Last Girl On Earth Tour

The Last Girl on Earth was the third concert tour by Rihanna. The tour visited Europe, Asia, North America and Australia to support her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The tour was announced through MTV News in December 2009. The tour grossed over $40 million according to Trollpoll as Rihanna earned over $30 million worldwide and around $10 million in Australia. In an interview, Rihanna stated, “It’s going to be a worldwide tour, so it’s going to be a very long tour. We’ll definitely be in your city, so look out for that.” The tour received generally positive reception.

“I like to think about myself as ‘The Last Girl on Earth’ because sometimes people make decisions based on the outlook of others and, you know, to me, my life is my life. It’s my world, and I’m going to live it the way I want to. That’s how I think about everything, that way I’m focused on me, and my work. It’s a really narrow space, a focus.” — Rihanna

The tour, choreographed by Tina Landon, was officially announced on December 9, 2009, while on the set of the music video for “Hard”. She also announced some dates for the European leg of the tour on her official website. It went on to gross over $37 million. $27 million were grossed in 2010 according to Pollstar, and the 2011 Australian leg of the tour added another $10 million to the total. English singer-songwriter Pixie Lott was selected as the opening act for the UK shows, along with last minute additions of Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah.

During rehearsals for the tour, Rihanna also took drum lessons from Travis Barker. This practice was later used during her cover of “The Glamorous Life” originally performed by Sheila E. In April 2010, the North American dates for the tour were announced. Although rapper Nicki Minaj was originally scheduled as an opening act, she withdrew from the tour to continue work on her debut album.

In March 2010, Israeli newspapers reported that Rihanna would play a date at Bloomfield Stadium, in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2010. The concert was sponsored by Orange Rockcorps. This organization allows those who volunteer in their community for at least four hours to attend the concert at no cost. It was later announced Rihanna will join the volunteers before the concert to do local work in the community.

In an interview with AOL, Rihanna revealed that fans should expect a big upgrade in comparison to her previous tours. She commented, “We’ve never done a tour to this capacity. The production is unbelievable and the costumes, we just took it to a whole new level. Visually and sonically it’s going to be a big step up from the last time. We just keep growing, and this time it is a massive production that I cannot wait for.”

The tour was directed by Jamie King, who has previously worked with Madonna, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne. Tina Landon, who has worked with Janet Jackson, will serve as choreographer. The creative director for the tour was Simon Henwood who was also the creative director of her 2009 album. Henwood explained: “We talked extensively for months before the album’s release, and looked at every aspect of the campaign – from styling to stage ideas and visuals […] There is a great story that will unfold through the campaign, and finally reveal on the tour.. partly inspired by the film – The Omega Man and of course ideas from the songs – as well as Rihanna’s personal visions.”

Extreme’s guitarist, Nuno Bettencourt, has signed on to lead the band. Bettencourt explained that the rehearsals have been “better than what I expected because she also has the most incredible band, and I get the privilege to add to their wall of sound. It’s gonna be fun.”

SETLIST

  1. “Mad House” (Video Introduction) (contains excerpts of “Disturbia”)
  2. “Russian Roulette”
  3. “Hard”
  4. “Shut Up and Drive”
  5. “Fire Bomb”
  6. “Disturbia”
  7. “Rockstar 101”
  8. “Rude Boy”
  9. “Wonderwall”
  10. “Hate That I Love You”
  11. “Rehab”
  12. “Unfaithful”
  13. “Stupid in Love”
  14. “Te Amo”
  15. “Photographs” (Only in Antwerp and Arnhem)
  16. “Don’t Stop the Music”
  17. “Breakin’ Dishes”
  18. “The Glamorous Life”
  19. “Let Me”
  20. “SOS”
  21. “Take a Bow”
  22. Medley “Wait Your Turn” / “Live Your Life” / “Run This Town”
  23. “Umbrella”

CREW

Dancers

  • Chase Benz (Dance Captain)
  • Reina Hidalgo (Aerial Captain)
  • Whyley Yoschimura (Swing Dancer)
  • Tracy Shibata
  • Bryan Tanaka
  • Khasan Brailsford
  • Oren Michaeli

