On February 7, 2021, pop megastar The Weeknd performed his now iconic Super Bowl halftime performance with over 96.7 million people tuning in at home. It was after this successful performance that Abel made one of the biggest decisions of his career as of yet. With the ‘After Hours’ Tour facing its second postponement since it’s initial announcement, The Weeknd decided to cancel the tour all together with plans for a bigger stadium tour in 2022.
Fast-forward to summer 2022 and fresh off the release of his 2022 album, ‘Dawn FM’, The Weeknd’s ‘After Hours Til Dawn’ Stadium World Tour is in full effect selling out night after night. On August 27th in Santa Clara, CA, things were no different. Over the last 11 years, The Weeknd has visited the Bay Area numerous times with the venues getting bigger and bigger with each tour. This time around, the “Blinding Lights” singer hit another milestone: selling out Levi’s Stadium.
The awe-inspiring, theatrical, post-apocalyptic performance was unlike anything I had ever seen before. The Weeknd himself explains it as “a dance party in purgatory”, which feels exactly on the money. With a well balanced set list primarily focusing on his two latest projects ‘After Hours’ and ‘Dawn FM’, Abel invites us into the cinematic world projected in these albums while also running down the hits of his ever-growing legendary catalog.