Shady’s heading back Down Under.
After bagging another No. 1 on the Australian albums chart with Kamikaze (Interscope/Universal), Eminem will return to Australia next February for another run of stadium dates, his first in these parts for almost five years.
The Detroit rap legend will kick off the Australian leg of his Rapture jaunt Feb. 20 in Brisbane, then visit Sydney (Feb. 22), Melbourne (Feb. 24) and, finally, Perth (Feb. 27), for his first-ever concert on the west coast. Marshall Mathers will then take his show to Wellington, New Zealand (March 2) for the first time.
Eminem previously visited these shores in 2014 for the first installment of his Rapture Tour. All shows on that trip sold out briskly, according to Paul Dainty, who has organized all of Eminem’s concerts in Australia this decade and is behind the upcoming tour. “Eminem is a global superstar and his live shows are phenomenal, we’re proud to once again present his Australian tour,” comments Dainty, president and CEO of TEG Dainty. Dates on Eminem’s 2011 tour of Australasia sold out in just 30 minutes, Dainty reported at the time.
Eminem’s surprise release Kamikaze blasted to No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart last month, his ninth No. 1 on the survey. The LP ruled for four consecutive weeks and currently sits at No. 2. Of his 10 albums, only The Eminem Show (seven weeks in 2002) and Recovery (nine weeks in 2010) have spent more time at the summit.
Presales for Rapture 2019 commence this Wednesday (Oct. 17) and the general onsale starts next Monday (Oct. 22) via Ticketek.
Eminem’s “Rapture” 2019 tour dates:
Feb. 20 — QSAC, Brisbane
Feb. 22 — ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Feb. 24 — Melbourne Cricket Ground
Feb. 27 — Optus Stadium, Perth
March 2 — Westpac Stadium, Wellington