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The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.

Fans battled weather and traffic for The Weeknd in Tampa

The Thursday night concert packed Raymond James Stadium for a sold-out show.
The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
The Thursday night concert packed Raymond James Stadium for a sold-out show.
Published Aug. 5|Updated Aug. 5

A year and a half after his Super Bowl halftime show at Raymond James, The Weeknd returned to Tampa for his After Hours Til Dawn stadium tour. And what a battle it was to get there.

The singer meant to hit Tampa in 2020 for a tour celebrating his “After Hours” album. It was pushed back multiple times thanks to the pandemic, then canceled and rebranded the After Hours Til Dawn tour (by the time it was deemed safe enough to tour, he’d already dropped another album, 2022′s Dawn FM). Doja Cat was set to open, but pulled out.

On Thursday, a thunderstorm threatened the long-awaited outdoor show. Inclement weather around 6 p.m. forced the stadium to temporarily close its parking lots and cancel the first opener, Mike Dean. A traffic jam surrounded the stadium for hours. The Weeknd came onstage about 20 minutes late, giving eager fans extra time to get inside.

We do not have a full review: This reporter was stuck in said traffic jam for two hours and there was not a ticket as promised for her when she finally did arrive. Still, photographer Luis Santana captured moments from the first few songs as The Weeknd emerged into a sold-out stadium from fog and colored lights. Here’s what he saw.

The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Fans cheer while watching The Weeknd perform on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
Fans cheer while watching The Weeknd perform on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Fans cheer while watching The Weeknd perform on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
Fans cheer while watching The Weeknd perform on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa.
The Weeknd performs on stage during the After Hours Til Dawn Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 in Tampa. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
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