Eminem will become the first rapper in history to play London's Wembley Stadium when he rolls into the 90,000-capacity arena this summer.
The landmark show, scheduled for July 11, is his first in the city since 2001, but actually his second choice for a London comeback. The Shady Records founder had his eye on Hyde Park, where music giants like Smokey Robinson, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Diana Ross have performed.
The snub from Hyde Park didn't deter Em, however. "I heard that I wasn't going to be approved to play in Hyde Park and it made me even more excited to play in London this summer," the Detroit-born MC told Zane Lowe, of BBC Radio 1. "The easiest way to get me to do something is to tell me I can't do it. Thanks to the Royal Parks for making it all possible ... for Wembley."
Em is hitting various stages this summer to promote the Marshall Mathers LP 2, which he released last November. He launches the domestic leg of his Monster tour with Rihanna this August — five stadium dates, including two shows in Detroit's Comeric Park, Aug. 22 and 23.
Tickets for the Wembley show go on sale May 9.
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