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Love him or hate him... you've no doubt heard of Eminem. June 21st 2003 saw Enimem bring the first performance of the Anger Management Tour to the UK. The concert was held at Milton Keynes Bowl, and, despite going on sale way back on February 1st, tickets to this concert sold out in minutes. As expected - the full line up for the concert was somewhat of a mystery when the tickets first went on sale, but it wasn't long before information started hitting the internet hinting that big names such as Cypress Hill and 50 Cent would also be there. When the final line-up was announced it was immediately obvious that this concert was going to be well worth the money and trip to MK to see such a collection of artists... The concert was to be opened up by Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood, before being passed on to Cypress Hill and then Xzibit, before Eminem was to be joined on stage by D12, Obie Trice and 50 Cent. The big day came, and fortunately the weather was great - maybe too great - the sun was definitely shining down on Milton Keynes. Gates at The Bowl were to open at 14:00... Having been to Milton Keynes bowl before I decided to make sure we got there in plenty of time as parking was not exactly easy (ok, so parking wasn't that difficult, it was finding the car after the concert that was hard). Not long after 12:00 the car was parked (in a field not too far away) and we headed off on foot towards The Bowl... After much hanging around in queues we finally made it inside the gates of The Bowl - eager to get a good spot not too far from the front we ignored most of the over-priced food sellers and headed in the direction of the stage. At around 15:30 Tim Westwood began 'warming up' the crowd... now, although I can't say I'm a really big fan of Tim Westwood, I've heard him on Radio 1, and although he goes a bit over the top he seems alright at playing music when he's on the Radio. Maybe he was having an off-day, w
ho know's, but his set was rubbish. Each time he started playing a popular track and the crowd started singing along, he'd cut that track short and play something else... but there was no mixing the tracks together, it was more like push stop on one cd player and start on another. This was a hugely disappointing start to the concert, and there were many 'boo's from the crowd. Next up - Cypress Hill! Definitely much more of a crowd pleaser than Tim Westwood's efforts, though not without its problems... it seemed like each time Cypress Hill got into a track the power would cut out! It was almost funny the first time, but after the 5th or 6th time of tracks getting cut short because of power problems it was obvious that the group and the crowd were getting annoyed. Still, despite the power problems Cypress Hill certainly managed to get the crowd going with some of their 'Black Sunday' classics, including Lick A Shot and I Wanna Get High. And on to the next... Xzibit. Xzibit definitely had more luck than Tim Westwood and Cypres Hill - no power problems and plenty of good tracks to get the crowd jumping about. Much of his set was from his Man vs Machine album, though there were certainly a few others thrown in. It wasn't long before he had most of the crowd (and that was around 65,000 people!) with their arms up and crossed in the 'X' sign. But although the acts had been slowly getting better and better there was only one man who most people were here to see - Mr Mathers himself. At about 21:00 'The Eminem Show' started... the curtain on the stage opened to reveal a fairground setting, complete with big-wheel. A screen in the centre of the stage showed various clips from new shows basically condemning Eminem's music for being racist, sexist, homophobic, glorifying drugs and alcohol, provoking violence - you get the picture - this fusion of clips soon got the crowd worked up and eager for E
minem to take to the stage... as the clips finished the big wheel came into motion and Eminem came into sight in one of the seats on the ride - off he jumped, up the crowd jumped, and the show began... Eminem was almost always accompanied whilst on stage by Obie Trice, various members of D12, or 50 cent. Tracks performed included: 'Square Dance'; 'Business'; 'White America'; 'Kill You'; 'Music Stops'; 'Pimp Like Me'; 'Purple Pills'; 'Stan'; 'The Way I Am'; 'Soldier'; 'Cleanin' Out My Closet'; 'Drips'; 'W**ksta'; 'In Da Club'; '21 Questions'; 'Patiently Waiting'; 'Lose Yourself'; '8 Mile'; 'Superman'; 'Drug Ballad'; 'Sing For The Moment'; 'Without Me'; 'My Dad's Gone Crazy' and 'Rap Game'. 50 Cent's performance about half way through Eminem's set was his first ever live UK appearance - his four tracks definitely went down well, particularly 'In Da Club', and it was obvious from the amount of energy he put in that he was really enjoying his first UK show despite being in front of a daunting 65,000 strong crowd. Eminem undoubtedly and as expected, stole the show - each track was full of energy and excitement and it was amazing to be surrounded by so many people completely enjoying themselves. The mixture of recent album tracks from the 'The Eminem Show' as well as a handful of tracks from the '8 Mile' soundtrack and a few from earlier albums ensured everyone got to hear their favourites - the crowd favourite was almost certainly 'Lose Yourself'. And so, Eminem's two-hour set came to an end... and 65,000 people attempted to leave all at the same time... it was chaos getting out of The Bowl and back to transport, and even more chaotic getting out of car parks, but I shouldn't think that t
here was many, if any, people at The Bowl that night who weren't glad they went. Final rating has to be 5 out of 5 - and there's no doubt that if Eminem comes back to the UK next year I'll be straight in the queue for tickets!
