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Eminem Brings Detroit Flavor To "Relapse" Roll-Out

Of the Oakland Press

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Eminem is not forgetting the Motor City as he gears up to promote his new album, "Relapse."

The rapper (real name Marshall Mathers III), will appear three times on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" -- Friday, May 19 and May 22. The last performance will be in Detroit; the location and ticket availabilities will be announced soon. Two of the songs from that show will be broadcast, but Eminem is expected to include a few more numbers for the home town audience.

For Friday's show, meanwhile, Eminem and ABC are flying about 200 laid-off auto workers from the Detroit and Toledo areas to be in the audience in Los Angles. In a statement, Eminem explained that "everyone forgets about the people that have lost their jobs without getting big cash payouts after dedicating themselves to the auto industry. Jimmy Kimmel and I got to talking, and we wanted to remind everyone that there are real people affected by what's going on in Detroit, and try to show them a good time while we're at it."

The auto workers who will attend the show were reportedly selected through a grass-roots outreach via the UAW.

"Relapse" is Eminem's first album of all-new material since 2004's "Encore" and was recorded mostly in Ferndale with producer Dr. Dre. A second new album, "Relapse 2" is expected to be relased this fall.

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