US artist The Weeknd stunned concert-goers last Sept. 3 when he had to abruptly cancel his Los Angeles concert after losing his voice in the early minutes of the show.
Held at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium, the singer (real name Abel Tesfaye) was singing his third song of the night, I Can't Feel My Face when he stopped mid-performance. He took some time to gather himself and discuss with his team while instrumentals played and the sold-out crowd looked on.
He then came out on stage and addressed his fans with the news: "This is killing me, I don’t want to stop the show. But I can’t give you the concert that I want to give you right now," he began as the crowd jeered and roared.
"I’m going to make sure everybody’s good, get your money back, and I’ll do a show real soon for you guys, but I wanted to come out and personally apologize and not tweet it or Instagram it. I wanted you guys to know that I can’t give you what I want to give you," Abel continued as the cheers grew louder.
Shortly after the cancellation, Abel took to Twitter to address his fans. He shared that he was "devastated" and his heart dropped when he felt his voice go.
He iterated his stance that he will make it up to the Los Angeles crowd who were part of the 70,000-seat stadium.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) September 4, 2022
The Weeknd has two upcoming shows this month in Toronto and Sweden, as he has been doing stadium tours for the first time since the pandemic. He has yet to release a statement on the fate of his upcoming shows.