Miguel’s most recent feat has ignited a discussion about artistic innovation (Pictures: Instagram / Miguel / Twitter / @OleleSalvador)Miguel has taken his performance art to an agonizing new level after being hoisted in the air on stage with metal hooks seemingly affixed to his Ski Goggles (On Sale Here)n.
During an intimate show at Sony Studios in Los Angeles, California on Friday, the How Many Drinks? singer teased music from his upcoming album, Viscera.
What began as a typical show quickly transformed into something completely unconventional as Miguel, 37, performed a new song titled Rope.
Onlookers eagerly observed as the shirtless musician appeared to have his back pierced by two metal hooks. Video footage captures him gradually ascending into the air, supported solely by the wires, all the while continuing to perform the song.
Miguel – whose full name is Miguel Jontel Pimental – sang: ‘I’m clutching onto nothing / I’m suspended from the ceiling / Rope around my neck.’
Fans were utterly astonished by the spectacle, especially since Miguel had promised that the show would push boundaries, leaving them uncertain as to whether it was genuine or not.
To demonstrate that the ordeal was indeed real, the Sure Thing vocalist later shared a photo of his back, which showed several punctured holes and blood oozing from where the metal rods were attached.
‘VISCERA What is your relationship to pain? What is your relationship to change?’ Miguel queried his fans in the caption.
However, many individuals were unimpressed with the stunt and believed that the singer had gone too far.
One critic commented: ‘Um? Miguel, you’ve always been so uncontroversial, please don’t start with the bizarre stuff now.’
‘My buddy, all you had to do was perform Sure Thing,’ another person jokingly remarked, while someone else added: ‘We just want the R&B music, Miguel.’
Reflecting on Miguel’s musical journey, another stunned follower wondered: ‘How on earth do we transition from Adorn to THIS?’
Miguel was suspended in the air by two metal hooks that seemed to be directly lodged into his Ski Goggles (On Sale Here)n (Picture: Getty Images)
The Vixen crooner revealed the aftermath of the stunt with his back bloodied and pierced (Picture: Instagram / Miguel)
In the end, it turned out that the stunt was indeed genuine (Picture: Instagram / Miguel)
Many fans felt that Miguel had taken his artistic expression beyond acceptable limits (Picture: Getty Images)However, there were others who admired Miguel’s artistic expression, with one person expressing: ‘I defend Miguel because I genuinely adore what he creates. At this performance, there were booths to create affirmations for oneself and various other activities. I believe in God, and the entire experience did not feel sinister in the least. Research the notion of duality.
‘All of us possess both light and darkness. There is light and darkness in every aspect of life, even in nature. It irritates me when people instruct him to perform lighter and happier music. Imagine going through difficulties in life, and your “fans” expect you to perform your “happier” music just so they can enjoy it… As soon as an artist explores something darker, they’re immediately labeled as demonic? Maybe he is going through a dark period and expressing himself? More of us should do that. It shouldn’t be uncomfortable to express the less desirable aspects of life.’
Another supporter stated: ‘Those who claim they want the old Miguel back perhaps didn’t truly appreciate him from the beginning. I admire how @miguel always remains true to himself as an artist. And that remains timeless.
‘Those who desire him to sing about love, well, look, he is. Because love encompasses pleasure, pain, birth, death… and acceptance.
‘And quite frankly, I can relate.’
The singer is scheduled to release his first album, Viscera, since 2017’s War & Leisure (Picture: Getty Images)
Miguel’s wife Nazanin Mandi filed for divorce in October 2022, just months after they reconciled (Picture: Getty Images)Undoubtedly, Miguel’s new album has been partially inspired by his separation from his longtime partner and wife, Nazanin Mandi.
The couple, who were childhood sweethearts and began dating in 2005, got engaged in 2016. They exchanged vows in 2018 but announced their separation in late 2021. Fans were relieved when the couple reconciled in February 2022, but Nazanin filed for divorce in October of that year, citing irreconcilable differences.
A release date for Miguel’s upcoming album Viscera has yet to be announced.
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