Rihanna gave a sterling performance of her new single Rock Star 101 on American Idol last night. Not looking quite as trashy as she did in her last video, Rihanna was decked out in a sexy black PVC catsuit. No complaints from this part of the audience on that front.
And…and…she was joined on stage by my personal favourite living guitar legend, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme (yeah, that’s More Than Words for those of you who remember). Nuno contributed an effortless guitar solo to proceedings, and unless there was some camera sleight of hand, even Rihanna played a little guitar on the track. And it wasn’t even one of those guitars with five coloured buttons! Update: The two are touring together.
Did I mention the catsuit? As with everything pop at the moment, there’s a crazy Gaga-inspired thread running through the staging – a backing dancer takes an angle-grinder to a metal bodice. The backing singers are all sporting sunglasses with spikes on the lenses.
On to the song…since I oft-times review music on this site too. Well, it’s a big improvement on the dross we’ve heard from Rihanna lately. Of course, it’s rock by numbers, as the title suggests. Reminds me of when Janet Jackson did Black Cat back in the day, but not as good. Still, it’s got all the required ingredients for a mini-anthem. And that’s not bad.
Did I mention the catsuit?