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by Garon Cockrell
Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour Comes to the Staples Center
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April 10, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Rihanna’s fans packed the Staples Center Monday night for her Diamonds World

tour concert.  The show opened with the many floating, rotating video

panels covered in a diamond motif and then closed with “Diamonds,” but the

diamond theme ended there.  It could have just as easily been called her

Diamonds, Marble, Fire, Chain-Linked, Smoke, Semi-Truck, Mug-Shot,

Shattered-Glass World tour.  It was all over the place.  Even

Rihanna’s hair was part sexy sophisticated and part punk, with the left side

shaved and the right side full of long waves in a permanent Jessica Rabbit ‘do. 

She even completed the image by wearing a red dress with a slit all the way up to her hip for “Stay.”

It’s fitting that her concert would be made up of so many diverse scenes;

Rihanna’s musical history is just as eclectic.  Her songs range from Pop

to R&B to Dance to Reggae to Rock, and she performed some of her best-known

and well-loved songs from each genre as well as some of her less mainstream

music.  Her voice can be delicate and heartbreaking, but she also knows

how to get the crowd up and dancing.  Rihanna also knows how to be

powerfully sexy, to the point of being raunchy.  Much of her dancing

consisted of a lot of hip thrusting and crotch tapping.  Granted, that may

have been all that she could do in her white stiletto boots, which were tall enough to reach just below

the bottom of her see-through t-shirt.  Of course, she did have half a

dozen costume changes, and she and her backup dancers did some great dancing

later in the evening.

All in all, the concert was damn entertaining and the crowd loved the

spectacle.  While I don’t need flames shooting from the stage to enjoy a

show, I did leave feeling like I just experienced something very special and

exciting.  Like many, I only really knew Rihanna from her biggest radio

hits, so it was great to be reminded of the many sides of her musical


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