Eminem Makes Surprise Appearance, Joining Ed Sheeran Onstage for 'Lose Yourself' and 'Stan' at Detroit

Eminem's Surprise Performance with Ed Sheeran in Detroit: 'Lose Yourself' and 'Stan' Live at Ford Field

Eminem and Ed Sheeran delighted the crowd on a memorable Saturday night (July 15) as they continued their remarkable musical collaboration in Eminem's hometown of Detroit.

Following Eminem's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last November in Los Angeles, this marked the rapper's highly anticipated return to the stage. The momentous occasion took place during Sheeran's Mathematics Tour, where Eminem made a surprise guest appearance, treating the audience to two incredible songs deep into the show.

Expressing his excitement to perform in Detroit, Sheeran addressed the enthusiastic crowd of over 65,000 at Ford Field, praising Eminem as one of his favorite artists. He even shared his experience of sampling the renowned fare at the rapper's Mom's Spaghetti takeout nearby. Sheeran playfully wondered if he could honor Eminem by performing a cover of one of his songs for the audience's enjoyment.
With his five-piece band accompanying him, Sheeran kicked off the performance by passionately singing the opening lyrics of Eminem's award-winning hit, "Lose Yourself." The electrifying atmosphere reached new heights when Eminem himself, dressed in a dark hoodie and baseball cap, emerged on stage, much to the roaring delight of the already boisterous crowd. 

Together, they flawlessly delivered the first verse and chorus of the iconic song, with Eminem commanding the audience, who were already on their feet, to stand up and fully embrace the moment.

Sheeran then decided to surprise the fans even further, disclosing that Eminem was initially planning to perform only one song. However, understanding the magnitude of the occasion, Sheeran asked the crowd, “was gonna come on and do one song, and I said, ‘You can’t come on in Detroit and do just one song. Do you want to hear another?'”  The answer was a resounding yes. The duo proceeded to recreate their unforgettable Rock Hall performance of Eminem's 2000 smash hit, "Stan," with Sheeran masterfully covering the sung parts originally performed by Dido. 

Their chemistry on stage was palpable, evident in the genuine hugs they shared. Eminem expressed his gratitude to Sheeran and the city of Detroit, proclaiming, “Thank you, Ed. I appreciate you, Detroit. I love you. Peace!”  He bid farewell to the audience with a characteristic middle-finger salute before exiting the stage.

The collaboration between Eminem and Sheeran is not a recent phenomenon. Over the years, they have consistently produced remarkable music together. Sheeran lent his talents to Eminem's single "River" from the 2017 album Revival, and they also collaborated on the track "Those Kinda Nights" from Music to Be Murdered By in 2020, alongside 50 Cent. In turn, Eminem contributed to "Remember the Name" from Sheeran's No. 6 Collaborations Project in 2019, further showcasing their artistic synergy.

Prior to his Rock Hall induction, Eminem had already made noteworthy appearances, including performances at the MTV Video Music Awards last August and ApeFest 2022 in June, where he shared the stage with Snoop Dogg. 

These appearances followed his participation in the Emmy Award-winning halftime show at Super Bowl LVI in Inglewood, California. However, it is worth noting that Eminem's last full-length concert took place in October 2019 in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven international shows he performed that year.

The Eminem and Ed Sheeran collaboration in Detroit will undoubtedly be etched in the memories of those fortunate enough to witness it. Their partnership continues to captivate audiences worldwide, leaving fans eagerly anticipating their next musical masterpiece.

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