Eminem & Rihanna Put On Monster Show

East Rutherford, NJ, technically isn’t that close to Philly, but it is the closest city that Eminem and Rihanna are hitting up on their Monster Tour, comprised of only 3 stops and 6 shows. As MetLife Stadium filled to the brim, Rihanna took the stage first as she started off “Numb,” followed moments later by Eminem strapped down Hannibal Lecter-style. He broke loose from restraints and the stadium exploded as he busted out his verses. The song turned into one huge mashup after another with “No Love” and “Run This Town” getting the crowd pumped for the rest of the show to come.

Rihanna kicked off her solo set first with “Live Your Life.” As her silky black hair flowed in the breeze, she charmed the crowd with flirty glances while portraying a real bad girl. Crowd favorites like “Diamonds,” “Birthday Cake,” and “Stay” came up one after the other for a great solo section. Eminem reappeared for “Love The Way You Lie,” which was a powerful duet that had the crowd feeling so many different emotions. Between the intense rapping by Eminem and the sensitive singing by Rihanna, every girl and guy in the venue got involved.

Eminem’s hype man Mr. Porter engaged the crowd between short breaks as the performers did their costume changes. Eminem killed his set which included “Like Toy Soldiers,” “Berzerk,” “Rap God,” and “Kill You.” His rapping ferocity was even better than it was in the 90’s, and his fans reacted vigorously. Seriously, watching and listening to Eminem, it’s like he never ages.

There were some tracks from both Rihanna and Eminem that were omitted that would have been great hits on this tour stop, like “Without Me” and “S&M.” Even so, the show contained so much intensity that sometimes it felt like the stadium would explode, enhanced by the frequent fireworks going off. “Lose Yourself” was absolutely amazing and everyone was on their feet truly getting lost in the music.

For the encore, the long awaited “Monster” was finally performed. As Rihanna belted, Eminem sped across stage like he was feeding off all of the energy of the crowd. The encore was totally finale worthy and left the audience in awe. Rihanna and Eminem were a natural pairing like cheese and wine. If they tour together again, let’s hope they make a stop in Philly so more Philadelphians can witness what was one of the best tours this summer.

Photo By Jeremy Deputat

2 Comments

  1. Lauren S

    August 20, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    I’m very surprised that they chose to play in East Rutherford rather than Philly, wish I could have seen this!

  2. Steph

    August 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I was there! Great show!

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