Rihanna’s multinational tour also ran into trouble last night (18 November) at Berlin’s E-Werk venue when a late start led to booing crowds. The audience, many of whom had been waiting since 8pm for her scheduled 9pm start, were disgruntled to still be waiting for the pop star’s arrival onstage at 11.30pm. DJs Congo Rock and Reflex had long since finished and the crowd were subjected to taped songs by artists including Jessie J.
Fans started chanting Rihanna’s name but the stage remained empty. “Check your watch,” heckled one fan. “Get on the fucking stage,” said another. When the singer arrived, counted in by a special 777 promo, the mood quickly turned in her favour for what was one of the best-sounding sets of the week. “Berlin what’s popping, how you guys doing tonight?” she said, without an apology for the late arrival.
Fucke these greedy asshole “pop stars”. Their music is lowest-common-denominator corporate marketing swill, they can’t even hold back the disgust with which they regard their credulous fans, and there are plenty of local venues in every city in the world hosting live music by decent acts.