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The Weeknd cranks out nearly 30 songs at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta

Tens of thousands of fans poured into downtown Atlanta Thursday night for a date with The Weeknd.

Abel Tesfaye, the Canadian singer-songwriter, better known to fans by his stage name, The Weeknd, brought the “After Hours Til Dawn” global stadium tour to Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The night kicked off with the singer emerging from a partially-destroyed building within a decaying city backdrop while performing “Alone Again.” That was followed by “Gasoline.” The Weeknd performed both songs while wearing a mask similar to the one in the “How Do I Make You Love Me?” video. He performed that number just after removing the mask for the third song on the night, “Sacrifice.”

Over the course of the next two hours, The Weeknd delivered a combination of his chart-topping hits, a handful of covers including “Hurricane” by Kanye West and “Low Life” by Future, and songs from his recent albums “Dawn FM” and “After Hours.”

Between hits like “Can’t Feel My Face,” “Starboy,” and “Heartless,” the capacity crowd sang every word right along with the musical superstar. For those fans who had to wait through three tour postponements due to COVID-19, it appeared to be worth the wait.

The Weeknd wrapped up the show with “Save Your Tears,” “Less Than Zero” and “Blinding Lights.”

Up next, the tour heads to Arlington, Texas, for a Sunday night show. It then heads further west for some dates on the West Coast and in Canada. Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road The Final Tour” is the next scheduled concert at the stadium. John is scheduled to play it on Sept. 22.

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