Adele is greeted with a STANDING OVATION at opening night of long-awaited Las Vegas residency


Adele had a glorious start to her long-awaited Weekends with Adele Las Vegas residency, as she received a standing ovation from the crowd at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Friday. 

The 34-year-old British superstar looked incredible as she took the stage in a classy black gown, and performed some of her biggest hits, including Hello, Set Fire To The Rain, When We Were Young, Skyfall and Hometown Glory,

The Someone Like You hitmaker had the support of her boyfriend Rich Paul, 40, who looked dapper in a black suit as he sat in the audience and watched her perform, as well as her 10-year-old son Angelo.

Standing ovation: Adele had a glorious start to her long-awaited Las Vegas residency, as she received a huge standing ovation from the crowd at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Standing ovation: Adele had a glorious start to her long-awaited Las Vegas residency, as she received a huge standing ovation from the crowd at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

A fan on Twitter shared that the star kissed both Paul and her son during an emotional rendition of When We Were Young, which she belted out while standing in the middle of the crowd.

The singer made the evening a memorable and intimate one for fans, who reported that she walked through the crowd while chatting with them. 

Other famous faces at the event included British rapper Stormzy, 29, who sat just a seat over from Adele’s beau Rich.

Support: The Someone Like You hitmaker, 34, also had the support of her boyfriend Rich Paul, 40, who looked dapper in a black suit as he sat in the audience and watched her perform

Support: The Someone Like You hitmaker, 34, also had the support of her boyfriend Rich Paul, 40, who looked dapper in a black suit as he sat in the audience and watched her perform

Smooch: A fan on Twitter shared that the star kissed both Paul and her son Angelo, 10, during a rendition of When We Were Young, which she sang while standing in the middle of the crowd

Smooch: A fan on Twitter shared that the star kissed both Paul and her son Angelo, 10, during a rendition of When We Were Young, which she sang while standing in the middle of the crowd

One fan shared on social media that the piano was ‘literally on fire’ during Adele’s performance of Set Fire To The Rain. 

Yet another fan reported that the singer got emotional as the crowd sang along to her smash hit Hello. 

Praises for the star continued to pour in on Twitter, with a fan account reporting that Adele had ‘the time of her life performing Rumour Has It’ at the show. 

While yet another fan revealed that Adele’s performance of ‘Don’t You Remember’ might have been ‘the best version’ she ever made. 

Famous faces: Other famous faces at the event included British rapper Stormzy, 29, who sat just a seat over from Adele's beau Rich

Famous faces: Other famous faces at the event included British rapper Stormzy, 29, who sat just a seat over from Adele’s beau Rich

Memorable night: The singer made the evening a memorable and intimate one for fans, who reported that she walked through the crowd while chatting with them

Memorable night: The singer made the evening a memorable and intimate one for fans, who reported that she walked through the crowd while chatting with them

Exciting! Another fan said that the piano was 'literally on fire' during her performance of Set Fire To The Rain

Exciting! Another fan said that the piano was ‘literally on fire’ during her performance of Set Fire To The Rain

Emotional: Someone else shared that Adele got emotional as the crowd sang along to her smash hit Hello

Emotional: Someone else shared that Adele got emotional as the crowd sang along to her smash hit Hello

Time of her life! Praises for the singer continued to pour in on Twitter, with a fan account reporting that the star had 'the time of her life performing Rumour Has It' at the show

Time of her life! Praises for the singer continued to pour in on Twitter, with a fan account reporting that the star had ‘the time of her life performing Rumour Has It’ at the show

The best: While yet another fan revealed that Adele's performance of 'Don't You Remember' might have been 'the best version' she ever made

The best: While yet another fan revealed that Adele’s performance of ‘Don’t You Remember’ might have been ‘the best version’ she ever made

One with the crowd: She was captured mingling with the crowd during her When We Were Young performance

One with the crowd: She was captured mingling with the crowd during her When We Were Young performance 

Weekends with Adele night one setlist

1. Hello

2. Easy On Me

3. Turning Tables

4. Take It All

5. I Drink Wine

6. Water Under The Bridge

7. Send My Love

8. Oh My God

9. One and Only

10. Don’t You Remember

11. Rumour Has It

12. Skyfall

13. Hometown Glory

14. Cry Your Heart Out (intro)

15. Set Fire To the Rain

16. Hold On

17. When We Were Young

 

In another snap shared by fans the songstress was seen giving a passionate performance, with her image reflected in black and white on the monitor behind her. 

She also looked beautiful while performing ‘Hometown Glory’ in front of a fiery screen. 

