As he’s gearing up for his big Super Bowl 2021 halftime show in Tampa, The Weeknd shocked fans by announcing his highly anticipated rescheduled After Hours World Tour dates — now set for 2022. The original tour was set to begin in 2020, but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now kicking off on January 14, 2022, with two shows in Vancouver, British Columbia, the tour will run through May 1 in Washington. In addition to fulfilling all of the previously postponed dates, including a three-night stint at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, he has announced nearly a dozen new dates, including a stop at the in-construction UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y. — marking the first concert at the new center.
Previously purchased tickets for the original dates will be valid at their rescheduled show, with new tickets going on sale Monday, February 8, a day after The Weeknd’s halftime performance show.
The Weeknd — real name Abel Tesfaye — is sparing no expense as he is preparing for his Super Bowl LV gig. Page Six reported that the “Starboy” crooner dropped a whopping $100,000 on a $9.1 million six-bedroom mansion on nearby Davis Island for his stay while he is in Florida. The 6,000-square-foot abode features a pool, stunning views and a private dock.
The “Blinding Lights” singer is so dedicated to making sure his performance is a hit that he has spent millions out of pocket to make sure it’s done right. “Abel spent almost $7 million of his own money beyond the already generous budgets to make this halftime show be what he envisioned,” his publicist spilled.
In honor of Black History Month, the Grammy winner teamed up with food delivery service Postmates to gift 150 free meals to Florida frontline workers at AdventHealth Carrollwood hospital.
Each meal was prepared by Mama's Southern Soul Food, a popular Black-owned restaurant in Tampa Bay. "It's the first day of #BlackHistoryMonth and we're kicking it off with @theweeknd and a surprise in Tampa Bay," the official Twitter account for Postmates wrote on Monday.
The Super Bowl airs Sunday, February 7, on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET.