The pandemic ensures that the Weeknd’s halftime efficiency on the Tremendous Bowl will probably be like none earlier than. And in a short interview for the NFL Community posted Thursday, he revealed one other break with custom: There will probably be no particular visitor.
Requested by sportscaster Kay Adams, he laughs and shakes his head earlier than saying: “I’ve been studying numerous rumors… I wouldn’t guess on it. There wasn’t any room to suit it within the narrative, within the story I used to be telling within the efficiency. So yeah. There’s no particular visitors.”
So, it appears there gained’t be anybody like Beyonce, Travis Scott, Bruno Mars, Missy Elliott, M.I.A. or every other Tremendous Bowl halftime particular visitors from latest years — or previous collaborators like Daft Punk, Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, Rosalia or Doja Cat — becoming a member of him within the narrative he’s referring to, which is the lengthy and sophisticated bad-night-in-Vegas storyline that has performed out in movies, photographs and tv appearances round his “After Hours” album. It entails the red-jacketed, busted-nose character featured within the album paintings and started again in November of 2019 with a pair of songs — the smash singles and movies “Blinding Lights” (which was Selection‘s Hitmakers Document of the 12 months) and “Heartless.” Whereas It begins off with just a few too many drinks and a battle, however then the story turns into extra surreal, apparently involving possession by an evil spirit, decapitation and extra.
And simply when the bandaged-nose began to appear regular, the Weeknd appeared together with his face absolutely wrapped in bandages throughout his actually explosive look on the American Music Awards in November, like an individual who’d simply had cosmetic surgery — and the “Save Your Tears” video made it appear to be that’s precisely what occurred.
Whereas the Weeknd addressed the bandages in an unique interview with Selection earlier this week — primarily saying that they’re a commentary concerning the self-importance surrounding celebrities — he didn’t present a lot perception as to what the story itself means or the place it’s going. He spoke with Selection about it s in our cowl story again in April, however didn’t reveal a lot: “This character is having a extremely dangerous evening, and you’ll provide you with your individual interpretation of what it’s.”
Throughout a press convention on Thursday, he did reveal that the efficiency will probably be extra “PG” (-rated) than his usually gory or disturbing movies; that the efficiency will happen within the stands in addition to on the sector (“We sort of constructed the stage throughout the stadium”); and confirmed that the efficiency will “incorporate among the storyline [from the videos] — it’s a really cohesive story I’m telling all through this yr, so the story will proceed.”
He declined three separate instances to supply extra particulars than these, saying at one level, “I don’t prefer to spoon-feed the viewers, hopefully they will provide you with a few of their very own theories and conclusions for what the present is saying and the story I’m telling with the efficiency.”