Meanwhile the venue outside was prepared with all-things Adele, with displays of the singer’s Grammys, her dresses, and large billboards with her image for fans to enjoy. 

Beautiful: The British superstar looked incredible as she took the stage in a classy black gown and round silver earrings

Beautiful: The British superstar looked incredible as she took the stage in a classy black gown and round silver earrings

Lovely: The songstress was seen giving a passionate performance, with her image reflected in black and white on the monitor behind her

Lovely: The songstress was seen giving a passionate performance, with her image reflected in black and white on the monitor behind her

At the piano: During her performance of 'Take It All' she was seen seated at a white piano

At the piano: During her performance of ‘Take It All’ she was seen seated at a white piano 

Fire: She looked beautiful while performing 'Hometown Glory' in front of a fiery screen behind her

Fire: She looked beautiful while performing ‘Hometown Glory’ in front of a fiery screen behind her

'Love her': The star was seen in another snap shared by fans

‘Love her’: The star was seen in another snap shared by fans 

Choir: Adele looked stunning as she belted out her best hits with a choir behind her

Choir: Adele looked stunning as she belted out her best hits with a choir behind her

Choir: Adele looked stunning as she belted out her best hits with a choir behind her

Chic: She wore her blonde tresses in light curls for the night

Chic: She wore her blonde tresses in light curls for the night

Emotional: The star looked emotional with her eyes closed during one point of her performance

Emotional: The star looked emotional with her eyes closed during one point of her performance 

Belting out the hits: Another shot saw her passionately belting out one of her hits

Belting out the hits: Another shot saw her passionately belting out one of her hits

Someone like Adele: The crowd also sang along to her smash hit 'Someone Like You'

Someone like Adele: The crowd also sang along to her smash hit ‘Someone Like You’ 

Fire: At one point there were actual flames visible behind the singer

Fire: At one point there were actual flames visible behind the singer

Fans were also treated to a boutique where they could buy memorabilia from the show. 

Inside the boutique there were plenty items to choose from, including hoodies, sweatshirts and letterman jackets. 

Another part of the store featured the title of her song, ‘I Drink Wine.’ Poker chip keychains with Adele’s name were also available for purchase. 

The singer’s gold Oscar award – for Best Original Song Skyfall in 2013 – was also displayed alongside her Grammys inside her merchandise store. 

Talent: The singer's Grammys were shown on display at Caesars Palace

Talent: The singer’s Grammys were shown on display at Caesars Palace

Outside: The venue outside featured large billboards with her image

Outside: The venue outside featured large billboards with her image 

Her fashion: Some of her gowns were also displayed for the enjoyment of fans

Her fashion: Some of her gowns were also displayed for the enjoyment of fans

Music video: One of the gold gowns on display appeared to have been the one Adele wore for her I Drink Wine music video

Music video: One of the gold gowns on display appeared to have been the one Adele wore for her I Drink Wine music video

A peek: A fan was spotted taking a close look at the spectacular gold creation

A peek: A fan was spotted taking a close look at the spectacular gold creation

Adele mania! The star's image was visible on a poster outside

Adele mania! The star’s image was visible on a poster outside

She's everywhere: Vegas visitors were seen strolling by yet another Adele poster

She’s everywhere: Vegas visitors were seen strolling by yet another Adele poster 

Her Oscar! The singer's gold Oscar award - for Best Original Song Skyfall in 2013 - was also displayed alongside her Grammys inside her merchandise store

Her Oscar! The singer’s gold Oscar award – for Best Original Song Skyfall in 2013 – was also displayed alongside her Grammys inside her merchandise store 

Protection: The awards were protected by heavy glass

Protection: The awards were protected by heavy glass

Adele’s breathtaking first performance in her Weekends with Adele residency comes after she shared just how ‘nervous’ and ‘excited’ she was to finally be performing the shows after postponing them for eleven months.

On Thursday night, the eve of her residency debut — which runs from November 18 through March 25, 2023 — she shared a fun snap that appeared to have been taken at one of her rehearsals for the series.

‘I’m feeling all sorts as I write this,’ she began, admitting that she was feeling ‘highly emotional’ and ‘incredibly nervous,’ but also ‘so excited.’

