Thursday, May 30, 2024

There Goes The Weeknd: Pop Star Halts and Cancels LA Show After 3 Hour Wait, Voice Went Out


So much for The Weeknd.

Pop star Abel Tesfaye made the crowd at SoFi Stadium wait three hours for his show last night. Then he came out, sang two songs quickly, and stopped the show. He informed the audience the concert was cancelled because he’d lost his voice. He was right in the middle of his hit, “I Can’t Feel My Face.” Later, it was rumored, Kanye West was going to join him.

Some of the audience booed, but most people — getting their 100% refund — understood that The Weeknd is human. This is the era now of performers having all kinds of issues from mental to physical. Tesfaye promised the crowd he’d be back to give them a special concert.

And this IS the era of this sort of thing. Adele cancelled her run in Las Vegas last winter because she couldn’t get it together. COVID has caused many tours to be cancelled or postponed, also. Shawn Mendes — fighting perhaps poor ticket sales anyway — decided that he needed a mental health vacation. Justin Bieber, as well.

So much has changed. In the old days performers just pushed on, drank a bottle of Scotch or did some drugs, and made sure the fans weren’t disappointed. Ah, this new healthy generation!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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