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Rihanna @ London 02 – Monday 10th May

By Laura Wozniak

After finishing up the spare ribs at Spurs Grill we went into the 02 arena to catch the last 20 minutes of Pixie Lott’s supporting set. She’s come far since I last saw her last year. rihanna

Half an hour and four full-circle Mexican waves later, Rihanna bounds on stage complete with attitude and leather clobber.
This is the Last Girl On Earth tour and was partly inspired by horror film The Omega Man so in parts you felt like you’d somehow ended up in the London Dungeons.
After an intense performance of Russian Roulette on an elevated stage she jumped on a pink army tank for her 2007 hit Shut Up and Drive.

Live, she is surprisingly rocky despite being an R&B girl – a lot of the set was her jamming (pretend or real, who’s to say?) with an electric guitar.
After Rude Boy and the memorable booty shakes she resigned once again to her army tank and covered Oasis’ Wonderwall followed by Hate That I love You.
Rihanna performed no less than 27 tracks in all (including, of course, Umbrella-ella-ella) so maybe £50 for a ticket wasn’t daylight robbery after all!
Although it’s more about the celebrity than the music with these massive arena shows, it’s always a spectacular night out.

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