Even with the recent resurgence of classic trance styles, the genre still seemed to have remained obscure enough that Tiësto preferred to leave it in the rearview mirror. Those who found their way into the crowd for his performance at Electric Zoo last weekend would tell you a different story, though.
To the delight of whatever fans of his early discography may have been loyal enough to stand through the first hour of his big room, bass house and trap-heavy set, he transitioned from Coldplay's "Yellow" into his 2004 smash hit, "Adagio For Strings." He followed it up with Nenes & Pascal Feliz' "Platinum" and he and Klaus Badelt's "He's A Pirate" before closing out with his remix of Delerium's "Silence" featuring Sarah McLachlan.
After letting the chorus of the latter track play through a second time, Tiësto cut the volume for a moment. "The very first time I came to New York I played this track, and that was 2007," he said over the mic. "Now it's 2016."
The trance portion of Tiësto's set begins right at the 1:06:00 mark in the player above. While it's still unlikely that the superstar DJ would ever play a full set of his former style, fans of his In Search of Sunrise-era discography might still look forward to segments like these in his live sets moving forward. There were portions of the crowd who seemed a bit confused, but generally the older fans with Tiësto shirts were beyond thrilled.