12:35 a.m.: Shady Super Bowl Party, State Theatre, Woodward Avenue:
One of the big questions leading into Super Bowl week was whether Eminem would perform at his own party.
The rapper was not listed on the bill, which included several less-familiar names from his Shady Records label, including Bobby Clearwater and Stat Quo. Throw in those whispers about a career change for the multiplatinum rapper, his recent marriage to ex-wife Kim Mathers, and the usual zipped lips from the Shady camp â€¦ and no one really knew what to expect.
Well, you can’t accuse the hometown hero of not coming through. In front of a crowd about 3,000 people, including rocker Tommy Lee, Eminem peppered a few performances through the evening, essentially as support for label mates or other friends.
At about 10 p.m., he joined longtime Detroit rapper Trick Trick on â€œWelcome 2 Detroit,â€ a song the pair collaborated on for Trick’s Trick’s recently released album on Motown Records. About an hour later, he was back on stage with protÃ©gÃ© Obie Trice, whose new Shady Records single hits stores this month. At about 12:30 a.m., he and D12 dropped the Em tune â€œWhen the Music Stops.â€
Not long after that, Eminem left with his wife, who had watched the show from the first balcony.
By Brian McCollum, Free Press pop music writer