Rihanna in Denver: What to expect at the Pepsi Center show - Reverb

Rihanna in Denver: What to expect at the Pepsi Center show

Rihanna performs on the opening night of UK tour promoting her seventh studio album Unapologetic at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Monday, June 10, 2013. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

Rihanna performs on the opening night of UK tour promoting her seventh studio album Unapologetic at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Monday, June 10, 2013. (Photo by Jim Ross/Invision/AP)

The last time Denver had a date with pop-R&B star Rihanna, she dumped the Mile High City.

In July 2010, Colorado fans of the diva were psyched about her headlining date at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. But the concert mysteriously disappeared from her calendar, Ticketmaster and the venue’s website a few days before the concert. The explanation: “Rihanna apologizes to her Denver fans and hopes to make it up to them on the next tour.”

Rihanna will make good on the promise when she hits the Pepsi Center stage on Nov. 9.

Since it’s been a while, what should fans expect from a Rihanna concert?

1. Tardy starts: Many of Rihanna’s tour-opening dates in Australia and New Zealand were plagued with late starts.

2. Slow build: With so many hits, it’s hard to say how she’ll lay them down. But like many pop stars, Rihanna will likely start slow and finish hot.

3. Focus fumbles: Some critics and fans have caught Rihanna looking disinterested mid-performance. Some say this appearance of effortlessness is part of her appeal.

4. R-rated moves: Crotch grabbing is nothing new, but expect plenty of Rihanna’s intense self-loving in the choreography.

5. Sparkle: This is her Diamonds World Tour, so expect the hit “Diamonds” in the encore.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

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  • pineapple

    So basically, she is going to suck live. As usual.

  • Angela

    Worst concert I’ve ever been too. Totally sucked. And very late. Only played for 40 minutes. Total rip off. Gave me a different perspective of her. Would of had more fun watching the history channel!!!

  • Helmi Airan

    Unfortunately she didn’t hold DWT in my country, Indonesia

  • Rhianna

    Most AMAZING show I’ve been to and I’ve seen many big time artists! Her show was perfection