The date: 23rd June 2003 The venue: Milton Keynes Bowl The event: The anger management tour What a day it was. I was originally quite peeved that I had missed out on a ticket for the gig, the two days (Saturday and Sunday) had already sold out and to my delight I found out an extra date had been added on the Monday. So the day they came out me and a few mates went online and booked our tickets(£35.00 each) online. So it ended up as 8 of us going to the gig. I was so excited as scheduled to appear would be Eminem, 50 cent, D12, Cypress Hill, Xzibit, Obie Trice and Radio 1 rap DJ Tim Westwood. Being a huge hip hop fan, this was one event that couldn't be missed. So we had booked up a minibus to take us there and pick us up, It ws only an hours drive away and we arrived there very early but so did thousands of other people! We arrived there at 11 AM, 3 hours before the gates opened. How convienent that was, straight to the pub/hotel over the road from the bowl. The hotel must have made so much money as this was by far the closest pub to the bowl. The plan was to drink as much as poss before we got in, one because the beer would be cheaper then actually in the bowl and 2 because once the concert started I wanted to see it all. So heavily under the influence of booze, we queed for about half an hour to get in(not to bad) got some food which was fairly expensive( as expected) about 3 pound for a quarter pounder with cheese. Tim Westwood played loads of classic rap tunes to get the crowd in the mood, 2pac, Biggie, Dre etc. Xzibit came on stage on 6.15 pm and the crowd went mad, he played his classic tunes ,X, get your walk on, u know, etc. The crowd were lapping it up. We had quite a good view, fairly close to the front. We could see the stage but it was far easier to look at the big screens. Basically the closer we got in the less we could see, as all you could see were the backs of peoples heads. Thats the thing with bow
l venues, unless you are right at the front ,very hard to achieve, you want to be at a part where the ground is just starting to rise for the best view, which we achieved. Xzibit was as usual energetic and really got the crowd hyped up with some crowd participation, a great rapper as well. Perfect opening act. At 7.15 pm The legendary Cypress Hill came out for their set and played anthems such as, hits from the bong,roll it up light it up smoke it up and other pot related anthems as they do best. A lot of weed was smoked in the crowd and It would be rude to not join in really! Every one was psyched up for 50 cent and Eminem. I was personally looking forward to seeing 50 cent nearly as much as Eminem and word was going round that 50 wasnt there. I refused to believe this but it turned out to true. I was gutted, apparently he wasnt booked for mondays gig. Still I didnt want to let that affect my day so I just had to look forward to Eminem(oh well!) Now there was quite a long delay, about an hour before Eminem graced the stage and all the crowd decided to start throwing the plastic bottles around. Picture the scene 50000 people all throwing bottles up in the air, I got hit once over the eye, luckily only once in the 10 minutes of madness. It sounds like thuggish behaviour but because they were only plastic bottles nobody seemed that bothered and everyone joined in, I suppose everyone was too pissed by now for the bottles to actually hurt you. Anyway Eminem came on stage at about half 9 to an amazing response, the crowd was electric, and he played 2 lively catchy tunes to start with, Business and Square dance off the new album. Evry one was rapping along, throwing their arms in the air and really enjoying it. The set was great with a big ferris wheel on one side of the stage, It was set out like a fairground as was the scene to the 3rd album, The Eminem Show. Multi coloured lights and funny animations to do with the lyrics in the songs kept flashing
