Ten months after tearfully abandoning Las Vegas show, star finally takes to stage – to rapturous reception from fans and critics
From Lina Das
dmg media (UK)
IT WAS as if the dramas of the preceding ten months had never happened. As Adele took to the stage of the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Friday night to begin her Las Vegas residency at last, the cheers were so deafening that you could almost, well, hear the sky fall. Clad in a stunning black gown, she may just as well have been wearing sackcloth and ashes, such was her contrition. ‘I’m sorry for breaking your heart,’ she sang with feeling, as she launched into her opening number, Hello. And as her fans screamed, she promptly dissolved into a puddle of tears. It was the first of many emotional moments for the 34-year-old Londoner – and full marks go to her make-up artist who ensured that her flawless look did not budge during one of Adele’s weepier moments. ‘I should be giving you a standing ovation,’ she told her fans. ‘Thank you so much for coming back to me.’ The singer, who had tearfully cancelled her scheduled concerts at the last minute in January, managed to get through the two-hour, 20-song set for the nearcapacity 4,100 crowd with barely a glitch. The spectacular show saw rainfall, a piano being set ‘alight’ on a bed of water and Adele firing T-shirts into the auditorium with a plastic gun. While she previously put part of the blame on crew members suffering from Covid for postponing the original dates, reports later claimed she was unhappy with the extravagant scale of the production. She is understood to be earning about £800,000 a night for the 32-night run. Favourites including ChasingPavements and Rolling In The Deep got an airing – but the loudest cheers came as the screens behind her lifted to reveal the 24-strong string section and she belted out Skyfall in true Bond-theme fashion. Alicia Walker, 40, from Alaska, who said she lost about £1,500 on flights and hotels in January, said: ‘Her music helped me out of my depression, so I feel indebted to her for getting me through tough times. And yes, after this, I forgive her.’ As the singer wrapped up her set, pretty much everyone in the audience had forgiven her too. Heart-shaped confetti rained down and, as she disappeared down a trapdoor in a hail of pink glitter, she signed off in typical fashion. ‘I have no idea what I’m embarking on for five months,’ she said, ‘but I can’t f***ing wait.’ Sarah Vine: Page 31 CONGRATULATIONS to Adele for delivering what was, by all accounts, a barnstorming set on the first night of her long-awaited Las Vegas residency. I do wish, though, that she would drop the ‘girl from Tottenham’ schtick. ‘I’m f***ing s **** ing myself,’ she said, arriving on stage to deafening cheers. Really? I’m not saying she should forget her roots, or pretend to be something she’s not, but she’s such a huge talent, such a consummate performer, that the ’umble little me’ act just feels a bit… well, laboured. Especially when she’s reportedly being paid £2million a week.