Fans were screaming at Eminem’s headlining set at the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennessee last Saturday (June 9) – but it wasn’t all about the music.
When the rapper performed his song, “Kill You,” loud booming sounds, which sounded like gunshots, rang out had some of the audience panicking and ducking for cover.
Many attendees took to social media to call out his choice of effects, and Slim Shady is now facing some major backlash online.
One fan referenced the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas, “Less than a year after Vegas and @Eminem thinks it’s a good idea to blast gun shot sfx onstage at a music festival? Bad call on this headliner @bonnaroo.”
Another fan tweeted, “Had to leave @Eminem set after 3rd gunshot at @Bonnaroo cuz panic was setting in my section (front pit). Extremely realistic &scary! Would have been good to have a warning before show. #irresponsible.”
“Doesn’t matter if eminem has had gun shot effects in the past, the crowd was actually scared and shaken up because of how actually realistic it is,” a fan vented.
The rapper’s spokesperson cleared up the matter in a statement to news outlets, saying, “Contrary to inaccurate reports, Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show. The effect used by Eminem in his set at Bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom. He has used this effect — as have hundreds other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint.”