Category: The Weeknd

Review: The Weeknd at Hollywood Forever

 Singer Abel Tesfaye of The Weeknd performs onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California.
The buzzy story out of Saturday night's Hollywood Forever set by the haunting, villainous R&B act the Weeknd was that Drake came by for an extended guest vocal slot. But Drake's more interesting turn on the mike came right afterward.

"I remember the first time I heard the Weeknd," he said in a quick soliloquy to a rapt sold-out audience (save for the one attendee who tried to throw a drink at him). "I was in Toronto, and it was raining. I heard two songs, 'What You Need' and 'The Party & the After Party,' and I thought, 'This is greatest thing to happen to music in a long time.' " 

Drake is known for many moods -- self-regard and self-loathing among them. But he's not usually humble and spotlight-surrendering. That makes his praise for Abel Tesfaye's ensemble all the more interesting. Did we just watch a major new star get made this weekend?

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The Weeknd to play Hollywood Forever on May 5

Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, performs at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio on Sunday, April 15, 2012.

The creepy and gauzy Toronto R&B act the Weeknd made its Southland-area debut at Coachella — some of their first live shows as a band, period — just two weeks ago. But now they've joined Sigur Ros, Flaming Lips and Bon Iver with the distinction of headlining their own show on the Fairbanks Lawn at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Tickets for the act's May 5 headlining date go on-sale at noon Wednesday at an eye-popping $30. Its  Coachella sets got strong reviews though, and we can't think of a more apropos place to hear "Initiation" than atop the graves of a bunch of movie stars.


PHOTOS: Coachella 2012

The Weeknd's headcase R&B

Sigur Ros to play Hollywood Forever in August

— August Brown

Photo: Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd, performs at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio on April 15. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.


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