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Tiësto pulls out stops for Boston fans before two deaths occur at NYC's Electric Zoo

Posted by Emily Wright  September 2, 2013 11:41 AM

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Dutch DJ Tiësto played a successful set at the Ocean Club Friday night in Quincy before the weekend took a dark turn with two more suspected drug-related deaths at an electronic dance music show in New York City this weekend.

After visiting the Quincy venue, Tiësto went on to play Electric Zoo in New York City Saturday night where two concert-goers died of a suspected drug overdose of MDMA, a pure form of ecstasy commonly referred to by its street name, Molly. Electric Zoo is an annual electronic dance music festival held during Labor Day weekend. The third day of the festival, Sunday, was canceled following these incidents.

The veteran performer used Twitter to acknowledge the deaths of 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ, of Rochester, N.Y., and 20-year-old Olivia Rotondi, of North Providence, R.I.

Tiësto then commented on what is positive about the concert scene:

Just days earlier on Aug. 28, 19-year-old Brittany Flannigan, a native of Derry, N.H., died of similar suspected causes after attending a show by DJ Zedd at the House of Blues. Fans attended Tiësto's show on Friday night in Quincy without any reported incidents.


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At the Ocean Club, the DJ proved how a master of his craft can control a crowd simply by playing the right music -- he rarely spoke to the hundreds gathered to watch him.

Crowds were taken on a journey over the course of his two-hour set, starting with more mellow, beat-heavy tracks, transitioning into dub-step, bass-thumping mixes as time went on. A fan favorite, according to social media after the show, was Tiësto's mix of Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's current radio smash, "Holy Grail."

The veteran DJ responded to his fans on Twitter the next day, sharing the love.

He also filled them in that he was "on" a mix of the song. Stay tuned for that.

For more from Tiësto and details on what he has coming up in the future, check out our Q&A with him.

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