Rihanna at press conference
Photo: Dudu Azoulay

Rihanna enjoying Israel before show

R&B singing sensation Rihanna spends two days prior to her show touring Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, says her time in Holy Land an 'amazing, amazing experience'

R&B singing sensation Rihanna takes the stage in front of an Israeli audience for the first time Sunday night as part of her latest world tour.


It's the first time in the Holy Land for the 22-year-old Barbados native. The concert is part of her Last Girl on Earth tour, which began three weeks ago in Europe.


Rihanna spent the two days prior to her show touring Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, holding press conferences, and meeting some of her fans. She said her time in Israel was an "amazing, amazing experience."

Rihanna in Jerusalem (Photo: Yoni Tuvali)


Rihanna will perform Sunday night at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.


Metallica performed in Israel this month. Other artists, including the Pixies and Elton John, have shows scheduled in Israel this year.


On Saturday evening, Rihanna held a press conference at the "Kfir" Scouts center in Tel Aviv. She helped paint the building's walls, took part in the creation of a wall painting and posed for photos with the young volunteers.


The concert's organizers invited the audience to take part in various volunteering activities for four hours in order to be eligible to buy tickets for the show. Apart from the right to watch the concert, the many volunteers got the chance to join he singer at the "Kfir" center.


Rihanna with wall painting at Scouts center (Photo: Dudu Azoulay)


In addition to her tour of Jerusalem, Rihanna's first visit to Israel also included a taste of hummus in Abu Gosh. She refused to tell the reporters what she wrote in the note she hid in the Western Wall, saying it was between her, God and the wall.


The reporters were asked not to ask the singer about her personal life or about the cancellation of the Elvis Costello gigs in Israel. Most of the press conference was devoted to the volunteering project, with Rihanna expressing her delight over the success of the campaign.


Tel Aviv is Rihanna's last destination in her current European tour, which was launched following the release of her latest album, "Rated R". In the past two months she performed in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Scotland. Her US tour will be launched in about two months.


פרסום ראשון: 05.30.10, 15:31
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