With just three days to go before Super Bowl LVIII, DJ Tiesto announced on social media that he would not be able to perform due to a personal family emergency. The 55-year-old superstar DJ expressed his disappointment in having to pull out from the highly anticipated event, stating that he and his team had been preparing something special for months.
In his absence, Kaskade will step in as the replacement, making history as the first Super Bowl DJ to spin during the full game for CBS’ cameras. While the Super Bowl has featured guest “in-game” DJs since 2020, they have only performed during players’ pregame warmups.
Kaskade, whose real name is Ryan Gary Raddon, was born in Chicago and was voted “America’s Best DJ” by DJ Times in 2011 and 2013. He expressed his excitement at the opportunity to be part of the Super Bowl, describing it as “absolutely mind-blowing.” The music producer and DJ also shared that Las Vegas has been his second home for the past decade and that being able to represent his community at the Super Bowl is a dream come true for him.
In response to the situation, Tiesto emphasized that family always comes first and that it was a tough decision to have to withdraw from the event. The nature of the family emergency was not disclosed.
Aside from Kaskade, the lineup for Super Bowl LVIII includes a halftime show by Usher with special guests, as well as performances by Reba McEntire singing the National Anthem, Post Malone performing “America the Beautiful,” and Andra Day singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Despite the last-minute change, fans are still anticipated to be in for a memorable game day experience.