Rapper Eminem scares fans with realistic gunshot sounds

NEW YORK • Rapper Eminem has come under fire for using gunshot effects in his show in Tennessee.

Many in the crowd at his headlining performance at the Bonnaroo music festival last Saturday thought there was actual gunfire, with some screaming in fear and others ducking.

The sound effects were used when Eminem was performing Kill You. Billboard quoted a spokesman for the rapper as saying that a pyrotechnic effect had created a loud boom.

"He has used this effect - as have hundreds of other artists - in his live show for over 10 years, without complaint."

The explanation did not go down well with some concertgoers, in the wake of a string of deadly shootings in the United States, including an incident at a country music festival in Las Vegas last year that killed 58 people.

One fan tweeted: "To hear a gunshot 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 in. This is not funny or even something to be joked about."

But another fan blasted back: "Eminem has ended Kill You with the gunshot effects for (at least) six years now and this is the first time someone ever complains."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 12, 2018, with the headline 'Rapper Eminem scares fans with realistic gunshot sounds'. Print Edition | Subscribe