Eminem – real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III – is best known as a rapper, record producer and songwriter. He also played the central character – Jimmy ‘Rabbit’ Smith, Jr. – in 2002’s critically acclaimed 8 Mile therefore this (albeit brief) movie experience combined with visits to Glasgow qualifies him for a feature on Glasgow on Film! It is also worth noting that he won an Academy Award for Best Original Song with “Lose Yourself”, which featured in 8 Mile.
Events organisers and promoters DF Concerts today announced that they are bringing Eminem to Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park on Tuesday 20th August for the first in what they are planning to be a series of “Summer Sessions” concerts. The rapper has visited the city to perform on a handful of occasions before, sometimes with controversy not far away. In 2001, when he played at the Gig on the Green festival at Glasgow Green, 45 fans were treated for minor injuries when the crowd surged forward leading to a crush – to his credit the performer appealed to the crowd from the stage to calm down and was praised by police for doing so. Two years later in 2003 the Arthouse Hotel (now Abode) on Bath Street appeared on websites and newspaper pages across the world when Eminem dangled a baby doll from his room window, throwing it in the air and catching it – this was done in parody of Michael Jackson, who had some months before been heavily criticised for holding his real-life infant out of the window of a Berlin hotel for photographers to see.