As usually happens with Super Bowl halftime acts, the Weeknd used the hoopla around Sunday's big gig to announce a major tour, including a new date in St. Paul. In an unusual but unsurprising twist, though, the tour doesn't start until next year.
The "Blinding Lights" singer announced his Afterhours 2022 Tour on Wednesday morning with a mix of new shows and makeup dates from his postponed 2020 itinerary.
St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center falls in the latter category and will come early in the year, on Jan. 21, just a week after the tour's kickoff date in Vancouver.
Tickets to his postponed June 2020 date in the Twin Cities — which had initially been postponed to June 2021 due to the pandemic — will be valid at the 2022 show. New tickets are also now on sale via Ticketmaster, priced $38-$348.
Sabrina Claudio of "Don't Let Me Down" fame and Travis Scott protégé Don Toliver will be the opening act on the international tour, which extends all way to November 2022 and includes stops near Minnesota in Winnipeg (Jan. 19) and Omaha (April 16).
After spending most of the past year in the Billboard top 10 with "Blinding Lights," the Weeknd is releasing a new anthology this week titled "Highlights" to school fans on the rest of his catalog.
The Toronto-born singer (real name Abel Makkonen Tesfaye) has made the unusual promise that his performance during Sunday's big game in Tampa will be performed entirely live. No guests or other hints of what to expect have been revealed yet.
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