‘Diamonds’ tour needed more sparkle

Rihanna performing at the Barclays Center in New York. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/PA Photos.
Rihanna performing at the Barclays Center in New York. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/PA Photos.

She is one of the biggest stars on the planet so Thursday evening saw a packed Stadium of Light high on anticipation for the arrival of Rihanna.

But although the Bajan beauty did what she did best and certainly put on a show, at times it did feel as if she was going through the motions.

Support act, superstar DJ David Guetta, fulfilled his duty of cranking the atmosphere up to fever pitch but opening her set with a flurry of songs from her last two albums ‘Unapologetic’ and ‘Talk That Talk’, Rihanna’s entrance wasn’t as emphatic as it could have been.

The likes of ‘Phresh Out The Runway’ and ‘Pour It Up’ were performed with the swagger that she’s become famous for but for anyone who came to hear some of her smash hits they had a rather long wait.

However, to give the force of pop nature her due when they came they came thick and fast. ‘Rude Boy’, ‘What’s My Name’ and ‘Umbrella’ saw the stadium pitch transformed into a dance floor as many tried to replicate the provocative moves Rihanna delivers with effortless ease.

And the girl proved she can keep things simple as well. Ballad ‘Take A Bow’ focussed all of the attention on the superstar’s voice before the likes of ‘S&M’, ‘We Found Love’ and ‘Where Have You Been’ brought the tempo right back up again.

Having seen Pink and Take That make their stadium shows massive spectacles I was expecting more of the same from Rihanna but although big, her stage lacked the wow factor.

‘Stay’ and ‘Diamonds’ brought things to a close and while undeniably a hit machine, for me Rihanna was slightly overshadowed by the man who opened for her.

SIMON DUKE

@simon_dukey