Rihanna kicks off ANTI World Tour
Rihanna’s ANTI World Tour kicked off in Jacksonville, Florida, on Saturday (March 12).
“It’s been a while since we’ve been on tour,” Rihanna declared to a packed Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. “And now here we are in … Jacksonville?”
Taking the stage around 9:20 p.m., Rihanna gave back-of-the-house ticket holders the first close-up view of the evening. Wearing what appeared to be a loose-fitting straight jacket crossed with a boxer’s robe for a look that said, “Sexy Jawa” (only her eyes were visible — barely), she performed her smash “Stay” from 2012’s Unapologetic. It was a true-to-the-studio rendition that had fans joining in.
SETLIST (click to watch short videos — more to come):
- Love The Way You Lie
- Sex With Me
- Birthday Cake
- Pour It Up
- Bitch Better Have My Money
- Live Your Life/Run This Town/All Of The Lights
- Man Down
- Rude Boy
- Take Care
- We Found Love
- Where Have You Been
- Needed Me
- Same Ol’Mistakes
- Love On The Brain
- Kiss It Better
“Thank you guys so much for your support,” she told the roaring crowd. “I can not thank you enough. It feels good. ‘Cause y’all spending money. So y’all ain’t doing that shit unnecessarily, y’all really have to love some shit. So thank you, I appreciate that, it means a lot.”
Almost 50 profissional photos from the concert and backstage have been added to Facebook.com/Rihanna.
Rihanna’s show is slick and heavily produced and choreographed down to the last move. It’s also entertaining as all get-out. Make no mistake, Rihanna’s definitely the star of the show and doesn’t let the production come anywhere close to upstaging her. She ran through half a dozen or so costumes, ranging from hooded robes to thigh-high boots to an oversized suit and kept pace with her dancers for much of the show, all the time singing with a voice more powerful than you might expect if you’ve listened to her records. (Read it all here.)
Fun facts via Cosmopolitan:
- A giant shower curtain dripping 10-foot chunks of foam behind the stage.
- A flying bridge that carried the singer from one end of Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena to the other (check out the last video to see this amazingness happen).
- Straight up acrobatics from her dancers.
- Credits that rolled over the giant screens at the end of the show to thank everyone.
Rihanna wore Manolo Blahnik, Jacquie Aiche, Armani Privé, Adam Selman, Giuseppe Zanotti, Craig Green and more. If you wish to get more details, visit Haus Of Rihanna.
Ri took some time to pose for photos with these lucky ladies:
Rihanna’s tour merchandise is now on pre-sale on RihannaNow.com/Shop and you just can’t miss it! Visit the page now and click “all products” to make sure you see them all.
More to come…