The Weeknd delivered a bizarre, but mostly entertaining high-concept mini-concert at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa during the Super Bowl LV halftime show on Sunday

The 30-year-old talent from Toronto – born Abel Tesfaye – first appeared before our eyes as a driver in a two-seat sports car parked in front of a Vegas-like backdrop Then he got out of the car and got out of a seat on the edge of the stage, the camera pans back and we find that the edge of the stage was actually the top of the stage – and that underneath there was a legion of performers who appeared to be wearing masks made by you “Star Wars” knockoffs had been borrowed. There was also a specific church theme, with these Boba Fett wannabe people forming a kind of choir

Then the weekend – in a red jacket with a black shirt and tie – went into action and shot from the otherworldly overture with the title track to “Starboy” from 2016 ”

If it felt like we were joining a story that was already in progress – well, that’s because we were the multi-selling R&B star used the biggest stage in both sports and music to get around the complicated Continuing the story he made with the music from his latest hit album “After Hours” It has something to do with a wild night that went terribly wrong, but the Weeknd doesn’t really make a lot of points beyond these basic points >

Those who aren’t Weeknd lovers have likely completely missed the entire concept storyline – which is fine since all seven songs played could stand on their own, however, it was hard to shake the feeling that the whole thing did not go as it should

Plus, the complex plot led to another disappointing turn of events – no guest stars.But to be fair, the Weeknd warned people earlier in the week that it was breaking with this long-running Super Bowl tradition

“There was no room to put it in the narrative, in the story I was telling in the performance,” he said during an interview with NFL Network, “So yes there are no special guests”

Advance Notice Can Only Go So Far But there were probably plenty of fans – especially those who hadn’t heard the NFL Networks interview – who were probably hoping someone like Drake or Ariana Grande could show up for the celebrations, and it really would be been great to see Daft Punk perform, especially since they originally appeared on two of the better songs that were on the set list – “Starboy” and “I Feel It Coming” ”

Grooves alongside a large group of extras – who left their “Star Wars” masks behind to wear the face-ties that go into the “After Hours” narratives, as well as pairing red jackets with black shirts and ties – the Weeknd continued with songs like “The Hills” and “Can’t Feel My Face”

He would end the show on the field the way it was expected – and put out a solid version of his massive hit, “Blinding Lights,” which was punctuated with overhead fireworks

The Weeknd puts the Super Bowl in the spotlight and doesn’t waste time selling tickets for its massive 104-date global concert tour. These ducats will go on sale for 10 a Feb. 8 at TheWeekndcom / Tour

The Weeknd occurs on 6 March 2022 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento 8th March 2022 at Oakland Arena; 9 March 2022 at the SAP Center in San Jose; 11 March 2022 at the Forum in Los Angeles; 13th March 2022 at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego; 15th-16 March 2022 at the Honda Center in Anaheim; and 18-20 March 2022 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles

On Friday the Weeknd also released “The Highlights” The Album is a way to bring some of the Weeknd’s most notable works in one place, “and” while this is not a “Greatest Hits” album, it offers a new listener a rich excursion into some of the best and best-known works of the legendary artist’s favorite work, ”reads a press release. Order the album on the weekend in advance of co / thehighlights

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