August 16, 2005

Eminem scraps Europe tour, citing ‘medical issues’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper Eminem has canceled a
European tour scheduled for September, citing treatment for
"exhaustion, complicated by other medical issues," his record
label said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Anger Management tour, also featuring his protege 50
Cent, was scheduled to run from September 1 in Hamburg to
September 17 near Dublin. The trek is not expected to be
rescheduled, the statement added. A publicist at Interscope
Records declined to elaborate on Eminem's health.

In July, the Detroit Free Press reported that Eminem may
retire at the end of the Anger Management tour, which just
wrapped its North American leg. Eminem, who turns 33 in
October, flatly denied such plans, but has said he wants to
focus more on producing artists for his Shady Records label.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, became a smash
sensation in the last six years with a series of Grammy-winning
albums largely full of hatred for his mother and girlfriend,
not to mention gays and other pop stars. His current release,
"Encore," toned down the rhetoric, and included an anti-war

He won an Academy Award in 2003 for co-writing a song that
appeared on the hit movie "8 Mile," a semi-autobiographical
release in which he also starred.