Weekends with Adele

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Weekends with Adele
Residency by Adele
Promotional poster for the residency
LocationLas Vegas
VenueThe Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Associated album30
Start date18 November 2022 (2022-11-18)
End date15 June 2024 (2024-06-15)
No. of shows100
Attendance100,000 (24 shows)
Box office$52.8 million (24 shows)
Adele concert chronology
  • Adele Live 2016
    (2016–2017)
  • Weekends with Adele
    (2022–2024)
  • Adele in Munich
    (2024)

Weekends with Adele is the first concert residency by English singer Adele, held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Initially scheduled to commence on 21 January 2022, she postponed it due to production delays and her team contracting COVID-19. Adele rescheduled the residency to begin on 18 November 2022, and after being extended, it is set to conclude its run on 15 June 2024. As part of it, she performs two shows at the venue every weekend.

Its set list is the longest of Adele's career and includes songs from multiple of her studio albums. The shows have a minimalistic beginning, with just Adele and a pianist, and later incorporate a band, background vocalists, an orchestra, and production elements like pyrotechnics, a waterfall, and a pool. Adele disappears in a vanishing act at the end of every show. Weekends with Adele received acclaim from critics, several of whom thought the rescheduled shows were worth the wait and praised the production and her vocal performance.

Background[edit]

In 2016, Adele embarked on her third concert tour, Adele Live 2016, which ran through multiple continents and lasted 121 shows.[1][2] She closed the tour with a series of shows at Wembley Stadium, during one of which she passed a handwritten note to attendees admitting she may not tour again: "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 [...] 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."[3][4] Adele cancelled the final two performances due to medical advice after she damaged her vocal cords.[5][6] She would keep a low profile during the following years.[7]

Adele announced her fourth studio album, 30, on 13 October 2021, and announced it would be released on 19 November of the same year. On the day following the announcement, "Easy on Me" was released as the lead single from the album.[8] In a November interview, Adele stated that she really wanted to tour in support of 30 but would most likely not do it: "This album? No, probably not. I'd love to. [...] It doesn't sit right with me putting an album out this year and then touring it in 2023."[9] She further denied rumours of an impending concert residency in an interview with Rolling Stone.[10]

However, on 30 November, Adele announced the residency Weekends with Adele. It was planned to take place between 21 January and 16 April 2022, with Adele performing two shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas every weekend (24 total shows).[11] The 100,000 tickets that went on sale sold out within six hours, resulting in an average gross of 2.2 million dollars (1606000 British pounds) per show.[12][13] The Guardian's Ben Beaumont-Thomas commented that since Vegas residences had been frequent among artists who were past their commercial peak, Adele was an outlier. But he thought it suited her situation due to its proximity to her son and his father's residence, her aversion to touring giant venues, and the intimate material on 30 which would resonate better with a smaller audience.[14] It was also meant to circumvent the challenges posed to traditional concert tours by the COVID-19 pandemic.[15]

Postponement[edit]

On 20 January 2022, one day before the residency was scheduled to begin,[16] Adele uploaded a video of herself crying and announcing its postponement on Instagram.[17] Adele cited half of her team having COVID-19 as a reason along with production delays,[18][19] saying "I'm so sorry, but my show ain't ready. We've tried absolutely everything that we can to put it together [but] we've been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID. Half my crew, half my team are down with COVID."[20][21] Caesars Palace issued a statement supporting her decision to postpone and said they were confident that the rescheduled shows would "be extraordinary".[22][23] The following day, Adele personally FaceTimed some fans at the hotel's gift shop to apologize.[24]

A few days later, Adele announced that she would be performing at the Brit Awards 2022. This was met with backlash from fans who were yet to receive refunds for the postponed shows and believed it to be "tone deaf".[25][26][27] In a July 2022 interview, Adele described the reaction as "brutal".[28][29] She recalled that "I was a shell of a person for a couple of months" and had trouble moving on from the incident.[30] Nonetheless, she maintained that she stood by her decision: "You can't buy me, I'm not just going to do a show because I have to or because people will be let down or because we're going to lose loads of money."[31][32]

On 25 July, Adele announced the 24 rescheduled shows, which would now run from 18 November 2022 to 25 March 2023.[33][34] Fans who had previously held tickets for the original dates or had been waitlisted for the Verified fan presale were prioritized.[35][36] She subsequently added two New Year's Eve weekend shows which would take place 30–31 December 2022.[37] In March 2023, Adele announced she would perform 34 additional shows from June to November of the same year.[38][39] A concert film was also announced, set to be filmed during the newly-added dates.[40][41][42] In October 2023, she added 32 more dates, extending the residency until June 2024.[43][44][45]

