FYI: There’ll be a whole lot of twerking going on at Time Warner Cable Arena Sunday night.
That’s when Robyn Rihanna Fenty – who you know much better simply as Rihanna – will shake what her mama gave her on the arena stage while wearing a variety of bum-accentuating outfits. (More on those in a minute.)
The 28-year-old Barbadian pop star is three shows into the North American leg of her “Anti World Tour,” which hits Nashville Friday and Cincinnati Saturday before her bus charts a course for 333 E. Trade St.
So, in honor of her first appearance here since she opened for Kanye West’s “Glow in the Dark Tour” in 2008, we’ve compiled a list of five things you’ll want to know about RiRi’s glitzy and glamorous new show.
1. Tickets are getting pretty hard to come by.
Charlotte is just the sixth stop on the 41-city North American leg of the tour, which wraps up May 18 in Atlanta. Interest and curiosity are peaking.
The first three shows – in Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami – were sell-outs, and as of press time, there were barely a few hundred seats still available in the upper level at TWC Arena. And you can only get into the lower level at this point if you are OK being a single or OK with inflated prices: Tickets available at resale through Ticketmaster will likely run two to three times face value.
Want to sit in the front row? Get ready to cough up $665 to $767 per seat.
2. Maybe Drake will show up. It’s unlikely, but who knows?
Rihanna’s on-again/off-again ex-beau (or current beau? We’ve lost track) joined her on stage in Miami for a very steamy, very crowd-pleasing performance of current smash single “Work.”
Now of course, we’re talking about Miami. In a city that wild and sexy, a quick cameo at Rihanna’s show might not have even been the highlight of Drake’s visit last weekend. Charlotte doesn’t quite hold the same appeal.
But Taylor Swift certainly got people talking about her tour in a big way by trotting out big-name surprise guests in most cities on her “1989 Tour.” Most. One of the few that missed out? Charlotte.
2. About those bum-accentuating outfits ...
High-quality images from Rihanna’s first three concerts aren’t available because “unfortunately the tour is not approving photographers,” promoter Live Nation told us.
However, we’ve read about the various looks she – and her stylist, Mel Ottenberg – will be showing off. According to HollywoodLife.com, highlights include: a loose-fitting silver bodysuit paired with thigh-high, booty-revealing Giuseppe Zanotti chap boots; a skin-tight nude-colored catsuit with a sexy lace-up effect paired with lace-up Manolo Blahnik heeled booties; and a slouchy olive Y/Project suit paired with a leather La Roxx bustier.
The show-stopper, though, will be the sheer and sparkly jumpsuit she wears when she does “Work” (with or without Drake). Fans know the singer is not afraid to go bra-less in public and, well, yeah. Enough said.
4. Her set runs just a shade under 90 minutes and includes six of her 13 No. 1 hits. Want to know which ones? (Spoiler alert! If you like surprises, don’t read this.)
You probably already know this about big pop shows, but generally speaking, the song lineup remains the same from city to city because it has to – due to the carefully planned lighting, choreography, costume changes, etc. That said, we’re 99 percent sure this will be Sunday’s set list (chart-topping hits in bold):
“Stay,” “Love the Way You Lie,” “Woo,” “Sex With Me,” “Birthday Cake,” “Pour It Up,” “Numb,” “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “Pose,” “Consideration,” “Live Your Life,” “All of the Lights,” “Run This Town,” “Umbrella,” “Desperado,” “Man Down,” “Rude Boy,” “Work,” “Take Care,” “We Found Love,” “Where Have You Been,” “Needed Me,” “Same Ol’ Mistakes,” “Diamonds,” “FourFiveSeconds,” “Love on the Brain,” “Kiss It Better.”
Like Taylor Swift, Rihanna doesn’t do encores. So when the lights come up, please go home. OR stick around, because...
5. You might be able to get a selfie with Rihanna. No, really.
Superfans will know this, but casual ones may not: Whereas peers like Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber charge hundreds to thousands of dollars for formal meet-and-greets, Rihanna typically says personal hellos to concertgoers outside of her tour bus after each show. For free.
(Disclaimer: This is what we’ve heard, but we accept no responsibility if she isn’t outside waiting for you after Sunday night’s show. Just sayin’.)
If you’re nice, you might even score an epic photo with her; in the past, she’s hammed it up for fans’ cameras with kisses, sexually suggestive poses, mock wedding proposals and more. And yes, we realize that the people who already knew this want to punch us in the face for sharing this trade secret – and for no doubt guaranteeing there will now be longer lines for this privilege.
But for those of you who were unaware: You’re welcome.
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.
Scheduled opening act: Travis Scott.
Details: 704-688-9000; www.livenation.com.