Good Girl Gone Bad Tour

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Good Girl Gone Bad Tour
Rihanna GGGBT 2008.jpg
Promotional poster for the tour
Tour by Rihanna
Associated album Good Girl Gone Bad
Start date September 15, 2007
End date January 24, 2009
Legs 8
Shows 42 in Europe
22 in North America
12 in Oceania
3 in Asia
1 in Africa
80 in Total
Rihanna concert chronology
Rihanna: Live in Concert Tour
(2006)
Good Girl Gone Bad Tour
(2007–09)
Last Girl on Earth Tour
(2010–11)

The Good Girl Gone Bad Tour was the second overall and first world concert tour by Barbadian singer Rihanna, in support of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad. The setlist was composed of songs mostly from Good Girl Gone Bad but also included some songs from her first two albums. Akon was selected as the opening act for the Canadian dates of the North American leg, while Ciara and David Jordan supported the UK dates of the European leg. Chris Brown joined the tour during the Oceanian leg.

The show featured Rihanna wearing revealing leather costumes during each show. Many changes were made to the set list throughout the tour. The original set list features a cover of Bob Marley's "Is This Love" and during the European leg of the tour, the set list was shortened to fifteen songs. In the third set list of the Oceanian and Asian leg, the show ended with an encore. A DVD of the Manchester concert at the Manchester Arena titled Good Girl Gone Bad Live was released on June 17, 2008.

Background and development[edit]

Rihanna performing during the tour.
Rihanna performing S.O.S..

The tour, directed and choreographed by Tina Landon, was the first tour headlined by Rihanna.[1] It presented a whole new image as she wore very provocative and revealing leather costumes during each show.[2] The stage was elaborate, consisting of a large set of stairs; two large LCD screens which showed images of Rihanna and special-made clips during the concert; and six slim LCD screens which were evenly spaced out, with three on the left and three on the right. The stage also consisted of thousands of lights which flashed in different colors, there was also a huge LCD screen in the middle of the stage which was mainly focused on Rihanna performing. The stage was packed with pyrotechnics and different on-stage props which Rihanna and the dancers used during their performances. Her back-up singers and band were on either side on the stage. During the Australia leg of the tour the stage also featured a small rising platform at the front center of the stage. For "Disturbia" she started high in the air on the platform, and rose on it again during "Unfaithful".

Akon was selected as the opening act for the tour in Canada during North America leg. The rest of the shows during the North American leg didn't have a supporting act. Ciara opened shows for Rihanna on all UK dates in December and David Jordan opened for her on all March UK dates. Adam Tensta joined Rihanna on her March 2008 European dates. Chris Brown joined Rihanna and performed a full set list at the Australia, New Zealand and Philippines leg of the tour. In Mexico City Mexican pop star María José opened the show with a four-song set: her first three singles and her then brand-new single, "No Soy Una Señora", and the Spanish Singer, David Bisbal sing with Rihanna the Spanish remix of "Hate that I love you" in Mexico City . In December 2007, Rihanna cancelled the Good Girl Gone Bad concert in Nottingham, Birmingham and Bournemouth at very short notice under doctors orders.[3] The Birmingham and Nottingham concerts were eventually rescheduled.[2] During the Sydney, Australia concert on November 7, 2008, Rihanna ran off stage while performing "Umbrella" along with tourmate Chris Brown.[4] TMZ reported that Rihanna may have felt ill due to air conditioning problem in the arena.[5] The shows for February 12 and 13 in Asia were cancelled following Brown's assault on Rihanna.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Mike Usinger of The Georgia Straight gave a mixed review of the concert in Vancouver at the GM Place saying, "the Barbados-born knockout has plenty to learn about keeping an audience engaged."[7] However, Usinger commented that the "kindest thing you can say about Rihanna is that she's shown some improvement since her last visit. For a start, she no longer seems tone-deaf."[7] Jason Macneil of Canadian Online Explorer gave a positive review of the concert during the show at Molson Amphitheatre, saying "the singer made a rather eye-popping impression, opening with Pon de Replay and clad in a sexy, dominatrix-like studded black leather ensemble."[8] During a show planned for February 13 in Malaysia, Malaysia's conservative Islamic party recommended that Rihanna's concert tour should be banned from performing due to her skimpy outfits.[9][10][11] The tour also received positive reviews for the live performance of Rihanna and the whole concept and outfits. Cheryl Leong of MTV Southeast Asia commented on the concert saying, "I did enjoy myself a whole lot at the concert. It just wasn't the most mindblowing. Nevertheless, she did what she does best, which is to bring out an entire collection of #1 singles 'live'."[1]

Broadcast and recordings[edit]

