On May 6, Rihanna was booed in Boston after she took the stage nearly two hours late.
Ms. BarbadoClownTastic didn’t show up on time for Wednesday and Thursday’s shows (June 5 and 6) in Antwerp, Beligum, and when she did finally take the stage [fans on Twitter said] she was bobbing around like a sleepwalker in a drugged-up haze, barely singing to the backing track. From Radar Online:
Music critic Sasha Van Der Speeten of the Standaard titled her review, “Rihanna in a Bad Place.”
“There was a wall of reinforced concrete between Rihanna and the public at Sportpaleis,” she wrote. “The pop icon played almost two hours on autopilot. … It had the effect of a Valium overdose.”
Accusing the singer of lip-synching, she wrote that she only occasionally sang over a backing track. “Just some words. Shameless, careless,” she claimed. “How f*cking lazy and complacent can you get?”
The only non half-assed part of the two-day event seemed to be a super raunchy lap dance bestowed upon a random audience member. In the dance, seen below, RiRi pounds a dudes balls with her crotch, puts his hand on her boob and disappears from the frame, presumably to finish the job.