The strategy behind the Eminem and Jay-Z multiple summer concerts in Detroit and New York City have been
unveiled, revealing the plans that went into bringing a show starring
two mega-watt rap stars to fruition.
According to reports, their concerts, which kick-off later this week, were strategically scheduled.
First on the list: nailing down a window that fit the baseball schedule, while accommodating the show's unique needs as a one-off event rather than a full-length tour. "The production is very,
very complicated, a lot of moving parts, because it's only the four
shows," says production director Dan Parise. Work began
several weeks before the May announcement. World-renowned lighting and
scene designers were enlisted, and at Live Nation's New office, specialists dove into 15-hour days, crafting stage renderings and configuring logistics. (Detroit Free Press)
Additional production details have also been revealed.
Fifty-plus semitrailers will haul the production from Detroit to New York -- more than the typical continental tour by the Rolling Stones or U2. "Put it this way," Parise says. "It would be difficult to tour this show, and I think that tells you everything." Over six days at Comerica
Park, which hosted an
show in 2005, a crew of about 300 will erect the stage, build light and
audio structures, and lay protective covering atop the playing field.
About 40,000 people will fill the ballpark for each show, including fans
from Europe and Asia. (Detroit Free Press)
Due to scheduling, plans to extend the concerts were nixed.
"We probably could have done four dates (at Comerica ), but the schedule just didn't work out," said Dana Warg, president of Olympia Entertainment, which operates Comerica Park in Detroit. "The way we announced it nationally on ESPN and Fox, with the
artists in town, certainly helped the exposure. We have them coming from
all around for this show, and I think it will have a huge economic
impact in Detroit." (UPI News)
During his shows, Eminem will be supported by a live band.
Eminem will be going the live band route for his four-date tour with Jay-Z. Eminem will be performing with a live band for his much-discussed, four-show tour with Jay-Z. While Eminem is certainly no
stranger to using live instrumentation in his performances (the rapper
had The Roots back him for his live rendition of "Lose Yourself" at the Grammy Awards). (Hip Hop DX)
Eminem and Jay-Z's summer shows kick-off Thursday, September 2nd in Detroit.
Be sure to check out SOHH's "Behind The Jay-Z & Eminem Tour" coverage all this week.
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