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Eminem Plays Free Detroit Concert

The rap star returns to the stage for his first show in four years. Click here for details!

Tuesday night in Detroit Eminem made his grand return to the stage after a four-year absence — and a stint in rehab for drug addiction — to celebrate the release of his comeback album, Relapse, with an eight-song set for a crowd of 2,000 fans.

“How many motherfuckers are gonna get fucked up tonight? Get fucked up for me, ’cause, goddamn it, I can’t anymore,” the man born Marshall Mathers implored from onstage at Detroit’s Motor City Casino, where a hometown crowd gathered for the MySpace-sponsored show. Many of those in attendance scored their ticket via a Twitter scavenger hunt through Detroit on Tuesday (hints were posted on Em’s page).

The show was a chance for the rapper to perform songs from his new album — and, some speculate, prepare for a U.S. tour with 50 Cent and Dr. Dre. He kicked off the 40-minute set with his gory single “3 A.M.” Later, he rhymed through the celeb-bashing “We Made You” and Relapse’s most tender tune, “Beautiful,” about his life spinning out of control, which he wrote in rehab.

Em gave a shout out to his fallen friend and D12 collaborator Proof, who was killed at a Detroit nightclub in 2006. “I was a little bit nervous coming out there because, as we all know, I didn’t have my right-hand man tonight. I’m talking about Proof, in case you didn’t know. Man, I fucking miss him.” The crowd chanted, “Proof!” in response.

For the encore, the remaining members of Eminem’s erstwhile hip-hop crew — Bizzare, Kuniva, Swift, and Denaun “Kon Artis” Porter, who filled in for Proof throughout the show — joined him onstage for a take on Oscar-winning 8 Mile hit “Lose Yourself.”

“This might actually be one of the best shows I’ve ever done,” Em, who has been sober for a year, told the audience. “‘Cause when I get offstage, I’m actually going to remember it.”

“3 A.M.”
“Crack a Bottle”
“We Made You”

“Lose Yourself” (featuring D12)