As we all know, a retirement from a career in music is never really a retirement. Danny Tenaglia has been reiterating that since April 17, when a bad travel day made him reassess his life and priorities, all on display in a long-winded but heartfelt Facebook post announcing his final gig. Would the man famous for his 10-, 12-, even 14-hour sets and epic summer residencies abroad really be able to hang up his earphones for good? It took the dance legend 24 hours to clarify: No, no, no, he’s merely done touring, burnt out on the miles and fast-paced life.
And yet, he’s coming out here. For while he may be chopping the DJ schedule down, dude still needs to make a living. And for Tenaglia, Vegas is a paycheck gig he shouldn’t pass up, no matter how mixed his crowd responses have been here, or how much he dislikes the bottle-service scene. Not only has he kept EDC on his post-resignation itinerary — he’ll play on the same stage as several of his DJ friends and peers (see page XX) — he added a (free!) Monday afternoon gig at Marquee Dayclub. Which will be interesting: Will the party spot that apparently couldn’t handle an afternoon of deep, jazzy house (see page XX) go the distance with tribal and tech dance music?
We have a feeling management will defer to the DJ this time. What we can’t predict is whether Tenaglia will ever venture this way again. So, be it at EDC or Marquee, catch this legend before he permanently locks down on the East Coast — or, worse, actually retires. MIKE PREVATT