The Jakarta Post
US rapper Eminem performs on Aug. 22, 2013, at the Stade de France in Saints-Denis, near Paris. Sound effects featured in the rapper's Bonnaroo performance were mistaken for gunfire, causing widespread panic. (AFP/Pierre Andrieu)
Sound effects featured in rapper Eminem’s performance at a music festival on Saturday night were misinterpreted as gunshots by audience members, causing instant panic and attempts to flee the venue.
The rapper, who was in the middle of a set at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee, the Unites States, was performing "Kill You" when blasts rang out.
As seen in a cellphone video that has circulated online, concert-goers started screaming while others ran for cover upon hearing the gunshot-like sound effects.
"Contrary to inaccurate reports, Eminem does not use gunshot sound effects during his live show. The effect used by Eminem in his set at Bonnaroo was a pyrotechnic concussion which creates a loud boom,” Eminem’s representatives said in a statement. "He has used this effect — as have hundreds other artists — in his live show for over 10 years, including previous US festival dates in 2018 without complaint."
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After a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas left year, which left 58 people dead nearly 500 injured, concert-goers are understandably on edge.
Frequent concert attendee and social media star Andrea Russett tweeted after the incident: "I hate to be the one to say it, but being someone who suffers from very mild PTSD, it was EXTREMELY irresponsible and distasteful to end songs w the shot gun sound effect.”
"I have grown up loving eminem and his music but i was extremely triggered to the point of tears. To hear a gun shot sound effect and see the entire crowd drop to the floor out of instinct is not funny, cute, or amusing. this is the sad reality that we are living. this is not funny or even something to be joked about."
Her tweets have since been deleted. (sul/wng)