Last night, Eminem played his headliner show at Reading. This was the rapper’s first return to the Reading Main Stage since 2013. Tonight he will play Leeds.
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Eminem told his Twitter followers he was “honored” to play the show:
Honored to play Reading & Leeds this weekend.. thanks Reading. Can’t wait for Leeds! pic.twitter.com/bGsJsH4OaA
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) August 27, 2017
The setlist: What did he play?
Eminem played for one and a half hours on the Main Stage at Reading. As well as classic hits like ‘Lose Yourself’, ‘Real Slim Shady’ and ‘Stan’, the rapper also performed his remix cover of ‘The Hills’ by The Weeknd. Watch below:
Eminem’s setlist was:
Won’t Back Down
Don’t Give A Fuck
The Way I Am
Detroit vs Everybody
The Hills Remix
Drop The World
Sing For The Moment
Love The Way You Lie
Till I Collapse
My Name Is
Real Slim Shady
The drama: What did he say?
The rapper was keen to address the American political situation during his Reading set. “So Reading. I’m not about to stand up here and use this fucking stage as a platform to get all political and shit, but this motherfucker Donald Trump – I can’t stand him.”
He then led a call and response with the crowd, saying, “When I say ‘fuck’, you say ‘Trump’: Fuck Trump, Fuck Trump.” Watch footage of the moment below:
The backdrop: What did it look like?
The visuals for the Eminem Reading 2017 show included a projection that made the backdrop appear like a large boombox. You can see the visuals in this clip of him performing ‘Without Me’:
— Katarzyna Gebert (@KatarzynaGebert) August 27, 2017
The feedback: What did the fans think?
Most fans were positive about the performance:
Epic night at Reading watching @Eminem. Absolutely loved it.
— Matt (@mattasker1) August 27, 2017
Fair to say Eminem absolutely shut down reading last night?
— zarah ? (@zarahbalan) August 27, 2017
— rebecca glanville (@Tinkabec) August 27, 2017
Eminem's hype man keeps calling Reading Festival London and it's quite entertaining
— Sean (@seanhendrie) August 26, 2017
But some did wonder: Did Eminem mime at Reading Festival 2017?
Second time I've come to reading for Eminem and he's razzed me by miming again, won't even get his rig out as an apology
— Evan (@WholegrainSon) August 26, 2017
Imagine coming all the way to reading to watch Eminem for him to mime every single word ??? @OfficialRandL
— Rochelle (@hey_rochelle) August 26, 2017
Watch this clip of ‘Sing For The Moment’ to decide for yourself:
Eminem plays Leeds Festival tonight.