Synopsis[edit]

A Weekends with Adele show spans more than two hours.[46] The 20-track set list, the longest of her career, has the most songs from her second studio album, 21 (2011), and five from 30.[47][48] The shows do not include any costume changes,[49] but Adele dons a distinct floor-length black gown every weekend to make sure she remains "authentic" according to stylist Jamie Mizrahi.[50] As of November 2022, Mizrahi had commissioned 20 gowns, from fashion houses including Maison Schiaparelli, for the residency.[51][52] Adele also wore Harris Reed's first design for Nina Ricci, a custom gown by Stella McCartney, and brands like Versace, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabanne, and Proenza Schouler.[53]

The show commences with Adele performing a set of ballads. She comes out from a curtain of panels that resemble accordions and the shape of the letter A[46] to perform "Hello", accompanied by just a pianist on the stage. Adele explained the minimalistic opening choice: "I wanted to start this small. And I wanted it to be all about me, obviously. That's why I came on and did 'Hello' with just me."[54] During the chorus, 180-degree floor-to-ceiling screens are switched on and project four close-up images of her.[47][55] "Easy on Me" is the second song on the set list, performed during the same set up with the piano.[49][55] Adele follows this with the torch ballads "Turning Tables" and "Take It All".[47] During "I Drink Wine", a chandelier made of hundreds of glasses which sparkle with golden light drops into the space where she and her pianist have been performing, and the curtain of panels expands to reveal a band and background singers.[47][55]

"Water Under the Bridge" is included approximately 30 minutes into the set list.[55] It begins a section of more upbeat songs, before which Adele reminds the audience: "I don't have many uptempos, so if you want to dance, now's the time".[56] She performs "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" under hot pink lighting,[49] followed by "Oh My God".[56] During "One and Only", Adele is joined by three background vocalists who sing its main vocals while Adele performs its operatic backing vocals under a faint spotlight.[46] She then sings "Don't You Remember" and "Rumour Has It".[56] During "Skyfall", Adele performs with an orchestra of 24 string players, arranged as eight in three rows each and lit from a previously dark part of the stage.[47][55] "Hometown Glory" and "Love in the Dark" are the next songs on the set list.[56] She briefly vacates the stage to allow for production elements to be set up for the following performances, while a pre-recorded video of her singing "Cry Your Heart Out" is presented on the screen.[46][55]

The "Set Fire to the Rain" performance incorporates pyrotechnics and a stage-wide waterfall;[47][49] raindrops fall on the stage and a fire starts burning under a white piano, spreading throughout the stage before covering the piano.[56] Towards the end of the performance, the piano sinks into a small pool of water.[57] Adele sings "When We Were Young" while walking through the audience and asking about their favourite childhood memories, as confetti with Polaroid pictures from her life falls upon them.[50][55][58] During "Hold On", the theatre is adorned with glimmering light as numerous lanterns descend from the rafters.[46] While Adele performs "Someone Like You" and "Rolling in the Deep", joined by three background vocalists during the latter, the cameras change direction and the audience members are projected on the screens.[49][55][56] The show closes with "Love Is a Game", during which she is accompanied by an instrumentation of strings and organ. Adele performs on the pastel-coloured stage, as heart-shaped confetti falls and inspirational messages are displayed, before disappearing into the confetti in a vanishing act.[46][49][55]

Performance-specific events[edit]

Being a live show, Adele often banters and interacts with attendees.[a] She also once signed a newly-married bride's wedding dress and helped a couple reveal the gender of their baby.[61][62] During the show on 18 November 2022, Adele performed choreography from Megan Thee Stallion's video for her song "Body" during "Water Under the Bridge", which she had previously incorporated into her British Summer Time concerts.[63] After that same show, the vanishing act went viral on social media.[64] At the show on 26 August 2023, Adele paused to defend a fan from a security guard while performing "Water Under the Bridge",[65] and two months later during the show on 28 October 2023, Adele performed in a Morticia Addams costume for Halloween and, while performing "When We Were Young", asked the audience to "sing it for me" while she interacted with the doctor who delivered her son.[66]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Daily Telegraph[57]
The Times[67]

Weekends with Adele received critical acclaim.[68] Several critics thought the rescheduled shows' quality was worth the wait.[b] Katie Atkinson of Billboard called the performance "utterly and breathlessly spectacular" and thought the attention to detail proved that "Adele lovingly dedicated the past 10 months to creating the intimate show of her dreams".[56] Lindsay Zoladz of The New York Times described the stage as "breathtaking, full of drama and elegance befitting her voice" and praised Adele's decision to embark on a residency despite possessing the ability to go on a stadium tour.[47] Keiran Southern of The Times said the show was "spectacular, intimate and worth the wait".[67] The Daily Telegraph's Neil McCormick called it "intimate but spectacular, eccentric yet slick and richly emotional" and "an absolutely blockbusting, heart-soaring show packed with personality".[57] NME's Will Richards described the stage setup as "tasteful and minimal",[71] and NPR's Bilal Qureshi and Variety's Shirley Halperin lauded the sometimes minimalistic production choices as successful in creating intimacy.[46][72]

