Citing exhaustion complicated by other medical issues, Eminem has canceled his European tour dates.
The shows are not expected to be rescheduled, according to a statement released by his record label late Tuesday (August 16).
Eminem was due to headline the European leg of the Anger Management 3 tour, which begins September 1 in Hamburg, Germany, and wraps up September 17 in Meath, Ireland.
The rapper's spokesperson had no more information on Em's medical status or whether the tour would continue on with 50 Cent as headliner. 50 and G-Unit headlined some concerts this summer on off nights from Anger Management (see "50 Cent To Keep Rapping On Anger Management's Off Days").
On Wednesday, Em's onstage hype man Proof said if Slim Shady isn't going to Europe, neither are D12. The collective instead plans to hit the studio to work on its next project, which may be a double album and should be out next year, he said.
"My homie is a little tired, man," Proof said of Eminem. "He feels exhausted out here. It's crazy. ... We actually been running for the last seven years, but nobody sees it that way."
In an interview backstage at a recent tour stop, Eminem said he put a lot of effort into planning the tour (see "Eminem: 'I'm Not Retiring' "). "We spent a lot of money, we really anteed up the stakes this time," he said. "We know that people are coming to not just see us get onstage and rap, they're coming to see a show."
|Inside Anger Management: Eminem and 50 take you behind the scenes of their tour while Lil Jon teaches a barbecue lesson, only on Overdrive.|
It's been a bit of a rough ride, however, for the third installment of Anger Management. A tour bus crashed during the first week and seriously injured Eminem's DJ (see "Anger Management Tour Bus Crashes; Stat Quo, Eminem's DJ Among Those Injured"). And last week, Young Buck and Lloyd Banks were arrested for gun possession after a New York show (see "Young Buck, Lloyd Banks Arrested For Gun Possession").
"I'm trying to tell you, man, this was the bananas boat, but we made it through it," Proof said. "It was a lot more drama on this tour than ever."
For a behind-the-scenes look at the Anger Management 3 tour, check out the feature "Behind the Anger."
[This story was originally published at 9:19 p.m. ET on 08.16.2005]