The Weeknd Announces Lineup of Openers to Replace Doja Cat on Stadium Tour
The full lineup of opening acts for The Weeknd’s upcoming stadium tour has been unveiled.
As part of a Variety interview with Abel’s team on Thursday, support for the 19-date North American run was announced. Mike Dean, Snoh Aalegra, and Kaytranada will join the tour on varying dates. As previously reported, Doja Cat—who was originally billed as a “special guest”—dropped off the lineup in May due to surgery.
“Unfortunately I have to have surgery on my tonsils ASAP. The surgery is routine but the recovery is going to take awhile due to swelling,” Doja said in an Instagram update at the time. “That means I have to cancel my festival run this summer as well as The Weeknd tour. I feel horrible about this but can’t wait for this to heal and get back to making music and create an experience for y’all.”
The Weeknd’s After Hours Til Dawn Tour begins on July 8 in Toronto, with Kaytranada and Mike Dean serving as support. Snoh Aalegra, meanwhile, appears on a number of dates starting with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Aug. 11. Per Variety, Dean—who’s worked with Abel before and is executive producing the upcoming Pigeons & Planes compilation album—is on all 19 dates of this leg.
As seen above, pieces of the stage design have been teased on Instagram in recent days. According to creative director La Mar Taylor, The Weeknd’s 2021 Super Bowl performance provided the team with ideas on how to give fans the best experience for this tour.
“We definitely took inspiration from the Super Bowl performance—and expanded it,” Taylor—who also teased that fans can expect “big moments” from earlier in Abel’s discography to be incorporated into the concept-driven, new songs-emphasizing setlist—revealed on Thursday.
Still on the horizon for Weeknd fans is the HBO series The Idol, which sees Abel linking up with Euphoria creator Sam Levinson. A premiere date for the series has not been announced.
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