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It was to mark the next glorious chapter in a story that had already brought a working-class girl from urban London to Los Angeles and had riches beyond the wildest dreams of most people.
But Adele insists she had no choice but to cancel her highly lucrative Las Vegas residency — a decision she gladly admits was the worst moment of her career — because it lacked the intimacy of her previous shows.
The multimillionaire singer dismayed fans, many of whom had already paid to see her on stage at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, after she canceled her string of performances in a tearful Instagram post just hours before her first performance in January.
Speaking: Adele insists she had no choice but to withdraw from her highly lucrative Las Vegas stay, but insists her new series of shows will “tell the story of her career”
Looking back at the moment she pulled the plug during an interview with ELLEAdele, 34, admits the decision came when she performed a sound check in the cavernous venue while looking out for rows upon rows of empty seats.
“There was just no soul in it,” she said. “The stage setup was wrong. It was very disconnected from me and my band, and it lacked intimacy. And maybe I tried too hard to give it those things in such a controlled environment.’
She also reportedly had problems with the arrangement of the pool of water she would stand in, comparing it to an “old pond.”
Adele described the pool as a ‘bagy old pond’ and refused to stand in the middle of it,’ a source said.
After leaving Vegas, the singer admits she struggled to cope with the fallout from her cancellation, but refused to backtrack on the decision.
Devastated: When Adele tearfully announced that her show ‘just isn’t done yet’, fans had hoped it wouldn’t be long before she rearranged her performances
“The first few months were very, very difficult,” she said. “But it made my confidence grow, because it was a very brave thing to do.
“And I don’t think many people would have done what I did. I am very proud of myself for standing up for my artistic needs.’
She will now focus on a brand new show after personally overseeing the creative direction, with the first priority being to create the intimacy she felt was missing from her original set.
Rebellious: After leaving Vegas, the singer admits she struggled to cope with the consequences of her cancellation, but refused to backtrack on the decision
The star called her renewed plans for the 32 concert dates, which run from November 18, 2022 to March 25, 2023, “nostalgic” and insisted that it tell the story of her career.
She said: ‘I want to tell the story from the beginning of my career until now. I won’t give too much away, but the show is growing.
“It’s all about the music, and it’s really, really nostalgic. It’s going to be so beautiful.’
Close: Adele with boyfriend of sports agent Rich Paul, who has reportedly been involved in the development of her new show
In January, Adele told fans, many of whom were already in Las Vegas at the time, several reasons why she was pushing back the residency.
“My show isn’t done yet,” she said. “We tried absolutely everything to put it together on time, and to make it good enough for you. But we are absolutely devastated by delivery delays and COVID.”
After the rescheduled dates for the performance were leaked, the singer took to Instagram to finally confirm that the show will begin in November, while thanking fans for their “patience.”
Insiders at the Caesars Palace camp told TMZ in May that the resort and Live Nation had to come to a workable agreement with the singer within a month for the show to go ahead.
Adele’s friend Rich Paul, a top sports agent, had apparently started negotiations for the show, which was reportedly going to bring in $150 million.
The sources said Adele had multiple points of contention about the show, including but not limited to the choir and sound system.