Rihanna’s final 777 tour date at Webster Hall was a fitting finale to a bumpy week. Whether it was the fact that it was the home stretch or that it was New York Fuckin’ City, Ri kicked up the performance a few needed notches. The show was a hit for Rihanna and a pumped-up celebration for the fans and journos tagging along with her.
We all heard and hoped for special guests on stage, but got Jay-Z in the audience. She gave him a nod during “Umbrella,” and rightfully so—he dropped a rap on the Number One hit, and the song made her the kind of star that can do these insane publicity stunts.
Overall, New York fans gave it right back during a performance that was equal in wattage to her impressive first showing in Mexico City seven days ago. The afterparty at Jay-Z’s 40/40 club had a lot of swagger but not as much camaraderie as similar outings in Stockholm and Paris. In fact, she and other players were holed up in a separate party room.
As press about the tour has hit the Internet, Rihanna has come under fire for not being available to fans and the press who joined her on this wild ride. Reading through the comments on this tour diary, it’s clear she strikes different chords for different people. Many in the LGBT community embrace her for being strong—but its important to remember she’s also still human.
The whole Rihanna777 tour was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s been a blast to write about, and I hope its been enjoyable to read. Now go and shine bright like a diamond— I’m going to bed.