September 2, 2014

How to Avoid a Deadmau5-like Collapse

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What to make of Deadmau5 collapsing on Friday night while onstage at the 9:30 club? After being taken to the hospital and being advised to cancel nine dates of his summer tour, a look back through his tweets is telling. On Thursday night, he said, “God damn… What’s wrong with me now? Ugh…Me no feely so good.”

Was it heat exhaustion caused by that huge mouse head? Wouldn’t be a surprise. Former costumed Disney employees often complain that the heat inside their Goofy or Mickey Mouse head could reach 130-degrees.

Deadmau5′s PR firm, MSO, released a statement: “DEADMAU5 is sad to inform his fans that on the strict advice of the doctors, he now has no choice but to cancel the next nine shows of his summer tour schedule to allow for his recovery. The dates affected are listed below. Meanwhile, his North American dates for October which include appearances at Austin City Limits, the Treasure Island Music Festival, Voodoo Music Festival and three nights at Roseland Ballroom in New York City are still on course. DEADMAU5 hopes to reschedule appearing in these cities in due time and thanks all his fans for their understanding, support and well-wishes for a speedy recovery.”

Occupational therapist Miles Burgess deals with a lot of exhausted people who make their living onstage and off. “A lot of these young guys are on the road, not eating well, not getting enough sleep, and drinking a lot of alcohol,” he told us. “I don’t want to sound like a nanny, but it’s pretty obvious that the body shuts down when it’s deprived of necessary rest, hydration, and nutrition. Some people have stronger constitutions than others…it seems to me [Deadmau5] might want to think about working with his body and not against it.”

“At the very least,” he concluded, “ if you’re going to drink a lot of alcohol, you should try to match it drink for drink with water, which will reduce the alcohol intake and restore valuable electrolytes to the body.”

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