On September 24, 2007, the show from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, was recorded and made available for online broadcast on MSN Music. It quickly became popular and broke records, as it was viewed over one million times online in the first week only. Rihanna's concert was the most-streamed show by a single artist on MSN Music in 2007.[12] Rihanna's concert in Ischgl, Austria, On December 1, 2007, was taped and aired on Austrian national television. The concert was free. The show from Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on December 6, 2007, was recorded and later released on June 17, 2008, as a live DVD titled Good Girl Gone Bad Live. The DVD also included the documentary of Rihanna and her band's journey and life on tour. The tour was also due to air on Channel 4 Christmas Day 2008[?]. On November 16, 2008, the concert held in Fort Bonifacio in Manila, Philippines, reached an audience of more than 70,000. The concert was sponsored by MTV Philippines and Globe Telecom.[13]

Opening acts[edit]

Set list[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

Rihanna performing during the tour.
Date City Country Venue
North America[16][17]
September 15, 2007[A] Vancouver Canada GM Place
September 17, 2007 Grande Prairie Canada Games Arena
September 18, 2007 Calgary Stampede Corral
September 19, 2007 Saskatoon Credit Union Centre
September 22, 2007 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre
September 23, 2007 London John Labatt Centre
September 24, 2007 Montreal Bell Centre
September 25, 2007 Quebec City Pavillon de la Jeunesse
September 27, 2007 Moncton Moncton Coliseum
September 28, 2007 Saint John Harbour Station
September 30, 2007 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre
October 2, 2007 Arlington United States Texas Hall
October 5, 2007 Rochester RIT Gordon Field House
October 11, 2007 New York City Nokia Theatre
October 13, 2007 Lincroft Robert J. Collins Arena
October 18, 2007 State College Bryce Jordan Center
October 19, 2007 [B] Philadelphia Wachovia Center
October 20, 2007 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 23, 2007 Los Angeles House of Blues
Europe[17][18]
November 11, 2007 Paris France Zenith
November 13, 2007 Munich Germany Zenith
November 14, 2007 Basel Switzerland St. Jakobshalle
November 20, 2007 Cologne Germany Palladium
November 21, 2007 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall
November 22, 2007 Brussels Belgium Forest National
November 23, 2007 Frankfurt Germany Jahrhunderthalle
November 24, 2007 Belgrade Serbia Belgrade Arena
November 26, 2007 Berlin Germany Columbiahalle
November 27, 2007 Bratislava Slovakia Sibamac Arena
November 30, 2007 Sofia Bulgaria Prince Alexander of Battenberg Square
December 1, 2007[C] Ischgl Austria Top of the Mountain Concert
December 2, 2007 Dublin Ireland RDS Simmonscourt
December 3, 2007 Belfast United Kingdom Odyssey Arena
December 6, 2007 Manchester Manchester Arena
December 7, 2007 Sheffield Sheffield Arena
December 13, 2007 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
December 14, 2007 Glasgow SECC
December 16, 2007 London Wembley Arena
December 17, 2007 Brighton The Brighton Centre
December 18, 2007 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
December 19, 2007 Cardiff Cardiff International Arena
December 20, 2007 Nottingham Trent FM Arena
February 26, 2008 Dublin Ireland RDS Simmonscourt
February 27, 2008
March 2, 2008 Belfast United Kingdom Odyssey Arena
March 3, 2008 Aberdeen Aberdeen Exhibition Centre
March 5, 2008 Liverpool Echo Arena
March 6, 2008 Bournemouth Bournemouth International Centre
March 7, 2008 London The O2 Arena
March 10, 2008 Copenhagen Denmark Ballerup Super Arena
March 12, 2008 Stockholm Sweden Hovet
March 14, 2008 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
March 16, 2008 Tallinn Estonia Saku Suurhall
March 17, 2008 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
March 19, 2008 Warsaw Poland Torwar Hall
March 20, 2008 Prague Czech Republic T-Mobile Arena
March 22, 2008 Düsseldorf Germany Philipshalle
March 23, 2008 Moscow Russia Olympic Stadium
Asia[19]
April 5, 2008 Chiba City Japan Makuhari Messe
North America
July 4, 2008[D] New Orleans United States Louisiana Superdome
Africa
July 12, 2008 Casablanca Morocco Stade Mohammed V
Europe
July 15, 2008[E] Milan Italy Piazza Repubblica
Oceania[20]
October 27, 2008 Auckland New Zealand Vector Arena
October 28, 2008
October 29, 2008 Wellington TSB Bank Arena
October 31, 2008 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Entertainment Centre
November 1, 2008
November 3, 2008 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre
November 4, 2008 Melbourne Rod Laver Arena
November 5, 2008
November 7, 2008 Sydney Acer Arena
November 8, 2008
November 9, 2008
November 11, 2008 Perth Burswood Dome
Asia[21]
November 13, 2008 Singapore Singapore Singapore Indoor Stadium
November 16, 2008 Taguig Philippines The Fort Bonifacio Open Field
North America[22]
January 22, 2009 Monterrey Mexico Arena Monterrey
January 24, 2009 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes

Music festivals and other miscellaneous performances[edit]

A This concert is part of the Beat Bash.
B This concert is part of the 2007 Power House Concert.
C This concert is part of Ischgl Open Season.
D This show is part of the 2008 Essence Music Festival.
E This concert is part of MTV Mobile Bang Concert.

