EMINEM JOINED ONSTAGE BY MARILYN MANSON

The pair perform a rockin' version of Slim Shady's hit 'The Way I Am'...

Eminem was joined onstage by Marilyn Manson at the READING leg of the CARLING WEEKEND FESTIVAL this evening (August 26).

The stars performed the Eminem single ‘The Way I Am’ together, with Manson dressed in a sailor’s cap, black jacket but no shirt and black trousers, in a thrilling climax to the Reading leg of the festival.

During his set, immediately before Eminem’s headline slot on the Main Stage, Manson had told fans from the stage that he planned to do the duet, “but on one condition – only if you scream your fucking balls off.” The crowd duly obliged.

A spokesperson for Manson said that the duo were planning to perform the duet at the Glasgow Gig On The Green last night (August 25), but Manson accidentally inhaled toxic fumes during his own set, and was too unwell to perform.

The pair have sung the track once before, at a club show in Germany earlier this year. The pairing have also recorded a heavy metal version of the song, which is likely to feature on a reissue of Eminem‘s current album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, later this year.

The rest of Eminem‘s set was almost identical to his other Carling appearances this weekend, prefering not to play a Greatest Hits set, and opting for more material with his protoges D12.

His main set ended on a more sombre note, requesting a minute’s silence for Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash yesterday (August 25).

Security on the Reading Festival site was tightened to unprecedented levels, with all backstage areas completely cordoned off for Eminem and D12‘s headline slot.

Throughout the afternoon, increasingly more sections of the backstage compound had been cordoned off with black covers draped over the fences around access areas prior to Manson‘s arrival. When Eminem‘s bus pulled up to the rear of the stage, just before Manson finished his set, all the people working in the backstage area were kicked out by security or held in closed-off areas, and security were ordered to let no one in or out.