Teary-Eyed Adele Says She's 'Gutted' After Rescheduling Las Vegas Residency

Jan 21, 2022 by apost team

Award-winning vocalist Adele has been topping the charts since her popular song "Chasing Pavements" hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in 2009. Since then, Adele has given us timeless hits, such as "Hello," "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You," "Skyfall" and "Rumor Has It," among many others.

And although fans had to wait years for her 2021 album, “30,” Adele rewarded fans with a chart-topping and emotionally vulnerable record. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone called it her best album yet, writing that the singer “has never sounded more ferocious than she does on 30.”

“You wouldn’t think it was possible, but her vocals have gotten even more expressive. Adele’s voice is a tank division that can tap dance — the more mature she gets as an artist, the more finesse and tact she brings to the microphone, without sacrificing any of the primal firepower that made her famous in the first place,” he continues.

What’s more, Adele delighted fans with another surprise in 2021. She announced a 12-week long residency at Caesars Palace Hotel called “Weekends of Adele” that would go from Jan. 21, 2022, to April 16, 2022. The residency is not only a huge step for Adele’s career — she’s joining a long line of world-famous artists like Celine Dion and Elvis Presley — but it’s also a great opportunity for fans to see the singer in a more intimate setting.

However, in a tearful video posted to her Instagram account on Jan. 20, a day before her first performance in Vegas, Adele said that she would be delaying the performances due to staffing shortages caused by COVID-19.

Be sure to reach the end of this article to see the full video 

Adele (2016), (Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

“I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready,” the singer said in the emotional Instagram video. “We’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and Covid. Half my crew … are down with Covid — they still are — and it’s been impossible to finish the show.”

“I’m gutted and I’m sorry it’s so last minute,” Adele added. “We’ve been awake for over 30 hours now and we’ve run out of time. I’m so upset and … I’m so sorry to everyone that traveled to get (here).

The three-month residency won’t be canceled outright, however.

“We’re going to reschedule all of the dates, we’re on it right now … I’m gonna finish my show and I’m gonna get it to where it’s supposed to be,” Adele said, reassuring her fans while fighting back tears.

The U.S. has been hit by a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant. In early January, the U.S. recorded nearly 1 million cases in one day, a record-breaking figure that shows just how rapidly the variant is spreading throughout the country. Nevada, in which Las Vegas is the most populous city, recorded a record high of 31,066 cases on Jan. 19, 2022, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

According to the Independent, tickets for Adele’s show in Vegas ranged from around $80 to $680, with some resale tickets going upwards of $29,000. But on the heels of Adele’s most recent album, fans were not deterred by tickets’ prices.

Critics were also looking forward to the residency.


Adele (2017), (Kevin Winter/Getty Images/NARAS)

Writing for The Guardian, Laura Snapes called it “quietly subversive,” noting that “30,” which is largely about the singer’s divorce from Simon Konecki, might challenge the sort of crowd that Vegas attracts.

“She’s playing there for practical reasons: she hates touring and wants to be close to her son at home in Los Angeles. But there is also something quietly subversive about her presence, right now, in a place synonymous with light entertainment and celebrating adult milestones. Once known for supplying comfort and artistic consistency (even complacency, perhaps), Adele made one of last year’s most confrontational albums,” Snapes wrote of the residency.

But fans and critics alike will have to wait to see Adele for the first time since she toured back in 2017. Many fans were supportive of the 33-year-old singer’s announcement on social media.

“I admire your vulnerability and honesty. Be well, stay healthy, and take the time you need,” one fan commented in response to Adele’s video.

“Minor set back for a major comeback! We still love you 💕 thoughts and prayers for you and your team,” another follower added.

Other concertgoers were clearly frustrated, however.

“It’s my birthday and I am on an airplane right now using the last of my vacation time for a whole year to see you along with some non-refundable deposits and a week of babysitting... I’m sad you couldn’t decide this until the last minute,” the celebrity chef Guy Fieri tweeted, according to the Independent.

As of Friday, Jan. 21, Adele has yet to release new dates, though her post’s caption reassured fans that “all dates will be rescheduled.”

Did you have tickets to Adele’s Vegas residency? How do you feel about Adele’s announcement? Are fans right to feel angry, or are they being too harsh? Let us know, and be sure to pass this news on to others.

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