Cancellations and rescheduled shows[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Crew on the road
  • Tina Landon (director & choreographer)
  • Anthony Randall (production manager)
  • JP Firmin (tour manager)
  • Mark Dawson (security)
  • Fankie Fuccile (stage manager)
  • Alex MacLeod (tour accountant)
  • Dave Berrera (stage tech)
  • Alex Skowron (lighting director)
  • TJ Thompson (rigger)
  • Simon James (carpenter)
  • David Kirkwood (front-of-house engineer)
  • Ricky 'Bongos' Galecki (monitor engineer)
  • Elizabeth Springer (wardrobe)
Band
  • Rihanna (lead vocals)
  • Kevin Hastings (keyboards)
  • Eric Smith (bass)
  • David Haddon (drums)
  • Adam Ross (lead guitar)
  • Richard Fortus (rhythm guitar September 2008-February 2009)
  • Ashleigh Haney (backing vocals)
  • Erica King (backing vocals)
Dancers
  • Victoria Parsons (dance captain)
  • Rachel Markarian
  • Bryan Tanaka
  • Julius Law
Styling
  • Ursula Stephen (hair)
  • Mylah Morales (makeup)
  • Lysa Cooper (stylist)
  • Mariel Haenn (stylist)
  • Hollywood (stylist)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Leong, Cheryl (November 13, 2008). "Rihanna's Good Girl Gone Bad Tour". MTV. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  2. ^ a b Sinclair, David (December 18, 2007). "Rihanna Live Reviews". The Times. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  3. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2007-12-10). "Rihanna Cancels Concerts". MTV UK (MTV Networks Europe). Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  4. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (2008-11-07). "Rihanna 'Perfectly Healthy' After Apparently Collapsing Onstage During Duet With Chris Brown". MTV (MTV Networks). Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  5. ^ TMZ Staff (2008-11-07). "Rihanna Can't Stomach Her Own Performance". TMZ.com. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  6. ^ Schmidt, Veronica (February 11, 2009). "Rihanna cancels Indonesian concert after alleged assault by Chris Brown". The Times. Retrieved 2010-04-03. 
  7. ^ a b c Usinger, Mike (September 20, 2007). "Akon shows Rihanna how it's done". The Georgia Straight. Retrieved 2010-04-04. 
  8. ^ Macneil, Jason (September 22, 2007). "Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto - September 22, 2007". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  9. ^ "Malaysia Muslims want Rihanna concert banned because 'she is too sexy'". The Daily Telegraph. January 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  10. ^ "Rihanna 'Too Sexy' For Malaysia". Sky News. January 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  11. ^ "Rihanna to tone it down for Malaysian concert". CBC.ca. January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  12. ^ "Grammy-Nominated Rihanna Named Most-Streamed Artist on MSN Music in Concert for 2007". Microsoft News Center, Microsoft Web site. Microsoft. December 18, 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  13. ^ "Fans party with Chris Brown and Rihanna - Lifestyle - GMA News Online - The go-to site for Filipinos everywhere - Latest Philippine News". Gmanews.tv. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  14. ^ a b c Desk, News (January 7, 2009). "Rihanna 'Live' In Kuala Lumpur!". MTV Southeast Asia. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  15. ^ http://www.journal-frankfurt.de/journal_news/Panorama-2/Turnstunde-in-der-Jahrhunderthalle-mit-Sistanova-und-Rihanna-7910.html "Turnstunde in der Jahrhunderthalle mit Sistanova und Rihanna"
  16. ^ http://umusic.ca/rihanna/[dead link]
  17. ^ a b "Rihanna's Concert Listing - Events from 2007" last.fm.
  18. ^ "Rihanna heads out on UK arena tour". NME Web site. IPC MEDIA. July 11, 2007. Retrieved 2010-03-13. 
  19. ^ "Springroove 2008" last.fm.
  20. ^ Melinda (September 4, 2008). "Rihanna Chris Brown Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates". RnB Music Blog. 
  21. ^ TicketWorld Web site Information expired by 2010-03-13.
  22. ^ Martínez, Laura Celia Ángeles (October 21, 2008). "'No parará la música' con Rihanna en México" ['Don't Stop the Music' with Rihanna in Mexico]. esmas Web site (in Spanish). Retrieved March 13, 2010.