Eminem asked to testify in Irish concert flap


DUBLIN - Ireland's High Court has issued a request for Eminem to come to Dublin to give evidence explaining the last-minute cancellation of the rapper's proposed concert at Slane Castle in 2005.

Eminem pulled out of the September 17, 2005, concert as part of the Anger Management tour after complaining of "exhaustion." The 80,000 tickets for the open-air gig had sold out within an hour.

Taking a civil action, concert promoters MCD are seeking €1.5 million ($2 million) compensation from three London-based insurance companies after they refused to pay up after the cancellation of the gig.

Eminem had asked that he be allowed to give his testimony in private regarding his state of health at the time of the concert, but Justice Peter Kelly refused the application, saying it would be inappropriate. The judge also said that there was also a constitutional mandate that justice be administered in public.

He added that Eminem's testimony was important and "possibly crucial" in settling the dispute between the promoters and the insurance companies.

The annual concert in Slane Castle has traditionally been one of the highlights of the live calendar in Ireland, dating back to 1981, when Thin Lizzy and U2 headlined.