Kaskade replaces Tiësto as Super Bowl main DJ

Kaskade will enter the Super Bowl LVIII DJ booth on Sunday, replacing the previously announced Tiësto as the game's first head DJ.

The famed house music and EDM producer confirmed the high-profile appearance on Thursday, hours after Tiësto announced he was leaving the Las Vegas concert due to a family emergency.

“As a kid who grew up in Chicago watching the Super Bowl every year with my family, this opportunity to be a part of it is absolutely mind-blowing,” Kaskade tweeted Thursday night. “Las Vegas has been my second home for the last decade, as the architect of creating a landscape that includes House and Dance Music residencies as part of its destination.”

The “Escape” and “Believer” hitmaker, whose real name is Ryan Gary Raddon, is among the biggest names in House and EDM music and a stalwart of the Las Vegas club scene. In 2010, he became the first DJ to land an exclusive residency there and is currently headlining Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Tiësto, also a Sin City nightclub veteran, held a residency at Zouk when the resort opened in 2021 and is committed to several other headline events there this year. On Thursday, the so-called “Godfather of EDM” informed his fans and followers that he was pulling out of the Super Bowl, a concert that involved performing during warmups and playing music throughout the big game.

“My team and I have been preparing something really special for months, but a personal family emergency forces me to return home on Sunday morning. It was a difficult decision to miss the game, but family always comes first,” he tweeted.

Super Bowl LVIII, another major matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, will take place Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the home of the Raiders, and will be broadcast on CBS (Channel 2 in the Los Angeles market). Kickoff is at 3:30 pm PST.

Usher, who also headlined a Las Vegas residency at Park MGM, will take the stage during the Roc Nation-produced halftime show, a moment that defines the superstar's legacy of romance and R&B.

“I'm going to set you up to recognize that you have the freedom to be as fun and wild as you can tonight,” the “Yeah” and “You Make Me Wanna” hitmaker recently told the Times.

“While I have you in my care, I give you the freedom to imagine, have fun, feel sexy, feel as feminine as you can,” she added. “My masculinity at that moment is 'I got you.' Without holding your hand, I am holding your hand, by looking at you and talking to you, by singing and saying what I tell you and how I sing it to you, making you feel something. … If that’s safety, then I hope I did something right.”

Times staff writer Marissa Evans contributed to this report.

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