Dj Deadmau5'S Costly Journey To New York Gig
Canadian DJ DEADMAU5 was almost forced to cancel a gig in New York on Thursday (10Feb11) after passport issues prevented him from boarding a flight in Toronto.
The artist, real name Joel Zimmerman, was only carrying a copy of his passport as his new one had yet to be processed, but the papers were not accepted by airport officials and he was banned from catching a private jet to the Big Apple, where he was due to perform at a Fashion Week party at club Provocateur.
The venue's owner, Michael Satsky, flew into action and contacted authorities at Homeland Security to gain an emergency waiver allowing Zimmerman to enter the U.S. He then had the DJ picked up in a car and chauffeured all the way to the U.S. border in Niagara Falls, where American immigration officials - who reserve the right to refuse the temporary documents - allowed him into the country after recognising Zimmerman's distinctive space invader tattoos on his neck, according to the New York Post's Page Six column.
The star was able to board a chartered plane to Teterboro, New Jersey, before being driven to the Manhattan hotspot just in time for the bash.
But the lengthy journey came at a price for Satsky - the newspaper reports the full cost of transportation set the nightclub boss back a whopping $27,000 (£18,000).