The Weeknd’s Concert

Via @thweeknd on Instagram

Last weekend marked The Weeknd’s tour dates in California, where the ‘After Hours’ singer performed at SoFi Stadium on September 2nd and 3rd. Although I wasn’t able to attend, I was able to speak with fellow Spartans who were able to do so. 

Senior Diana Sanchez described her experience as “A night to remember. Getting into the stadium was simple and easy. The concert was so good except for Mike Dean’s set, I got bored for a while but I had a really good experience. My section was super fun. I met new people and we were all singing our hearts out that night.”

Q: What was your favorite part? 

A: “Honestly the transitions, but my favorite part was when I heard the entire stadium singing After Hours and he turned the microphone to us, it was surreal.”

Q: Did his concert exceed your expectations?

A: “His entire performance blew me away! His vocals were angelic, all the transitions were out of this world, and the lightning changes and set up were all perfect and in sync with every beat. I’d honestly do anything to relive this experience for the first time again”

Q: Considering Abel canceled the following night, did his voice already seem to be off during night one?

A: “He sounded perfectly fine to me but it probably occurred because he went all out for the Friday performance.”

With night one being a success, fans were looking forward to what the performer Abel had in store for his second and final night in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, Abel abruptly and unexpectedly canceled his show after dealing with voice loss issues mid-concert. 

Senior Xitlali Rodriguez was among those who went to Abel’s show the night of which he canceled. When asked what her reaction was to the singer’s unexpected cancellation, she stated:

 “I felt very shocked.” On his voice issues, she said, “The audience did not notice when his voice went out because he played it off. I couldn’t tell something was off from the beginning because he (Abel) was good for the few songs he sang. I noticed something was up when he went behind the stage and didn’t come back out for a bit and his backup dancers looked confused.” 

The singer later took to Instagram to apologize for the abrupt cancellation, stating: “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 to make it up to you with a new date.” 

Although there hasn’t been word on a new date, refunds are available through Ticketmaster and other ticket-selling companies. When asked if she would be refunding her ticket or attending Abel’s rescheduled show date, Xitlali Rodriguez said, “I am planning on going to the new concert (date) because it’s a nice experience and I’d like to see all of it.” 

Written by Staff Writer, America Valdivia

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