When I woke up yesterday, August the 17th, my day started very well. I was in a very good mood. While having my breakfast, I was enjoying Proof’s Searching For Jerry Garcia. Everything seemed ok and nothing prepared me to have a bad day.
When I opened my mailbox, I was amazed at the numerous google alerts talking about the cancellation of the European Tour. As a freelance music journalist, I always verify my sources. I went to Eminem’s official site where the info was confirmed too.
On the official website of the Stade de France, they has also cancelled the show.
There was no way to escape from the sad reality: Eminem had cancelled his European Tour.
On the fan forums I visit on a regular basis, feelings of disappointment, sadness and anger where overwhelming people.
The day before, a French fan who had been to the Detroit show had posted about Eminem’s latest performance. He said that it was weak and that Em did not participate to the show the way he should have done it. I was really surprised, because having seen Marshall at the Paris Bercy show, he was so amazing. I had also seen him performing at many live shows on TV. I always felt his complicity with the public and the way he was performing was fantasticâ€¦and now this guy telling me that Marshall did a bad showâ€¦in Detroit. Doing a weak show in his hometown sounded so weird to my ears, considering how good the Detroit Eminem shows usually are. The American press seemed to confirm what this fan said.
He said that he had spent all the money for nothing. I argued that the weakness of the show might have been due to Eminem’s fatigue.
I was right about it. However, I never imagined that it was that serious.
After the news of the cancellation, some fans reacted really badly because the show wasn’t expected to be rescheduled. They said that Marshall despised his European fans. Some also wished that his illness to be very serious, Â« because he doesn’t give a fuck about us fans, he is all about the money Â». O my God, angry fans, who on earth allows you to talk like that?
Some of you argue that Marshall Â« owes Â» you a tour and that he gets paid like a king for doing his numerous shows.
First, Marshall doesn’t owe you anything. If he cancels the tour, he has some serious medical reasons to do so. Marshall has always been very giving towards his public and if he can’t come, it is not his fault. So stop insulting him for cancelling his show.
Second, I agree. Yes, Marshall Mathers gets paid like a king. He also works like a slave to get paid so much. Do you realize that even kings can show signs of fatigue?
Being an artist is a tiresome job. Eminem never took a break since 1999 and I even saw him performing on one of my videos while suffering from pneumonia. Eminem is a workaholic who really loves his job.
Thanks to his amazing talent and to his numerous fans, Eminem has reached a superstar status. He is so much a superstar in many people’s mind that they don’t even consider him as a human being.
My first reaction when I saw the news of the cancellation of our tour was immense sadness and a feeling of frustration. But I never felt angry against Marshall. Why should I hate him for being in bad health condition? I’d rather pray for him to recover health!
Don’t be that selfish and wish him to be performing despite all. You don’t want Em to die out of exhaustion while performing on stage, do you?
Don’t be that heartless. Marshall Mathers is no robot. He has his weaknesses like all of you.
There will be no show in September 2005. That’s sad, frustrating, I agree. As the huge fan I am, I expected the show with impatience. However, after feelings of disappointment and sadness, I accept what I cannot change. Above all, I wish Eminem to recover health and to take good care of himself.
Before being the amazing artist he is, he is a daddy. Hailie needs him more than we do. Try to think about it before hating on him for nothing.