The Weeknd’s ‘Starboy’ tour is mesmerizing

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent

   One might assume that a huge starship hovering over and covering most of a stage, parts shifting and color changing all the while, would distract from whoever is performing. Usually they would probably be right. However it was evident that people attending The Weeknd’s stop at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte on Wednesday as part of the Starboy: Legend of The Fall tour were uninterested in this part of the concert when the set began, as his dedicated fans sang along to every word and watched the R&B powerhouse move across the stage.
The setlist was comprised mostly of songs off of his latest release, “Starboy,” along with other hits such as “Earned It” and “Can’t Feel My Face.” The opening acts were rapper Belly and Mississippi-native rapper duo Rae Sremmurd, who are also brothers. Both artists came back out during The Weeknd’s set, with Rae Sremmurd performing their hit “Black Beatles.”
   The show featured song after infectious song, with what seemed like the entire crowd on their feet the whole show. Notably, The Weeknd never busted any serious moves during the show, mostly just strutting across and around the stage, a significant departure than what is expected from many modern pop and R&B acts. The crowd did not seem to mind, with many appearing mesmerized by the act.
Described by The Weeknd himself as “the biggest party in North Carolina,” the audience certainly embraced his place as the “Starboy” of the show. The tour is a must-see for long time fans as well as those who have become familiar with the entertainer through his latest release.

Jakob S. Miller is a sophomore at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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