Live Review: The Weeknd Seduces L.A. at Sexually Charged ‘Kiss Land’ Show
The signs were posted conspicuously around the venue, Los Angeles’ lush Greek Theater, nestled in the hills of the city’s Griffith Park: “Please be advised, tonight’s show contains mature content.”
Being the first of a two-night stand (Sept. 16-17) from mysterious alt-R&B Lothario, the Weeknd, such disclaimers would seem like a moot point. The artist born Abel Tesfaye has built his shadowy persona with a murky morass of sexual songs that celebrate excess, weaving a sonic world of wanton desires, drug-fueled orgies, and always fighting the inevitable pain and shame of the serotonin-depleted comedown.
For the uninitiated, the Weeknd’s rise from mixtape sensation to headlining a pair of well-attended shows at an outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of 5,700 bodies can seem a little sudden for an artist promoting his first official studio album, the recently released Kiss Land.