up on the big screens. Then came the D12 set, which Eminem participated in (fight music, purple hills etc). Bizarre( a member of D12) the huge fat one in D12 got a massive pop from the crowd, easily the 2nd loudest of the evening. Then Eminem pulled out the big ones, Without you with Obie Trice, Stan,which I really wasnt expecting to enjoy as much as I did. I thought the tune had been overplayed so much but I hadnt heard it for a good half a year and it was one of the best moments. As eminem rapped the verses, the crowd sang the chorus lighters in hand! Then Mr X to the Z, Xzibit came back out on stage to perform a Dre anthem, Whats the Difference to a big response. Then 'forgot about dre' came on and everyone, myself inlcuded thought, yes Dre is here but unfortunately that was wishful thinking, there were rumours flying over the internet that Dre would be there. Instead Eminem just did his verse which was great anyway, some of eminems best lyrics ever in that tune! Then my 2 most favourite tracks off the new album were played, Superman and Sing for the Moment. These were back to back and by this time most people were beginning to lose their voices. Sing for the Moment was my moment of the day, everyone singing along waving their lighters in their air, surely the most meaningful lyrics in this song that Eminem has ever produced. Obviously he was called back on stage for an encore and he duly obliged with the hilarious song ,' My dads gone crazy', there was an animated picture of hailey(his daughter) who actually provides the chorus to this song on the screens. Then a thank you to the fans, the fireworks went off and that was it, gig was over. Overall, It was a fantastic concert, plenty of hours of music, the gig finished at 11.30 pm. Eminems rapping was out of this world as it sounded album perfect, no cock ups, he is without a doubt still the leading man in rap(what a talent!). The opening acts were very good, ecspecially
Xzibit. The only downer was the no show of 50 cent which was very annoying, as I was really looking forward to him. Perfect weather as well, got a nice tan from the day, plenty of drink, a bit of smoke, what more can u ask for? I would have given it 5 stars if 50 cent was there but I must drop a star beacuse of that fact. If i had gone on Saturdays gig, no doubt it would get 5 stars as fifty cent would have been there. Money well spent!
After reading the Main Event Ticket Guide (http://www.ticketsecrets.tk), I was able to get free concert tickets to any show I wanted. What better way of getting them to the sold-out show in the docklands to see american bad boy Eminem. ?Slim Shady does not give a f*ck?. Except of course he does - he was ?sick?n?tired of motherf*ckers talkin shit? about him. He was mightily pissed that the press were giving him a hard time - we were invited by Tim Westwood of Radio 1, who compered the gig, to roar ?Fuck You? to the media up in the glass VIP booths that circle the cavernous hall, booing the Sun, the Daily Mail, and, surreally, Trevor McDonald - a one- fingered salute from the plebs to the establishment. I bet they were real scared. A 12,500 strong crowd gave Eminem a rapturous send off on the last night of his European tour. 99% white, 75% male, and most under 25. Hard faces, street attitude, crotch-grobbing suburban high street misfits with mobile phones and mini-CD players; pale skin, cruddy haircuts and cold eyes, seeking permission from a popstar to say rude words. A hip-hop crew from London wrapped themselves up in the Union Jack at the end of their piss-poor warm-up, and made way for Eminem?s main man, Dr Dre and XZIBIT, who were the real shit but couldn?t connect to this crowd. Too, erm, black? Eventually, the diminutive Marshall Mathers came on after a childish mock Blair Witch Project video intro, and blasted off with a steaming ?Real Slim Shady?, right into a raucous ?Kill You?. Then he said hi - and checked out what noise the crowd were making - boo? ?I thought they were booing me last night? he confessed shyly - and so got the crowd to boo him. ?Hm?, he mused, pleased, ?I?m gonna to take that shit back wit? me?. But it?s a bad idea - getting a crowd to ?boo?, they run out of breath, and then there?s a weird silence - and Marshall don?t cope well with silence, it confuses him. Fill the silence, that?s the gi
