Eminem’s Best Live Performances
“White America,” 2002 MTV Video Music Awards
A full Presidential setup surrounds Eminem as he appears to be giving a State Of the Union address. He’s addressing someone all right, as he stands at the podium in front of a gaggle of mock politicians who are all whispering to each other while he rhymes – kind of like they do in that televised CNN or MSNBC footage. It’s funny in that “Politics are stupid” way, but with a song like “White America,” Em is delivering his message loud and clear and he found the perfect visual setup to express those views.
Live From New York City / Madison Square Garden 2005
If you have a spare hour and some change and are willing to see the scariest George Bush mask in history, then peep this relic from 2005. Eminem – flanked by D12 in a number of moments (plus the late Proof) – rolls around the stage in all of his bleached hair glory. The shots are professionally done – including some backstage footage. Detroit took over NYC that evening for sure.
“Stan” Featuring Elton John, 2006 Grammy Awards
Eminem had a very tumultuous relationship with the media, in that he would blurt out opinions that weren’t welcomed by certain groups of people. His use of the other F-word with regard to homosexuals brought him into some hot water, especially with Elton John. The two shocked the masses when they showed up together at the Grammy’s in ’06 for a riveting performance of “Stan.” Em’s poignant bars plus Sir Elton John’s intense vocals equals a total win.
“The Way I Am” Featuring Marilyn Manson, 2002 All Access Europe Tour
There’s a bad dream somewhere waiting in the backs of your minds where you’ll be on a stage performing and Marilyn Manson comes a’creepin’ from the side of the stage scaring everyone. If you haven’t had that dream yet, then you’ll probably have it tonight watching this video. Eminem is chillin’ in Europe delivering his “proud to be me” manifesto, and by the middle of the song Manson comes out in full make-up and bare chested offering some assistance. It’s the best worst feeling.
“The Real Slim Shady” / “The Way I Am,” 2000 MTV Video Music Awards
There was a time when everyone looked like Eminem. Well not everyone, but any angsty young white guy whose mother was totally fine with him taking a bottle of peroxide to his head. Eminem recruited every single one of those angry suburbanites and brought them to New York City to march the streets before entering Radio City Music Hall, as he delivered his anthem to the lemmings. “Will the real Slim Shady please stand up?” he asks. Well, he had several to choose from that evening.