Taking part in the 777 tour means accepting to be plunged into the world of Rihanna. It also means recognizing that this major operation is being undertaken for the first time and the details are constantly being altered. In brief, the tour is a beautiful and surprising adventure.
After the tour visited Los Angeles, Mexico and Toronto, we started to realize that expecting things to start on time was folly. Mexico's concert, for instance, started 2.5 hours late. When you have a tour plane with 269 people on it you need to expect some delays.
We were told to expect a crazy night when we got into to Mexico's metropolis, a sprawling city of 8 million. When journalists arrived -- after a one-hour bus trip -- to a downtown venue in the city's downtown, there were fans, photographers and many police officers crowding the entrance.
The traffic and the time it takes to organize a major tour like 777 means that the superstar is bound to upset some fans, or at least make them impatient. As the Mexican crowd started getting antsy, the star took the stage. After a few opening songs Rihanna apologized to the crowd for her tardiness and thanked her fans for their patience. She added that her 777 tour is full of surprises. The crowd forgave her.
After the electrifying concert the crowd outside the venue was boisterous. It was utter chaos. Sellers, who were hawking everything Rihanna -- from cigarettes to t-shirts -- were pushing hard to get the delirious fans to spend money. Journalists had to push past a crowd of people who were pushing each other and screaming, in order to get to the bus that brought them to the airport.
Once on board the Boeing, we all had to wait for the stage materials to be loaded onto the plane -- another multi-hour wait. The next day, the plane's passengers realized they were living the same reality as the superstar. Wearing a pink hat and cotton pants, Rihanna waited for her luggage alongside journalists and fans.
The night was short for everyone who took part in the 777 tour: journalists, fans, and the star, herself. Nonetheless, Rihanna spent some time talking to fans for a few minutes. The tour is important for her, and she makes sure everyone knows it.
This trip was made possible by expedia.ca.