The Band

  • Tony Bruno (Music Director)
  • Eric Smith (Band Leader/Bass)
  • Nuno Bettencourt (Lead Guitar)
  • Adam Ross (Guitar)
  • Chris Johnson (Drums)
  • Kevin Hastings (Lead Keyboards)
  • Hannah Vasanth (Keyboards)

Backgroup Vocals

  • Ashleigh Haney
  • Kim Ince

Production Crew

  • Chris Lamb (Production tour Director)
  • Vicki Huxel (Production Assistant)
  • TJ Thompson (Stage Manager)
  • Thomas Reitz (Tour Manager)
  • Jean Paul Firmin (Road Manager)
  • Mark Aurelio (Accountant)
  • Ted Schroeder (Head Carpenter & Hydraulics)
  • Patrick Harbin (Carpenter/Hydraulics)
  • Joe Bodner, Jason De Leu, Bobby Marshall, Aaron Broderick (Carpenter)
  • Jorge Guadalupe (Show Call Manager/Carpenter)
  • Bill Rengstl (Head Rigger)
  • Chris Achzet (Drum Tech)
  • Tommy Simpson, David Barrera (Guitar Tech)
  • Dan Roe (Keyboard Tech)
  • Ian Tucker (Lighting Crew Chief)
  • Jesse Blevins (Lighting Director)
  • Chris Sabelleck, Todd Erickson, Kris Lundberg, Todd Erickson (Lighting Tech)

COSTUMES

TOUR DATES

Europe

April 16, 2010 – Antwerp, Belgium
April 17, 2010 – Arnhem, Netherlands
April 19, 2010 – Zurich, Switzerland
April 20, 2010 – Lyon, France
April 21, 2010 – Marseille, France
April 23, 2010 – Frankfurt, Germany
April 25, 2010 – Oberhausen, Germany
April 27, 2010 – Geneva, Switzerland
April 28, 2010 – Paris, France
May 1, 2010 – Hamburg, Germany
May 2, 2010 – Berlin, Germany
May 4, 2010 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
May 7, 2010 – Birmingham, England
May 8, 2010 – Liverpool, England
May 10, 2010 – London, England
May 13, 2010 – Sheffield, England
May 14, 2010 – Nottingham, England
May 16, 2010 – Manchester, England
May 17, 2010 – Newcastle, England
May 19, 2010 – Glasgow, Scotland
May 22, 2010 – Dublin, Ireland
May 24, 2010 – Belfast, Northern Ireland
May 26, 2010 – Dublin, Ireland

Middle East

May 30, 2010 – Tel Aviv, Israel

Europe

June 1, 2010 – Athens, Greece
June 3, 2010 – Istanbul, Turkey
June 5, 2010 – Madrid, Spain

North America

July 4, 2010 – Vancouver, Canada
July 5, 2010 – Penticton, Canada
July 6, 2010 – Calgary, Canada
July 9, 2010 – Sacramento, United States
July 10, 2010 – Mountain View, United States
July 14, 2010 – Albuquerque, United States
July 17, 2010 – Las Vegas, United States
July 18, 2010 – Anaheim, United States
July 21, 2010 – Los Angeles, United States
July 22, 2010 – Tucson, United States
July 24, 2010 – Laredo, United States
July 25, 2010 – San Antonio, United States
July 30, 2010 – Tampa, United States
July 31, 2010 – Miami, United States
August 5, 2010 – Toronto, Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 7, 2010 – Montreal, Canada
August 8, 2010 – Mansfield, United States
August 11, 2010 – Uncasville, United States
August 12, 2010 – New York City, United States
August 14, 2010 – Atlantic City, United States
August 15, 2010 – Wantagh, United States
August 18, 2010 – Camden , United States
August 20, 2010 – Bristow, United States
August 21, 2010 – Hershey, United States
August 22, 2010 – Clarkston, United States
August 25, 2010 – Chicago, United States
August 28, 2010 – Syracuse, United States

Australia

February 25, 2011 – Brisbane, Australia
February 26, 2011 – Gold Coast, Australia
February 28, 2011 – Newcastle, Australia
March 4, 2011 – Sydney, Australia
March 7, 2011 – Melbourne, Australia
March 10, 2011 – Adelaide, Australia
March 12, 2011 – Perth, Australia