Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 | 10:01 p.m.
R&B singer The Weeknd, birth name Abel Tesfaye, made his Las Vegas debut on Saturday night with a performance at Pure in Caesars Palace. Arriving around 1 a.m. today (so technically early Sunday morning), The Weeknd walked the red carpet before making his way inside the nightclub.
After settling into a VIP booth on the main stage, the 23-year-old took center stage as it neared 1:30 a.m., introduced himself and addressed the crowd: “I go by the name of The Weeknd. I came all the way from Toronto. … Las Vegas is winning my heart.”
The two-song setlist of The Weeknd, who has appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Late Show With David Letterman,” was “Crew Love” and “Remember You.” After thanking the crowd and signing autographs, he returned to his friends in the VIP booth, but wasn’t there for long.
The Weeknd quickly made his way to the Ling Ling Club inside Hakkasan at MGM Grand, arriving after 2 a.m. As DJ Ross One manned the decks, he announced the arrival of The Weeknd, who hopped on the mic to address partygoers and then performed.
While in town, The Weeknd dined at Hakkasan and enjoyed the Hakka steamed dim sum platter, crispy duck salad and jasmine tea-smoked beef short ribs. The Weeknd’s album “Kiss Land” was released in September and reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Thanks to Erik Kabik of Retna for his photo gallery of The Weeknd at Pure and Brenton Ho of Powers Imagery for his photographs of The Weeknd at Ling Ling Club.
What a Las Vegas weekend for The Weeknd!
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.