Deadmau5 plays Bon Jovi for $200K, gets stiffed, lawsuits fly

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In the kind of wild story that could only start in Vegas, talent agency William Morris Endeavor and XS co-owner Jesse Waits are mired in a lawsuit over one very expensive song request. The incident took place in February 2011, when Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, performed at Las Vegas nightclub XS. Before the gig, Zimmerman’s agent — coincidentally also named Joel Zimmerman — was approached by Jesse Waits, who introduced him to a man named Don Johnson. (High-roller Johnson had previously made headlines as “The Man Who Broke Atlantic City” by winning millions of dollars within a span of four months.)

One way to spend his winnings? WME says Johnson offered Deadmau5 $200,000 to play Bon Jovi’s Livin’ On A Prayer later that night during his set. Deadmau5 obliged, but when Waits and Zimmerman went to collect the money from Johnson, the high-roller refused to pay, and left Vegas in his private jet the next day.

WME didn’t want to risk burning bridges with the artist, as he was (and still is) one of the top earners in the agency’s electronic music division. The company covered $150,000 of Johnson’s non-payment, while “Waits said he would contribute $50,000 toward the $200,000,” according to WME’s legal papers. Deadmau5 gets paid, the end, right?

Not so fast: Now Waits is suing Mau5′s agent, saying the $50,000 was a loan, rather than a definite payment to the artist. WME countered with the claim of “negligent misrepresentation” — that is, Waits made the initial offer knowing Johnson would not pay. So far, court papers indicate that both parties have reached a “tentative settlement,” but nothing is confirmed as of yet. In the meantime, watch the Mau5 get his Bon Jovi on below.


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slackas said on the 10th Oct, 2013

Yep would take about $200k for me to play it also.


baax said on the 10th Oct, 2013

It would have been the best track he played


scottyk82 said on the 10th Oct, 2013

Wow.... Always new lows

yow mamma

yow mamma said on the 10th Oct, 2013

LOL he even did the fade down on the " whoa hooo's". who give a toss if he got paid, funny.
Love the "don mother fucking johnson".


lawlietskyy said on the 10th Oct, 2013

Dance music has become a joke seriously, We've got people suing each other over f*cking song requests.


fivegrand said on the 12th Oct, 2013

Haha baax, thank you. Exactly.


methodandsound said on the 14th Oct, 2013

Complete sellout to play that for money after his comments recently hammering bieber about requesting hiphop. Nevertheless, still awesome how the crowd gets hyped and sings along. This reminds me why I got into dance music after first of all being into Bon Jovi as a lil kid. Someone should remix 'Let It Rock'.


Villephant said on the 14th Oct, 2013

yeh, he is pissed at bieber because he didn't offer 200k to play hip-hop, he just asked him :P