Rihanna Kicks Off ‘ANTI World Tour’

Rihanna’s “ANTI World Tour” is here. The North American leg of the 60-date trek, which was postponed due to production delays, finally arrived on Saturday (Mar. 12) and RiRi did not disappoint, according to show reviews and fan videos.

The Saturday spectacular at Jacksonville Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. featured a curtain that dropped “10-foot chunks of foam,” a “flying bridge” that the singer walked across, and “slick” choreography (as per The Florida Times-Union).


Rihanna Kicks Off ‘ANTI World Tour’

Billboard’s chart queen had no shortage of hits here. Opening with “Stay,” Rihanna also packed other favorites like “Work,” “Pour It Up,” “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Umbrella,” and “FourFiveSeconds” into her smash-filled set list before closing things out with “Kiss It Better.” Additionally, she performed other ANTI cuts including “Woo,” “Pose,” “Desperado,” and “Same Ol’ Mistakes” for the first time live.

The opening number (and the aforementioned flying bridge) can be seen below.

Of course, Puma’s creative director also brought fashion into the mix. That meant about six wardrobe changes, including dramatic robes, thigh-high boots, and a jumpsuit. At one point, she also flashed her own Manolo Blahnik collaboration at a fan. “My shoes are Manolo, boo,” she said. “You got good taste.”

The shoe comment came right as the grateful star thanked her crew for their help. But that wasn’t the only thanks her team got as their names were featured on a giant screen with rolling credits at the end of the show. Watch her thank the crew (and show off those Manolos) in a 10-minute video from a fan at the show.

While RiRi received rave reviews, Travis Scott, who opened the show, faced more difficulties. Despite an energetic set, he was barely visible on a “nearly bare stage.” He reportedly blamed the issues on his equipment, which was “stuck in weather two hours north.”

The “ANTI World Tour” travels to arenas across the U.S. and Canada before heading overseas to Europe with The Weeknd and Big Sean. View the opening night set list below (via Rihanna Daily).

ANTI World Tour Set List

1. “Stay”
2. “Love the Way You Lie”
3. “Woo”
4. “Sex With Me”
5. “Birthday Cake”
6. “Numb”
7. “Pour It Up”
8. “BBHMM”
9. “Pose”
10. “Consideration”
11. “Live Your Life/All Of The Lights/Run This Town”
12. “Umbrella”
13. “Desperado”
14. “Man Down”
15. “Rude Boy”
16. “Work”
17. “Take Care”
18. “How Deep Is You Love/We Found Love”
19. “Where Have You Been?
20. “Needed Me”
21. “Same Ol’ Mistakes”
22. “Diamonds”
23. “FourFiveSeconds”
24. “Love On the Brain”
25. “Kiss It Better”