Shop Adele: Fans were also treated to a boutique where they could buy memorabilia from the show

Shop Adele: Fans were also treated to a boutique where they could buy memorabilia from the show 

Long line: Many were seen lining up outside of the venue

Long line: Many were seen lining up outside of the venue 

Big fan: Another fan sported an Adele letterman jacket

Big fan: Another fan sported an Adele letterman jacket 

Plenty to choose from: Inside the boutique there were plenty items to choose from, including hoodies, sweatshirts and letterman jackets

Plenty to choose from: Inside the boutique there were plenty items to choose from, including hoodies, sweatshirts and letterman jackets

Red and white: There was a comfortable looking red sweatshirt as well as a white Adele hoodie

Red and white: There was a comfortable looking red sweatshirt as well as a white Adele hoodie

Tees: Other t-shirts featured Adele's face

Tees: Other t-shirts featured Adele’s face 

The theme: The colors heavily featured in the store were burgundy, black and white

The theme: The colors heavily featured in the store were burgundy, black and white

‘I feel a million miles away from home, I can’t stop thinking about when I was little and saw Tom Jones in Mars Attacks and thought blimey how did he get from Wales to Las Vegas!?’ she continued, referencing Tim Burton’s cult science fiction comedy.

‘I always get scared before shows, and I take it as a good sign because it means I care and means I just want to do a good job. Maybe it’s because I didn’t start when I was supposed to,’ she continued, alluding to her tearful video announcing that the shows had been canceled just 24 hours before the first date.

‘Maybe it’s because it’s opening night, maybe it’s because Hyde Park went so great, maybe its because I love the show I don’t know,’ she added. ‘But it’s safe to say I’ve never been more nervous before a show in my career, but at the same time I wish today was tomorrow! I can’t wait to see you out there x.’

More options: Other options featured T-shirts and black and grey hoodies

More options: Other options featured T-shirts and black and grey hoodies

Cute: Another part of the store featured the title of her song, 'I Drink Wine'

Cute: Another part of the store featured the title of her song, ‘I Drink Wine’

Checking out the goodies: A female shopper was seen browsing through the merchandise

Checking out the goodies: A female shopper was seen browsing through the merchandise 

Enjoying it: Crowds were seen enjoying the boutique

Enjoying it: Crowds were seen enjoying the boutique 

Adele memories: Many were seen purchasing keepsakes from the store

Adele memories: Many were seen purchasing keepsakes from the store

Popular: People continued to visit the boutique throughout the event

Popular: People continued to visit the boutique throughout the event 

Limited: A limited number of guests were let in to the store at a time

Limited: A limited number of guests were let in to the store at a time

Keychains: Poker chip keychains with Adele's name were also available for purchase

Keychains: Poker chip keychains with Adele’s name were also available for purchase

Cool vibes: The interior featured cool blue carpet and walls

Cool vibes: The interior featured cool blue carpet and walls

The songstress (born Adele Adkins) stood in a red-carpeted aisle that appeared to be in the middle of the venue’s floor section, with banks of seats surrounding her on all sides.

Teasing a glimpse of the run-though of her show she had massive family photos of children and a baby blown up on a screen behind her over the stage. 

The hitmaker’s fans have patiently waited since January for a redo after her eleventh-hour cancellation. 

So many goodies: Another fan sported a black and white t-shirt with the singer's name

So many goodies: Another fan sported a black and white t-shirt with the singer’s name

Entering: Eager fans were seen entering the merch store

Entering: Eager fans were seen entering the merch store

The place to be: Outside the boutique was a large black and gold sign with the singer's name

The place to be: Outside the boutique was a large black and gold sign with the singer’s name

Waiting for their idol: Fans were seen gathering ahead of the performance

Waiting for their idol: Fans were seen gathering ahead of the performance 

Crowds: Many patiently waited in long lines to see the superstar

Crowds: Many patiently waited in long lines to see the superstar 

Getting bigger: The crowd continued to grow

Getting bigger: The crowd continued to grow 

From the strip: Caesars Palace was adorned with Adele images on monitors outside

From the strip: Caesars Palace was adorned with Adele images on monitors outside

Adele’s initial video revealing that the show would not proceed led to pandemonium for fans who had already traveled to Vegas for the initial shows just before the last-minute announcement.

Making matters worse was the initial lack of new dates.

Although she claimed in her tearful video that many of the people on her team had contracted Covid-19, which slowed down preparations at the worst possible time, subsequent reporting indicated that the hitmaker wasn’t happy with the stage show.

Like a kid on Christmas eve: Adele shared an Instagram snap as she rehearsed for Friday's opening Weekends with Adele show in Las Vegas as she delved into her nerves and excitement on Instagram

Like a kid on Christmas eve: Adele shared an Instagram snap as she rehearsed for Friday’s opening Weekends with Adele show in Las Vegas as she delved into her nerves and excitement on Instagram

Several sources claimed that the British star had issues with the set design, and they singled out an on-stage pool that she was set to sing over during one of the numbers.  

