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Eminem Brings "Relapse" Home With Free Concert
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oalkand Press

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DETROIT -- The Red Wings. The Tigers. And an undisclosed number of Eminem fans at the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Those were the winners on Tuesday night (May 19) in the Motor City -- the latter of whom had THE hottest ticket in town, to a free show the Oakland Township-based rapper held at the casino's Sound Board theater to celebrate the release of "Relapse," his first new studio album in five years.

Eminem kept his first home town performance since February of 2006 for his Shady Records' Super Bowl party at the State Theatre short and sweet. Joined by DJ Alchemist and D12 bandmate Denaun Porter stepping in the late MC Proof's hype man role, Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers III) snapped out eight songs in 35 minutes -- seven from "Relapse" (including the single "Crack a Bottle" and a medley of "Hello" and "Insane") and an encore of his Academy Award-winning 2002 hit "Lose Yourself," for which he brought the other members of D12 on stage.

The performance was filmed, and two of the songs will be broadcast Friday (May 22) on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

It was more of an event than a concert, a chance for Eminem to pronounce himself back after going through rehab for substance addictions and enduring a second divorce from wife Kim and the 2006 shooting death of Proof. Sporting a gray hoodie, black T-shirt and black baseball cap, he looked fit and confident as he prowled around the stage in a half crouch, spitting out rhymes in his usual fast 'n' fluid flow. "Detroit! Did you miss me," he asked early in the show -- like he really had to -- but Eminem also confessed to being "a little bit nervous 'cause I don't have my right-hand man (Proof) with me."

The crowd then obliged with gusto when he asked it to "make some noise if you miss Proof."

Eminem also poked fun at his well-chronicled rehab stint, asking "how many (people) are gonna get (messed) up tonight? Get (messed) up for me, 'cause...I can't anymore." He then added that, "This might actually be one of the best shows I've ever done, 'cause when I get offstage I'm actually gonna remember it."

Eminem's camp and MySpace Music, which sponsored the show, distributed 2,200 tickets for Tuesday's show through a variety of locations and online and radio station giveaways. Eminem himself spent part of Tuesday Twittering locations where fans could get some of the coveted tickets, including the FYE store in Royal Oak, Mr. Alan's shoe store in Southfield, St. Andrew's Hall, the State Bar and Lafayette Coney Island.

Other members of the Detroit rap community turned out at Sound Board for the show, including Trick Trick, Dwele, Obie Trice, DJ Head and members of Proof's early group 5 Elementz.

The full set list for Tuesday's show included:

3 A.M.

Hello/Insane

Beautiful

Crack a Bottle

We Made You

Underground

(encore)

Lose Yourself (with D12)





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