g. So we all roared along with ?so you can suck my dick, if you don?t like my shit? (?Under the influence?) and it had all the ironic phallic thrust of Demi Moore in GI Jane. Boys playing at being men, knowing it?s a game, but talkin? the talk anyway. The surprise is, there aren?t more like him, not that he?s angry and telling it like it is on the streets with a fucked-up mom and no dad trying to bring up a kid and not being able to afford diapers. He?s a messenger, not a leader - don?t kill the fucking messenger. To hugs, Dido came on and performed a sublime ?Stan? with him - perfect pop. ?I?m sorry my mother?s a bitch. I?m going to drink myself to death? he says - and he doesn?t fucking mean it. ?My name is Marshall Mathers? had a peculiarly touching sequence of early home videos of him in the bath looking impossibly vulnerable and pretty - its curious lilting melody, saying he?s just ?a regular guy? - this is a record of what it?s like be young, male, and the object of lust from other men - eww - get the fuck out of here. Then a stinging ?Criminal?: My mother did drugs - tar, liquor, cigarettes, and speed/The baby came out - disfigured, ligaments indeed/It was a seed who would grow up just as crazy as she/Don't dare make fun of that baby cause that baby was me. Respect, Marshall, respect, you won?t get dissed by me. The gig lost steam when he played his ten minute cartoon, and a queeny lisping lech became the object of his mockery, a campy Cruella de Ville. Homophobic? Nah, boring. The next few tracks couldn?t recover the momentum, and it wasn?t until he performed his scripted ecstasy-taking routine (duh, anyone who thinks that was real needs their head looking at) that the crowd came to life again, with ?The Way I am?, a brilliant analysis of the effects of fame. One encore, ?The Real Slim Shady? and then the corrupted youth of London were herded out like silent sheep. This guy?s a threat? Nah, t
hese kids don?t know the meaning of dangerous shit, they never saw punk. He?s a gifted wordsmith, a tuneful popster, a clown, and the crowd got what they came for. Most enthusiastic were a little posse of queens from Belfast next to me, street hustlers with pinched ravaged faces and tight denim jeans and fuck-off attitude dancing around a crate of beer and screaming when Dr Dre asked the ?ladies out there? to ?make some noise?. They?d come over just for the gig. They knew where he came from. And where he?s going? It?s been confirmed that young Marshall will be performing at the Grammy?s on Feb 21st with a special guest star, possibly singing Dido?s part in ?Stan? - Elton John. Pop pap is where he?s going, sadly. But he?s a lot of fun now. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks to Johnny T!
Mind you, she hasn't seen him play live!! That said he seemed somewhat milder live than he does on record/CD apart from the prolific "motherf***ers" between some tracks! I write this having seen Eminem headline on the Sunday night at the 2001 Reading Festival - he followed on from the marvellous Marilyn Manson - more about that later! I've written previously on Eminem so please forgive any repetition here but I will try to concentrate on the live aspect. I was in two minds before his performance, as was my boyfriend, but we have both been converted (to an extent!) Initially the live show started with his side-kicks, D12, a six piece all-black rap band, and no sign of Eminem so initially I was a little disappointed as I had expected a big entrance and generally rap is not my thing. By their third number the man himself appeared - dressed in pale clothing, a fairly small figure with a white headscarf/bandana disguising what was underneath - (does he still have a peroxide crop?!) The crowd roared and the familiar numbers began as he rapped his way through a lot of the Marshall Mathers LP and some of the Slim Shady LP. The massive hit "Stan" was sadly truncated for some reason leaving the crowd a little disappointed. Half way through the show he took a break giving the crowd a showing of a Slim Shady "South Park" style cartoon featuring Eminem on the huge video screens. It was amusing and enjoyable and didn't really detract from the performance. He then proceeded with the second half of the show which included D12 again, aswell as inflatables such as finger-sticking hands and Mummies and pyrotechnics. He did a storming version of "The Way I am" with Marilyn Manson coming back out to join him on the chorus - though they were a funny sight together - the towering, gothic figure of Manson against the shorter, baggy-clothed Eminem! But then again with their di
verse music and controversy - they probably have a lot in common. During his performance he also paused to take a moment's silence for soul singer Aaliyah and her family who had been killed in a plane crash that day. Myself and my boyfriend are both confirmed "Rock-bods" and we both left the show impressed with the performance even if we both found the rap-style of music a little grating after a while. Eminem appears to know what his fans want and delivers it, with humour too!
