Miguel Teases Album While Aerially Hook-Suspended

Artist pushes boundaries, seeking deep introspection through daring act.

by Nouman Rasool
Miguel Teases Album While Aerially Hook-Suspended
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Miguel, the celebrated R&B artist, astounded fans during a recent intimate album preview in Los Angeles, where he elevated his live act, quite literally, by suspending himself in mid-air using metal hooks pierced through his back.

The promotional event, spotlighting his soon-to-be-released album "Viscera", saw Miguel take the stage and sing "Rope" – a track that poignantly sings, "I'm hanging onto nothing, I'm hanging from the ceiling." The visual representation was both jarring and intense, and the gripping scenes from the performance were quickly circulated across social media platforms.

Even Miguel shared this daring act on his Instagram, cautioning viewers about the graphic content.

Miguel Explores Pain, Trust

Elaborating on his decision to attempt such a stunt, Miguel's caption touched upon themes of trust and vulnerability, emphasizing the need to relinquish the desire for control.

He pondered openly in another post, showing images of his blood-stained back and shirt, asking followers to reflect on their perceptions of pain and change. Speaking with the Los Angeles Times earlier this month, Miguel shed light on this practice of pushing his boundaries through immersive experiences.

He described the act as a blend of spiritual testing, meditative ritual, and a genuine exercise in trust. Sharing his thoughts on the event, the "Sure Thing" singer revealed, "Initially it was about pushing boundaries of expectations.

But the moment those hooks pierced my skin, it became about the genuine purpose and commitment to my art." Describing the sensation of the hooks on his skin, Miguel stated it was a mixture of fear and liberation, with pain being at the center of the experience, leading him to question its very essence.

Fans of the singer are eagerly awaiting the release of "Viscera", his first full-length project since 2017's "War & Leisure". In the interim, he has blessed fans with a series of EPs, notably "Te Lo Dije" in 2019 and "Art Dealer Chic 4" in 2021.

Notably, Miguel graced the 65th GRAMMY Awards at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on February 5, 2023, solidifying his presence in the music industry.