Where: Unnamed Suburban Detroit Country Club (West Bloomfield, MI)
Date: October 6, 2001
Songs Performed: None.
Other Notable Guests: Eminem wasn't there. So there's that.
Huh? Okay, so: Less than a month after September 11, 2001, the world was in a pretty weird place. Take, for example, this weird little cultural anomaly. The father of Ethan Weisman, a huge D12 fan, managed to get the group to appear (sans Eminem) for what's been described as a decent sum. The group showed up, shook hands, gave out autographs, gave a speech, and gave out some CDs and posters. But of all the parties on this list, this one might be the most oddly pure and endearing. Quote Ethan's Dad's friend, who hooked this all up: "It was never about money or prestige why I wanted to do it. For me, I did it because I love D12 and love the Weismans and wanted to give Ethan a really cool present."
Mind you, this is a kid who lives in Detroit, and Devil's Night had just come out the summer before, and Americans all over were still massively freaked out by 9/11. Also, consider this: None of the parents on this list had any problem with the artists performing at their kids' bar or bat mitzvahs. And while we're not ones for censorship, you have to at least consider the wisdom behind booking some of these acts for 13-year-olds, "clean" versions of songs aside. Part of what's great about rap is your parents hating rap! So Ethan might not have had the great performance. But he did have the right thing, at the right time: Just enough to drive a room full of 13-year-olds in Detroit crazy, and leaving them wanting more. That's worth something.