This is a very legendary venue, and I want to thank you for helping me sell it out,” The Weeknd told his audience at the United Center — his first U.S. stop of ‘The Madness Fall Tour’. Considering that all future shows have already sold out, this is a statement of gratitude he’ll be able to repeat at every tour stop.
Kicking off the Friday night madness was Travis Scott, who got everyone from the front rows to the rafters raging. True to his Houston upbringing, Travis showcased chopped and screwed versions of his most turnt-up hits. Banks promptly followed Scott as the intermission with selected tracks from her latest record, Goddess. When Abel finally arrived on stage, he appropriately opened with ‘Real Life’, the intro track of his #1 album, ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’. On a fire-lit stage, The Weeknd performed his latest album in its entirety, alongside selected mixtape-era tracks for his day-one fans.
Despite the otherwise dormant city on a cold Friday night, The Weeknd delivered on his promise of bringing madness to the 20,000+ person venue. If you missed the Chicago show, hit the slide for a front row view.