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The Weeknd Reveals Stadium Tour Openers & Crew Unveils Details of ‘Conceptual’ Show (EXCLUSIVE)



	
		

	
		

	
		

	
		The Weeknd reveals the opening acts of his stadium tour and his team reveals details about the show

R & B / soul singer Snoh ​​Aalegra, Canadian electronic artist Kaytranada and best DJ / producer Mike Dean will open the Weeknd for his world stadium tour, which kicks off in his Toronto hometown next Friday. improv synth set, “his team reveals in an exclusive interview with The Full 19 Dates, noting the acts playing in the cities, below.

The opening act of the tour, Doja Cat, fell out last month to undergo throat surgery, and while “phone calls ringing in distress” with calls from stakeholders, according to Omar Al-joulani, tour president for Live Nation and Toronto. native who has worked with the Weeknd since 2014 – the artist’s long-established practice options show a count of modern actions to open his tours, even one as huge as the stadium show that will make its way across North America (slowly, as about its size) three Labor Day weekends before moving on to the rest of the world.

“He’s always ahead of the curve for artists he’s sharing a stage with,” says Al-joulani, citing Travis Scott, Halsey, Jhene Aiko, Schoolboy Q, Lil Uzi Vert, Bryson Tiller and Banks. Unusually, The Weeknd almost never opened: “Initially, it opened for Florence and the Machine once at the Hollywood Bowl and for Justin Timberlake in New York, but I think it’s about it,” he says. he.

This tour was originally planned for June 2020 in support of Weeknd’s album “After Hours,” which was released just days after the pandemic began in the United States. However, the success of the 10x platinum single “Blinding Lights” and Weeknd’s 2021 premiere on the world’s biggest stage – the Super Bowl half-time show – rose to another category of stardom. After a few setbacks, it was decided to completely destroy the original tour and go for a stadium – sized show highlighting “After Hours” and their latest album, “Dawn FM,” which was given by the Weeknd ( Abel Tesfaye), released in January, deliberately understated, perhaps to give his audience a breathing room between the ubiquity of “Blinding Lights” and a massive multi – year world tour.

“Abel has achieved global stardom, stadium status,” says its longtime creative director, La Mar Taylor, “so the most natural progression for him is: The show, now called‘ After Hours til Dawn “, fully revised from the original 2020 plan, which was three months from the release when the pandemic struck:” Perhaps five per cent of our original ‘After Hours’ production is left for this tour. We really went back to the drawing board when we made the decision to move from venues to stadiums. “

The Super Bowl gave them an idea not only of what they could do, but how much they could do: “We certainly took inspiration from the Super Bowl performance, and expanded on it,” he continues, ” There were so many constraints and limitations on that performance that we could not realize our vision for it. Now we can. “

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The Weeknd’s concerts have always been theatrical – a hobby that will have an even bigger outlet with the upcoming HBO series “The Idol,” which he co – writes and stars – and stadiums give him a much bigger step to the plots. projected. of the albums related to a theme, although it was not clear whether the TV series would be shown in the show.

“The whole show is conceptual,” Taylor says, “There’s a linear history between ‘After Hours’ and ‘Dawn FM,’ and I think audiences will come away with different interpretations of the show. For us, that’s the goal. “

While Taylor did not elaborate on how much old stuff will be made – it seems like a mixtape – style approach to early hits like his Coachella series with Swedish House Mafia – he said it will be a big part of the show. “The set list will highlight the newest albums, while still highlighting great moments throughout the catalog.”

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Of course, the fact that the tour opens in the city where it all began “made logical, historical and sentimentally made sense,” Taylor says. The Weeknd, a rare artist who made waves around his first release before even playing a concert, made his live debut at the city’s Mod Club on July 24, 2011, just under 11 years old. , next week.

“About three million people in Toronto say they were at that show,” Al-joulani says. “I will never forget, a few weeks before, that I was with Prince and Steve Herman [el máximo responsable de Live Nation] when he was doing a series of concerts there, and everyone was talking about ‘House of Balloons,’ “The Weeknd ‘s first galvanized mixtape was released earlier that year:” Of course, Prince wanted to know who the this man. Weeknd. We put the music on, and I remember he just smiled, you know? Prince was always competitive, he was always the trigger. And during those shows, people were opening up to him like Janelle Monae and Esperanza Spaulding and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Prince Abel reminds me that he sees what is going to happen in the culture. “

Unsurprisingly, the tour is “successful,” Al-joulani says, “selling over 700,000 tickets over these 19 concerts, we’ve completed $ 100 million, and that’s in North America alone. sin. ” [a nivel de estadio]and there is much more to come. “

And The Weeknd plans to do it immersed in the filming of “The Idol,” which is due for release later this year. Taylor says, “I think he’s a clone he’s not exposing to the world.”

Friday 8-July Toronto, ON Rogers Center *

IF 14-July Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Area *

SAT July-16 New York, MetLife Stadium NY *

IF 21-July Boston, MA Gillette Stadium *

SUN 24-JUL Chicago, IL Soldier Field *

MI July-27 Detroit, MI Ford Field *

SAT Jul-30 Washington, DC FedEx Field *

MU 4-August Tampa, Ra Raymond James Stadium *

SAT 6-Aug Miami, FL Hard Rock Stadium *

MU 11-August Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium ^

SUN Aug-14 Arlington, TX AT&T Stadium ^

IF 18-August Denver, CO Empower Field at Mile High *

SAT Aug-20 Las Vegas, Allegiant Stadium NV *

TUESDAY 23 August Vancouver, BC BC *

MU Aug-25 Seattle, WA Lumen Field ^

SAT Aug-27 San Francisco, CA Levi’s Stadium ^

TUESDAY 30-AUGUST Phoenix, State Farm Stadium AZ *

Friday 2-September Los Angeles, CA SoFi Stadium *

SAT 3-September Los Angeles, CA SoFi Stadium *

* With Kaytranada and Mike Dean

^ By Snoh ​​Aalegra and Mike Dean

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