D12 : Detroit St Andrew's Hall
Eminem and D12 play their first show in support of their forthcoming Dre-produced album...
Once the doors finally open, things take shape more rapidly. Following a pair of quick sets from locals Obie-Trice and special unannounced guests the Beatnuts, the dark-clad Dozen (actually a half-dozen) take the stage one by one, verse by verse. Slim enters and, despite his contrasting head-to-toe white attire, he's uncharacteristically unassuming. Tonight's not really his night, after all. It's more a communal celebration of D12's 'Devil's Night' LP, named after the pre-Halloween eve where Detroit's inner-city house-burning problem, or at least its overblown mythology, manifests itself each year.
While on stage, D12 swiftly becomes D30 or so, as glad-handers, friends, and family converge on the already small platform. The band previews a number of new tracks from the forthcoming Slim and Dre-produced album set for a June 19th release. Included in the set are 'Purple Pills', 'Girls' and 'That's How (People Get Fucked Up)' culminating in a raunchy, yet very tight, performance. Much of the racially diverse crowd is obviously already familiar with D12's latest batch, as each track garners thunderous applause. Slim breaks into 'Quitter', his unharmonious ode toEverlast, perhaps hoping to stir the crowd but it's the band's 'Fight Music' that riles them to near riotous proportions. "Who in Detroit loves to fight?" he queries. C'mon, Em. We all do, remember?
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