International R&B superstar The Weeknd held his first ever Japanese concert at the huge Makuhari Messe on December 18, 2018. One glace at this performance is all it took to see the fire he kindled in the crowd.
Japanese singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu appeared as a special guest to open the concert.
Yonezu added fuel to the excitement with his hit track Flamingo and followed it up with Shunrai during which colourful visuals filled the eyes of fans in the crowd. He then gave his respect to The Weeknd: “Although I was thinking of buying tickets [for this show], something bizarre happened and now I’m standing up there. If we continue I think we’ll have something really great. I’ve never had such an honour as to intrude on concert from The Weeknd who’s a global artist. So I’m going give it my all in these last few songs before leaving. I hope you join me.”
He went on to bewitch the crowd with the R&B and trap numbers Moonlight and fogbound before singing his heart out for his 2018 hit Lemon.
The venue cut to black before the stage was lit up with a kaleidoscope of lights to reveal the man everyone had been waiting for: The Weeknd.
The Canadian singer-songwriter kicked off his set with Pray for Me. Fans were taken in by a string of tracks from his album The Weeknd in Japan (Singles Collection) which dropped on November 21 and which this concert was in promotion for. They shot off into the crowd like fireworks, one by one: Starboy, Can’t Feel My Face and so on.
The Weeknd dominated the stage as he moved up and down, shouting to fans “Japan!” and “Tokyo!” who were treated to a dazzling show from start to finish. His love towards Japan was evident throughout―even changing up the lyrics to Wasted Times from “without you” to “without you Tokyo.”
He has been dubbed “the return of Michael Jackson” and his beautiful voice and performance indeed got Makuhari workin’ night. The Weeknd concluded his first concert in Japan with The Hills.
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Kenshi Yonezu ⇒ Hirohisa nakano
The Weeknd ⇒ ©Masanori Naruse
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