DJ Tiësto, originally slated for Super Bowl LVIII's lineup, has unexpectedly pulled out due to a personal family matter.
The prominent figure in the electronic dance music scene for over 30 years announced his withdrawal via a social media post. In it, he stressed the paramount significance of family ties and expressed his gratitude towards NFL for their empathetic stance.
NFL’s Response and Future Plans
The NFL is currently in the process of looking for an appropriate replacement to fill the void in the event caused by Tiësto's sudden departure. Since the Super Bowl has been known for featuring a guest DJ during pregame activities, the league will prioritize finding a suitable DJ to entertain the anticipated crowd.
Tiësto’s Previous Role
This unexpected change has indeed disrupted a historical moment as Tiësto was set to become the first DJ to play for the entirety of the game, including during televised breaks. His performance was eagerly awaited by many, particularly as he had expressed both enthusiasm and nervousness about playing to an audience estimated to be around 200 million in a recent Variety interview.
His plans for the performance had included tracks that align well with the Super Bowl audience. Among his anticipated setlist was the anthem by Beastie Boys, hinting at a potential tribute to Taylor Swift.
Notably, Tiësto has recently signed with Atlantic Records and has been making waves with high-profile collaborations. He currently holds the honor of having the only official remix of the theme song Renaissance from the popular series, The White Lotus.