The Weeknd has apologized for canceling a gig near Los Angeles on Saturday night after losing his voice early in the set.
The Canadian musician took the stage at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California as part of his “After Hours til Dawn” tour.
But in the middle of the song, Can’t Feel My Face, he stopped his set and left the stage, before returning to tell the stunned audience that he had to “stop the show”.
“I can’t give you the gig I want to give you right now,” he continued.
The singer-songwriter, real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, said he wanted to make sure everyone got their money back, adding he would be hosting another show “very soon”.
“I want to come out and personally apologize, I’m so sorry, I love you so much,” he told the crowd.
Fans tweeted how he appeared “on the verge of tears” as he left the stage.
The 32-year-old later posted a message on his social media apologizing to fans, telling his 16.6 million Twitter followers: “My voice died out during the first song and I’m devastated. .
“I felt him go and my heart sank.
“My sincere apologies to my fans here. I promise to catch up with you with a new date.”
Furious fans wondered how the Blinding Lights singer could deliver his speech if his voice was gone.
One posted on Twitter: “His voice sounded perfectly fine making that announcement.
“He sang a lot of the show and it sounded good. So you’re telling me he couldn’t have gone on? That’s ridiculous.”
But others slammed members of the public for booing the musician and insisted he deserved the support of his fans.
One said, “These so-called ‘fans’ are too right. Hope Abel recovers soon.”
Another added: “It was heartbreaking to watch. He looks so sad and people are rotten.”
The Weeknd’s hit song Save Your Tears was the fourth best-selling single of 2021after two musical offers from Olivia Rodrigo with Ed Sheeran topping the list with Bad Habits.
Meanwhile Blinding Lights, which went viral on TikTok, then knocked Chubby Checker’s The Twist off the top of Billboard’s Greatest Songs of All Time chart..
According to his tour website, The Weeknd is next scheduled to appear at Rogers Center in Toronto on September 22.
There are no details yet on a rescheduled show in Los Angeles.
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