After some production delays caused Rihanna to push it back, the “Work” singer finally kicked off her 71-date Anti tour last night in Jacksonville, Florida. According to a report from the Florida Times-Union the show was absolutely insane and featured a “giant shower curtain dripping 10-foot chunks of foam behind the stage,” as well as a
“flying bridge that carried the singer from one end of Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena to the other,” and “the most acrobatic corps of dancers this side of the Disney Animal Cirque de Soleil.”
From the footage posted around social media, the show appears to be a slick, highly produced master class of excellent singing and highly choreographed production. The setlist is quite diverse opening with “Stay” and runs the length of Riri's extensive career, including hits like “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Umbrella,” and closing with “Kiss it Better.” She also busted out a number of her more prominent feature tracks like Eminem's “Love the Way You Lie,” Kanye West's “All of the Lights,” and Drake's “Take Care.”
Unfortunately, as resplendent as Rihanna was, opening act Travi$ Scott seemed to have had a harder time in front of the crowd and according to the report, “He said his equipment was 'stuck in weather two hours north of here' and he played on a nearly bare stage. His lighting was terrible – there was never a spotlight on him and you simply couldn’t see the guy.”
Check out some of the footage from the show below.