets the final show on New Year's Eve).

After so many years as the world's premiere trance DJ -- plying a sound that veers from a heart-racing electro-fried frenzy to the more mellowed, organic comedown of his recently released In Search of Sunrise Vol. 4: Latin America -- it must be tough for the man to keep things fresh. "Due to all this touring, I have seen so many different people and cultures around the world," he says. "My musical style has become more grown up during the last few years. I am playing more different styles than just pure trance." So the grown-up Tiësto gets to play with a psychedelic circus backdrop to rival Cirque du Soleil at its most buck-wild? Now that's the way to get old. Tijavascript:passCharacter('235')sto in Concert begins at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 27, at Hard Rock Arena, 5747 Seminole Way, Sunrise. Tickets cost $47.50, $67.50, or $250 for VIP. Visit

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