In the wake of the terrible Astroworld tragedy, a lot of time has been given to discussing what artists can and should do to keep concert crowds safe. A professor at the University of West Florida used Eminem as an example of the right way to do it. He described how the Detroit rapper flawlessly handled a crowd rush at a concert.
In an interview with CNN, Professor Gil Fried shared his crowd management expertise. He used Slim Shady’s handling of an oncoming crowd stamped as an example. Eminem controlled the crowd by incorporating the safety measures into his show.
“I handled a case a number of years ago with Eminem where there was a crowd rush at an Eminem concert down South. And a number of people got injured, and he ended up making a game out of it.
He said, ‘Okay, everyone, I’m going to start a new dance with you. Okay. Two steps back, one step forward, two steps back, one step forward.” And he was trying to alleviate the pressure of everyone that was pushed up against the barricade by doing that.
And an artist can do that. An artist can say, “Hey folks, I’m going to stop the concert for a couple minutes because we have an issue here. You know what, I’ll make it up for you guys. I’ll sing an extra song at the end, but I need you to listen to me. Everyone, let’s turn on the houselights. Let’s do X, let’s do Y.’ Artists can do that and that’s not going to trigger a mob. People are going to be respectful and listen to that.”
Eminem is not only one of the most successful rappers of all time, but he’s smart about keeping his fans safe. This subtle little maneuver may have saved lives. Kudos to Eminem for a brilliant strategy that most people would completely overlook!
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