Cinco de Mayo in 2012 has been notable for at least two things: the appearance of this year’s supermoon and the Weeknd’s performance at the Hollywood Forever cemetary, where many of the entertainment industry’s luminaries have been lain to rest for decades. Since the early 2000s, the grounds have hosted musical performances and classic film showings, making the cemetary (complete with mausoleums, obelesks and a swan pool with actual swans) into a revived cultural venue. Abel Tesfaye and his touring band join a string of high-profile artists to take the stage there, including Bon Iver and, it was recently announced, Sigur Ros in August.
It was already a high-profile event – the Weeknd played Coachella’s second-largest stage this year and sold out NYC’s Bowey Ballroom in April. But, in what probably makes for his smallest show in years, OVOXO buddy Drake appeared on stage for both “Crew Love” and “The Zone,” from Drake’s lauded Take Care and the Weeknd’s Thursday mixtape, respectively. Drizzy had nothing but good to say about his fellow Toronto native, even going so far as to say that the Weeknd is “one of the best things to happen to music in a long time.”