Eminem public enemy number1, or so it seems that he is hated so much by so many people, but why? Eminem went from one of Hip-Hop’s most heralded stars to one of the most provocative, controversial rappers in history. His debut album, ‘The Slim Shady LP’ was one of the largest success stories of 1999 and although he managed to incur contempt, he also gained millions of fans across the world. Not bad for someone who at 12 years old hung out with LL Cool J and dropped out of school!! Of course, it was a struggle for Eminem to reach such a high status, with EP’s out on his own label and various involvements with community projects, it was finally Dr.Dre who provided him with that final magic ingredient. The ‘My Name Is’ album finally planted him amongst the world’s Hip-Hop elite and last year’s release ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ cemented his position as one of the world’s leading superstars. He is known for what he sings about this has caused a huge following in him over the last couple of years and huge uproar alought he still manages to get to number 1 in the uk and us charts his every move is followed,the funny thing is that Eminem is more than likely going to get bigger and bigger! So why is he hated quite as much this is something i have always been interested to find out, is it his ill mouthed lyrics or is it the way he behaves or is there something else about him which you don't like? personally i see him as a role model and cannot wait for his new albulm as i would much rather lay back and listen to an eminem albulm than a steps albulm who's lyrics usually have no meaning. Well what is your opinion on EMINEM?
Eminem he's not big he's not hard he's just a waste of space. I used to enjoy his music but only as a comedic response to the white boy trying to be black ghetto gangster. Nowadays it's all hype. ohh nooo he raps about beating up women so who cares he's sold x million records if he was brainwashing people wouldn't their be a few million more murders? If you like Eminem then good for you but don't rave against him for his lyrics they don't mean anything and their just shock tactics. I wouldn't recomend Eminem to anyone who isn't a thrirteen year old white middle class boy who wants to annoy his parents. If thats you then go for it otherwise give this one a miss.
After a few critical comments I have thaught more in depth about the op I wrote earlier, And here take two!!! After Listening to Eminem aka Slim Shady aka Marshall Mathers for the last few years I have come to the conclusion that even though his lyrics are racist, sexist and homephoebic even his manner in which he does his music is somewhat crazed I was too critical earlier!. I have however seen kids under 13 singing along to his lyrics and pretending to be him and that scares me I know his bad boy image and maniac attitude is appealing to kids as it is looked down apon by adults but surely it has to be frowned apon as isn't society bad enough without someone singing about slitting womens throats and taking drugs. For instance there is tune where he has killed his mrs and is taking the daughter about three yrs old to get rid of the body I was shocked and stunned that anyone could write such lyrics. In his defense he has the public enthralled by his madness and he has done well, he is an individual artist with different taste but I now with more consideration will say that I feel sorry for him because whilst in court a few weeks ago he was banned from making and releasing any music that has swearing and racial/sexist abuse in it for two years!!. I think that has now taken his market away as he will not be the same without it!
I've been to past concerts before, and up until i saw Eminem (Marshall Bruce Mathers III) on the 8th Feb, i thought they were never gonna be out done, that has all changed! I heard that the tickets were gonna be out on a certain day at 9am sharp, so i used the home phone, my mum was on the mobie l and my little sis was on the internet trying to book them. The phone lines were full and there was no chance of getting thru, so we did it via ticketmaster. I would highly recommend this to anyone, i got 2 standing tickets, and i managed to be right at the front when i got to the M.E.N arena. So i had an irreplacable time Whereas at the past concerts i have been to, has been almost a guarded barrier between the artist(s) and crowds, this was an exception, he really got the crowd going and was interactive with us, which made the concert what it was. There was quite a wide range of songs he covered, from both the first and the second albums, the most memorable was probably "Stan", the chorus just boomed around the arena, which was memorable. The suppoprt acts too were good, with D-12 and X-ibit. It was a concert where you just had to be there to encounter the vibe. Despite the media saying how he was spitting at the crowd and how he was taking drugs onstage and encouraging other people to copy him, i never witnessed it. He did claim to take some drugs onstage which was obviously going to cause outrage (and in a way i agree with the concerns especially as there were a few younger members of the audience there) Yet this was a stage show, yes he is an infamous rap artist yet he is a superb entertainer. His prescence on stage was incrediable and the taking "drugs" was what he raps about. Drugs were part of Marshall's childhood, he grew up in a notourious neighbourhood where this was sadly part of everyday life for many. He talks about what he knows, he's talking about reality. This is not opinion on Emine
