It is said that this year’s tickets sold out in record time and it is believed to have only one cause: Eminem.
It’s a bit of a puzzle to me as to how and why he managed to achieve this, in spite of having had no real big hits or major selling albums in recent years.
There was no denying though that trying to get from one point to another in the hours prior to the Eminem concert, was like wading through a fast flowing river. There was really only one place anyone wanted to be, and that was in front of the Orange arena before 22:30.
The camping grounds, food courts and other service areas were absolutely and eerily deserted, apart from the few unlucky volunteers who were appointed shifts at that time.
Something that added to the appeal of seeing Eminem at RF18 is the fact that he had announced shows in Denmark before, but never actually came.
In true 4th of July style, Eminem’s show was heavy on the fireworks. He was accompanied by rocking musicians and the wonderful vocals of Skylar Grey, so that all the songs he recorded in collaboration with others (such as Rihanna and Beyoncé) were sung live, instead of relying on demos and recordings.
He kicked off his setlist with Dr Dre’s song medicine man and entertained the crowd with all his hits and best known songs for a full two hours.
After about twenty songs, he treated the crowd with his major hits and greatest sing-a-longs, such as the real slim shady, without me and not afraid.
The final song, could really only be one song. Delivering Lose yourself the way he did, as an encore, was his way to redeem his previous cancellations.
For Denmark, there will be some repercussions for this performance that people will need to learn to deal with, as there are now over 100.000 people with bragging rights, that will be very annoying conversational partners in months (years?) to come.