By Joseph Hernandez

R&B superstar The Weeknd brought phase 2 of his “Legend of the Fall” arena tour to the Sprint Center. The Tuesday concert marked the first time he performed in Kansas City, and judging by the crowd’s excitement, it won’t be his last. XO member NAV and Atlanta legend Gucci Mane opened the show and set the stage for what would be an exciting night.

Fresh off the worldwide success of his most recent album, “Starboy”, The Weeknd performed hit songs from that release, previous albums and mixtapes for over 90 minutes to a crowd of at least 14,000 people. For the duration of his performance, the people were on their feet and matching his vocals as best as they could.

The stage setup was one of the most intricate designs the Sprint Center has ever seen. In the background were two video screens that showed fans in attendance as well as close-ups of The Weeknd.

Hanging in the air was something that resembled a spaceship. Throughout the performance, the contraption would drop, rise, tilt, change colors and break apart as if it was also performing for a near sold-out crowd. Lying below was a thin runway ramp which led up to the background where the live band was set up. Along with lights, laser, fog and other assets, the production team certainly earned their money.

The Weeknd walks toward the main stage from the lighted walkway

The Weeknd performs his verse from “Crew Love”. The “King of the Fall” has the entire arena on their feet for his performance. (Photo by Joseph Hernandez)

The performance itself is one of the best Kansas City has seen this year. The Weeknd’s vocals, backed by the live band, meshed perfectly. The song selection mixed a plethora of crowd favorites and songs that showcased just how good of a live singer he is. The songs performed revolved around two major themes in his life: drugs and sex. Those in attendance didn’t seem to mind as they sang along to each and every song performed. Even some of the younger people in the audience joined.

At one point, The Weeknd took off his earpieces and watched as the crowd reached decibel levels similar to their hometown NFL team. Numerous times through his performance, he stopped singing and let the audience fill in the lyrics, to which they happily did. The crowd responded emphatically to a song he released before his worldwide fame. The Weeknd dedicated it to his “real XO fans”.

Abel Tesfaye. Legend. King of the Fall. Whatever you want to call the man known as The Weeknd, there is one name that everyone can agree on: Starboy.

Setlist:

Starboy, Party Monster, Reminder, Six Feet Under, Low Life*, Might Not*, Sidewalks, Crew Love, Often, Acquainted, Or Nah*, Some Way*, Tell Your Friends, Die For You, The Morning, Wicked Games, Angel, Earned It, In The Night, Secrets, Can’t Feel My Face, I Feel It Coming, The Hills

*Indicates songs from other artists that he features on

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