m's lyrics and his antics, i have included my personal view on this on my the D-12 opinion which i have to admit is a lot better than this one, although this was my second opinion for Dooyoo which is why i felt that the content was lacking..a bit of oomph, and i have gained a lot more knowledge since reading others opinions and have tried to widen my horizons on the topics and include more information (although they all seem to come back to music, i am trying though!!) Also quite a lot of time has passed since this concert and looking back at it, it maybe isn't the best concert yet (I still have a lot more ahead of me i hope to compare this one too) but it was the most memorable as i was at the front, so until my next one.... Keep smiling Ames
I got up on a cold friday morning after hardly sleeping all night. I couldnt help thinking that in under 24 hours i would be watching the chainsaw wielding rapper eminem. I've got all his cds and couldnt wait. I caught the coach at 9:30 and travelled for 4 and a half hours to victoria in a stuffy uncomfortable National Express coach (my next review methinks). Then once there, puzzled over the underground map for almost another 4 hours before finally reaching the London Arena. I thought i'd get there early to get near the front, but after arriving at around 2pm, i realised i wasn't gonna be anyway near the front because around 300 people were already there after camping out all night. Waiting until around 5:30 was okay, but around then people got a bit excited and everyone started pushing forward and as we couldnt get in until around 6:30 to 7pm, it got a bit cramped. They finally opened the doors after many orders of "stop pushing!" and i managed to get quite near the front. My main man Westwood tried to keep the crowd pumping for the next hour while everyone literally crammed in. Then an hour later the "So Solid Cru" did a small set for 15mins. They were ok but no-one really paid much attention. Another 45mins of Westwood and Xzibit did an amazing half hour set including the classic Papparazi when everyone lit their lighters in the air. In my opinion he was as good as Eminem but the crowd were getting restless like Xzibits new album but it took another 30-60 mins before Slim appeared. By that time i think everyone was knackered from queuing so long and then being crushed in the arena. Helpers at the front were pulling out small girls and trying to give drinks to people. Finally Eminem appeared and all these problems were forgotten. He put on an hour and a half of all his classics as well as couple of new D12 tunes (get their cd!). More importantly the show was amazing. Stories of chainsaws, extasy
and bacardi were true, but entertaining! Overall it was the best (umm only) concert i've been to. Good support, good sound and a great performance, but a bit more crowd control wouldn't have gone amiss.
I went on Febuary the 8th to see Eminem performe live at Manchester arena. D12 and Xibit were there but no Dre. What a concert, it was amazing, the tunes were slamming, the croud were crazy and Eminem was off his head. They were all popping pills on stage and going mad. He came on after a short movie which looked like a scene from the blair witch project. Everything was so loud and drematical. He enterd the stage by an electric chair... it was all quite corny but the americans dig all thet dont they. I remember him doing... I'll S**t on you, and a few more you can only find on napster. He did as the world turns, I just dont give a f**k, brain damage, my name is and a few more off his first album and almost every song off his latest one apart from Amityville, which I was dissapointed about because that I think is one of the most sucsessfull, hardcore, dark tunes on it. What a great time we had. There were plenty of fit women there, loads of scrapping, we got a handful of free CD's and videos outside. Insted of people asking you to buy tickets outside, people were asking if you would sell them yours for a rediculas price. I got offerd about £150 for my £36 ticket. I normally would have taken it but Its slim shady init. Apparently (Idont know if this is true) Posh and Bec's where there and they left withing half and hour because they were appauled by the behaviour of both Eminem and the crowd. If you are an Eminem fan I hope you got to see him perform but if you didn't you should be extreeeeeemly gutted. 10/10 on all aspects of the show. If there is anything I missed out that you want to know, let me know.
after being branded the bad boy of rap and an encouragement for drugs and violence he is really just an act. he may have harsh lines in his rap songs but they r only lyrics and if your child does something a rap star tells you to do then they r a bit sad and in de head, mate!! the ecstacsy pills in his recent concert were actually dried chewing gum and the rum he pretended to drink was water. not that bad really was it, considering someone like Marilyn Manson would actually take ecstacst and rum!!!! Eminem is an act, not that bad and is good a what he does so stop moaning and start moaning about real important stuff!!!! songs don't convey the truth it is real a method of telling people what you feel, what you want them to think about you or about how you wish things are. it is nothing to be concerned about. I would give a monkey's fook what someone says in a bloody song!!!!!