Rihanna is off to a rocky start for the Australian leg of her Diamonds World Tour. The singer was 40 minutes late for her first concert in Perth Tuesday, then doubled that tardiness to 80 minutes for her Thursday night performance in Adelaide. One reviewer noted then that Rihanna seemed glassy-eyed and drunk, according to Radar Online on Sept. 27.
Rihanna is not only taking heat from music critics, but fans are tweeting their disappointment as well. Many are calling the singer out for not doing her job. One angry fan tweeted, "she was pathetic, drunk and lip synching", before demanding a refund.
A reviewer for NovaFM Australia, Tobias Handke, wrote that Rihanna relied on a lot of backing track and her backup singers, while she focused on her dance moves.
Handke added that her glassy-eyed look and persistent crotch-grabbing made it appear obvious she had a few beers backstage. Click here to read some of the angry tweets.
Hashtags like #sad and #wastofmoney soon appeared in fan Twitter posts. Many were outraged at having to wait an hour and twenty minutes Thursday night, only to see Rihanna lip sync.
Words like disgusting and disgrace littered the online rants as well. @gemmaparker86 tweeted that the pop superstar was "off her head" on either drugs or booze.
@KezCappella blasted the singer for her showing up late and drunk, tweeting that she can't wait for a real performer like Justin Timberlake to come to Australia. And @stylesrooter wrote, "Rihanna was drunk at her concert last night".
It seems reviews like these are increasingly the norm for Rihanna. Her tour has been marred by delays, as well as rampant reports of lip synching and accusations of drug and alcohol abuse.