Adele: Glamourous Las Vegas Premiere


What happened at the glamorous premiere of Adele's shows in Las Vegas.

Adele kicked off her 'Weekends With Adele' shows in Las Vegas with a spectacular night, ten months after she postponed their start literally at the last minute.

On November 18, Adele finally took the stage at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace and teared up several times as she sang in front of an audience of more than 4,000 people, which included her son, 10-year-old Angelo, and her partner, sports agent Rich Paul .

"Thank you so much for coming back to me," he told the crowd, according to the Guardian. "It looks exactly as I imagined it."

Adele opened the show with her hit 'Hello' and went on to perform songs including 'Easy On Me', 'Rumour Has It', 'Skyfall', 'Someone Like You', 'Rolling In The Deep', 'Set Fire To The Rain' and 'When We Were Young'. While performing the last piece, she went into the audience and at one point hugged her partner.

The British singer appeared in an off-the-shoulder black velvet dress, paired with a silk wrap that was fastened around her waist with a gold pin, and no shoes.

"She will be barefoot," her stylist, Jamie Mizrahi, told The Wall Street Journal. “Or, actually, we have socks if he wants them. So the dress has to be floor-length," she explained.

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On January 20, one day before she was scheduled to start her Las Vegas shows, Adele tearfully announced in a video posted to Instagram: “Listen, I'm so sorry, but my show is not ready. We really tried to do everything we could to get it ready in time and good enough for you, but we were completely devastated by the delivery delays and COVID.”

During her Nov. 18 premiere, Adele responded to the backlash over postponing her shows.

“I would really like to thank Caesars because a lot of crap has been written about me since I canceled my concerts. I'm telling you 90 percent of it is completely made up – there were rumors that I'm changing hotels and I'm changing theaters and all that and not once did they ask any questions,” he said.

The truth is, no one complained. If nothing else, the 4,100 spectators, which spotted James Corden, director Baz Luhrmann, Apple CEO Tim Cook and British rapper Stormzy (who sat with her beau Rich Paul), as well as Rob Stringer and Sony Music Group's Afo Verde, were visibly excited to attend Adele's premiere, as evidenced by their voices and multiple standing ovations.

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Still, Adele was nervous and made it known at the start of the show as she sang 'Hello' and warmed up her voice. "I'm so scared and so happy," she confessed, before asking the audience: "How are you all doing?"

Adele explained that she wanted the show to "start low" with just her and a piano and also warned the audience that she included few up-tempo songs so they would take the opportunity to dance when the time came. "I don't know what I was thinking," she said of loading the show with ballads.

"I've got a lot to tell you," Adele continued with her characteristic sense of humor.

“It's a damn huge week for me, it's the finale of 'Walking Dead' on Sunday! And it's also the Grammys and the World Cup… I'm talking so much because I'm so stressed,” she continued.

Adele joked and entertained the audience with stories for a total of nearly 30 minutes during the two-hour show, covering a wide range of topics, from the weather (unseasonably cold in Las Vegas) to her "love of sitting" and the mechanics of the show .

In fact, she made sure to make the night of two Canadian spectators by moving them from the worst seats in the place to the center of the orchestra (she plans to repeat the move in the next concerts), while at some more fans she threw t-shirts with a special weapon.

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As the night progressed, it became increasingly clear that the "wook en tu pollo ew" approach complemented the music in a way that didn't distract, but enhanced the quality of the performance.

In addition to the falling rain and flames accompanying 'Set Fire To The Rain', videos of the stunning Adele along with images of scenic landscapes and a wall of musicians playing strings added a touch of sophistication to the show.

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But what really made the show truly worthwhile was Adele's promise that it would be a personal experience. She lived up to it in every way, as she walked up and down the aisles, meeting and kissing her fans and asking about their lives, Variety reports.

"The only reason I wanted to perform in a small room was to be with you," Adele said during an emotional moment just before the encore of "Rolling In The Deep" and "Love Is A Game."

“I was just hanging around London when I was 21 and wrote an album that ended up changing my life. I had no idea that my life would eventually become what it is today. Every day, I live an out-of-body experience," he added.

Adele's performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas are expected to run through March 25, 2023.

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