The Weeknd is releasing a new album, After Hours, in a couple of weeks, and last night he was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. All of his live performances and music videos from this album era so far have been tied together by the same outfit (a red suit jacket) and the same facial injuries (bandaged nose, bloody face), and SNL was no exception.
Abel Tesfaye did his previously released single, “Blinding Lights,” first, and then debuted a brand-new song called “Scared To Live,” which includes a bit of Elton John’s “Your Song.” He was joined by his Uncut Gems affiliate Oneohtrix Point Never.
The Weeknd participated in a sketch called “On The Couch,” singing a song alongside Kenan Thompson and Chris Redd about sleeping on the couch after getting into a fight. He also popped up on Weekend Update to provide his own Weeknd Update.
Check out his SNL appearance below.
After Hours is out 3/20 via XO/Republic.