Rihanna Dazzles at ‘Diamonds’ World Tour Kickoff

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Rihanna brought the glitz and glamour to Buffalo, New York, for the launch of her biggest tour yet. After months of preparation, the pop princess kicked off her 27-city “Diamonds” World Tour with a sold-out show at First Niagara Center on Friday night.

Following an opening set from A$AP Rocky, the 25-year-old singer took the stage shortly after 10 p.m. The concert was divided into three acts and featured a four-piece band, eight dancers, and plenty of show-stopping moments.

She opened with her Unapologetic cuts “Mother Mary” and “Phresh Out the Runway.” The fashionista turned heads with an array of sexy costumes including a sparkly dollar bill-patterned mini-dress with matching high-tops, blue sequined jumpsuit, and white bustier with neon leggings.

She ran through her 12 No. 1 hits including “Umbrella,” “Disturbia,” “We Found Love,” and “Diamonds” (See a full set list here).

“You guys are all rock stars. There is only one first show, you all have a special place in my heart,” RiRi told the roaring crowd.

The North American leg continues in Boston on Sunday, traveling across the U.S. and Canada through May before making its way overseas.

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74 Comments

  1. #BEENTRILL

    FRIEND WAS THERE, SAID HER VOCALS WERE TERRIBLE AND SHE HAD TO KEEP BENDING OVER TO SING… KEPT ON STOPPING AND STARTING! DAMN RIH – POOR THANG. OH WELL AT LEAST YOU HAVE CHRIS. *SIDE-EYE*

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    COCKINESS Reply:

    @#BEENTRILL, some how i dont believe you, we know your either a bey, ciara or nicki fan so bye!!!!!!!

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    Heara Campton Reply:

    @#BEENTRILL, this absolute bs, because I was there and she sounded absolutely TERRIFIC… Mother mary was just beautiful AND vocals for “what now” were …omg…on another level…!!!

    Keep ur fake slander to urself BECUASE fans on her IG are drowning her with praise

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    missgigi Reply:

    @Heara Campton, Quit lying your broke self was not there don’t lie to kick it

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    Azula Reply:

    @missgigi, I believe Heara anyway, because every live performance Rihanna has done on SNL, X Factor, etc. has been great.

    Back in 2010 I remember she was singing horribly, and her ticket sales were really low because of it, she was probably partying and not practicing, but in 2012 she starting performing greatly again, so I doubt she suddenly fucked up especially since she’s been practicing even more to prepare for the concert.

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    Ray Reply:

    @#BEENTRILL, she also has the flu so..yea.

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    Danny Reply:

    @#BEENTRILL is right. I’m a huge fan of Rihanna but she sounded sick when she talked. A lot of times she sang wrong notes and let the backing track kick in. She looked exhausted and barely did anything full out. And now she has laryngitis and cancelled her show tonight in Boston.

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  2. Kate

    She doesn’t write any of her songs and she doesn’t play an instrument… riri is not real singer

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    I tried to tell em Reply:

    @Kate, she can play the drums, and like most singers today she does co-write some of her songs……

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    #BEENTRILL Reply:

    @I tried to tell em,

    HUNNY, NO SHE CAN’T. THAT WAS JUST FOR THAT SEGMENT OF THE SHOW… FOOLISHNESS!

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    Justsaying Reply:

    @#BEENTRILL, yes she can sweet heart….she started taking lessons during the rated r era…._/ please and thanks

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    meme Reply:

    @Kate, lmaoooo. last time i check you didnt have to write songs nor play instruments to be a singer. And who the fuck cares about all of that, her CD’s slays in my car, I could careless who wrote it. Alicia Kays writes and plays instruments and her music still sucks. So what exactly is your point?

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    Nah Reply:

    @Kate, She co wrote most of Unapologetic and much of Rated R, try again

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    tell'em Reply:

    @Kate, and who does? I hope you don’t think Beyonce’s “vlogging” self does. At least RiRi gives credit where it’s due.

    And as mentioned, she does co-write some of her material hence her records sounding uniquely her.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @tell’em, bey writes some of her own material hence her being the 2nd woman EVER to receive the ASCAP award. she doesn’t have to go around listing who did write for her & who exactly didn’t or hasn’t she given credit to since you seem to know so much about bey … i’ll wait. better yet, i won’t because i don’t have time for a lesser like you. anyway, the show seems pretty good. ri is sounding better these days, not sure what has gotten her focused but kudos & good luck w/ the tour.

