Adele has announced an exclusive residency in the Colosseum of Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace Hotel, beginning Friday January 21, 2022. Titled “Weekends With Adele,” the singer will perform two shows each weekend through Saturday April 16, 2022 (see full list of dates below) for a total of 12 weeks. The dates appear below.
The long-rumored announcement comes on the heels of the singer’s fourth studio album, “30,” on Columbia Records, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with by far the year’s biggest first-week numbers, around 839,000 units. It is debuted at No. 1 on album charts in 30 countries and is already one of the biggest selling albums of 2021; it became the top-selling album of 2021 in just three days, topping Taylor Swift’s “Evermore,” which had sold 462,000 copies over 11 months.
The Colosseum, which has an official capacity of 4,100, provides a relatively intimate environment for Adele’s famously chatty concerts, which find her stately and often-sad songs contrasting with her bawdy humor and hilarious, self-deprecating banter (the show scheduled for this coming April Fool’s Day should have some good jokes). Adele’s shows take place across consecutive weekends, except for Feb. 18-19, when Van Morrison — who has taken an outspoken stance against the Covid-19 vaccine — is performing at the venue. Apparently, Caesars Palace has no vaccine requirement for these or any concerts.
Along with two dates in London’s Hyde Park next summer and her recent “One Night Only” CBS special filmed at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, the Las Vegas residency shows are the only concert dates Adele has announced in support of “30” thus far. These appear to be a way for her to perform live while avoiding the hazards and vast complications of touring during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen many performers, including Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams, test positive for the virus while on tour.
Adele undertook a massive global tour in 2016 and 2017 supporting her previous album, “25,” which took in some 121 arena dates across Europe, North America, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand before wrapping with four shows at London’s 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium.
(Excerpt) Read more in: Variety