Rihanna’s Anti World Tour stopped in Los Angeles this week for a two-night stand (May 3-4) at The Forum. With anticipation at a fever pitch at the second show Wednesday night following opening act Travi$ Scott, Rihanna hit the stage at 9:30 p.m. And for the next 90 minutes, the singer didn’t disappoint as the Rihanna Navy screamed, cheered and sang along throughout the entire evening.
At one point during the show, she asked her fans if they were having a good time: “You all paid for this MF,” she shouted out. “You better let me know if I’m f—ing up!”
Here are five top moments from Rihanna’s Los Angeles stopover:
1. Drake’s surprise appearance to join Rihanna on “Work” brought the house down. Wearing the sexiest outfit of the evening—a black lace fringed jumpsuit through which you could see a sexy black thong—Rihanna already had the Forum rocking to “Rude Boy” when the strains of “Work” began filtering through. And soon after out pops Drake. As Rihanna rubbed and shook her backside next to the rapper, the audience went nuts. “L.A.,” please make some noise for this stunningly beautiful woman,” proclaimed Drake. As Rihanna left the stage for a costume change, the rapper performed “One Dance” and “Jumpman.”
2. Rihanna kicked off the proceedings with a surprise entrance. Everyone in the venue rose when blurry black and white images of a hoodied Rihanna began flashing across a giant video screen onstage. As all eyes focused on the screen, the woman herself entered from the back of The Forum. Shrouded in the same white robe-like hoodie and singing “Stay,” she slowly made her way to the stage. As she lets the hood drop back to reveal her face, chants of “Rih Rih” resounded throughout the arena. Then she ripped into her hit collaboration with Eminem: “Love the Way You Lie.”
3. Not surprisingly, Rihanna performed a number of tracks from her Anti album, including “Woo,” “Love on the Brain,” “Desperado” and “Kiss It Better.” But in addition to “Rude Boy” and other songs like “Cake,” “Live Your Life” and “Four Five Seconds,” she did reach all the way back to “Umbrella.” And though she only performed one verse and one hook from her breakthrough hit, the audience erupted into one of the evening’s most spirited sing-alongs.
4. During most of the show, Rihanna was accompanied by a nimble team of female and male dancers that alternately slinked, twerked and flexed their way through some unbelievable acrobatic moves. Opening the final act — backed only by the band and three backup singers — Rihanna turned in the concert’s most powerful and emotional moments Starting with “Needed Me” and segueing into “Same Ol’ Mistakes” and “Diamonds,” she left no doubt as to why she’s one of music’s most popular and talented artists.
5. Opening act Travi$ Scott did what any strong opening act should do: amp up the crowd for the star attraction. But he took a couple of unconventional routes in doing so. Launching his 40-minute set with “90210” and “A-Team,” he asked the red-shirted security guards stationed at the foot of the stage to move out of the way and let audience members come up front — a wave of whom did just that (with no incidents). “You have to let people come up and rave,” said Scott. “They’re just trying to have fun. These kids aren’t here to hurt anybody.” Later, Scott ran from the stage and jumped into the upper level of a section during one song to take selfies with fans.
The Anti World Tour continues its California run with upcoming stops in San Jose (May 6), Oakland (May 7) and San Diego (May 9).