Superstar rappers Eminem and Jay-Z will play a Comerica Park show in September, the Free Press has learned.
The late-summer blockbuster is part of a two-show stand that will include a date at New York’s Yankee Stadium — a home-and-home series for Detroit’s Eminem and New York’s Jay-Z.
The two will announce the dates during the third inning of tonight’s game between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees at Comerica Park, to be aired on ESPN. They warmed up for the appearance at about 6 p.m. today, wearing their respective teams’ ball caps and posing with Tigers players on the Comerica field.
It’s as star-powered a match-up as they come: Eminem and Jay-Z, two of the top-selling music acts of the past decade, were ranked No. 1 and 2 respectively in Vibe magazine’s Best Rapper Alive poll in 2008.
The Comerica Park show will be Eminem’s first hometown concert since an August 2005 date at the same ballpark. That also turned out to be his final concert appearance for more than four years, as he slipped out of public view and into semi-retirement.
The Detroit and New York shows will follow a string of European performances for Eminem this summer, accompanying the June release of his “Recovery” album. No other U.S. dates have been announced.
Jay-Z has played a pair of Michigan shows in recent months, including a March date at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Eminem had hinted at the coming news with an overnight post on Twitter, including a cryptic double entendre that turned out to be baseball-related: “The announcement is tomorrow. It’s gonna be a big ‘hit.'”
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