The Weeknd, who was performing at the SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles as part of his After Hours Til Dawn Tour, canceled his sold-out show mid-performance after he told fans that he lost his voice. The ‘Blinding Lights’ singer was performing his hit ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ off his 2015 album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ when he walked off stage, according to Los Angeles Times, and the song came to an end.
Just as another song started and the lights came back up, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, returned to the stage. He said he had lost his voice. He apologized for having to cancel the show saying, “I’m going to make sure everyone is good, you’ll get your money back.” “But I’ll do a show real soon for you guys.”
“I wanted to personally apologize to you guys and not tweet it or Instagram it or whatever. I can’t give you what I want to give you,” he says in a video shared on Twitter by a concertgoer.
“I apologize, I’m so sorry. I love you guys so much,” he added.
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The Weeknd also took to Twitter to apologize to his fans in a statement. “My voice went out during the first song and I’m devastated. Felt it go and my heart dropped,” he began. “My deepest apologies to my fans here. I promise I’ll make it up to you with a new date.”
The ‘See You Again’ hitmaker Charlie Puth who recently collaborated with Jung Kook of BTS for the song ‘Left and Right’ empathized with The Weeknd. He said he knows “what it’s like to lose your voice mid show.” He agreed that the singer had made the right call. “The people Booing have no idea how hard it is to be a touring musician…,” the Grammy-nominated artist added.
A reply to Charlie’s tweet saw a Twitter user explain why some concertgoers may have expressed their disapproval at the show’s cancellation.
Seeing some hate tweets against The Weeknd, American singer Spencer Sutherland said, “it’s the most defeating and devastating feeling for a singer to lose their voice.”
One Twitter user wrote, “What song of his even requires that much effort to damage lose his voice?”
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Another fan thought of conveying their message with pictures. They posted three images – one of a Vicks VapoRub, a bottle of Sprite, and a bowl of soup with the caption “I got you @theweeknd” reminding us of some of the home remedies devised by our parents, loved ones, or guardians in our homes. If you know, you know.
A tweet that gained over 40 thousand likes on Twitter made an important point that the singer had been performing live without lip-syncing at his shows.
A Twitter user wrote, “Artists and everyone else are supposed to prioritize their health, not what you want.”
A fan even made a thread of some of The Weeknd’s live performances, including ‘Earned It’, ‘Scared To Live’, and ‘Call Out My Name’.
The five-time Grammy-winning artist Dionne Warwick showed her support for the ‘Heartless’ singer in her tweet: “Rest and staying quiet for a few days is all you can do. I’m sure you’ll give a grand show soon.”
Another fan had had enough of people questioning The Weeknd’s ability to sing and defended the artist.
And finally, here’s a Twitter user’s witty tweet referencing The Weeknd and his songs.