Review: Rihanna ‘Shines Bright Like A Diamond’ at Xcel Energy Center, 3/24/13

By Christian Betancourt (Photos by Tony Nelson)

Rihanna took the stage at the Xcel Energy Center for 10,000 fans last night and never looked or sounded better. Despite a few mishaps in the first weeks of her ‘Diamonds World Tour,’ the 25-year-old singer appeared confident and ready to put on a show for fans in St. Paul.

The global pop star took her sweet time making it to the stage. She was originally scheduled to start her set at 9pm and finally appeared about an hour later. Fortunately, the crowd seemed too excited to care about the late start and found ways to entertain themselves with dancing and people watching (which was extremely entertaining at this show). Prior to Rihanna’s set, the entire stadium took watch to an “energetic” man on the floor level sporting a sweater vest and dancing uncontrollably to Kanye West’s “Mercy.” Once ri-ri took the stage, the entire stadium went ape.

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Currently on tour supporting her new album “Unapologetic,” Rihanna performed a mix of new tracks and everyone’s favorites. With seven albums under her belt now and countless touring, Rihanna put on an entertaining show filled with countless costume changes, a transforming stage with mobile screens and pyrotechnic efforts. Her talented backup band brought their A-game and she shared the stage with a couple great backup singers.

Overall, the show appeared to be a hit with fans. One fan expressed after the show, “I loved it. LOVED IT. Wish I could go back in time and watch it again.” Maybe she’s never heard of YouTube 🙂

Rapper A$SP Rocky opened the show.

Setlist (Rihanna at Xcel Energy Center, 3/24/13):

Mother Mary
Phresh Out the Runway
Birthday Cake
Talk That Talk
Pour It Up
Cockiness (Love It)
Numb
You Da One
Man Down
No Love Allowed
Rude Boy
What’s My Name?
Jump
Umbrella
All of the Lights
Rockstar 101
What Now
Loveeeeeee Song
Love the Way You Lie (Part II)/ Take A Bow/ Cold Case Love
Hate That I Love You
We Found Love
S&M/ Only Girl (In the World)/ Don’t Stop the Music
Where Have You Been
Stay
Diamonds

Rihanna (with A$AP Rock)
Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.
Sunday, March 24, 2013

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