‘When she saw the finished design, she refused to take part,’ an insider told The Sun. ‘Adele described the pool as a ”baggy old pond” and refused, point blank, to stand in the middle of it.

‘The intention was to fill it with water on the set as she was lifted up on a crane-type mechanism, creating the illusion she was floating on water.’

‘There was just no soul in it,’ she admitted to Elle in August. ‘The stage setup wasn’t right. 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.’

Can't wait: 'It’s safe to say I’ve never been more nervous before a show in my career, but at the same time I wish today was tomorrow! I can’t wait to see you out there,' she wrote in her post the night before her Weekends with Adele debut; seen July 2 in Hyde Park, London

Can’t wait: ‘It’s safe to say I’ve never been more nervous before a show in my career, but at the same time I wish today was tomorrow! I can’t wait to see you out there,’ she wrote in her post the night before her Weekends with Adele debut; seen July 2 in Hyde Park, London

Bad timing: Adele's tearful cancellation video arrived just 24 hours before the shows were original set to begin in January. She initially blamed it on Covid but later admitted she wasn't satisfied with the stage show

Bad timing: Adele’s tearful cancellation video arrived just 24 hours before the shows were original set to begin in January. She initially blamed it on Covid but later admitted she wasn’t satisfied with the stage show 

Although she was initially ’embarrassed’ after the failure, she eventually found a way to be ‘proud’ of herself for standing up for the best possible show. 

‘The first couple of months was really, really hard,’ she said. ‘I was embarrassed. But it actually made my confidence in myself grow, because it was a very brave thing to do. And I don’t think many people would have done what I did. I’m very proud of myself for standing by my artistic needs.’

The shows were originally set for The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas, but after the postpone, it was rumored that Adele (full name: Adele Adkins) might try to move the show to a larger venue, though one still owned by Caesars.

However, it was revealed to be staying put when the final dates were announced. 

Issues: Although she claimed in her tearful video that many of the people on her team had contracted Covid-19, which slowed down preparations at the worst possible time, subsequent reporting indicated that the hitmaker wasn't happy with the stage show; Caesars Palace pictured

Issues: Although she claimed in her tearful video that many of the people on her team had contracted Covid-19, which slowed down preparations at the worst possible time, subsequent reporting indicated that the hitmaker wasn’t happy with the stage show; Caesars Palace pictured

Row: At the time, sources claimed Adele cancelled the residency after a disagreement over set design (pictured is the residency venue, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace)

Row: At the time, sources claimed Adele cancelled the residency after a disagreement over set design (pictured is the residency venue, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace)

Even before her tear-streaked announcement that the shows were temporarily off, Adele fans were furious after presale tickets sold through Ticketmaster sold out within minutes. Resale market options were out of the question for many fans, as the ticket prices were inflated to between $1,000 and $37,000 dollars

The original tickets sold for as little as little as $85 dollars before the numerous fees were added.

On Friday, the New York Times reported that the Justice Department had opened an antitrust investigation into Ticketmaster’s parent company Live Nation, which predated Ticketmaster’s chaotic cancellation of a public ticket sale for Taylor Swift concerts.

Back in July, Adele put on a series of homecoming concerts in London’s Hyde Park that cemented her triumphant return to the stage after going five years since her last concert.

Nailed it: Back in July, Adele put on a series of homecoming concerts in London's Hyde Park that cemented her triumphant return to the stage after going five years since her last concert; seen July 1 in Hyde Park, London

Nailed it: Back in July, Adele put on a series of homecoming concerts in London’s Hyde Park that cemented her triumphant return to the stage after going five years since her last concert; seen July 1 in Hyde Park, London 

The highly anticipated show drew a star-studded crowd of fans, including Tom Cruise, Stranger Things star Milly Bobby Brown, Cameron Diaz, James Corden and Niall Horan.

‘My god, I’m back at home,’ she declared triumphantly just three songs into her set.

Despite the popularity of her latest album 30, she appeared to have performed only a handful of songs from that record, instead favoring many of her older classics.

She also allayed any fears about vocal issues that have plagued her in recent years, though she did keep a hot drink on hand to help soothe her throat.

Feels great: 'My god, I'm back at home,' she declared triumphantly just three songs into her set while allaying concerns about vocal issues that have dogged her in recent years; seen July 1

Feels great: ‘My god, I’m back at home,’ she declared triumphantly just three songs into her set while allaying concerns about vocal issues that have dogged her in recent years; seen July 1

The singer’s initial vocal issues led her to muse in an Instagram post from 2017 that she might never tour again.

