November 19, 2012 15:00
Mood turns on Rihanna's '777 Tour' plane as jet-lagged guests grow impatient
Australian journalist streaks as singer refuses to speak to press and fans
The week-long world tour, which began in Mexico City on Wednesday (November 14) and will end on Tuesday (November 20) in New York, has seen journalists complain of tiredness, jet lag and a lack of the access to Rihanna that they had hoped they would get. One Australian journalist, frustrated with the situation, streaked through the plane last night (Nov 18) on the flight from Berlin to London.
NME's Sian Rowe is among the journalists onboard the flight. She says: "People on the plane have been getting disgruntled because of late flights and no sleep. I don't think anyone expected Rihanna on their lap. Competition winners just want a picture really, but the schedule has been extreme. Last night, after a free bar in Berlin the plane got a bit crazy."
Rowe continues: "One of the Australian radio guys decided to streak. It was probably more of a jet-lagged moment than a dick-shaped protest. Maybe he got bored of the films and free Jay-Z cognac? Security were having none of it, and I'm not sure what the stewards thought. They've been taking everything in their stride. There's been plenty of chanting for Rihanna songs (and attempted singing), but a group started shouting "save our jobs" and "just one quote" in response to the lack of press conferences. The New York flight tonight is going to be funny." Scroll down and click the video to see the streaker in action.
Rihanna's multinational tour also ran into trouble last night (18 November) at Berlin's E-Werk venue when a late start led to booing crowds. The audience, many of whom had been waiting since 8pm for her scheduled 9pm start, were disgruntled to still be waiting for the pop star's arrival onstage at 11.30pm. DJs Congo Rock and Reflex had long since finished and the crowd were subjected to taped songs by artists including Jessie J.
Fans started chanting Rihanna's name but the stage remained empty. "Check your watch," heckled one fan. "Get on the fucking stage," said another. When the singer arrived, counted in by a special 777 promo, the mood quickly turned in her favour for what was one of the best-sounding sets of the week. "Berlin what's popping, how you guys doing tonight?" she said, without an apology for the late arrival.
Rihanna will make her London show – taking place at an undisclosed venue tonight – available for fans to stream on the LoveLive YouTube channel from 9pm (GMT). Rihanna's 'Unapologetic' album is released today.
Rihanna is also set to play five UK dates in summer 2013 as part of a world tour. The singer will kick off the stretch at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on June 10, before heading to Manchester, London, Birmingham and Sunderland.
Rihanna will play:
Cardiff Millennium Stadium (June 10)
Manchester Arena (June 12)
Twickenham Stadium (June 15)
Birmingham LG Arena (June 17)
Sunderland Stadium Of Light (June 20)
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