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The Weeknd: The Madness Tour Review

The Weeknd: The Madness Tour Review

November 6th, 2015

On November 3rd Canadian Pop Artist The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye, kicked off his Fall Madness Tour in the Air Canada Centre, in what has become an annual tradition for the artist. His 2nd show took place on November 5th in the ACC as well and certainly did not disappoint.

The show opened with performances from Travis Scott who came out with plenty of energy. His performance was followed by Banks, who came out and performed a series of songs. However the real star of the show was the headliner, The Weeknd.

His performance was cinematic and came out to the horns of his song ‘Real Life’ featured on his latest album ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’. He definitely gave the audience their moneys worth as he performed a medley of his hits from his latest album, to his oldest work and everything in between. His transitions between songs were seamless. However, he managed to outdo himself when he brought out Ed Sheeran to perform their song ‘Dark Times’. It was an electric performance which shown two talented artists going back and forth. Once their song was over, Abel managed to compliment him in the highest regard by saying he was the most talented songwriter he ever worked with. He did a great job at engaging the crowd and admitted himself that this show might’ve actually been better than the first one.

My personal favourite moment was when he performed Dirty Diana before smoothly transitioning to ‘In The Night’. Michael Jackson is the undisputed King of Pop and greatest entertainer, but Abel’s cover from ‘Echoes of Silence’ was definitely worthy of praise and I was glad to see him perform it.

This was definitely a great start to one of the more anticipated tours of the year. The Weeknd has been having a behemoth year with having numerous number one singles, the 2nd highest selling album this year and setting numerous Billboard records. It was only fitting the tour kicks off in his hometown of Toronto.

His next show takes place tonight in Chicago and then Detroit on the 7th. This tour will run until December 19th, but the fans who will be attending are definitely in for a special performance. During the show he said next year he will be performing in the Rogers Centre and with his star power he’s more than capable of doing so and selling it out. With the year he’s having, I certainly would not be surprised to see a DVD documenting this tour and his musical journey as we’ve seen numerous artists do.

Overall, the show definitely lived up to its name of ‘Madness’ and fellow concert-goers will certainly agree. Much like his career, his first stop was Toronto and up next is all of the major cities.

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