Adele has announced that she was forced to postpone her three-month residency at Last Vegas due to the impact of Covid on her team.
The Easy On Me singer shared the news on social media, repeatedly telling fans she was “so sorry.”
This is all you need to know.
Why did Adele postpone her Las Vegas residency?
Adele revealed that she was forced to postpone her Las Vegas residency performances due to “delivery delays and Covid.” She said half of her team was still out of action due to Covid and despite trying “absolutely everything” to keep the show going, it was “impossible to finish”.
Adele’s Weekends With Adele would have seen the singer perform two shows every weekend through April at the famous Caesars Palace Colosseum theater.
The singer was keen to follow in the footsteps of Celine Dion, Sir Elton John, Madonna and Rod Stewart, who also performed at the 4,300-seat Colosseum theatre.
What did she say on social media?
Posting the same video on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, the singer became visibly upset as she updated fans on the situation.
She said: “I am very sorry, but my program is not ready. We have tried absolutely everything to put it together on time and to make it good enough for you, but delivery delays and Covid have completely destroyed us.
“Half of my crew, half of my team, they are affected by Covid, they still are. It has been impossible to finish the program and I can’t give you what I have right now.
“I am broken. I’m sorry it’s so last minute, we’ve been up for over 30 hours trying to figure it out and we’re out of time.
“I am so upset and really embarrassed and I am so sorry to everyone who has traveled again. I’m really really sorry.
“We’re going to reschedule all the dates, we’re on it right now, and I’m going to finish my show, and I’m going to get it to where it’s supposed to be.
“I’m so sorry, it’s been impossible, we’ve faced so much and he’s just not ready.
“I’m so sorry. I’m sorry.”
When was his residency supposed to start?
Weekends With Adele, her exclusive residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas, was scheduled to begin just hours after the singer announced she was postponing her performances.
She was scheduled to perform her first set on Friday, January 21, 2022.
Caesars Palace tweeted: “We understand the disappointment surrounding the postponement of Weekends With Adele.
“Adele is an incredible artist, supremely dedicated to her music and her fans.
“Creating a show of this magnitude is incredibly complex. We fully support Adele and are confident that her show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be extraordinary.”
What will happen to tickets and what will happen to people with hotel reservations?
Ticket holders for any of the Weekends With Adele will want to keep them as they will be valid for the new dates to be announced later.
Ticketmaster says: “Save your tickets as they will be valid for the new date. You can locate your tickets by logging into your online account. If your event is eligible for a refund or credit, those options will be visible in the Event Details of your order.
Tickets for the performances ranged from $85 (£60) to $685 (£500).
The Caesars Palace website also updated its Weekends With Adele page, stating: “All events originally scheduled for Weekends With Adele at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace from January 21, 2022 to April 16, 2022 have been postponed.
“Guests who have a hotel reservation at a Caesars Entertainment hotel in Las Vegas on January 21 or 22 can cancel for a full refund by calling 800-303-6640.
“All other hotel reservations are subject to normal cancellation policies.”
How has the reaction been?
Reaction to the news online has been mixed, with some telling the singer she’s “done the right thing” but others frustrated by the last-minute nature of the cancellation.
Glennon Doyle, the author behind the book Untamed that Adele has praised so much in the past, commented on her Instagram video, writing, “Covid is killing us mentally because no one is showing us how to adjust our expectations of ourselves and others.
“We’re killing ourselves trying to make things work like in the old world, but we can’t do it. We can’t make things work, but we don’t seem to be allowed to say that.
“Because no one is brave enough to say: No. This cannot be done now. Enough. But you did it, and it’s going to free people, I swear to God.
“You are a beautiful leader even when you don’t know you are leading. Go easy on you.
Fellow singer Pink also commented, “Honey, I’ve been there. The pressure is immense and I am heartbroken for all of you. It will come together and it will be amazing when it does.”
However, not everyone has supported the singer postponing her performances.
One person tweeted: “Why wait until the last minute to announce? I’m on the plane to Las Vegas RN with my hotel booked for opening night tomorrow.
“You must have known the show wasn’t ready yesterday. Yes Covid but you can cancel things 3 days b4. It’s cruel to wait 26 hours until the first show. wasted [flight] and hotel money!!”
Another wrote: “A moment ago I felt sorry for @Adele but now I don’t. Poor fans. Cancellations are written on her set list… Wembley, now Las Vegas. What about Hyde Park? Putting on a show like this in a pandemic and without a plan B was not strategic.
“You have people who traveled to Vegas for your show! They have spent thousands of dollars to come see you and this is how you treat them? This is absolutely unacceptable for people spending their hard-earned money to see you!” another tweeted.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.