Some critics commented on Adele's vocal performance and look. Atkinson wrote that her "powerful and nimble vocals" which form the "true centerpiece" of all Adele performances sounded ready to carry the residency to completion.[56] On a similar note, Qureshi believed that "at center stage, the real Adele puts finely tuned physicality into every lyric" and she had, unsurprisingly, "never sounded better onstage".[46] McCormick opined "she has range, tone, control, power and the ability to lose herself in the emotion" which makes her succeed.[57] USA Today's Melissa Ruggieri thought that "Adele's voice was as impeccable as her sculpted eyebrows and French manicure", and Vogue's Christian Allaire believed her look suited Vegas while also maintaining her "glamorous, Old Hollywood style".[49][70] Melinda Sheckells of The Hollywood Reporter and Zoladz thought she looked and sounded nervous during the first two songs but quickly returned to form in the following performances.[55][47]

Critics also highlighted individual moments from the show as their favourite ones. In her list of the seven best moments, Atkinson mentioned the introduction of the floor-to-ceiling screens during "Hello", the production of the "Set Fire to the Rain" performance, Adele's walk through the crowd during "When We Were Young", and the confetti showers, among others.[56] Qureshi described Adele singing the backing vocals of "One and Only" as "one of my favorite arrangements in the show".[46] Sheckells cited the "Set Fire to the Rain" and "Hold On" performances as examples of when the show "wowed with even more stage effects".[55] Zoladz described the former's "staging so gloriously over-the-top that it was giving Book of Revelations" but thought the "most emotionally effective part of the night" was during "When We Were Young".[47]

Set list[edit]

This is the set list for the show on 18 November 2022.[56] It may not represent all shows.

Shows[edit]

List of concerts[40][43]
Date City Country Venue Attendance[76] Revenue [77]
18 November 2022 Las Vegas United States The Colosseum at Caesars Palace 100,000 / 100,000 $52,800,000
19 November 2022
25 November 2022
26 November 2022
2 December 2022
3 December 2022
9 December 2022
10 December 2022
16 December 2022
17 December 2022
23 December 2022
24 December 2022
30 December 2022
31 December 2022
20 January 2023
21 January 2023
27 January 2023
28 January 2023
3 February 2023
4 February 2023
10 February 2023
11 February 2023
17 February 2023
18 February 2023
24 February 2023
25 February 2023
3 March 2023
4 March 2023
10 March 2023
11 March 2023
17 March 2023
18 March 2023
24 March 2023
25 March 2023
16 June 2023
17 June 2023
23 June 2023
24 June 2023
30 June 2023
1 July 2023
4 August 2023
5 August 2023
11 August 2023
12 August 2023
18 August 2023
19 August 2023
25 August 2023
26 August 2023
1 September 2023
2 September 2023
8 September 2023
9 September 2023
15 September 2023
16 September 2023
22 September 2023
23 September 2023
29 September 2023
30 September 2023
6 October 2023
7 October 2023
13 October 2023
14 October 2023
20 October 2023
21 October 2023
27 October 2023
28 October 2023
3 November 2023
4 November 2023
19 January 2024
20 January 2024
26 January 2024
27 January 2024
2 February 2024
3 February 2024
9 February 2024
10 February 2024
16 February 2024
17 February 2024
23 February 2024
24 February 2024
1 March 2024
2 March 2024
8 March 2024
9 March 2024
15 March 2024
16 March 2024
22 March 2024
23 March 2024
29 March 2024
30 March 2024
17 May 2024
18 May 2024
24 May 2024
25 May 2024
31 May 2024
1 June 2024
7 June 2024
8 June 2024
14 June 2024
15 June 2024
Total 100,000 / 100,000 (100%) $52,800,000

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some of the things she has discussed with them included a news story about Tom Sandoval's cheating and the Titan submersible implosion.[59][60]
  2. ^ Cited to Billboard,[56] The Daily Telegraph,[57] The Hollywood Reporter,[55] HuffPost,[69] NPR,[46] The Times,[67] USA Today,[49] and Vogue[70]
  3. ^ "Hello" incorporates a piano intro of "To Be Loved",[73][74] a song that Adele had previously stated she would never perform live due to its emotional nature.[75]

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