Eminem was one of the big headliners and much-awaited musical guests at 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The Slim Shady performed at the annual festival on Saturday night, June 11, running the What stage with his Bad Meets Evil partner Royce da 5'9".
Kicking off his set with "Won't Back Down", the rap mogul brought to the stage "the newest member of Shady Records" after previously running the stage with D12 member Mr. Porter. They pumped up the crowd with his old materials like "Kill You", "So Bad" and "Cleanin' Out My Closet".
Eminem began his joint performance with Royce by trading spit-fire lyrics with him in "Fast Lane". As if the party couldn't get any hotter, a showcase of lighters and cell phones ignited the night sky when the newly-reunited Hip-Hop duo proceeded their duet performance with Bruno Mars-assisted "Lighters".
Having been in the music game for more than a decade, Eminem has a hell lot of featured guests in his catalog. While some of them like Mr. Porter and Royce spared their time to back him up at the weekend festival, the others like Rihanna and Lil Wayne couldn't be there because the former is currently on tour and the latter has already taken the Bonnaroo stage one day prior.
However, their absence didn't prevent the "Not Afraid" MC from catering his devotees with the songs which have their vocals. First, he charged into Weezy-assisted "No Love". "It's been a minute since I been to the South. Did y'all miss us or what?" he shouted to the crowd. "When I say Wayne, ya'll say Weezy!" Later in the evening, he performed "Love the Way You Lie".
That night also became the celebration of Eminem's comeback from his journey to redemption. "Thank you for sticking by me and not giving up on me," he said before launching into one of his "Recovery" anthems, "Not Afraid". Before calling it a night and sending people home, he closed his set with "Lose Yourself" which was followed by a massive fireworks display.
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