Eminem tour 2019: chart-topping rapper reveals first dates
Eminem's first 2019 tour dates have been confirmed - but unfortunately no UK concerts have been announced yet.
The 'Stan' star will play a series of concerts in Australia and New Zealand in February 2019 and it's likely he'll announce even more dates soon - including the UK and Europe.
Eminem played two UK concerts at Twickenham Stadium in 2018 to promote his album ‘Revival’. But he has since released a surprise new album 'Kamikaze', including a track from the soundtrack to new supervillain film 'Venom'
Here’s everything we know so far about the possibility of another Eminem UK tour 2019...
Eminem UK tour 2019 - is it happening?
So far, Eminem has only announced dates for his tour of Australia and New Zealand, but we predict UK concerts will follow shortly after.
Eminem tour dates 2019 so far:
- Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre (Australia) - February 20
- Sydney ANZ Stadium (Australia) - February 22
- Melbourne Richmond Cricket Ground (Australia) - February 24
- Perth Burswood Stadium (Australia) - February 27
- Westpac Stadium, Wellington (New Zealand) - March 2
Hip-hop fans this side of the Atlantic went nuts when two Eminem UK tour dates were announced in 2018. The London concerts were on top of Eminem's festival headline slots in the US including Coachella, The Governors Ball and Boston Calling.
During a chat with pal Elton John for Interview Magazine, the star himself said he enjoys going on tour, but finds it tough sometimes.
He said, "It used to be hard. Early on in my career when I was more in grind mode, I was doing two or three shows a day.
"It was tough because you start feeling like you have no life. That being said, I do enjoy actually doing the shows."
Eminem tour 2019 support acts
A star as huge as Eminem was always likely to reveal a pretty big name as a support act for his 2018 tour - but we didn't expect FOUR.
Royce Da 5'9" was the opening act for both Twickenham gigs. The American rapper is the other half of Eminem's rap duo 'Bad Meets Evil' and a massive artist in his own right.
The second support act playing both of Eminem's UK concerts was Boogie. The rapper released new track 'Self Destruction' in 2018.
UK concerts were also opened by US rapper 2 Chainz, who collaborated with Eminem on the remix of 'Chloraseptic' from new album 'Revival'.
Rap rock supergroup Prophets of Rage - made up of members of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill - were another support act for the UK concerts.
Seeing as this tour follows on so soon after Eminem's 2018 tour, it's likely we'll see at least some of these support acts in the UK again in 2019.
Eminem and the UK - frequent collaborators
Eminem headlined two huge UK concerts at Twickenham Stadium in 2018 (maybe we'll see him at the popular venue again in 2019...)
Before that, the rapper headlined Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2017, as well as performing a warm-up show in Bellahouston Park, Glasgow.
He's clearly a fan of the UK and his new music is going down well over here ('River' featuring Ed Sheeran went to number one in the UK singles chart).
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) September 8, 2017
Eminem also toured the UK as part of 2014's 'The Rapture Tour' - a mini series of concert that saw the 'Lose Yourself' singer play Australia, New Zealand and South Africa before finishing with two UK tour dates in London. He was supported by Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Action Bronson.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) August 28, 2017
New Eminem album 'Kamikaze' - where did THAT come from?
Usually, international music stars will plan a lengthy marketing campaign before they announce a new album. They'll start appearing on talk shows, maybe delete all their old social media posts or release a new single to get the rumour mill cranked up.
Eminem, however, does whatever he wants, when he wants. The rapper dropped his tenth studio album just months after his previous massive release 'Revival', with no prior warning on August 31.
Eminem announced the new album on social media with simply, "Tried not 2 overthink this 1... enjoy. 🖕"
The album cover is a clear homage to Beastie Boys' 1986 album 'Licensed to Ill'.
'Kamikaze' was released to critical acclaim and went to number one in several countries including the UK and US. But the album also drew controversy for disses aimed at fellow rappers (sparking a feud with Machine Gun Kelly) and a homophobic slur (for which he later apologised).
Eminem's first single from 'Kamikaze' was 'Fall'. It's a controversial track and includes the controversial slur aimed at Tyler, the Creator.
Eminem later apologised for using the word, saying he went "too far" and that "in my quest to hurt him, I realise that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it".
Later, Eminem dropped 'Lucky You ft. Joyner Lucas'. The video is clearly an attack on the new generation of rappers copying the work of older hip-hop stars.
Finally, the rapper posted the video for movie tie-in track 'Venom'.
The song appears on the soundtrack of the Sony Pictures film of the same name. The video includes several references to the comic book film - including a scene at the end where Eminem becomes the titular villain.
Eminem’s 'Revival' - his old new album
'Revival' was one of the most eagerly-awaited albums of 2017 and unsurprisingly topped the UK and US charts. It was also the UK Christmas number one album.
It made headlines for its high-profile collaborations including Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Pink.
The ‘Stan’ star announced the new album via a fun Instagram post that promoted the record as though it were a treatment for people with a bad sense of rhythm (the fictional Atrox Rithimus).
But the salesman later admits, “Revival isn't a medication at all. Revival is the name of a new album from Eminem, and it's coming out December 15."
Eminem claims he discarded 69,000 pieces of paper while writing lyrics for ‘Revival’. Music-streaming site Spotify sponsored a billboard which filled the album title with the unused sheets.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) December 20, 2017
‘Revival’ is Eminem’s ninth studio album and was his first since 2013’s ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2.’ Other guest appearances on the new record include Alicia Keys, Phresher, X Ambassadors, Skylar Grey and Kehlani. Production credits include Rick Rubin, Skylar Grey and Alex da Kid, as well as executive producer Dr Dre.
The rapper returned to the music scene in October 2017 when he laid into President Donald Trump in an expletive-laden rap attacking the US leader.
The first single to drop from the album was ‘Walk On Water’ - a ballad-style track featuring vocals from Beyoncé.
Later, ‘Untouchable’ was released as a promotional single, followed by ‘River’ (featuring Ed Sheeran) as the album’s second single.
Eminem dropped the emotional new video for 'River' (featuring Ed Sheeran) on Valentine's Day.
The video shows Sheeran interviewing the rapper about a love triangle and features handheld footage of the star arguing with his girlfriend about an unexpected pregnancy.
Shortly after, the star posted a behind-the-scenes look at how the video was made, which features Eminem joking around on set between takes.
The next video released to promote the new album was 'Untouchable'. Eminem dropped a lyrics video for the song in the form of a social media stream.
Eminem later dropped an extended version of 'Nowhere Fast' featuring Kehlani.
The updated version of the track features an attack on the National Rifle Association, which the rapper added for his performance at the iHeart Radio Awards following the Parkland high school shooting in February.
Stay tuned to LineUp for the latest news on the Eminem UK tour 2019.