Last Girl on Earth

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Last Girl on Earth
Tour by Rihanna
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Associated album Rated R
Start date April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16)
End date March 12, 2011 (2011-03-12)
Legs 3
No. of shows
  • 9 in Australia
  • 28 in Europe
  • 27 in North America
  • 1 in Asia
  • 65 total
Box office US $40 million ($42.59 in 2016 dollars)[1]
Rihanna concert chronology

The Last Girl on Earth[2] was the third concert tour by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna. The tour visited Europe, Asia, North America and Australia to support her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The tour was announced through MTV News in December 2009. The tour grossed over $40 million according to Trollpoll as Rihanna earned over $30 million worldwide and around $10 million in Australia. In an interview, Rihanna stated, "It's going to be a worldwide tour, so it's going to be a very long tour. We'll definitely be in your city, so look out for that."[3] The tour received generally positive reception.

Background and development

Rihanna opening the tour with "Russian Roulette"

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Rihanna explained the tour's title. She stated, "I like to think about myself as 'The Last Girl on Earth' because sometimes people make decisions based on the outlook of others and, you know, to me, my life is my life. It's my world, and I'm going to live it the way I want to. That's how I think about everything, that way I'm focused on me, and my work. It's a really narrow space, a focus."[4]

The tour, choreographed by Tina Landon, was officially announced on December 9, 2009, while on the set of the music video for "Hard".[3] She also announced some dates for the European leg of the tour on her official website.[5] It went on to gross over $9.1 million in North America from 26 shows according to Pollstar,[5] and the 2011 Australian leg of the tour added another $10 million to the total. English singer-songwriter Pixie Lott was selected as the opening act for the UK shows, along with last minute additions of Tinchy Stryder and Tinie Tempah.[6][7] In an interview with MTV, she stated, "We've been ... coming out with different ideas and cool things that we can do. Things that we've never seen before, daring things – but now is when we really start with the rehearsal and we get into the nitty-gritty and the details of everything" while describing the vibe of the tour as "daring".[3] She continued to comment on the tour stating, "expect some sexy surprises when I come to the UK. I'll go all out on the tour, which I hope to bring to some UK festivals."[8]

During rehearsals for the tour, Rihanna also took drum lessons from Travis Barker. This practice was later used during her cover of "The Glamorous Life" originally performed by Sheila E.[9] In April 2010, the North American dates for the tour were announced.[10] Although rapper Nicki Minaj was originally scheduled as an opening act, she withdrew from the tour to continue work on her debut album.[11]

In March 2010, Israeli newspapers reported that Rihanna would play a date at Bloomfield Stadium, in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2010. The concert was sponsored by Orange Rockcorps. This organization allows those who volunteer in their community for at least four hours to attend the concert at no cost. It was later announced Rihanna will join the volunteers before the concert to do local work in the community.[12]

Rihanna performing "Hard" during the tour

In an interview with AOL, Rihanna revealed that fans should expect a big upgrade in comparison to her previous tours. She commented, "[w]e've never done a tour to this capacity. The production is unbelievable and the costumes, we just took it to a whole new level. Visually and sonically it's going to be a big step up from the last time. We just keep growing, and this time it is a massive production that I cannot wait for."[10]

The tour is directed by Jamie King, who has previously worked with Madonna, Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne. Tina Landon, who has worked with Janet Jackson, will serve as choreographer. The creative director for the tour is Simon Henwood who was also the creative director of her 2009 album.[13] Henwood explained: "[w]e talked extensively for months before the album's release, and looked at every aspect of the campaign – from styling to stage ideas and visuals [...] There is a great story that will unfold through the campaign, and finally reveal on the tour.. partly inspired by the film – The Omega Man and of course ideas from the songs – as well as Rihanna's personal visions."[14]

Extreme's guitarist, Nuno Bettencourt, has signed on to lead the band.[15] Bettencourt explained that the rehearsals have been "better than what I expected because she also has the most incredible band, and I get the privilege to add to their wall of sound. It's gonna be fun."[15]