Some fans were disappointed at the time that she didn’t announce her new residency dates during the comeback performance, though the announced followed shortly after the shows. 

Following the hotly awaited Las Vegas residency debut, Adele is poised for even more glory at the 65h Annual Grammy Awards ceremony.

The Hello singer received seven nominations earlier this week, putting her just behind Beyoncé (with nine nods, the most of any artist this year) and Kendrick Lamar (with eight), while she tied with Brandi Carlile.

More gold: Following the hotly awaited Las Vegas residency debut, Adele is poised for even more glory at the 65h Annual Grammy Awards ceremony after earning seven nominations; seen in February in London

More gold: Following the hotly awaited Las Vegas residency debut, Adele is poised for even more glory at the 65h Annual Grammy Awards ceremony after earning seven nominations; seen in February in London

Adele’s 11th-hour Las Vegas residency cancellation explained

The new residency Weekends with Adele was set to begin in January at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

But Adele announced in a tearful video on January 20, just one day before the first performance, that she was postponing all of the shows. 

She claimed in the emotional clip that half her team has Covid and they ‘ran out of time’ for the show to be ready. 

Bad timing: Adele's Las Vegas residency — starting November 18 — comes after she canceled an earlier set of shows that were set to start in late January with just a single day's notice

Bad timing: Adele’s Las Vegas residency — starting November 18 — comes after she canceled an earlier set of shows that were set to start in late January with just a single day’s notice

 The 24-night run, which was estimated to earn her $685,000 per show, a Vegas record.

Avisibly upset Adele said in her strong London accent: ‘I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready,’ adding that they ‘ran out of time.’

She went on: ‘We’ve tried absolutely everything we can to put it together in time and for it to be good enough for you, but we’ve been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and COVID. Half my crew and team are [ill] with Covid and still are, and it’s been impossible to finish the show.

‘I’m gutted — I’m sorry it’s so last minute, we’ve been awake for over 30 hours trying to figure it out and we’ve run out of time,’ she continued, as her voice started to break. ‘I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and so sorry to everyone that traveled to get [to the show]. I’m really, really sorry.’ 

Fans were furious, as many had already traveled to Las Vegas, with some having spent as much as $9,000 on tickets.

In tears: Adele sobbed in a Twitter video announcing the cancellation, which she initially blamed on a Covid-19 surge from the Omicron variant

In tears: Adele sobbed in a Twitter video announcing the cancellation, which she initially blamed on a Covid-19 surge from the Omicron variant 

Making matters worse was the initial lack of new dates.

Although she claimed in her tearful video that many of the people on her team had contracted Covid-19, which slowed down preparations at the worst possible time, subsequent reporting indicated that the hitmaker wasn’t happy with the stage show.

Several sources claimed that the British star had issues with the set design, and they singled out an on-stage pool that she was set to sing over during one of the numbers.  

‘When she saw the finished design, she refused to take part,’ an insider told The Sun. ‘Adele described the pool as a ”baggy old pond” and refused, point blank, to stand in the middle of it.

‘The intention was to fill it with water on the set as she was lifted up on a crane-type mechanism, creating the illusion she was floating on water.’

Issues: Subsequent reporting indicated that the hitmaker wasn't happy with the stage show; Caesars Palace pictured

Issues: Subsequent reporting indicated that the hitmaker wasn’t happy with the stage show; Caesars Palace pictured

Row: At the time, sources claimed Adele cancelled the residency after a disagreement over set design (pictured is the residency venue, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace)

Row: At the time, sources claimed Adele cancelled the residency after a disagreement over set design (pictured is the residency venue, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace)

‘There was just no soul in it,’ she admitted to Elle in August. ‘The stage setup wasn’t right. 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.’

Although she was initially ’embarrassed’ after the failure, she eventually found a way to be ‘proud’ of herself for standing up for the best possible show. 

‘The first couple of months was really, really hard,’ she said. ‘I was embarrassed. But it actually made my confidence in myself grow, because it was a very brave thing to do. And I don’t think many people would have done what I did. I’m very proud of myself for standing by my artistic needs.’

Adele told the BBC that she was a ‘shell of a person for a couple of months’ after the cancellation.

‘I definitely felt everyone’s disappointment and I was devastated, and I was frightened about letting them down. I’d thought I could pull it together and make it work and I couldn’t. I stand by that decision,’ she explained. ‘I’m not going to just do a show because I have to or because people are going to be let down or because we’re going to lose loads of money.’



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