Jay-Z joins New York crowd for conclusion of Rihanna’s gruelling 777 Tour

Following ups and downs (and take-offs and landings), tour is now complete

Rihanna concluded her tour of seven gigs in seven countries in seven days last night with a sold-out, 1500 capacity performance at New York City theatre Webster Hall.

Despite having earlier hinted that there may be some big-name guests joining her, the performance was fundamentally the same as the preceding six nights. Jay Z attended but didn’t join in on their collaborations ‘Umbrella’ and ‘Run This Town’.

Following a mini-mutiny on board the 777 jet carrying the singer, her entourage and over 150 journalists and fans from country to country, Rihanna made an in flight appearance yesterday, just as the plane was about to land. Photographers mobbed the star as she responded to critics of the trip. “I just can’t go and go and go” she admitted to reporters, explaining that her voice was under a lot of pressure. “This time I just had to sleep. Usually I would be back here partying my balls off but I had to take care of my health”. Scroll down to watch a video of Rihanna’s appearance in the cabin.


The singer still managed to attend afterparties in Stockholm (where she poured shots for fans) and Paris, where she partied with P Diddy and Pharrell Williams. She also admitted that it was hard being a host and performer. “I would do it again but I’d sit back here so I could see the naked Australian,” she joked, referring to Australian DJ Tim Dormer’s streak through the cabin on the flight between Berlin and London.

Rihanna played:

‘Birthday Cake’
‘Talk That Talk’
‘The Wait Is Over’
‘Shot A Man Down’
‘Only Girl In The World’
‘Please Don’t Stop The Music’
Acoustic section (‘Unfaithful’, ‘Take A Bow’, ‘Hate How Much I Love You’)
‘Take Care’
‘Where Have You Been All My Life’
‘Run This Town’
‘All Of The Lights’
‘We Found Love’

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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