Rihanna belts out a tune ... finally (Getty Images)
After turning up a full hour late to her concert in Manchester, England, on Tuesday, fans were sure to show their appreciation … by pelting her with potato chips (see the video below).
The 25-year-old apparently wasn't that hungry, as she then went off on the crowd.
"This is next-level," she shouted. "There's a good crazy and there's a bad crazy. When you throw s*** up here, that's an epic fail … Cut that s*** out. Really? Chips?!"
This isn't the first time Rihanna's had a little concert drama or turned up late. In fact, the habit began back in the fall of 2012 when her ambitious 777 Tour, which included a private jet packed with press, got off to a rocky start ... and only deteriorated further.
Since then, the pop star has repeatedly taken heat for her (now nearly chronic) tardiness. But her troubles don't end there. She's been accused of showing up for concerts drunk, on drugs, and, of course, lip-synching — an offense some fans take more seriously than all the others.
By now, she's had so many mishaps, it's hard to keep them all straight, so we've put together this handy little timeline to do it for you.
November 14, 2012: Rihanna kicks off her much-hyped 777 Tour by stepping on stage in Mexico City a whopping two hours after the scheduled start time. She blamed "issues with luggage," though she flew on the exact same plane as 150 fans and journalists who managed to get their things and arrive at the venue on time.
November 19, 2012: Rihanna's 777 Tour troubles continue, as the singer curses out her band on stage in London. "Alright, what the f***. Stop this s***," she snaps before demanding they start over from the top.
That same day: An anonymous journalist who had been on the 777 Tour writes a rant about the star, claiming that everyone on the plane came to "expect a three-hour delay before she went on every night" and accusing her of not only lip-synching most of the songs, but also being too lazy to even dance.
"For Rihanna, just licking her lips during a song constitutes a taxing, elaborate physical routine that deserves a couple of mid-performance tequila shots," the reporter explained.
November 21, 2012: Rihanna issues a semi-delusional, half-hearted apology to everyone who had been with her on the 777 Tour.
"I know you guys got barely any dirt," she admitted. "But I had to be good. I still sound like s***. It's impossible to spend time with everybody, and I'm sorry I didn't."
Then came the second part, in which she claims she had a great time. "I was glad I did this, absolutely," she mused. "I want to thank everyone for making this trip the s***." Did she mean to say "s***show?" That would probably be more accurate.
May 6, 2013: Rihanna is booed by fans when she arrives three hours late to a concert in Boston — that had already been rescheduled from March. What's worse, she's accused of being tardy because she had been watching the Chicago Bulls play the Miami Heat.
She later posts a photo on Instagram from the show thanking fans for "making it extra special" ... but fails to apologize.
June 5, 2013: The star steps on stage two hours late for her concert in Antwerp, and then receives a scathing review by a prominent Belgium music critic for her performance.
"There was a wall of reinforced concrete between Rihanna and the public at Sportpaleis. The pop icon played almost two hours on autopilot … it had the effect of a Valium overdose," Sasha Van Der Speeten lamented.
But it wasn't only critics who lashed out with critiques. Even some of Rihanna's fans accused her of being "drunk," "stoned," and "lip-synching." In other words, no one was impressed.
June 10, 2013: Once again, RiRi arrives more than two hours behind her concert's scheduled start time — this time, in Cardiff, Wales. (Apparently, she was out partying in Paris until 4:30 a.m. the night before.) Just like last time, fans take to Twitter to voice their displeasure, and some accuse her of lip-synching.
June 17, 2013: The stars shows up two hours late for her concert in Birmingham after partying the night before at Boujis nightclub.
June 29, 2013: Rihanna shows up 90 minutes late for her first concert in Zurich.
June 30, 2013: She shows up a full two hours late for her second performance in Zurich. Again, there's no record of any kind of apology or excuse.
July 10, 2013: The diva arrives a record three hours and 10 minutes late to her concert in Monaco. Keep in mind that fans had shelled out roughly $800 per ticket to attend this exclusive event, during which they expected to see Rihanna perform while they ate dinner. Since she rolled in at 11:40 p.m. (instead of the scheduled 8:30 p.m.), we're pretty sure that didn't happen.
Not surprisingly, annoyed fans used Twitter to call her out with messages like, "YOU'RE LATE BABY" and "Are you lost?" They even went so far as to accuse her of fan abuse. Not that we blame them.
July 16, 2013: Rihanna only turned up an hour late this time, but the crowd in Manchester, England, was still none too pleased. They did what any anxious crowd might do – they started throwing stuff. Namely, potato chips. The singer didn't appear to care for such gifts, and yelled to the crowd, "Cut that s*** out! Really?! Chips?!"
Only time will tell whether RiRi cleans up her act, but for now maybe the best strategy is to arrive at her concerts a few hours late. You might catch her in the elevator on her way in.
Warning: Video contains explicit language.
See what Rihanna wears when she's off duty:
(Originally published on July 11, 2013, at 5:09 p.m. PT)
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