Tardy to the Party: A Timeline Rihanna’s Erratic Concert Behavior
Rihanna belts out a tune ... finally (Getty Images)
Her concert dramas began back in the fall of 2012 when her ambitious 777 Tour, which included a private jet packed with press, got off to a rocky start ... and only deteriorated further.
Since then, the pop star has repeatedly taken heat for her (now nearly chronic) tardiness. But her troubles don't end there. She's been accused of showing up for concerts drunk, on drugs, and, of course, lip-synching — an offense some fans take more seriously than all the others.
By now, she's had so many mishaps, it's hard to keep them all straight, so we've put together this handy little timeline to do it for you.
November 14, 2012: Rihanna kicks off her much-hyped 777 Tour by stepping on stage in Mexico City a whopping two hours after the scheduled start time. She blamed "issues with luggage," though she flew on the exact same plane as 150 fans and journalists who managed to get their things and arrive at the venue on time.
November 19, 2012: Rihanna's 777 Tour troubles continue, as the singer curses out her band on stage in London. "Alright, what the f***. Stop this s***," she snaps before demanding they start over from the top.
That same day: An anonymous journalist who had been on the 777 Tour writes a rant about the star, claiming that everyone on the plane came to "expect a three-hour delay before she went on every night" and accusing her of not only lip-synching most of the songs, but also being too lazy to even dance.
"For Rihanna, just licking her lips during a song constitutes a taxing, elaborate physical routine that deserves a couple of mid-performance tequila shots," the reporter explained.
November 21, 2012: Rihanna issues a semi-delusional, half-hearted apology to everyone who had been with her on the 777 Tour.
"I know you guys got barely any dirt," she admitted. "But I had to be good. I still sound like s***. It's impossible to spend time with everybody, and I'm sorry I didn't."
Then came the second part, in which she claims she had a great time. "I was glad I did this, absolutely," she mused. "I want to thank everyone for making this trip the s***." Did she mean to say "s***show?" That would probably be more accurate.
May 6, 2013: Rihanna is booed by fans when she arrives three hours late to a concert in Boston — that had already been rescheduled from March. What's worse, she's accused of being tardy because she had been watching the Chicago Bulls play the Miami Heat.
She later posts a photo on Instagram from the show thanking fans for "making it extra special" ... but fails to apologize.
June 5, 2013: The star steps on stage two hours late for her concert in Antwerp, and then receives a scathing review by a prominent Belgium music critic for her performance.
"There was a wall of reinforced concrete between Rihanna and the public at Sportpaleis. The pop icon played almost two hours on autopilot … it had the effect of a Valium overdose," Sasha Van Der Speeten lamented.
But it wasn't only critics who lashed out with critiques. Even some of Rihanna's fans accused her of being "drunk," "stoned," and "lip-synching." In other words, no one was impressed.