On the 5th of August 2011 at approximately 10.20 pm I had the “Rihanna” experience and I loved it.
As you age it take a lot to impress you, and when you have been in the Entertainment business for 30 years its even harder, the “Loud” Concert impress the hell outta me and blew my mind for more reasons than one.
Even before the event started I was awed by the magnificent stage, it stood like a massive alien waiting to assimilate you. And that’s what it did when it came alive at 10.40 pm on 5th August the Rihannic entertainment that came forth from it consumed everyone who was there and even though its over it keeps reverberating in my brain and constantly blowing my mind.
To see the entertainment excellence used to present a Bajan was part of what blew my mind, as DJ Dummy said his role was to prepare the audience for Ms Rihanna, when I saw that crew working to prepare the stage for Rihanna I felt proud that a Bajan could at that level.
When Rihanna concert started up with the lights the sounds the brilliance that sweeps you away from your problems and whisks you to a musical fantasy land, the fact that you spent 90 minutes just before waiting all of a sudden meant nothing.
In fact I got there from 6 pm and as far as I am concerned I was waiting 4 hrs and 20 minutes for the Rihanna experience and it was worth the wait.
From the opening number “the only girl in the world” Rihanna was sliding cross the stage, and I mean literally sliding as the stage moved with her on it.
Then it was on to “Disturbia” “shut up and drive” the salacious Rihannic redo of one of the most erotic Prince songs ever “Nikki”.
Then I got “S and M”ed and Rihanna drove this huge tank on stage an blew everybody’s mind with it,
One of the biggest thrills that I got for the night were the words that came forth from Rihanna’s mouth, not her singing as enjoyable as her lyrics were, the high point was when Rihanna said “wunna getta on so bougie tonight, wuh wunnah doan gey on so”. When Rihanna said that you realise that was we up there singing in the midst of all that Americanism excellence one of we was in control.
All those Americans round there wouldn’t understand what she said, but we did.
The dancers, the lights, the effects I keep reliving the sweet euphoric Rihannic intoxication from the awesome opening to the fantasical ending, where the song “umbrella” brought the proceedings to a close amidst a shower of confetti rain all mixed with lights and crescendo music, when I need to get back that Rihanna high I view on clips on my blackberry, it takes me back to the night of 5th August 2011 when I had the Rihanna experience.
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