Andy Warhol once decreed that everyone would have 15 minutes of fame in the future (via NPR). Unfortunately for fans on September 4th each only had 15 minutes of music from The Weeknd. The Candian, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, deserted the concert-goers after ending his performance after just three songs. It’s not the first time Tesfaye has disappointed his followers, however. He was due to embark on a world tour in January but then decided to delay it for months.
“Tour dates are shifting and starting in the summer of 2022,” Tesfaye announced in a statement (via Capital FM). “Due to the arena restrictions and the demand for more shows, I want to do something bigger and special for you that requires stadiums.” He assured that once he announced the new dates, ticket holders would be refunded immediately and would be the first to buy others have. However, according to Billboard, it was postponed again the night the rescheduled “After Hours Til Dawn” tour was due to begin — this time due to a wireless network outage.
“I am dejected and heartbroken,” The Weeknd wrote in an Instagram story (via Variety). “This one hurts the most and we will make this show possible, but unfortunately not tonight,” he continued. But while some Californian fans caught The Weeknd performing at Coachella in April, others weren’t so lucky as he pulled out of his sold-out Los Angeles concert on Sept. 3 after just 15 minutes. Although there was a good reason for it.
The Weeknd couldn’t do the concert he wanted
Abel Tesfaye had a bumpy ride in 2022. The Weeknd hit a huge milestone in January that had him grinning from ear to ear (and leading to him surpassing his nemesis Justin Bieber). According to Entertainment Weekly, the singer ousted Biebs from the Spotify streaming top spot after surpassing 85.6 million monthly listeners. The Weeknd was still going strong at Coachella in April and garnered rave reviews. Variety praised him for managing to put his performance together in just two weeks after Kanye “Ye” West dropped out at the last minute.
“He did not disappoint during the tag team, co-headlining and festival closing set late Sunday night,” they wrote. But what goes up must come down again. The Weeknd suffered a major blow in July when technical problems led to another postponement of their already postponed tour. Then came another downer.
Yahoo! reported that The Weeknd had to pull out of its LA concert on September 3, 15 minutes into the sold-out show. The mic drop happened in the middle of his fourth song, around 9:40 p.m. Dazed and confused, the crowd of 70,000 fans initially thought it was part of the storyline until The Weeknd began with a heartfelt apology and explanation. “I don’t know what just happened when I screamed, but I just lost my voice,” he said. “This is killing me. I don’t want to end the show. But I can’t give you the concert I want to give you right now.” Let’s hope he can soon.