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    Felipe Reply:

    @Kate, she’s not a writer neither a musician, she’s a singer

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    RihannaNavyKillinEm Reply:

    @Kate, Actually she wrote most of the songs on her rated r album. She even said so. So she can rite just chooses not too

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  3. BreezyLover

    I love Rihanna but i would never waste my money for a LIVE show of hers. Nevaaaaa!

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    meme Reply:

    @BreezyLover, trust me u should go. I thought the same but what we see at the awards shows and on the internet is so different than it is in person. Rihanna is very entertaining from start to finish. You wouldnt regret it. Trust me. Her shows are full of energy. and im not staying this becuz i like her.

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    channelPink Reply:

    @meme, Of course her shows will be full of energy. So was Nicki’s. As long as there’s fans their there will always be a positive energy in a tour. I really wanted to go see her last tour.

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    BreezyLover Reply:

    @meme,

    Hmm… Idk, i almost bought the tickets (also because Asap Rocky performs too). Thanks for your input :)

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  4. Mioni

    I wasn’t there but early reviews said it was the best tour vocally, conceptually, and visually since GGGB tour. So I might need to cop a ticket for Brooklyn for me and my friends.

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    BEYONCELAND Reply:

    @Mioni, The fact that she hasnt got it together after all these years is sad. She is not even moving, almost like she is saving energy for the whole show. She needs to get off the drugs fast. We all know she and chris are on more than weed. She is gonna be dead if she doesn’t. They are getting to out of control.

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  5. Samantha

    Lemme get in here before her haters say sum dumb shxt…BUFFALO WAS amazing!!! Act 1 and 3 were the best and you can tell she’s improved…I mean What now and firebomb?! FANTASTIC!

    Ok the Internet bully’s and come out now I’m done lol

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  6. channelPink

    She looks like a coon.

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  7. valerie

    She looks gorgeous!

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    Dang Reply:

    @valerie,use to, but now no matter the designer she looks like a addict.

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  8. BEYHIVE2013

    Rihanna did a good job vocally, but I personally didn’t like the wardrobe other than the red sarong & bikini top, she looked hot in that, but everything else should have been more creative.

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  9. My name is oo

    Boring as hell.

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  10. My name is oo

    Rihtard can get hits but when she performs live HELL NO. She’ll neva b like Bey.

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    Ray Reply:

    @My name is oo, I don’t know why yall aways have the need to compare people to Beyonce. like stfu already.

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    Beyonce is TAKING OVA 2013 Reply:

    @Ray, you’re mad? its true though! and you’re right no female artist (male as well for that matter) should be compare to SLAYonce!!

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  11. PrinceJawsh

    Yess!

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  12. ellenj

    Woooooo riri girl kick that Diamond World Tour….it’s gonna be major!!!

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    Dang Reply:

    @ellenj, yeah, lmao. looks pretty major…

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  13. Hov

    sexy as fuck

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  14. tell'em

    Looking beautiful, Rih. I bet she did great. She keeps getting better… unlike some others.

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  15. @dirtypeaches

    SHE CANNOT SING! She’s a model with a recording contract. A singles artist at best and nothing more.

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    check the facts, nimrod. Reply:

    @@dirtypeaches, nope… you forgot the 5 Grammys – 100 million sold and downloaded – multi million dollar campaigns – and 7 platinum albums – and we all know about the 12 #1 singles. damn she must be one hell of a model, huh?

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    Ray Reply:

    @@dirtypeaches, but yet she is a one of the best selling artist in the world.

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  16. nicci

    crazy how rihanna and melissa laugh about ciaras bathroom performance! when i see these videos im disappointed more by HER vocal sh.. she sings and stops and the playback in the background it’s nothing rihanna didn’t do well this time.. maybe she was nervous cuz it was the first city..

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    demmi Reply:

    @nicci, yes she did put on one hell of a show and 120 minutes long and 29 songs deep. The fans on twiter went off about how good she was and that the only.time you could tell.she was sick was when she talked.

