Eminem insists on having jumbo shrimps and peanut butter in his dressing room at SA shows

2014-02-17 10:04
Biénne Huisman
Johannesburg - American rap superstar Eminem has ditched drugs and is likely to tuck into quality German pickles and low-fat yoghurt before taking to South African stages next week.

The 41-year-old singer from the US city of Detroit, who once nearly died of a drug overdose, now has a squeaky-clean and booze-free backstage rider.

However, the razor-tongued musician, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, refuses to compromise on the quality of his pickles.

Eminem advises concert promoters that only pickles by the premier German brand Gundelsheim will suffice in his backstage dressing rooms.

Other items required by the rapper include low-fat yoghurt, peanut butter, jumbo shrimps and Swiss mild cheddar cheese. He also insists on dumbbells backstage.

Eminem has refused media interviews in the run-up to the SA leg of his Rapture 2014 Tour, which kicks off at the Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, 26 February before heading to Joburg’s Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday, 1 March.

The singer, who also goes by the alias of Slim Shady, won various awards for his 2010 album Recovery, which is about escaping excess.

Rolling Stone magazine has chronicled his struggle with substance abuse, including various prescription drugs including Vicodin and Valium.

He collapsed in his bathroom after overdosing on methadone in December 2007.

He was rushed to hospital where doctors informed him that he had taken the equivalent of four bags of heroin, and was “about two hours from dying”, reported the magazine. Eminem has a teenage daughter, Hailie Jade.

Rolling Stone ranked Eminem 82nd on its The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

He will be supported in South Africa by Jack Parow and DJ Ready D, said local spokesperson for the tour Penny Stein.

Concert promoters Dainty Group marketed the shows as "game-changing hip-hop events curated by Eminem, with ears tuned to the streets, and eyes locked on rap’s future".


  • Linda Torode-Rasch - 2014-02-17 12:14

    We don't make cheddar cheese in Switzerland :)

      Ryan Lockwood - 2014-02-17 13:22

      Agreed! There are some fantastic cheeses in Switzerland but cheddar isn't one of them!

      gina.swart.5 - 2014-02-17 22:39

      Well spotted Linda! No cheddar cheese, but plenty of other excellent choices...sbrinz and nusskäse spring to mind :)

      Michael Kleber - 2014-02-18 12:02

      Give him mopani worms and chakalaka

      Saharah Rhodes - 2014-02-18 19:40

      This is good to know

      Zane Blignaut - 2014-02-19 13:40

      Jumbo shrimps... he should try some king or Tiger prawns from Moz... eish missing out on the best of Africa... our food!!!!

  • BatongaBoro - 2014-02-17 12:59

    musicians put outrageous and ridiculous requests on their backstage rider for one reason only - to make sure that the concert promoter reads all of the contract. they do this because they will be out on a stage with tens of thousands of volts of electricity running in the vicinity of water. putting random items on a request, like jumbo shrimps or a brandy glass full of brown M & M's, is a quick and easy way to check if they have read everything in the contract.

      Jo Davies - 2014-02-18 01:04

      Very true - Van Halen is famous for this and rightly so. With the dangers involved with the electrical set-ups, they sneak "silly" demands such as the M&M request smack in the middle of a clause to ensure that a mic is not going to kill them when they grab it. Not so stupid when you remember Radiohead lost a drummer tech 2 years ago during set-up, the Station Nightclub and Kiss Nightclub fires and the elctrocution of Les Harvey of Stone the Crows

  • Mike Lindsay - 2014-02-17 13:21

    So, will he be supplied with jumbo shrimps or small prawns ?

      Margaret Cox - 2014-02-17 14:38

      Does anyone really give a ???

      Mervyn Jacobs - 2014-02-17 17:50

      A more important queation is will he be dipping the jumbo prawns in the peanut butter. You never know with these Americans.

      Hartmut Selzer - 2014-02-19 18:12

      No, the peanut butter is for the pickles!

      George Anderson - 2014-02-24 11:40

      Prawns and peanut butter to eat and stick in his mouth so when he sings he wont sound pickled.

  • Queen Nangamso Ndikinda - 2014-02-22 13:12

    lol ay i suggest they! serve eminem everything! he requests! i mean it iz hez first visit!!!! i soooooooow wish he cud cum to eastern cape tooooo! !!! daaaamn i luv this dude!

  • Deon Behrens - 2014-02-27 11:00

    Him a singer...really ....!

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