The Weeknd performed in Los Angeles last night (December 18) as part of his Vevo Presents show.
He performed songs from latest album ‘Starboy’, which NME described as “capable of brilliant bluntness about intoxication and sex – usually at the same time.”
During ‘Sidewalks’, The Weeknd brought out Kendrick Lamar to do his featured verse on the song. The crowd doesn’t initially seem to realize that it’s Kendrick rapping in the flesh until he appears from the back of the stage. Watch clips from the performance below.
In a new interview with Billboard, The Weeknd gave an insight into what kind of stage set-up he’ll adopt when he sets out on the road next year in support of ‘Starboy’ on the ‘Legend of the Fall World Tour’.
“Environment is very important to me,” The Weeknd said. “Sometimes I have to perform during the day for festivals, and my music does not work in the daytime. It is nighttime music. When you come to my show, I want it to feel like opera, like a theatre. The darkness is important for me.”
He also revealed that he’s working with set designer Es Devlin for his tour – Devlin has notably worked with Kanye West, Beyoncé and Adele on their live set-up.
“Her real passion is theatre and opera. She looks at the job different than every other set designer,” he said. “It’s art – it’s not about lighting or crazy effects. It’s about what you’re looking at, and the audience is part of that moment. It’s very three-dimensional. Look at Kanye’s [Saint Pablo] shows – he changed the game. We’re looking at floor seats differently now in arena shows. I want to animate the space like that on this tour.”