Openers revealed: The Weeknd announced the three musical artists who will replace Doja Cat for his upcoming After Hours Till Dawn Tour of stadiums; he is seen at Coachella in April 2022
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The Weeknd announced three new opening artists who will replace Doja Cat as the openers for his upcoming stadium tour.

Swedish R&B star Snoh Aalegra, Canadian soul singer Kaytranada, and hip hop DJ/producer Mike Dean will play various dates of the After Hours Till Dawn Tour that’s set to begin on Friday, July 8, in Toronto, Canada, according to Variety.

Originally billed as a ‘special guest’, Doja Cat was forced to pull out of the North American jaunt when she had surgery on her tonsils. And while the procedure is admittedly ‘routine’, the Planet Her star revealed the ‘recovery can take awhile due to swelling’ in an Instagram post.

Openers revealed: The Weeknd announced the three musical artists who will replace Doja Cat for his upcoming After Hours Till Dawn Tour of stadiums; he is seen at Coachella in April 2022

Openers revealed: The Weeknd announced the three musical artists who will replace Doja Cat for his upcoming After Hours Till Dawn Tour of stadiums; he is seen at Coachella in April 2022

The After Hours Till Dawn Tour is The Weeknd’s first-ever trek through the world playing stadiums, and is in support of his fourth and fifth studio albums After Hours (2020) and Dawn FM (2022).

It begins with a show on Friday, July 8, at Rogers Centre in the Blinding Lights star’s hometown of Toronto, Canada.

Kaytranada and Mike Dean will serve as the openers for the first nine shows all the way through until the Saturday, August 6, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. 

Snoh Aalegra will replace Kaytranada and join Mike Dean as the opening artists for the next two shows at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on August 11 and 14. 

Opener: Kaytranada will help kick off stadium tour; seen June 21 in Cannes, France

Opener: Mike Dean is also on the opening bill initially; seen in 2015 in Beverly Hills

Opening artists: Canadian soul singer Kaytranada and hip hop DJ/producer Mike Dean will serves as the openers for the first nine shows of the tour, and various other dates

From there, Kaytranada rejoins Dean as the openers for the next three dates: August 18 at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver; August 20 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas; and August 23 at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada.

After two shows with Aalegra back on the opening bill in Seattle and San Francisco, Kaytranada and Dean again team up for the final three concerts of the 19-date trek that ends with two shows at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on September 2 and 3.

Additional legs are planned for Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South America. 

Joining the stadium jaunt: Swedish R&B star Snoh Aalegra will also be added to the opening slot beginning on August 11; seen June 18 in Washington, DC

Joining the stadium jaunt: Swedish R&B star Snoh Aalegra will also be added to the opening slot beginning on August 11; seen June 18 in Washington, DC

Amid reports that Doja had to drop out last month, ‘the phone was ringing’ off the hook with replacement offers,’ according to Omar Al-joulani, Live Nation’s president of touring. 

The After Hours Till Dawn Tour is actually two-years in the making. It was originally set to begin on June 11, 2020, in Vancouver and to conclude on November 16 in London, England. 

However, due to concerns from the COVID-19 pandemic and health concerns related to indoor arena shows, all of the original dates were postponed, instead of cancelled, and re-scheduled in favor of an out-door all-stadium trek.

Super Bowl inspiration: The Blinding Light star's team was inspired by his Super Bowl Halftime performance to switch from arenas to stadiums after original tour was postponed in 2020

Super Bowl inspiration: The Blinding Light star’s team was inspired by his Super Bowl Halftime performance to switch from arenas to stadiums after original tour was postponed in 2020

As a result of the much larger venues on the docket, The Weeknd and his team have had to revamp nearly all of the ideas that were planned for the original 2020 tour.

And it turns out it was his recent Super Bowl Halftime performance that gave them the inspiration and confidence to go big. 

‘We definitely took inspiration from the Super Bowl performance — and expanded it,’ longtime creative director La Mar Taylor disclosed, adding, ‘There were so many restrictions and constraints around that performance that we could not fully realize the vision we had for it. Now we can.’

Going big: In all, this North American leg of the tour consists of 19 dates that begins in Toronto, Canada on July 8, and ends with two shows in Los Angeles on September 2 and 3

Going big: In all, this North American leg of the tour consists of 19 dates that begins in Toronto, Canada on July 8, and ends with two shows in Los Angeles on September 2 and 3

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