Critical reception

Rihanna performing during the tour

The Telegraph said, "On the opening night of the UK leg of her world tour, US R&B superstar Rihanna was taking no prisoners. She kicked off with the homicidal pop-rock ballad Russian Roulette to screen imagery of burning naked mannequins and had shed most of her clothes by her second song, which saw her straddling the gun barrel of a life-size pink tank while a semi-naked, military dance troupe twirled their rifles. Sex, violence and pyrotechnics (including big-screen mushroom clouds to accompany the incendiary Fire Bomb) were the themes of the evening. [...] Rihanna has a set full of hits and each is delivered with maximum bang for the audience's bucks, with revealing costumes, salacious dance routines, eye-catching props and sci-fi screens. [...] Her young, predominantly female fans genuinely adore Rihanna, and were full-throated whenever given the chance to join in. Sex and violence might make for effective 21st-century blockbuster entertainment but the price has been a loss of innocence, charm and individuality."[16] BBC Radio 1 said, "The 22-year-old star wore a floor-length black dress with red flashing lights on it to kick off the show at The O2 Arena, which began with last year's single, Russian Roulette. [...] Speaking afterwards most of the audience appeared impressed with the show. [...] The gig ended with the star's biggest hit to date, Umbrella, which managed to hold the number one spot for 10 weeks in 2007.[17] The Daily Mirror said, "Kicking off the Last Girl On Earth tour, where the running theme is Rihanna as the last human alive, she launches into a fiery Russian Roulette. [...] There was no miming. She's stepped up her game and ready to battle it out with the best of the new female acts."[18] Mikael Wood from Rolling Stone reviewed the concert in Los Angeles and said that Rihanna held the "audience's attention throughout a nearly two-hour show full of costume changes, video bits and complicated set pieces [...]".[19]

Jason Clevett of GayCalgary considered the show's theme reminiscent of Janet Jackson's Velvet Rope Tour, particularly comparing Jackson's live renditions of "Rope Burn", "in which she tied an audience member to a bed and proceeded to seduce them", to Rihanna's performance of "Skin."[20] Clay Clane of BET said of the show: "There may have been doubts, but Rihanna proved she has the star power to command a stage for nearly two hours. [...] Rihanna can sing and there were no signs of lip-synching. Rih never said she was Whitney Houston, and while she doesn't have a massive vocal range, she uses her voice well, sounding just like her records and belting out some notes that I didn't know were in her.[21] The New York Post said, "Rihanna is a dream girl", who "kept the set lively with fireworks, an arsenal of gun props and a program that wove together the bubbly dance pop and the harder rock-flavored material featured on her recent Rated R record." From the show opener, "Russian Roulette", to the last encore song – her megahit "Umbrella" – Rihanna was electric for a performance that was amped-up and aggressive.[22]

Show incidents

On April 19, 2010, Rihanna made newspaper headlines when she was taken to hospital after her performance in Zürich. Rihanna's spokesperson says that she "had an injured rib and went to have it looked at to be sure it was nothing serious, and it wasn’t". Alenka Ambroz, head of the clinic's corporate communications said: "Rihanna arrived at the accident and emergency unit. We're not going to give any details." Rihanna, however, was still able to perform at the next show in Lyon, France, on April 20.[23][24]

Broadcasts and recordings

One of the two concerts at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland, was recorded and partially broadcast by several radio stations across Europe on May 26, 2010.[25] The concert in Manchester was recorded and later broadcast by a German radio station. Additionally, the concert on June 5 at the Rock in Rio Festival in Madrid, Spain, was broadcast by Spanish television network TVE. No official DVD for the tour has been released or announced.

Opening acts


Additional Notes
  • During the performances in Israel, Greece, Turkey, and Spain, "Russian Roulette" was not performed.
  • During the performance in Tucson, "Russian Roulette", "Fire Bomb", "Rockstar 101", and "Wonderwall" were not performed.
  • During the performance in Laredo, "Wonderwall" was not performed, and was later removed from the setlist on July 31.
  • During the performance in Uncasville, "Rehab" was not performed.

