The Weeknd just kept us up ‘After Hours’! The Canadian crooner brought his A-game to the ‘SNL’ stage and we were grooving right along!
The Weeknd, 30, sounds better than ever! The Toronto-based singer — born Abel Tesfaye — just debuted his new song “Scared To Live Again” and we felt like he was singing right to us. The emotional new track delves into a tense past relationship, and the struggles both of them have after a break-up. “When I saw the signs I shouldn’t have let you go, but I kept you beside me/And if I held you back, at least I held you close/Should have known you were lonely,” he sings, showing off his incredible range. “I know things will never be the same…the whole reason you forgot to love,” he croons.
Rocking that same bloody nose and red dinner jacket ensemble from the short film titled After Hours (tying the name of the album and the song together), Abel is taking some serious cues from the ’80s and the legendary Michael Jackson. Even the bright stage lights were giving us Dynasty vibes, and he totally owns it! “Scared to live again, scared to live again,” he belts out on the chorus, singing about his ex who finds it difficult to move on after only knowing how to love him. While it’s unclear who the track might be about, it definitely seems pointed at a first-love situation from way back rather than his more recent romances with Bella Hadid and Selena Gomez. Unexpectedly, the track also samples Elton John‘s iconic “Your Song” — particularly the memorable line, “I hope you don’t mind.”
For his first performance, The Weeknd came out strong with lead single “Blinding Lights.” The synth-heavy tune had us dancing right on our couch and it was truly one of the best performances we’ve seen on SNL in a long time! Early on in the performance, Abel tossed out his ear piece, possibly due to hearing issues — but that didn’t stop him from showcasing his stellar talent. “I look around and Sin City’s cold and empty (oh)/No one’s around to judge me (oh)/I can’t see clearly when you’re gone,” he sang — faux-bloody nose and red jacket in-tact — as he walked around the stage. “Oo