The Umbrella star had originally cancelled the date on her Diamonds World Tour in March after falling ill with a bout of laryngitis, but returned to the city on Monday to perform at the TD Garden venue.
However, fans faced a three-hour wait for the singer to start her show as there was no opening act to keep the thousands of revellers entertained.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, the crowd can be heard booing the empty stage as fans await the start of the gig.
The upset didn't seem to faze Rihanna - she later took to Twitter to thank fans for turning out, writing, "BOSTON I will never forget this night!!! I truly have deeper love for you now!!!"