2015 Tour Rumors
In the three quarters of a year since Eminem and Rihanna took The Monster Tour around the United States, Eminem’s work has been all about nostalgia, leading many to question whether or not the rapper will tour in 2015 or if he has quit the tour bus for good. It all started with a simple t-shirt that he wore on the last day of the Monster Tour, which had #ShadyXV emblazoned across it. Just to make sure no one missed the message, he tweeted out a pic to his 19M+ Twitter followers:
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) August 24, 2014
Just as expected, the Internet went insane, with everyone speculating what the rapper was up to. Having dropped his eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the previous September, no one expected Mathers to follow up his highly successful album so quickly. Luckily for his fans, Eminem is (in)famous for his surprises.
The Release of SHADYXV
While at the 2014 VMA’s, Eminem tweeted a teaser trailer for the new album, titled SHADYXV, with a release date of Black Friday:
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) August 25, 2014
The 20-second trailer showed a compilation of Slim Shady’s greatest moments, while the beat for ‘Patiently Waiting’ (for those who haven’t seen Complex Magazine’s Magnum Opus on the song, it’s the first song Shady Records released, and the song that really launched 50’s career into the stratosphere) plays in the background.
Soon after, as he has done many times in the past, Eminem teased a new song in a trailer for an upcoming movie. This time, the movie was The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kickass). The song, Guts over Fear, was later revealed to be a single off the upcoming album, which as fans had already guessed would be titled, SHADYXV, in celebration of the fifteenth anniversary of Shady Records.
In anticipation of the new album’s release, Shady Records released the Shady Cypher, a compilation video showing different artists signed to Shady Records free styling in their hometowns:
The new record is unlike anything Eminem has released so far. It consists of two discs, with the first disc consisting of all new material from Eminem and other Shady Records artists, including the above-mentioned ‘Guts over Fear’ featuring Sia, and ‘Detroit vs. Everybody’ featuring Royce Da “5’9”, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, & Trick Trick.
Meanwhile, the second disc consists of the best of Shady Record’s previously released material, including an early demo version of ‘Lose Yourself’!
You can listen to the full album here:
Nostalgia Abounds – The SHADY XV Documentary
Continuing with the nostalgia theme, Shady Records released, in collaboration with Complex Magazine, Not Afraid, an introspective look into the founding of Shday Records, and it’s impact on hip hop over the last fifteen years. It’s really a great documentary and is worthy of the half-hour of your time it asks for:
With so much time spent looking back, the question has remained – when will Eminem start looking forward to a new, completely original album, and a 2015 or 2016 tour? Until now.
In late March, Eminem gave us a “sneak peek” of what’s next. And just like last time, it’s in the form of a song for a movie trailer, this time Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams:
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) March 27, 2015
Looing Forward – A 2015 Tour?
So, what exactly does this mean for the future of Slim Shady and our chances of seeing him on tour in 2015?
The reality is that Eminem could announce a tour playing five nights in every major city in America, and it would sell out in five minutes. That’s how popular this guy is. Unfortunately, looking at his past ventures into the concert arena, there is a slim-to-none chance that Eminem would do a tour even half the size of 2014’s The Monster Tour without a new album. It’s just how he thinks.
So, will Eminem release a new album in 2015?
I want to say yes – after all, he’s the best-selling hip hop artist of all time, and with The Marshall Mathers LP 2, he solidified himself as still being the greatest rapper alive. There is also the fact that so soon after the release of Shady XV, he is already teasing new music in the form of a movie trailer, the exact way he has started building hype and publicity for a new album several times already.
On the other hand, a ‘greatest hits’ album is usually the beginning of the end for an artist, and that’s what SHADY XV essentially was. Even disc one, with the new material relied more on Shady Records’ rolodex of artists, and thereby Em’s proficiency as the CEO of a record label than it did on Eminem’s skill as a rapper.
Therefore, while I’m hopeful that we’ll get another shot to see Eminem live, I have to conclude that the odds are 50/50. It could go either way.
