Anyone who has seen Almost Famous knows that it does happen that — sometimes — music journalists get to travel around with rock bands and track their every move. And that’s exactly what has happened to former Dallas Voice staff writer Rich Lopez.

On Tuesday, Lopez flew from Dallas to Los Angeles to begin the first leg on a tour that will, quite literally, take him around the world in a week, flying alongside Rihanna as she promotes her new album, Unapologetic, out Monday. He’ll be blogging about the tour for the online website

Just how far around the world? Well, from Dallas to L.A., Lopez then goes to Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Berlin, Paris and London, before headed back to the U.S. for a final concert in New York City … then, presumably, back to Dallas — and all in time for Thanksgiving next week.

Lopez touched down in Mexico City just three hours ago, so it’s still quite new to him. But if we know Rich — and after all these years, trust us, we do — he’s both a nervous wreck and entirely exhilarated by the experience. The last trip I sent Rich on for the paper was to Branson, Mo. I guess he’s moved up in the world.

We even have a name for his adventure: Almost Gaymous.

Good luck, Rich!