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I'd Like To Welcome Y'all To The Eminem Show...
Member Name: angeelu
Date: 02/07/03, updated on 02/07/03 (298 review reads)
Advantages: Fantastic day out, Excellent atmosphere, Amazing performances
Disadvantages: A few power failures, If you're offended by this type of music you wouldn't have liked it, Waiting
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!
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