Adele postpones her Las Vegas residency


Kristopher Harris

Adele performs live in Nashville during her Adele Live 2016/17 tour.

Kate Matthes, Staff Writer

After years without a live concert from Adele, fans were excited to see her return to the stage, but these plans have been disrupted.

Adele announced her Las Vegas residency “Weekends with Adele” in November of 2021. The residency would take place at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace Hotel and begin Jan. 21, ending in April, featuring performances every weekend. The residency would showcase songs off of her most recent album “30.” This album, which was released in Nov. 2021, is the first new music fans have seen from the singer in five years since the release of her album “25” in 2016. Fans were excited to see Adele perform live for the first time in years, but unfortunately Adele made a short-notice announcement postponing her show.

Adele posted an emotional video on her Instagram Jan. 20 just one day before her residency was supposed to begin. In her video she stated, “I’m so sorry but my show ain’t ready. We’ve tried absolutely everything that we can to pull it together in time,” said Adele (Instagram). “I’m sorry it’s so last minute, we’ve been awake for over 30 hours now trying to figure it out. We’ve run out of time, I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone that’s traveled.” She went on to explain that the pandemic had made it difficult to finish the show, “We’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID … half my team are down with COVID, they still are,” said Adele (Instagram).

Adele received many supportive comments from fans across her social media. Musician Pink commented, “Sweetheart I have been there. The pressure is immense and I’m gutted for all of you. It will come together and it will be amazing when it does,” (Instagram). However, with the cancellation being so last-minute there were also fans who were upset. Some had already traveled to Las Vegas and spent money on tickets, hotel expenses and travel fees. Instagram user @Ginalolla commented, “Was doing just a simple acoustic style performance not an option? I’d take that over losing all the money spent on flights and a hotel that will not be refunded. The show must go on? I guess not,” (Instagram). 

Adele’s last live concert tour took place in February of 2016 and continued into 2017 following the release of “25.” The last two shows of this tour at Wembley Stadium in London were also canceled, this time due to a vocal injury. Fans have expressed frustration over Adele’s cancellations; however, Adele said that she is going to “finish the show and get it to where it’s supposed to be,” Adele (Instagram). All of the dates for the residency will be rescheduled, although no more information has been released.