D.C. Eminem Fans Mashed in Mosh Pit
Some 30 people were hurt in a rush to the stage as rapper Eminem, 29, performed Saturday night at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium, reports the Associated Press. Most of the injuries were minor, said the news service, though one unidentified Ohio man did suffer a heart attack during the mosh-pit stampede, said District of Columbia fire spokesman Alan Etter. The man was taken to a local hospital; most of the others involved were treated on the scene. "There were fights and a lot of pushing and shoving," concertgoer Brent Turner, 17, of Damascus, Md., told AP. "I was literally crushing someone," Reuters quoted another youngster as saying on local TV. Another remarked, "Everybody was on the floor" as people were shoved to the ground and stepped upon. The concert was reportedly suspended for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, Tuesday morning's New York Times reports that for the past three weekends, cars cruising down L.A.'s Sunset Strip have been routinely blasting pirated versions of Eminem's unreleased new album (his third), "The Eminem Show." So many bootleg copies of the album were in circulation, says the paper in its reasonably favorable review, that Eminem's label, Interscope, moved up its release date a second time, from June 4 to May 26 (earlier it had been moved to May 28). Opines Times critic Neil Strauss: "Forget for a moment the many issues (race, sexism, violence, free speech) associated with Eminem. What his albums have become is the audio equivalent of reality television . . . so excruciatingly raw and human that it is both hard to watch and hard to stop watching."
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