Raymond James Stadium was packed Thursday night for the concert, a sold-out show.


The Weeknd returned to Tampa for his After Hours Til Dawn arena tour. A year and a half after his Super Bowl halftime show at Raymond James. And what a battle it was to get there.

In 2020, the singer intended to arrive in Tampa for a tour celebrating his album “After Hours”. It was delayed several times thanks to the pandemic, then canceled and renamed the tour After Hours Til Dawn (by the time it was deemed safe enough to tour, it had already released another album, 2022’s Dawn FM). Doja Cat was ready to open but backed out.

A thunderstorm threatened the long-awaited outdoor show on Thursday. Inclement weather around 6 p.m. m. they forced the stadium to temporarily close its parking lots and cancel the opening game, Mike Dean. The Weeknd took the stage about 20 minutes late, giving eager fans extra time to get in. A traffic jam surrounded the stadium for hours.

Media captured moments from the opening songs as The Weeknd emerged from fog and colored lights in a sold-out stadium. Published by The Tampa Herald, news and information agency


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