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.
Wearing a tuxedo jacket, cannabis leaf T-shirt, sunglasses, custom chain and knee high boots, she performed a full set, having cut her performance in Paris short. Later she attempted to speak German, asking the word for ‘hot’.
The 777 Tour today (November 19) arrives in London, where Rihanna will also turn on the Westfield Stratford Christmas lights at 4pm. The Sun newspaper suggested that Rihanna was being paid £5 million for the honour, but this has been refuted by her publicists.
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.
In Berlin, Rihanna played:
‘Cockiness (Love It)’
‘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 That I Love You’)
‘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)
If you can’t find the Rihanna tickets you are looking for, go to the NME Ticket Exchange.
Remember if you have spare tickets, don’t let them go to waste. Sell your tickets to other Rihanna fans.