News recently broke about two new Eminem dates in Australia.
Now, I say ‘Eminem dates’ because as far as I can work out from the press-releases… these are solo Eminem spots, with SUPPORT from Lil Wayne.
However, some sources are now referring to this event as a ‘joint concert’ with Eminem and Lil Wayne. So it’s really not clear exactly which way around this is.
We know that there will be two shows, we know the dates, and we know the locations. And we know who will be there. But I’m really still not sure if this is a truly dual concert like Eminem and Jay-Z did last year, or whether these are solo Eminem shows, featuring Lil Wayne.
As more reports come out, it seems to be leaning towards the latter. But the official promotional posters are heavily plastered with Eminem’s image and references only. So, I’m as confused as ever!
Anyway, here are the show dates:
Thursday, December 1 | Docklands, Melbourne
Friday, December 2 | Sydney Football Stadium
It’s being called the Lose Yourself tour and tickets will be available from September 13.
It’s been ten years since Em last performed live in Australia. And back then, some didn’t even want him entering the country. As they believed the psychotic imagery of his fictional rhymes… how bizarre huh?
I mean, think how fucking crazy that is. Just stop and think about it. He wasn’t actually a criminal. He did NOTHING illegal. He literally just wrote rhymes and rapped, just told stories and made jokes… and they wanted to stop him coming into the country? that is verging on lunacy.
That would be like trying to stop De Niro coming into a country to promote Taxi Driver or Goodfellas. Or trying to get him locked up for being an antisocial psychopath.
In reference to the past dislike for Em, promoter Paul Dainty said this…
We are in a different space with Eminem than we were 10 years ago. He’s crossed over to the mainstream and become a pop-culture icon.
Actually, we’re not in a different space with Eminem at all. He may be more accepted and have succumb to a more mainstream presentation of his music at times, but he still says exactly what he likes, whenever he likes.
He was also a pop-culture icon on immediate impact. Some were just too stupid to realize it. And as a lyricist, and artist (irrespective of quality or comparison to better times) – still possesses the same essential elements he always did.
Tell me, does this sound much different to the kind of thing he’d say to get a rise out of people in his prime?…
I’ll kick a bitch in the cunt ’til it makes her queef and sounds like a fucking whoopy cushion!
Is that not the same tongue-in-cheek madness he spew way back when? I’ll think you find it is. All that’s changed, and all that ever changes, is his presentation. He changes his style and sounds different every album, and probably always will.
But he, as an artist, in what HE does. Has remained the same.
What in fact has happened, Mr. Dainty, is that the moronic mass majority (or perhaps, minority?) of people who first misunderstood him and everything he was about, just misunderstand him less, or care less now. As they know they can’t do fuck all about it.
It’s not Eminem’s fault that retards have taken ten years to understand simple sarcasm and exaggeration. He was never a menace. He only ever played the role of a menace, ironically. And those of us who understood it, howled with laughter.
But he has not drastically changed his ways as they are implying. He’s just older and wiser, and not a surprise to people. So he appears softer on the surface, easier to swallow, and people know him as a person more. But having read the views of many critics and members of the public – it’s quite clear that many are still as perplexed and confused about Eminem as ever. Which, is baffling to me, as it’s not even that complex. It’s really not that hard to grasp. Who’s breeding these people?
Oh, and PS. Australian hip-hop legends Hilltop Hoods will also support Em.
If you’re lucky enough to get tickets or live nearby where these performances will take place, let us know how it all goes down and how bombastic a show Shady puts on those nights.