The rapper performed as main support for Eminem in Ireland on August 17 and endured a torrid set which, after failing to cajole the crowd into life with cries of “Slane, are you with me?” and “Come on you cunts!”, saw him ask officials at the side of the stage how long he had left to play. Evidently unhappy with the answer he was given, Plan B replied: “10 minutes? 10 minutes… Well, we’re only gonna play one more song cause we don’t really wanna be here.”
Speaking in this week’s issue of NME, available digitally or on newsstands from tomorrow (August 28) about what happened that night, Plan B said: “The guys there were tired. They’d been there all day. They’d been there from when Chance The Rapper was on early. They’d been drinking, they were tired and they wanted to see the main event. When you’re main support and you’re just before the main event, I think it gets to that point in the day when people just want to see Eminem. My way of picking up the crowd sometimes is being a bit abusive. I’m like: ‘Come on, you cunts’, you know what I mean? That’s pretty much what it was. A crowd can be a tough crowd because they’re not interested, or it can be that they’re tired. For me, it was more that they were tired.”
Opening up about his thoughts on being on stage in general, he continued: “When I get angry onstage sometimes I’m angry at myself, sometimes I’m angry at the crowd, whatever. I think the whole thing about me live is that I’m always angry when I go on the stage. Truth is, I don’t want to be on the stage. I hate being centre of attention, but that’s the job I do. I have to be centre of attention. I usually go on stage expecting the worst: expecting myself and the band to be shit. That leaves me with only one place to go, which is pleasantly surprised when we smash it.”
There were more than 50 arrests during the course of the gig, which also featured support slots from EarlWolf, Chance The Rapper, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf, though local police have insisted that the vast majority of gig-goers behaved themselves.