Despite the laminations of pandemic protocols, the weekend put on an impressive, eerie, and ultra-creative performance during the Super Bowl halftime show.
The weekend Scarborough, Ont. singer spent nearly CAD$9 million of his own money putting together the show, which featured fireworks, lights displays, background musicians, and dozens of dancers in face bandages.
The weekend – real name
Abel Tesfaye – performed most of his show on the stands, transformed into a cityscape with lighting and sets. He was accompanied by a choir made up of singers with blue-tinged robbers and glowing red eyes, adding a sinister touch to his dark, pained but energetic repertoire.
Dressed in a black shirt, tie, and plants with a glittery red jacket and a few dance moves that evoked late Michael Jackson. The weekend, 30, sang a compilation of several of his biggest hits, including “save your tears,” “The Hills” and “Blinding lights.” During “I can feel my face,” trippy hall of mirrors. He mugged straight to a selfie camera, his face pressed up close until. He was injured by dozens of dancers dressed in the same black and red outfit as him but covered in full-face bandages.
The performance at the end after the weekend
and his dancers marched onto the fields, with elaborate display o fireworks. He treated longtime fans to an energetic rendition of “House of Balloons,” . A track off his very first 2011 mixtape of the same title. And brought the stadium down with “Blinding Lights.”
The weekend becomes the first solo Canadian Super Bowl performance, which he said was “an honors” and “a blessing.”. Shania Twain performed at the halftime show in 2003. But she started the stage with No Doubt and Sting. Dan Aykroyd was part of a blues brothers halftime show in 1997, along with John Goodman and Jim Belushi.
The Weekend made an effort to change up his aesthetic for the performance. He told Variety in an interview last Thursday, three days before the game.
“I definitely want to be respectful to the viewers at home. I will still incorporate some of the storyline [from the music videos] _ it’s the very cohesive lesson I’m telling throughout this year, so the story will continue. But they definitely keep it PG for the families,” he called. “I’ll do my best.”
Most of his people appearances over the last few months have involved facial distortions of some kind _ in his post. Recently video,” Save your tears,” he’s wearing prosthetics to imitate the effects of extreme plastic surgery. He was covered in bandage at the AMAs, with 2 black eyes, and had a “broken” nose on. The MTV Video Music singing award. Like the facial “surgery,” the injures weren’t real. But were tied to his 2020 album “After Hours.”
In August he told Esquire that “Blinding Lights,” one of its first singles, is about “how you want to see someone at night. And you’re driving to this person and you’re just blinded by streetlights, but nothing could stop you from trying to this person, because you’re so lonely.
Speaking to Variety
Speaking variety ahead of the show, he called his favorite super Bowl Halftime show of all time. Lady Diana Ross’s performance since 1996. “She just so glamorous and the show just make me smile, “he called.
Other past super Bowl performance princes, Michael Jackson and Bayonne are also influences, he called.
The weekend lastly said he likes playing shows in Tampa because the crowd is “insane”