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Eminem to fans complaining of gunshot-like sounds: ‘You shouldn’t be here’

Eminem drew criticism for playing loud sound effects at recent music festivals. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)
June 18, 2018

Eminem is drawing criticism from concertgoers for playing music that includes loud noises that sound similar to gunshots.

But Eminem says if people are afraid of the noises, they  “shouldn’t be here.”

Following a performance at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee – where Eminem played the sound effects – Eminem displayed a warning on stage at the Firefly Festival in Dover, Delaware.

The warning was displayed for concertgoers to make them aware of the loud noises that would be played. The loud noises have been used as sound effects at live concerts for at least a decade, and other artists use them, as well.

“If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics, you shouldn’t be here,” the warning read.

During the concert at Bonnaroo, may concergoers were upset with the sound effects during his performance of the song “Kill You.”

“Contrary to inaccurate reports, Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show,” a spokesman for Eminem told Billboard. “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 of other artists – in his live show for over 10 years, including previous U.S. festival dates, without complaint.”

Some people criticized Eminem for playing the sound effects during the concert.

“Being at a festival/concert in these current times brings new concerns & fears. 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,” one Twitter user wrote.