July 15, 2005

Eminem to make final bow as solo artist-report

DETROIT (Reuters) - Rap superstar Eminem plans to make his
last solo performance in Ireland in September, the Detroit Free
Press, his hometown newspaper, said on Friday.

Citing sources close to the 33-year-old rapper, whose real
name is Marshall Mathers, the daily also said his current album
"Encore" would probably be his last as he moves to full-time
work as a record producer.

The final solo appearance of Mathers, the best-selling
hip-hop artist ever, would be at a concert in Dublin, Ireland,
on Sept. 17, the Free Press said.

The newspaper quoted his manager, Paul Rosenberg, as saying
no official decision had been made about the future of the
Grammy and Oscar-winning artist who has recorded three top-10

But Rosenberg said Mathers' current multi-platinum album
was "certainly the cap on this part of his career."

Mathers' spokesman at Interscope Records in Los Angeles
could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Free Press said the rapper, who has sold more than $1
billion worth of records, has grown weary of the media
spotlight and may be musically spent.

"Marshall feels he's said everything he can say as Eminem,"
one insider was quoted as saying. "The idea that he intended
this ("Encore") to be his last record is something that
everyone on the inside circle has known for a while."

Another source said "Encore," which was released last year,
had been an especially difficult record for the artist to make.
"Marshall really struggles to write for himself now, to speak
through the voice of Eminem," the source said.

"He knows as well as anybody that there comes a point where
you risk beating this thing to death."

The cover shot on "Encore" shows Mathers taking a bow, and
its closing song is entitled "Curtains Down."

In the album's liner notes, and in his current concert
tour, Mathers has also played up the figurative death of

"This is how you go out with a bang, baby," Mathers says in
one video," after pulling the trigger of a pistol that misfires
on himself.