HBO Max released The Weeknd’s “Live at SoFi Stadium” concert film on March 3. SoFi Stadium is in Inglewood, California. The film featured the last show to the first leg of the singer’s “After Hours Til Dawn Tour.” “Live at the SoFi Stadium” is the first live album by The Weeknd. It is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora and other music streaming services.
The performance consisted of 31 tracks, an 80-minute-long album, and a 2-hour long film. It covers most of the singer’s biggest hits including, “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Heartless,” “Save Your Tears” among many others.
The “After Hours Til Dawn Tour” consists of The Weeknd’s fifth and sixth studio albums, “After Hours” and “Dawn FM.” “After Hours” was released in 2020 during the pandemic and due to cancellations, the tour never happened. The Weeknd decided to tour both albums at once, hence the name of the tour which cleverly combines both album titles.
The North American leg of the tour took place from July 2022 to Nov. 2022. He recently announced the second leg, which will be in Europe and Latin America, running from June 6, 2023 to Oct. 25. The second leg will contain 43 shows. The singer has not yet announced if there will be a third leg.
The live concert film was a great way for fans to view his tour if they missed out. It gave many viewers an insight to what his tours are like and gave other fans who did attend to experience it all over again. To say the least, the film is very epic. The Weeknd brings everything to the table from voice sounds, lighting, transitions, enthusiasm, etc. His shows have always been very well organized, but this one just feels and looks different than the rest.
The transitions to each song are shell shocking because of how marvelous they are. Specifically, how “Hurricane” ended and swiftly went into “The Hills” was jaw dropping. Another moment, the tempo is slowed down at the end of “Crew Love,” which meshes perfectly as “Starboy” begins. At the end of “Faith,” The Weeknd’s voice echo’s when he sings some of the last words to the song, which goes into the angelic-like sounds that are in “After Hours.” In other words, transitions were on point and the sound crew knew exactly what they were doing.
The Weeknd is also working on making his series debut, by starring in an upcoming HBO series “The Idol.” It will be directed by Sam Levinson, the director of “Euphoria.” The Weeknd will also serve as a co-creator and as an executive producer. The show is set to release this year, with the date yet to be confirmed due to several delays.
The Weeknd is a very distinct artist. He has his own sound, style and eccentric creativity to his music that sets him apart from other artists. All these qualities are visible just in the film alone. One can detect that the energy in the room was lively, primarily because of the star of the show. His fans are seen dancing, singing, smiling and screaming out of excitement. The show was a true masterpiece. Those who have yet to stream the film are missing out on pure art.
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