Rihanna at Webster Hall, the 777 tour finale (slide show)

Check out exclusive photos of RiRi rocking a baseball shirt and—we think—tighty-whities on the final date of her 777 tour.

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  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

  • Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

    Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012

Photograph: Kim Taylor Bennett

Rihanna at Webster Hall, November 2012


Last night we were lucky enough to squeeze into Webster Hall, alongside Jay-Z, Azealia Banks and 2,448 excited fans, to catch the final concert of Rihanna's 777 tour.

Seven shows, seven countries, seven days. To accomplish this, Rihanna and her crew have been flying around on a Boeing 77 loaded with journalists and fans—for maximum media coverage, of course.

When we tried to meet up with one of our pals who happened to be part of this traveling circus, she wrote back: "So destroyed. Just look for the skull in a wig."

If RiRi was feeling the fatigue from such an insane schedule, she certainly wasn't showing it. Arriving onstage two hours late, rocking a baseball shirt and what appeared to be a pair of tighty-whities, the 24-year-old singer was in fine form.

Running through a greatest-hits set peppered with some choice cuts from Unapologetic, her seventh album in seven years (see what they did there?), the set included the ravey euphoria of “We Found Love,” the unabashed guilty-pleasure hook of “Umbrella” and new torch tune “Stay,” which found RiRi moving away from her overreliance on raunchy dance moves—clutching her own ass, slapping her own crotch—and displaying a newfound poise and depth. Not to mention showing off her vocal chops, despite the consistent use of a backing track.

At one point she announced, to the delight of her fans, “This is definitely the best show so far.… You’re New Yorkers. You’re real.”

We also couldn’t help but be distracted by her guitarist, Nuno “More than Words” Bettencourt of Extreme, who managed more costume changes than Rihanna (sunglasses on, sunglasses off, hat on, hat off) while headbanging and singing along with alarming zeal.

But not even Nuno, nor the boy who used bobby pins to affix his beanie firmly to his head, nor even Azealia Banks’s cleavage in the balcony could distract from the fact that it was Rihanna’s night. We woke up this morning with “Diamonds” on loop in our head and a newfound appreciation of her insanely smooth legs. We’d also like to thank the crowd for being so vertically challenged, which enabled us an unobstructed view of the stage. Enjoy the pics.

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