Only 3 songs into his sold-out show in Los Angeles this weekend, The Weeknd, is forced to cancel his show. Abruptly stopping in the middle of his hit ‘Can’t Feel My Face’, he exited the stage. He returned during the next song to announce that he had lost his voice so was unable to continue performing.
In a heart-felt announcement to the expectant crowds, The Weeknd said: ‘You Know how much it kills me right now. I’m sorry.’ Going on to say that he was unable to give the crowd the performance that he wanted to give them, he assured fans that they would get their money back. For him, it was important to apologise to the crowd on the night, rather than posting on Instagram after the event.
The Canadian singer did, however, take to social media to address the cancellation of his performance. In an Instagram and Twitter post he confirmed that he lost his voice. ‘Felt it go and my heart dropped,’ the singer wrote, as he promised fans that the show would be rescheduled.
The announcement to the crowd on the night met a mixed reception. Whilst the explicitly devastated singer was cheered by some, there was booing from others.
This comes in the midst of what has already been a tumultuous world tour for The Weeknd. After the 2020 and 2021 tour was forced to be postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the expected start-date of the tour in January 2022 was then moved back to take place in the later summer months. The tour started shakily on the opening night in the singer’s hometown, Toronto. It had to be postponed due to a wireless network outage. However up to this point the tour had been well-received. Billboard described the first-leg of his LA show as an ‘electrifying spectacle.’ The show had also attracted attention for its high-profile audience members, including Kendall Jenner and Tristan Thompson. The tour will now move globally through Mexico, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia.