RiRi tour to cause some disturbia

2013-04-07 10:00

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Rumour mill is abuzz with news that US superstar Rihanna will play gigs in Cape Town and Joburg later this year.

A spotlessly clean bathroom, white tulips, lavender roses and absolutely no sequins.

These are some of the requirements concert organisers will be scribbling down hastily as they prepare for superstar Rihanna’s arrival in South Africa.

Promoters Big Concerts are set to announce tomorrow that the Barbadian beauty, famous for hits like Diamonds and Stay, will play in Johannesburg and Cape Town in October.

The rumour mill rocketed into overdrive after Big Concerts tweeted on Friday that a top female singer was heading for our shores.

Heat magazine decided to steal the promoter’s thunder by announcing that the singer in question was 25-year-old RiRi, as she’s known to her millions of adoring fans.

A source close to the process confirmed the news, although Big Concerts maintained it would only reveal all tomorrow.

Heat editor André Neveling trusted his gut when breaking the big news, he admitted to City Press yesterday.

“It’s actually not confirmed, but I know it’s Rihanna. I looked at all the Facebook talk and Twitter clues. I know it’s her,” said Neveling.

He laughed at the fuss his premature announcement had caused.

“I didn’t know it was going to cause so much drama because I thought everybody knew. The rumours were making the rounds.”

It’s not her first visit to our shores. She was rapper Jay-Z’s support act during his 2006 South African tour.

Neveling said Rihanna’s dietary requirements would be far more down to earth than some of her dressing room requirements.

“It’s more party related: a lot of marijuana, beer and wine, and some fried chicken, maybe.”

During her controversial 777 tour, the singer revealed a penchant for junk food and high-end booze: Oreos, 10 bags of Flaming Hot Cheetos, cheddar cheese Ruffles potato chips, stuffed olives, Red Bulls, Grey Goose vodka, Coke, Sprite and ginger ale.

Details of her tour riders reveal a young woman who’s very clear about how her concert space should look.

Rihanna, whose full names are Robyn Rihanna Fenty, likes white tulips and lavender roses, chiffon drapes, animal-print rugs, throw pillows and absolutely no sequins on her pillows or couches.

There must be a 1.8-metre white couch in her dressing room – it absolutely cannot be leather – and must be wide enough for her to take a nap on.

The bathroom must be “spotless” and the toilet must be given a “deep clean” before she arrives.

It’s clear she’s a bit of a diva.

The 777 tour elicited massive criticism from the 250 journalists Rihanna invited to tour with her.

Many took to social networking sites or used their articles to complain about a lack of sleep, food and access to the pop star during the seven-day tour of seven countries to promote the 2012 album, Apologetic.

Although she’s high-maintenance, Rihanna is also a skilled performer and one of the bestselling recording artists of all time.

Fans can expect multiple costume changes, excellent dancing and even some pyrotechnics.

But will there be fireworks offstage?

Her relationship with on-off beau Chris Brown makes headlines even more frequently than her career.

Neveling said: “It’s way too early to tell because their relationship is always on and off, and it’s just so complicated.”

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