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Eminem's anger management tour- what a day!
Member Name: pdogg
Date: 25/06/03, updated on 25/06/03 (1043 review reads)
Advantages: Eminems set was off the chart, Xzibits opening set, Great venue!
Disadvantages: 50's no show
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!
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