Tour dates

List of concerts, showing date, city, country and venue
Date City Country Venue
April 16, 2010 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
April 17, 2010 Arnhem Netherlands Gelredome
April 19, 2010 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
April 20, 2010 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
April 21, 2010 Marseille Le Dome
April 23, 2010 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle
April 25, 2010 Oberhausen Oberhausen Arena
April 27, 2010 Geneva Switzerland Geneva Arena
April 28, 2010 Paris France Bercy
May 1, 2010 Hamburg Germany Colorline Arena
May 2, 2010 Berlin O2 World
May 4, 2010 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rokhal
May 7, 2010 Birmingham England LG Arena
May 8, 2010 Liverpool Echo Arena
May 10, 2010 London The O2 Arena
May 11, 2010
May 13, 2010 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
May 14, 2010 Nottingham Nottingham Arena
May 16, 2010 Manchester MEN Arena
May 17, 2010 Newcastle Newcastle Arena
May 19, 2010 Glasgow Scotland SECC
May 20, 2010
May 22, 2010 Dublin Ireland The O2
May 24, 2010 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena
May 26, 2010 Dublin Ireland The O2
Middle East
May 30, 2010 Tel Aviv Israel Bloomfield Stadium
June 1, 2010 Athens Greece Karaiskaki Stadium
June 3, 2010 Istanbul Turkey Turkcell Kurucesme Arena
June 5, 2010[B] Madrid Spain Rock in Rio Festival
North America[38]
July 4, 2010 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
July 5, 2010 Penticton South Okanagan Events Centre
July 6, 2010 Calgary Pengrowth Saddledome
July 9, 2010 Sacramento United States ARCO Arena
July 10, 2010 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 14, 2010 Albuquerque The Pavilion
July 17, 2010 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Resort
July 18, 2010 Anaheim Honda Center
July 21, 2010 Los Angeles Staples Center
July 22, 2010 Tucson AVA Amphitheater
July 24, 2010 Laredo Laredo Energy Arena
July 25, 2010 San Antonio AT&T Center
July 30, 2010 Tampa Ford Amphitheatre
July 31, 2010 Miami American Airlines Arena
August 5, 2010 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
August 7, 2010 Montreal Bell Centre
August 8, 2010 Mansfield United States Comcast Center
August 11, 2010 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
August 12, 2010 New York City Madison Square Garden
August 14, 2010 Atlantic City Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center
August 15, 2010 Wantagh Jones Beach Music Theater
August 18, 2010 Camden Susquehanna Bank Center
August 20, 2010 Bristow Jiffy Lube Live
August 21, 2010 Hershey Hershey Park Pavilion
August 22, 2010 Clarkston DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 25, 2010 Chicago United Center
August 28, 2010 Syracuse NY State Fair
February 25, 2011 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
February 26, 2011 Gold Coast GCCEC Arena
February 28, 2011 Newcastle Newcastle Entertainment Centre
March 4, 2011 Sydney Acer Arena
March 5, 2011
March 7, 2011 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
March 8, 2011
March 10, 2011 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
March 12, 2011 Perth Burswood Dome
Music festivals and other miscellaneous performances
A This concert is part of the Radio 1's Big Weekend Music Festival.[40]
B This concert is part of the Rock in Rio Madrid 2010 Festival.[41]
C This concert is part of Capital FM's Summertime Ball.[42]
D This concert is part of the Great New York State Fair.[43]
Cancellations and rescheduled shows
July 2, 2010 Auburn, Washington White River Amphitheatre Cancelled [44]
July 12, 2010 West Valley City, Utah USANA Amphitheatre Cancelled [45]
July 15, 2010 Greenwood Village, Colorado Comfort Dental Amphitheatre Cancelled [46]
July 22, 2010 Phoenix, Arizona Cricket Wireless Pavilion Rescheduled to AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona [47]
July 24, 2010 Dallas Center Rescheduled to Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas [48]
July 28, 2010 Philips Arena Atlanta Cancelled[citation needed]
August 3, 2010 Noblesville, Indiana Verizon Wireless Music Center Cancelled [49]

Box office score data

Venue City Tickets sold / available Gross revenue
Sportpaleis Antwerp 1565315,653 / 15,862 (99%) 0889266$889,266[50]
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris 1573315,733 / 16,348 (96%) 1184640$1,184,640[51]
O2 World Hamburg Hamburg 079277,927 / 11,589 (68%) 0586496$586,496[52]
LG Arena Birmingham 1290912,909 / 14,998 (86%) 0812909$812,909[53]
Echo Arena Liverpool Liverpool 1058110,581 / 10,581 (100%) 0654120$654,120[53]
The O2 Arena London 3081330,813 / 33,018 (93%) 1905800$1,905,800[52]
Sheffield Arena Sheffield 080918,091 / 10,140 (80%) 0506019$506,019[53]
Trent FM Arena Nottingham Nottingham 080228,022 / 9,567 (84%) 0496754$496,754[53]
Manchester Arena Manchester 1267812,678 / 13,631 (93%) 0773704$773,704[53]
Metro Radio Arena Newcastle upon Tyne 082588,258 / 9,757 (85%) 0503928$503,928[53]
The O2 Dublin 2153521,535 / 24,078 (89%) 1198040$1,198,040[54]
Odyssey Arena Belfast 092869,286 / 9,286 (100%) 0529312$529,312[54]
Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View 0928619,678 / 22,000 (90%) 0529312$1,394,200[54]
Staples Center Los Angeles 1999219,992 / 19,992 (100%) 1359456$1,359,456[55]
Bell Centre Montreal 1077810,778 / 10,778 (100%) 0785707$785,707[56]
Madison Square Garden New York City 1433114,331 / 14,331 (100%) 1271547$1,271,547[57]
Hersheypark Stadium Hershey 1140011,400 / 14,567 (78%) 0469285$469,285[58]
DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston 1438114,381 / 14,381 (100%) 0535276$535,276[57]
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane 1078810,788 / 11,168 (97%) 1415830$1,415,830[59]
Newcastle Entertainment Centre Newcastle 065056,505 / 7,243 (78%) 0783748$783,748[60]
Acer Arena Sydney 2240622,406 / 22,406 (100%) 2929180$2,929,180[61]
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne 2309023,090 / 23,650 (98%) 2672630$2,672,630[62]
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide 79247,924 / 9,961 (79%) 0866215$866,215[63]
Burswood Dome Perth 1165511,655 / 22,024 (52%) 1278250$1,278,250[63]
TOTAL 334,414/ 371,356 (90%) $25,677,284,060


Credits adapted from the official tour book:


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External links

  • Rihanna's official website
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