Wednesday 16 April 2014

Eminem keeps to himself - but Irish fans thrilled with Slane concert

Fans arrive for Eminem concert at Slane Castle . Pic Patrick O'Leary
Fans arrive for Eminem concert at Slane Castle . Pic Patrick O'Leary

EMINEM brought Slane to a standstill last night, treating his Irish fans to an unforgettable concert.

Some 80,000 fans flocked to the estate of Lord Henry Mountcharles to see Slim Shady headline the second Slange gig.

The 'Lose Yourself' rapper took to stage shortly after 9pm, and performed for less than 90 minutes.

The opening moments of his performance saw a shadow of his silhouette appear on a white sheet across the stage, which dropped and he quickly launched into his new track ‘Survival’.

He was joined on stage by his hype man and a full band, and the rapper played a varied selection from his extensive back catalogue.

In the past, Eminem aka Marshall Mathers regularly courted controversy.

But in the last few years he has been described as 'reclusive', regularly turning down gigs which would earn huge revenue.

So when Eminem does decide to play, it will be one of the most sought-after tickets in town.

This distant persona was very evident on stage last night as he made minimal interaction with the crowd, and allowed his hype man to do most of the talking to the audience.

He spoke briefly to the crowds, and one interaction was to dedicate the hit Rihanna collaboration to all the ‘ladies in Ireland’.

As the chants of ‘Olé, Olé, Olé’ rumbled at the back and made their way to front thanks to his enthusiastic Irish fans, it still failed to impress him as it reached the stage.

The moment of the show was undoubtedly when he left the stage and arrived back on to play an encore of his Oscar winning song ‘Lose Yourself’.

When he left the stage for the final time, the traditional fireworks lit up the sky over the River Boyne and revellers made the long walk back to the shuttle buses and cars in a tired silence.

Stars are usually ferried to the grounds of the castle by helicopter, but due to weather conditions yesterday Marshall Mathers (40) was forced to travel in a motorcade of blacked out vehicles led by members of the Gardai.

Weary and tired, fans left the concert with mixed reactions.

Karen Hewitt from Cavan (22), thought he was “very good”, and added that she had been looking forward to yesterday’s event for weeks.

Karen and Kim from Kildare said that they “just love Slane” and think that heavy security presence yesterday ensured that events in the natural amphitheatre went off without a hitch.

“I like Slane. I didn’t see many fights. It is always well run in Slane.

“But we do seem to be shipped in and shipped out”.

The heavy security presence of Gardai and stewards ensured that any outbreaks of violence were isolated incidents, and no major crimes were committed.

Fans went through four security check before they arrived in the grounds and prohibited items such as sharp objects and alcohol were confiscated.

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