Last night at London’s Brixton Academy, pop singer Rihanna performed her very first live concert since her February 8th altercation with Chris Brown. Performing a 45-minute set of hits and new songs from her forthcoming album Rated R, Rihanna was joined by Jay-Z and Young Jeezy as she helped Nokia launch their new X6 cell phone. The concert was streamed live worldwide via the Internet.
She emerged on stage in an eye mask and studded leotard to perform a selection of new songs and hits like Take A Bow. Jay-Z made his surprise appearance for the finale, performing his recent hit, Run This Town, and Rihanna’s Umbrella. Several members of the audience, made up of competition winners, held aloft umbrellas during the song in an unorthodox moment of crowd participation.
The 45-minute show kicked off with two songs from Rihanna’s new album – Wait Your Turn and Russian Roulette. Slow-burning and dramatic, they set the tone for a concert where many of the star’s hits were reinvented with distorted guitars and dark, pulsing synths.
The set-list included fan favourites such as Don’t Stop The Music and Disturbia, while Rihanna was also joined by rapper Young Jeezy for Hard, a track which is set to be the second single from her new album.