Eminem Smashes Attendance Record at Melbourne Cricket Ground

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Eminem performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 9, 2018 in Manchester, Tenn. 

Eminem’s monster concert at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the weekend smashed a decade-old attendance record.    

The Rap God filled-up the imposing venue with 80,708 fans on Sunday, eclipsing the high mark for a concert held by 2009’s Sound Relief extravaganza, according to TEG DAINTY, which is producing the current Rapture tour.    

TEG DAINTY president and CEO Paul Dainty said the “outstanding achievement” was a fitting one for Eminem, whose current trek shifted 300,000 tickets and is the biggest tour this summer. “Eminem is one of the greatest showmen in the world with a fiercely loyal Australian fan base that continues to grow with each tour,” Dainty says. “He is no stranger to selling out stadium shows but this new record is just phenomenal."   

The Sound Relief bushfire benefit show at the MCG, which featured Midnight Oil, Kylie Minogue, Kings of Leon and more, boasted attendance of 80,518, besting the previous record for a paying event of 74,600 tickets sold for a Guns 'N Roses concert at Melbourne's Calder Park motor racing track in 1993.

Eminem’s five-date tour Down Under wraps up in Perth on Wednesday before heading east to New Zealand for his first-ever show in the capital, Wellington.

Em has been on a roll Down Under. His surprise 2018 release Kamikaze breezed to No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, his ninth No. 1 on the survey. The Detroit rapper previously visited these shores in 2014 for the first leg of his Rapture Tour. All shows on that trip sold out briskly, Dainty reported at the time.


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