The lineup of the show — part of the Winter Music Conference — was a tightly guarded secret, though most in attendance suspected that both Barker and Trak, who recently toured as a duo, were part of the bill. And when they hit the stage shortly after midnight, those suspicions were confirmed.
Trak announced that he and Barker were performing "in honor of our fallen friend, DJ AM," and the two launched into their set, which saw the DJ cutting up a song that mentioned AM by name while Barker flailed at his kit. Both men were wearing "Rest in Peace AM" T-shirts, and a video screen behind the stage displayed a collage of images of AM (real name: Adam Goldstein), who was found dead in his New York apartment last August, of an accidental drug overdose in September.
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Barker and AM famously teamed together for years — they were the house band at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards — survived a fiery South Carolina plane crash in September 2008. Earlier this year, Barker remembered his friend and colleague by getting an "In Memory Of" tattoo on his thigh.
On Thursday night, Barker and A-Trak's performed for roughly 45 minutes, and featured a cameo by Lil Jon. Also in attendance were DJs Steve Aoki, Jazzy Jeff and Tiesto, all of whom — except Tiesto — also performed at the tribute show.