With each airy high note that The Weeknd hit last night at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, it became harder not to walk away from the concert as a full blown fan. The sultry artist’s taboo lyrics and production set the crowd ablaze as he poured his heart out, singing songs that seemed like they came from his personal diary.
The silence of anticipation overtook the smoke-filled room as the audience awaited the show. The roar of the crowd could be heard from a mile away as the screen dropped, revealing an enlarged projection of The Weeknd’s face. Onlookers cheered and sang along as the video played while the volume in the room exploded upon the drop of the curtain.
Two minutes into the show, it became clear that the audience was entranced. Consumed in every lyric sung, friends and couples danced along to the smooth r&b slow jams of The Weeknd. The lights maintained a dim glow as fog overtook the stage, allowing the crowd to think of the show not as a concert, but as a romantic evening.
Singing hit songs such as “The Morning”, “Wicked Games”, “Crew Love” and “Remember You,” it became evident that the mature content warnings on the doors of the venue were not to be taken lightly. The Weeknd crooned of sexual exploits as he wooed the ladies in the crowd with detailed recollections of his past flames.
Songs that may have seemed similar were quickly differentiated as he enchanted the audience with his vocal capabilities. With each song sung, The Weeknd reaffirmed his status as a vocal powerhouse who most definitely does not hide behind the production of a concert or backup singers.
Needless to say, one night with The Weeknd and you’d be sure to walk away humming to his songs on your iPod.