Eminem dismisses critics of gunshot sounds in performances

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on FEB 05, 2019

Eminem faced criticism for his decision to use gunshot sounds as part of his performance at Bonnaroo last week, but the rapper is unconcerned.

Eminem faced criticism for his decision to use gunshot sounds as part of his performance at Bonnaroo last week, but the rapper is unconcerned, according to Pitchfork.

A number of fans at the festival screamed and ducked when they heard a series of loud blasts during Eminem's performance of "Kill You."
Paul Rosenberg, Eminem's manager, said that the sound is not meant to be a gunshot, but is actually a pyrotechnic concussion that creates a loud, booming sound."He has used this effectas have hundreds other artistsin his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint," Rosenberg said.

Other fans on Twitter pointed out that Eminem has been using similar sounds in his music, particularly for the song "Kill You," for years and that the inclusion of the sound in his festival performances is not unusual.

The sound effect was still included during his performance at Firefly Music Festival on Sunday night, which also included a message displayed to fans on screens on the stage: "If you are easily frightened by loud noises or offended by explicit lyrics you shouldn't be here."