Rihanna kicked off her "Diamonds Tour 2013" at First Niagara Center on Friday evening. The singer and her entourage were running behind schedule. Rihanna took the stage a little after 10 p.m., making it impossible for a review of the show to be filed by deadline. A full review of the concert will run in Sunday's Buffalo News.
The packed house didn't seem to mind the wait. Following an opening set from rising hip-hop star A$ap Rocky, Rihanna, backed by a four-piece band, 8 dancers, and a pair of harmony vocalists, opened with "Phresh Out the Runway" and was greeted by a deafening roar.
The show, presented in three acts, with attendent costume and set changes, concentrated on songs from the star's 2012 album "Unapologetic".
- Jeff Miers, News Pop Music Critic