Five years since her last live performance, fans of British singer Adele have now understandably been left disappointed, after the musician announced on Thursday (January 20), that she has been forced to postpone her entire Las Vegas residency, just 24 hours before opening night.
This as half of Adele’s team contracted COVID-19, resulting in numerous delays. The multi-Grammy award winning artiste took to Instagram to tearfully update fans on the unfortunate news.
“I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready. Half my team have COVID and it’s been impossible to finish the show,” she said, adding that “delivery delays” had also caused her plans to run off-track.
Awake for about 30 hours, the singer went on to share her unsuccessful attempts at rescuing the production.
“It’s been impossible to finish the show. I can’t give you what I have right now and I’m gutted,” she said.
Today was to mark her first of 24 concerts at the Caesars Palace Colosseum. The ‘Weekends With Adele’ series of concerts, which were first announced in November of last year, were scheduled to have the star performing two shows each weekend until April.
These shows, along with two dates booked for this summer in London’s Hyde Park, are the only ones which have been announced to promote her recent album, 30.
Adele also took the opportunity to apologise to fans who had already arrived in ‘Sin City’.
“I’m sorry, it’s last minute. I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and I’m so sorry to everyone that’s travelled again. We’re going to reschedule all the dates, we’re on it right now. And I’m going to finish my show. I want to to get it to where it’s supposed to be [but] we’ve been up against so much and it just ain’t ready.”
While many fans have shown their support, understanding the reason behind her decision and wishing the team well, there were others who expressed their frustration and anger at the last minute decision, adding that the singer should have realised and announced the postponement at least a day earlier.
While the frustrated fans said they understood the reason for the decision, many would have wasted hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars on flights and hotel bookings.