    I know you.are a Ciara fan but your fussing Rihanna is not going to.make her any less awesome or make Ciara any less boring.

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    Kingtp Reply:

    @demmi, LMAO Ciara “LESS BORING”. Ciara will out perform Rihanna any day of the week. You got that backwards.

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  17. nicci

    and to be honest don’t tell me she has improved she sounds te same the only thing i see is she dances more . her voice.. i dunno what to say.. it’s the joints and the drugs that destroied it over the last at least 3yrs.

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    demmi Reply:

    @nicci, you are really upset…but I.don’t think they were laughing at Coco. However I sure was.

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  18. OhWORD?

    Between Pour It Up and Jump, i don’t know which one i love more! When she started to perform PIU, i was YASSSS!!! Can’t wait until the music videos of the remix is released!! I like this tour over her others!! I think it’s the songs of this album very entertaining to listen not to mention live and in person!! Can’t wait for her tour to hit my city!! “Who cares how you haters feel!?”

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  19. Kyle

    That’s a good set list!!

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  20. Bijan

    I like how she’s going for a style that reminds me of when she started singing

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  21. Azula

    Jesus Christ she is so fucking sexy. Her forehead and general slutty/stupid personality keeps her from being a 10. Perfect height, perfect skin, perfect accent.

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  22. Azula

    Jesus Christ she is so sexy. Her forehead and general slutty/stupid personality keeps her from being a 10. Perfect height, perfect skin, perfect accent.

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  23. Kingtp

    Watching Rihanna in concert reminds me of “The Walking Dead”

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  24. Kingtp

    …..and i only watched 2 minutes, so hopefully she came to life sometime doing the show.

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  26. joe_somo

    I should have went to the Loud Tour… this looks dead :(

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  27. Yep

    This concert is missing something…Rihanna has too many up-tempo music for her concert to be bland

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    amber Reply:

    @Yep, i think its the theme, her show last year was so colourful and upbeat!

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  29. RICK

    LOOKS RIHBORINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG
    AS USUAL…
    CANNOT WAIT FOR THE MISS CARTER SOULD OUT WORLD TOUR
    YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  30. lexi

    she was sick, but she was still good, she has great energy and alot of the critics are giving the show a good review.

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  31. james

    BORING

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  33. go go go

    the girl can not sing that s the problem.

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  34. Pixie

    People i say too her voice is not much but I realized that she is sick. The choreographer wrote on twitter that she has the half voice sang perfectly. ;)

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  35. Pixie

    I would like to see someone who will sing and dance with the flu or inflammation of the larynx.

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  36. Miguel

    my question is… what is the theme or story here? I’m lost.

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    SHAWTY Reply:

    @Miguel, No theme this broad does tours every 3 months she’s ran out of themes… #boring sh8t

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  37. SHAWTY

    GIRLLLL…. I’m surprised she’s not sitting in a tub.

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  38. Beyonce

    She’ll never be on my level..

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    Carrie Reply:

    @Beyonce, WTF!! She has a way better voice and for her age extremely talented. You are not a people’s person. Been to your concert once and you disappointed. You are a Diva, nothing else. You don’t know how to connect to the audience at all, you are not a down to earth person and you come across as up yourself :((

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    Julia Reply:

    @Beyonce, that’s so nasty!!! Who do you think you are? Rhianna’s voice absolutely dazzles and she didn’t have to marry someone to help her. She has real talent, you are just a wannabe diva :((

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  40. Anon

    did anyone go to this concert? does she interct with the crowd? like get down and touch them or anything/get close? (op. touch them. didnt mean it that way) love myself some riri. but seriously. someone tell me…..

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  41. amber

    her singing has honestly improved so much; proud of her for that. I went to her tour last year and it was so amazing. Her vocals were great, and she did a lot of choreography. The stage and the costumes were perfect. Before she’d just walk around the stage. I’m going to her show on monday, so I hope its similar to last year, I’ve been hearing mixed reviews. She interacts with the crowds a lot, she ran through the floor section during loud tour. She had seats on the stage last year, so she interacted with those concert-goers a lot!

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  42. Tanya Monfrets

    helllllp this chick out she’s totally lost in fashion im not jealous abwt her body…she can show it off.Look @ her dress and shoes f*ck its bad idont like it

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