SAN JOSE, CALIF – Abel Tesfaye, popularly known as The Weeknd, loses his voice mid-song after performing three songs at his second LA show at SoFi Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 4.
After a long-awaited two years of a postponed tour, Canadian Singer-Songwriter, The Weeknd, returns to the stage for his “After Hours til Dawn Tour”. Tesfaye began his tour at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on July 14, 2022 and would’ve concluded his tour on the West Coast of the United States, before heading to Toronto, for his added-on show in LA. However, the show ended sooner than expected when the singer stopped mid-performance to losing his voice. Although it was never specifically stated, many fans suspected the reason for losing his voice was the hard tour life.
This would make it the second show on the tour to be canceled. The first being Tesfayes original opening show in Toronto at Rogers Centre on July 4, 2022 which was postponed for internet issues.
Tesfaye would later make a statement about the situation on social media saying, “My voice went out during the first song and I’m devastated. Felt it go and my heart dropped. My deepest apologies to my fans here. I promise I’ll make it up to you with a new date.” Two days later, the artist would release a second statement on the issue, “Doctor says my voice is safe and with rest I’ll be solid and able to bring the show my TORONTO fans are waiting for, LA date is being worked out soon. Thank You SO much for all the love and understanding that’s come my way. I love you all so much…XO”
Crystal Vergara, a Silver Creek resident who attended the canceled show says, “I got pretty sad because I was so excited to see him since I had been waiting for this moment for months.” Vergara then adds, “Yes, even though it was heartbreaking and it sucked, his health comes first, so it was very understandable.”
Many students who are fans of The Weeknd also expressed their emotions if they would have attended the canceled show. Alizeh Jahan, a senior at Silver Creek High School empathizes with the artist and says, “I’d be sad but I’d understand if he had to cancel it due to health/safety issues.”
Some had more of a comedic approach to the situation, Kiera Hardy, a senior at Silver Creek High School adds, “I would jump on the moon.”