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The Weeknd cancels arena shows in favor of larger stadium venues for 2022 tour

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The Weeknd is swapping arenas for stadiums for his 2022 tour, kicking things off in summer instead of January, and canceling stops in some cities.

The pop superstar axed the arena dates previously announced for his "After Hours" tour. Refunds will be issued through the point of purchase and all current ticket holders will be given priority to buy tickets for the stadium shows when they go on sale.

Since announcing that tour earlier this year, with the news timed to his Super Bowl halftime show last February, the Weeknd has been releasing new music ahead of an anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster "After Hours" album released in 2020.

The name of his 2022 tour is now "After Hours 'Til Dawn," according to a Monday post on the Weeknd's Instagram page.

"Due to constraints of arenas and the demand for more shows, I want to do something bigger and special for you, which requires stadiums," The Weeknd wrote.

The stadium tour, starting next summer, will visit North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East. Dates and venues have yet to be announced.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Weeknd cancels arena tour, including Milwaukee show, and teases a stadium tour for 2022