A powerhouse voice and a larger than life personality, Adele has everyone captivated. Her latest album “25” selling 1.71 million CDs and 1.64 million digital copies in its first week alone, showcases the power of Adele. Celebrated for her ingenuity, with no back up dancers or lip syncing, Adele is pretty much, the real deal. She once famously said "I make music for ears, not eyes.”
Having garnered so much love it came as a huge shock to fans to learn that the last two dates of her world tour, which began in 2016, would be cancelled. In a twitter statement she regretfully shared,
“To say I'm heartbroken would be a complete understatement.” She further explained "I'm already maxed out on steroids and aids for my voice. I've considered doing Saturday night's show but it's highly unlikely I'd even make it through the set and I simply can't crumble in front of you all and walk out on you in that way."
With a total of 123 dates out of which 121 have been completed, the tour was scheduled to close with a final 2 shows at Wembley Stadium. Adele had complained of vocal difficulties and restrictions before the total of 4 forthcoming shows at the stadium. However, the show must go on and as a result of inner strength, resilience and the promise made to fans Adele somehow managed to power through 2 out of the 4 intended shows.
The unforeseen shift in plans is due to a vocal chord condition, which she previously suffered from in 2011, and medical advice urging her to rest her voice. The tour spanned across UK & Ireland, Europe and America, no doubt putting strain on her vocal capabilities.
In a handwritten letter, written before she began her shows at Wembley Stadium, she addressed whether she would ever return for another tour.
“Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn't suit me particularly well. I'm a real homebody and I get so much joy in the small things. Plus I'm dramatic and have a terrible history of touring. Until now that is! I've done 119 shows and these last 4 will take me up to 123, it has been hard out an absolute thrill and pleasure to have done. I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favourite artist have had on me live. And I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don't know if I'll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home. Thank you for coming, for all of your ridiculous love and kindness. I will remember all of this for the rest of my life.”
Adele thanked her husband Simon Konecki and her son Angelo for their support and asserted,
“If my relationship with Simon or my relationship with Angelo started to flounder a bit now, I would pull out of my tour,” she then said. “My life is more important to me than anything I’m doing because how the f--k am I supposed to write a record if I don’t have a life? If I don’t have a real life, then it’s game over anyway.”
She concluded her statement with “I Love you. Goodnight for now.”
Her fans are crestfallen yet optimistic and hope that this not the end of the road but just a pit stop, perhaps one day this will be “Water under the bridge”.