On Saturday night, Eminem — one of several performers during the Bonnaroo music and arts festival in Tennessee — had performed the 2000 song “Kill You” when the loud sounds rang out. The sound effects frightened some in the audience, leading some to panic, duck and run, they said on social media.
But his spokesperson said in a statement to CNN: “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.”
“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.”
In one cell phone video, fans are singing along to Eminem, but when they hear the sound effects, some scream and the person holding the phone drops it. Some attendees at the music festival said the sound startled them and caused them to run for cover.
But others on social media defended Eminem, saying that the rapper had been incorporating the noise in his performance for years and that the song is called “Kill You” — so concert goers should know what kind of content to expect from him.