“San Francisco, I think we’re going to have a long-term relationship, ” the Weeknd exclaimed near the end of his set. Who knew giving away your music for free online would lead to such stardom? Eight million downloads later, the Weeknd’s star has never been brighter. Seeing him evolve from unknown to R&B superstar fairly quickly is actually quite amazing, especially evident in his live performances.
The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, holds more poise and boldness on stage nowadays. Oozing with confidence and charm, Tesfayae closed out his “King of the Fall Tour” Saturday night in San Francisco with his second sold-out show in two days. An electric Bill Graham Civic Auditorium cheered on Tesfaye as he seduced the crowd. Singing hits such as High For This, Kiss Land, House Of Balloons, Wanderlust and Rolling Stone, Tesfaye bounced around the whole stage soaking up the adoration and ecstasy from his fans. Tesfaye also performed his cover of Beyonce’s Drunk In Love.
Openers Jhene Aiko and Schoolboy Q also didn’t disappoint as they warmed up the crowd. Aiko opened the show with a silky smooth R&B set performing hits from her debut album, Souled Out. Schoolboy Q pumped up the Civc Center with his energetic and bass-heavy set, performing hits such as Hands On The Wheel and Studio as well as repping his latest album, Oxymoron.
Photos and words by Jason Demetillo.