Rihanna Defends Her 777 Tour
In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Rihanna spoke with Breakfast Show DJ Nick Grimshaw and defended her 777 tour, which saw her perform seven shows in seven cities over seven days. The tour saw Rihanna take 200 journalists and fans with her to promote her seventh studio album Unapologetic.
She said that it was “fun but exhausting”. She added: “It was different having to do your job but also have 200 guests come along with you. They all want you to host a party every time you get on the plane after a show but you really only have that time to sleep until you get to the next country. Sometimes it was a two-hour ride to the next country and that was all the sleep you would get.“
Some of the journalists had complained that they didn’t see Rihanna since the first day of the tour, even after being promised interviews with her. An Australian DJ was caught on video streaking through the plane as it traveled from Berlin to London. Fans who were invited say that flight times and shows were delayed constantly.
Rihanna says she had to “use her time wisely”. She said: “I knew I had seven countries and seven shows and I had to save my voice. I didn’t go crazy. I didn’t party too hard. I did have fun though. I tried to get everybody involved but sometimes you just wish you could give more.“
On the UK portion of the tour, she played London’s Kentish Town Forum. She also went to Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin and finished in New York. At the London show, she performed for over 1,500 fans.
Rihanna says she still gets nervous before she performs. She added: “I always get nervous. [It’s] any audience but the smaller the audience, the scarier. If you start thinking about all the people watching at home watching on TV, it’s overwhelming.“
Her album Unapologetic went #1 in the UK, her third in three years. She also appeared on the country’s X Factor results show over the weekend.