|International recording star Rihanna played the Danforth Music Hall on Thursday as part of her 777 tour which sees her playing seven cities in seven days. Toronto was her second date of the exclusive mini tour to promote her new CD, Unapologetic. (JACK BOLAND/Toronto Sun)
TORONTO - Rihanna touched down at the Danforth Music Hall on Thursday night as part of her history-making whirlwind 777 tour which sees her visiting seven cities in seven days in the leadup to the Nov. 19 release of her latest album, Unapologetic.
And the 24-year-old Barbadian singer didn’t disappoint in her sexy and slick 70-minute set in front of 1,300 contest winners and assorted media, many of whom are actually riding around with her on jumbo jet as travels the world.
Following Toronto were stops in Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, New York with the entire trek kicking off in Mexico City on Wednesday night.
“It’s been so amazing and it’s just getting started,” said Rihanna, who seemed just as excited as everyone watching her and even knocked back a few shots during the show punctuated by flashy lights, video screens, bursts of steam and silver confetti at the end.
Dozens of cops on bicycles stood on the street outside the Danforth Music Hall as long lines formed behind barricades before the concert began.
The show’s location was kept a secret until Thursday morning adding to the heightened excitement.
When RiRi finally took the stage about an hour and 20 minutes after the scheduled 8 p.m. start with her six piece band, the audience went nuts as she immediately broke out her trademark sensual undulating dance moves emphasized by her exposed midriff.
“How long has it been Toronto?” she screamed. “Too f---ing long right? Well, the wait is over.”
Rihanna is actually returning to “T-dot,” as she called it for two much larger shows at the Air Canada Centre on March 18 and 19 as part of her so-called Diamonds world tour with the second ACC night just announced as her Danforth performance came to a close.
And if her intimate set — highlighted by hit after hit song including Man Down, Only Girl In The World, Please Don’t Stop The Music, What’s My Name, Live Your Life, etc. — is any indication of the larger production to come, then fans are in for a real treat.
Of the two new songs off Unapologetic — Phresh Off The Runway and Diamonds — the latter stood out as the show drew to a big, strong, noisy close with that one, Love The Way You Lie, Umbrella and her huge dance floor hit with Calvin Harris, We Found Love.
RiRi also offered up a tasteful acoustic set mid-show with the trio of Unfaithful, Take a Bow and Hate That I Love You.
Unplugged or plugged in, Rihanna’s clearly got it going on.
Talk That Talk
Wait is Over
Only Girl in the World
Please Don’t Stop The Music
Phresh Off The Runway
Take a Bow
Hate That I Love You
Where Have You Been
What’s My Name?
Run This Town
Live Your Life
All of the Lights
Love The Way Your Lie
We Found Love