However, if Eminem did go on tour in 2015, where would you like to see him perform? 389 people have already responded. Let your voice be heard in the comments!
- 1 2015 Tour Rumors
- 2 2014 Monster Tour Dates & Speculation
- 2.1 The Monster Tour – Concert Dates
- 2.2 UPDATE: Eminem Tour Dates Announced
- 2.3 UPDATE: Eminem to tour with Rihanna Summer of 2014
- 2.4 Eminem Tour 2014 – South Africa Tour Dates Announced
- 2.5 Eminem Tour 2014 – Marshall Mathers LP 2 Leaked Online
- 2.6 Eminem Tour 2014 – Eminem Tour Dates Announced with Action Bronson, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and 360
- 2.7 Eminem Tour 2014 – More than Rumor?
- 2.8 Eminem Tour 2014 – The Lead Up
- 2.9 Eminem Tour 2014 – Who will be touring with him?
- 3 Where would you like to see Eminem tour in 2015?
2014 Monster Tour Dates & Speculation
The Monster Tour – Concert Dates
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UPDATE: Eminem Tour Dates Announced
Eminem and Rihanna will be kicking off The 2014 Monster Tour in Pasedana, California on August 7th at the Rose Bowl before heading to East Rutherford, New Jersey for a show at Metlife Stadium on August 16th. Rounding out the three-city tour will be a final performance in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit at Comerica Park on August 22nd. TickPick already has Eminem tickets available, but you can also get in on the American Express pre-sale if you have all the right stuff (an American Express card to be exact). Pre-sale ends on March 27th. If you’re interested, you can check it out here.
UPDATE: Eminem to tour with Rihanna Summer of 2014
Finally, after months of speculation and rumors, Eminem has announced that he will be touring with Rihanna this summer in at least three US cities – New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Exact tour dates and (hopefully more cities!) coming soon.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 22, 2014
Eminem’s new album – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – has met enormous success and praise from critics and fans alike. Will Eminem follow up his new album with a US Tour in 2014? Despite the occasional appearance with Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and other hip hop artists, Eminem hasn’t officially toured the United States since August 2011. The build up for his latest album could mean that he’s ready to get back on stage.
Eminem Tour 2014 – South Africa Tour Dates Announced
It’s official. Australia and New Zealand are not the only tour stops Eminem will be making to promote his new, outrageously successful album. Just announced – Eminem will also be playing two shows in South Africa. The performances, which will be in Cape Town on February 26th and Johannesburg on March 1st, will be Eminem’s fist visit to South Africa and the entire African continent. Will he finish up his world tour with something a little closer to home? Read through our suspicions, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Eminem Tour 2014 – Marshall Mathers LP 2 Leaked Online
We’re not saying that you should listen to Eminem’s leaked Marshall Mathers LP 2 album, but if you wanted to, you can download a torrent for it here, or listen to it on YouTube here. After the album was leaked (intentionally?), Eminem released this Public Service Announcement:
Eminem Tour 2014 – Eminem Tour Dates Announced with Action Bronson, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, and 360
Rumors have been swirling for a while that Eminem was set to announce a string of tour dates in Australia and New Zealand that included the Docklands Amphitheater in Melbourne, Australia, which he almost got kicked out of two years ago. While fans in the USA eagerly hoped that this tour would swing its way north, they are in no such luck. While Eminem has confirmed that he will be touring the land down under in 2014, he has yet to let us know if he will touring the United States as well.
Eminem recently announced that his 2014 Tour of Australia and New Zealand will occur alongside such hard-hitting hip-hop artists as Action Bronson, the always dissing Kendrick Lamar, RocNation’s J. Cole, and Yelawolf look-alike 360. Eminem tickets went on sale this morning at a minimum $155 (Australian). Will Kendrick and J. Cole be with Slim Shady when he (hopefully) tours the US in 2014? Read more below, and then let us know what you think in the comments.
Eminem Tour 2014 – More than Rumor?
