Governors Ball: Ryan Adams Throws Shade at Deadmau5 And Dance Music

Ryan Adams Governors Ball

Superstar alt-rocker Ryan Adams used his set at last night’s Governors Ball to throw one of his legendary rants at Electronic Dance Music maker Deadmau5. Adams took to the Governors Ball stage at the same time as electronic wizard Deadmau5 headlined another stage, and Adams was not impressed at the sound bleed from Deadmau5’s thumping bass. As usual, Adams was not shy about sharing his feelings with the Governors Ball crowd.

Adams appearance at the Governors Ball was his final U.S. appearance before he takes his tour across the Atlantic, where an appearance at the legendary Glastonbury festival kicks off a series of festival appearances across Europe. It is well-known that Adams doesn’t take kindly to interruptions. He famously flipped out at drunken hecklers who kept shouting for him to play “Summer Of 69,” a song by Bryan Adams, at one of his shows.

Clearly annoyed by the sound bleed between Governors Ball stages, Adams was two-thirds of the way through his set when he launched his tirade. Adams was about to treat the Governors Ball audience to a rendition of “Oh My Sweet Carolina” when, according to Billboard, he let the audience know his feelings.

“Try to make this song on your f***ing iPhone. This song is not going to match the robot music over there, it’s like we’re living in a f***ing Terminator nightmare!”

For his part, Deadmau5 was oblivious to Adams’ rant but, according to NME, he later took to Twitter to make light of the situation. On hearing about Adams Governors Ball rant, the EDM producer said “I guess Ryan Adams wasn’t feeling it. No biggie. Sorry for Bass? Whatever. Nice seeing you again too.”

The Music Times reports that after the first day of the Governors Ball, dominated by hip-hop acts like Canadian rapper Drake, a rain-soaked Day 2 turned into a virtual rave with Electronic Dance Music dominating the day. In addition to Deadmau5, the Randall’s Island crowds were treated to sets by the likes of Flume, SBTRKT, and more who brought the dance party to the Governors Ball.

The three-day Governors Ball music festival draws to a close today, June 7, with headlines slots for the Black Keys and Lana Del Rey.

Ryan Adams heads off to Europe, determined to finish his tour despite being in pain from a recently broken rib. Perhaps his pain was at least partly responsible for his Governors Ball rant.

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