San Jose, California
As a fan of The Weeknd’s earlier albums, think “Kiss Land” and “Beauty Behind the Madness,” his new album “Starboy” was a bit of a disappointment. The songs felt more mainstream, more techno, and there was less of his raw, sultry voice to a smooth, catchy tune. Some of the songs on “Starboy,” including the title track and the song “Secrets,” among others, almost sounded like bad ‘70s disco music.
With this attitude going into his “Starboy” concert, I was a bit apprehensive. I can immediately tell you, however, my mind was changed and I now love the new album.
Maybe it was the light show accompanying his performance, his adorable yet slick dance moves, the hyped up energy of the crowd, or a combination of all three that made this an amazing, fun, and entertaining concert.
The show’s openers were 6lack, Rae Sremmurd, and Belly, all of whom came on exactly on time and gave great performances.
By the time The Weeknd played his first song, the crowd had already been won over by the three openers and was ready for the concert.
A huge light fixture, looking like a spaceship, tilted down on top of the stage while the arena’s lights went off. The title track “Starboy” began playing and the spaceship light fixture lifted up to reveal The Weeknd singing on stage.
The stage was a long runway with a pointed tip, mirroring a very long sword. The Weeknd owned the stage, strutting up and down the runway with occasional surprise dance moves, including, but not limited to, moon walking.
After the opening song, the crowd was pumped and he was all warmed up.
The Weeknd sang a majority of the songs from “Starboy”, adding a handful of fan favorites from past albums- “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Wicked Games,” “Earned It.”
The openers came back throughout the concert and performed covers of their most popular songs with The Weeknd, such as “Black Beatles” and “PRBLMS.” Rae Sremmurd and 6lack are very entertaining to watch, and really worked the stage dancing with The Weeknd.
The show ended with the hit song “I Feel It Coming,” but he came back for an encore of “The Hills,” which drove the crowd into hysterics–me included.
His voice was beautiful and sweet, and sounded just as good live as the recording. When he sang “Sidewalks” and “True Colors,” I was entranced by the strong vibrations and mesmerizing melodies. My whole body humming to the tunes, I fell for the theatrics and music, and cannot stop listening to the album so I can relive the night.
Overall, the concert made for a very good weekend. Pun intended.