Rihanna's Diamonds Tour stopped in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Although it was a weekday, turnout was great and fans poured in to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to see both the 25-year-old beauty from Barbados and her opening act, hip-hop artist 2 Chainz.
It's safe to say that few expected 2 Chainz back in Oklahoma City so soon after he and his crew were arrested on drug charges following a performance at Lil Wayne's America's Most Wanted stop at the arena this summer. He made it known up front that it was his fans who drew him back and that he appreciated the support they've offered since the incident. The audience returned the love right back to 2 Chainz, welcoming him and his music back to town.
As for Rihanna, she is the kind of superstar that has so many hit songs you're not really able to grasp the number until you hear her sing chart topper after chart topper all night. Songs like “Umbrella,” “S&M,” “Rude Boy,” “Birthday Cake” and “Live Your Life” are only a few of the crowd favorites from Tuesday night.
Rihanna opened her show with a set that took the audience back to both Ancient Egypt and Rome. Images of statues of the goddess Venus, sphinxes, Roman pillars and pharaohs created a backdrop that brought the drama and depth of her music to life. Her backup dancers wore all black bodysuits and double side split skirts with black caps that, all together, were reminiscent of Janet Jackson's “Rhythm Nation” tour.
As she stood on a platform in a show-stopping red cutout dress singing her recent hit with Future, “Love Song,” three wide pillars rotated around her with the red lighting illuminating Rihanna, and and a romantic and peaceful ambiance took over the arena.
She closed the show with an encore of her song “Diamonds,” the namesake of her tour. Every fan had waited to see her perform that song and it was a perfect end to the night when Rihanna returned to the stage to sing it in a luminescent silver dress.
Rihanna's ability to create fun, powerful and upbeat music that can top the pop, hip-hop, dance and R&B charts is impressive to say the least. What draws people of all ages and races to a Rihanna concert are her dynamic and evolving sounds, dance moves and a personality hat simultaneously projects sex appeal and the alluring innocence. Rihanna tickets are worth every penny.
— Tiffany Poole