The last time The Weeknd performed “Save Your Tears” was at the 2020 American Music Awards, when his entire face was mysteriously bandaged. Now, he’s showing fans what was really going on underneath.
The R&B crooner reveals faux facial enhancements gone wrong in the new music video for his After Hours track, which places him and his latest makeover center stage at a creepy masquerade show where every attendee is masked up — like they’re at a ball, not in the pandemic. Even though his face isn’t covered with blood and bandaged up, he hasn’t completely ditched his album roll-out aesthetic. The Weeknd dons the same red suit jacket (except this time it’s completely bedazzled) and black leather gloves.
No one in the audience reacts to much, even when the superstar performer — who is slated to perform at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show — showers them with champagne, and the droplets are the only tears anyone can physically experience.
The continuity in his facial reconstruction throughout his After Hours visuals is astonishing: His cut-up face spews blood everywhere in the music video for his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit “Blinding Lights,” then the bandaged star gets decapitated in the “In Your Eyes” video, and later, his head gets reattached onto another man’s body in the even gorier “Too Late” clip.
Watch the “Save Your Tears” music video below.