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The Weeknd cancels world tour, promising 'something bigger'

The artist, born Abel Tesfaye, announced on his Instagram that he wants move his tour to stadiums and is rescheduling the entire tour for next summer.

The artist says he wants a new tour next summer to take place in stadiums

In this photo, The Weeknd attends the LA premiere of Uncut Gems in Dec. 2019. The artist, born Abel Tesfaye, is refunding tickets for his already postponed world tour to regroup for "something bigger" to launch next summer. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/The Canadian Press/AP)

The Weeknd is refunding tickets for his already postponed world tour, telling fans he wants to invest in "something bigger" rather than move forward with the planned shows.

The Toronto pop superstar was scheduled to begin a massive tour for his After Hours album starting with two nights in Vancouver on Jan. 14 and 15, 2022.

After that, he was booked to play Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal, with more stops in the United States and Europe.

However the artist, born Abel Tesfaye, announced on his Instagram that he wanted to move his tour to stadiums and is rescheduling the entire tour for next summer.

"Due to constraints of arenas and the demand for more shows I want to do something bigger and special for you which requires stadiums," Tesfaye wrote on social media.

He says all tickets for the planned tour will be automatically refunded and ticket holders "will be given priority to buy tickets for the stadium shows when they go on sale." The tour had already been postponed twice as promoter Live Nation dealt with the fallout of COVID-19 on large gatherings.

Future dates and prices for the renamed After Hours til Dawn tour have yet to be revealed.

A promotional image for the revamped tour mentions South America, Asia, Australia, Africa and the Middle East alongside regions that were charted for the original run of shows.

The Weeknd's change of plans was met with mixed reaction online Monday with some fans expressing frustration with the performer's decision to cancel an already postponed tour, forcing them to go through the ticket buying process again.

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