“Let’s get back to straight hip hop and start it from scratch.” – Eminem, Berzerk
There’s a lot riding for Eminem on the success of The Marshall Mathers LP 2. It’s his first solo album since 2004 whose title does not reference his decade-long struggle with prescription drug abuse. Moreover, the album bills itself as a sequel to what has been called one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time – The Marshall Mathers LP – which has sold more 21 million copies worldwide. If The Marshall Mathers LP 2 falls short of that, it will prove to all those post-rehab skeptics that Eminem should have quit the game with Encore, when he originally meant to. After the release of The Marshall mathers LP, Eminem took to the world-famous Up in Smoke Tour, which featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Ice Cube. Such a hard-hitting crew certainly powered his album’s record-breaking sales. Can he repeat the same numbers without another tour that hits his most loyal fan base – the United States? Probably not.
Ten years later, Eminem’s newest music video for Berzerk is a clear call-back to the days of Slim Shady. But does this reincarnation signal that Eminem is ramping up to a new world tour? You be the judge:
UPDATE: The following quote was found in a USA Today article on Eminem’s to be released Rap God music video:
Rosenberg [Eminem’s manager] said the Rap God music video is scheduled to come out in about two weeks. And while he won’t reveal much about touring plans or what’s coming next, he said Eminem fans should be excited.
Eminem Tour 2014 – The Lead Up
May 24, 2012 – Eminem announces he is working on his next studio album, which without a name or even a release date, is immediately listed as one of the most anticipated albums of 2013.
March 22, 2013 – Dr. Dre hints that Eminem is close to finishing the album.
August 14, 2013 – Eminem premieres “Survival”, a single from the new album, in a trailer for Call of Duty.
August 27, 2013 – Eminem releases Berzerk, the first single from his new album on Twitter.
Late August, 2013 – Rumors of an 2014 Australia tour are highlighted in the Australian press.
October 8, 2013 – Eminem releases the music video for his second single, Survival.
October 31, 2013 – Eminem’s new album – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – leaks online six days before its expected release date. Eminem releases comical anti-piracy PSA. See above for more details.
November 2, 2013 – Eminem co-hosts Saturday Night Live with Scandal star Kerry Washington, and performs Berzerk live.
November 3, 2013 – Eminem performs Rap God at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards and wins Artist of the Year.
November 4, 2013 – Eminem’s new album – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – was leaked online.
November 5, 2013 – Eminem’s new album – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 – was officially released. While some criticize Eminem’s use of offensive language (seriously, people? It’s Eminem!), the MMLP2 is a massive commercial success, with over 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
????????? – Eminem announces US Tour to promote The Marshall Mathers LP 2
So, to sum up, Eminem has performed on Saturday Night Live, the YouTube Music Awards, is releasing music video after music video, and will be touring Australia and New Zealand in early 2014. Seriously, Eminem? If you’re not gearing up for a 2014 US tour, what are you doing?
Eminem Tour 2014 – Who will be touring with him?
The list of artists who will potentially be touring with Eminem in 2014 reads like a who’s who of hip-hop. Of course, Dr. Dre will be present at some point, and long-time friend and collaborator 50 Cent has confirmed that he worked with Eminem on The Marshall Mathers LP 2. If Eminem is reaching back to his roots, we can certainly expect a presence from his old bandmates, D12. What about Jay-Z? Lil Wayne? Snoop Dogg? Royce Da 5’9″? Kendrick Lamar? All likely. If not through the entire tour, then at least for a show here and there. More so if Eminem is returning to a style reminiscent his Up in Smoke Tour. The more important question: Will the Tupac hologram be touring with Eminem? Not likely, but one can always dream about the two of history’s greatest hip-hop stars sharing the stage. While since his last tour, Eminem has collaborated with Pink and B.O.B., the style of Berzerk, Survival, and Rap God suggest that he will not be looking to work with anyone who does not fit the old school hip-hop persona.
Where would you like to see Eminem tour in 2015?
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