Abel Tesfaye, the artist formerly known as The Weeknd, had a tumultuous few weeks before taking the stage at Passeio Marítimo de Algés for the first sold-out concert of the second half of the “After Hours til Dawn” tour, with his last two studio albums (respectively After Hours and Dawn FM). In mid-May he officially changed his identity on social media, having reverted to his first name and hinting at The Weeknd’s imminent end. It was not clear then whether this would imply that this tour would be the last chance to hear the songs he wrote over the last fourteen years, guaranteeing only that “as long as The Weeknd has said everything he had to say.” This week, El Ídolo premiered on HBO, the series starring the musician, which has been received with very little enthusiasm by critics.
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