The Weeknd turned in a weird, however principally fulfilling, high-concept mini-concert through the Super Bowl LV Halftime Present on Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
Showing first earlier than our eyes as the driving force in a two-seater sports activities automotive, parked in entrance of a Vegas-like backdrop, the 30-year-old Toronto expertise — born Abel Tesfaye — then stepped out of the automotive and took a seat on the fringe of the stage. The digital camera pans again and we notice the sting of the stage was really the highest of the stage — and that there was a legion of performers beneath who seemed to be carrying masks borrowed from some “Star Wars” knockoff. There was a particular church-motif occurring as effectively, with these Boba Fett wannabees forming a kind of a choir.
If it felt like we have been becoming a member of a narrative already in progress — effectively, that’s as a result of we have been. The multiplatinum-selling R&B star was utilizing the largest stage in each sports activities and music to proceed on with the sophisticated story he’s been telling with the music from his newest hit album, “After Hours.” It has one thing to do with one wild evening, gone terribly incorrect, however the Weeknd doesn’t actually join many dots past these fundamental factors.
Those that aren’t Weeknd aficionados in all probability missed the entire idea storyline altogether — which is okay since all seven of the songs performed may stand on their very own. But, it was onerous to shake the sensation that the entire thing simply wasn’t jelling the best way it ought to.
Plus, the advanced storyline resulted in one other disappointing flip of occasions — no visitor stars. However, to be honest, the Weeknd alerted folks early within the week that he can be breaking with that longstanding Super Bowl custom.
“There wasn’t any room to suit it within the narrative, within the story I used to be telling within the efficiency,” he stated throughout an interview with NFL Community. “So yeah. There’s no particular company.”
But, advance discover can solely accomplish that a lot. There have been doubtless many followers — particularly those that didn’t hear the NFL Networks interview — who have been in all probability hoping that somebody like Drake or Ariana Grande would possibly present up for the festivities. And it might have been actually nice to see an look by Daft Punk, particularly on condition that they initially carried out on two of the higher songs that made the set record — “Starboy” and “I Really feel It Coming.”
Grooving alongside a giant group of extras — who had left their “Star Wars” masks behind in favor of sporting these facial bandages that play into the “After Hours” narrative in addition to matching crimson jackets with black shirts and ties — the Weeknd continued via such songs as “The Hills” and “Can’t Really feel My Face.”
He’d finish the present on the sphere within the style that should anticipated — belting out a stable model of his large smash hit, “Blinding Lights,” which was punctuated with an overhead fireworks show.
Right here’s the setlist from the present:
2. “The Hills”
3. “Can’t Really feel My Face”
4. “I Really feel It Coming”
5. “Save Your Tears”
6. “Earned It”
7. “Blinding Lights”
The Weeknd is placing the Super Bowl highlight to most benefit, losing no time in placing tickets on sale for his large 104-date international live performance tour. These ducats go on sale 10 a.m. Feb. 8 at TheWeeknd.com/Tour.
The trek consists of a number of dates in California
The Weeknd performs March 6, 2022 on the Golden 1 Middle in Sacramento; March 8, 2022 at Oakland Enviornment; March 9, 2022 at SAP Middle in San Jose; March 11, 2022 on the Discussion board in Los Angeles; March 13, 2022 at Pechanga Enviornment in San Diego; March 15-16, 2022 at Honda Middle in Anaheim; and March 18-20, 2022 at Staples Middle in Los Angeles.
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— Jim Harrington (@jimthecritic) February 7, 2021
Additionally, on Friday, the Weeknd launched “The Highlights.” The album “is a approach to current a few of the Weeknd’s most notable works in a single place” and “whereas this isn’t a “Biggest Hits” album it does present a brand new listener a wealthy foray into a few of the iconic artist’s greatest and favourite work,” in accordance with a information launch. Pre-order the album at theweeknd.co/thehighlights.