The Weeknd dances “After Hours Til Dawn” in the South Bay
SANTA CLARA, CA – Multi-platinum superstar and Grammy winner The weekend performed at packed Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, at one of two California shows on his After Hours til Dawn Stadium tour.
Supporting her fourth and fifth albums, after hours and Dawn FM, Canadian-born artist Abel Makkonen Tesfaye will headline Coachella in April and, of course, the Super Bowl halftime show. Her show at Levi’s was nothing short of electrifying with a captivating vocal performance, show-stopping direction and production. The Weeknd loaded up a stash of global hits from start to finish.
The set featured a dystopian, post-apocalyptic cityscape backdrop, dressed in rusty copper hues. A drum kit and various synths were in front of him, showing that the scale of the backdrop was just over twice the size of the instruments. A catwalk protruded from the stage, dividing the audience into two parts. This led to a circular step in midfield.
There was a third square stage next to it. An eerie electronic soundscape filled the stadium as fog effects and strategically placed lighting shrouded the stage in mystery.
A large puffy moon, hanging over the square stage. The show began with a dramatic twist as the cityscape was bathed in red light. A procession of anonymous masked figures marched on the two largest stages. Suddenly, The Weeknd appeared on top of one of the buildings in the city backdrop. The audience screamed.
Dressed in a trench coat, he also wore a mask – which resembled his face – and kicked off the show with the tempo “Alone Again”, from after hours.
A rising sun crowned the opening scene with a dazzling display of light. As the red characters danced in a circle on stage B, those on the main stage crossed the catwalk towards their counterparts. The Weeknd moved on to the uptempo “Gasoline” as the city backdrop turned to emerald, then to “Sacrifice” by Dawn FM. Leaving his audience no room for complacency, the stadium was once again shrouded in red light as The Weeknd launched into “How Do I Make You Love Me”, an uptempo song from the same album. He made his way to the podium.
The meat of the show included The Weeknd’s vast catalog of work, starting with 2015’s “Can’t Feel My Face.” The beauty behind the madness. That same energy carried over into “Take My Breath Away.” After some Dawn FM songs, he sang his feature of Kanye West’s “Hurricane,” which led to “The Hills.”
This popular song had attendees singing loudly, but the bangers didn’t stop there. The Weeknd was relentless. “Often” was followed by “Crew Love”, “Starboy”, “Heartless”, “Low Life”. “No”, “Kiss Land”, “Party Monster”, “Faith”, “After Hours”, “Out of Time”, Daft Punk collaboration “I Feel It Coming”, “Die for You”, “I Was Never There “, “Wicked Games” and “Call Out My Name”.
Throwback to his first mixtape of 2011 balloon househe performed “The Morning”, followed by “Save Your Tears” by after hours and “Less Than Zero” from Dawn FM. He closed the show with “Blinding Lights”.
Houston producer and musician Mike Dean, who has been in the industry for over a decade, opened the show. Dean played keyboards and guitar, mixing improvisational tracks full of distortion, reverb and synths with songs from his albums 4:20, 4:22 and smoke state 42222, as well as snippets of songs he’s composed with some of the well-known artists he’s produced, such as The Weeknd, Kanye West, Beyonce and Travis Barker.
Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra also performed. She appeared in an alluring white and silver two-piece ensemble with her black hair swept back in a long ponytail while singing popular songs like “I Want You Around,” “Neon Peach” and Whoa. His version of the Bobby Caldwell classic “Do 4 Love” added a more rhythmic and smooth twist to the vintage tune, with many onlookers rocking and raising their phone lights.