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The Weeknd stops concert over vocal issues

Mid-performance, he stopped singing and walked off the stage. A short time later, the Weekend walked back out and apologized to the audience.
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The Weeknd performs in Vancouver, British Columbia on Aug. 23, 2022. The Weeknd suddenly ended his sold-out concert in Southern California after losing his voice during a mid-song performance. The four-time Grammy winner was performing his third song “Can’t Feel My Face” before he abruptly stopped his show Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

LOS ANGELES — The Weeknd suddenly ended his sold-out concert in Southern California after losing his voice during a mid-song performance.

The four-time Grammy winner was performing his third song of the night, “Can’t Feel My Face” before he abruptly stopped his show Saturday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. He then walked off stage, eventually returned and told the audience he lost his voice.

When he walked back onstage, the Weeknd apologized for canceling the show and promised the audience a refund.

“I’m going to make sure everyone is good, you’ll get your money back,” he told the crowd. “But I’ll do a show real soon for you guys.”

The singer added: “I can’t give you what I want to give you.”

After the show's unusual end, the Weeknd went on social media to explain that he’s devastated after his “voice went out” during the first song.

The singer didn't say what had caused the vocal issue, or if it was a recurring problem. 

“Felt it go and my heart dropped,” he wrote. “My deepest apologies to my fans here. I promise I’ll make it up to you with a new date.”

The next tour date scheduled for the “After Hours Til Dawn” tour is Sept. 22 in Toronto.

The Weeknd isn't the first musician in recent months to cut a concert short for health reasons. 

Carlos Santana collapsed onstage during a July 5 performance near Detroit, Michigan, passing out and being taken off by paramedics. He later confirmed on social media that the collapse was caused by dehydration and heat exhaustion. 

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