I can’t imagine the insurance implications and box office headaches this causes. And those fans who spend thousands to get to Las Vegas, not to mention the cost of tickets.
“Half my team has COVID, and it’s been impossible to finish the show,” she said. “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 get it to where it’s supposed to be [but] we’ve been up against so much, and it just ain’t ready,”
Backstage dramas are starting to emerge. One has Adele fighting with her set designer. The word is that there were “explosive backstage fights.” And something about a swimming pool? And crying jags over the phone to her boyfriend?
This is from The Sun:
But our sources say the production had long been in jeopardy thanks to behind-the-scenes clashes, including with acclaimed set designer Esmeralda Devlin.
Brit Esmeralda, known as Es, previously worked with Adele on her world tour in 2016.
But it is understood she and the Hello singer argued in the run-up to the opening night of her latest concerts.
One source told us: “In spite of the set costing millions to put together, Adele was unhappy with the result, and she made her feelings very clear to Es.
Because things weren’t to Adele’s specifications, she started to panic. A 60-person choir? And Adele has some well-documented anxiety issues. Some suggest that a case of stage fight was involved.
Or friction with her management team, led by Jonathan Dickins, who signed her as a teenager. (Adele’s boyfriend, Rich Paul, works as a sports agent, so hmm.) Or maybe even a contractual dispute with Caesars Palace which may or may not have something to do with Adele allegedly wanting to replace the house PA along with the video system. If that’s the case, it does explain why there were supply issues. Who could possibly find, ship, and install such a complex set-up in such a short period of time?
It keeps going.
A second source told how the row came after the production had already been thrown into chaos by “endless changes” to the running order.
They revealed: “There was no real clarity around what Adele wanted for the show because of the endless changes being made to the production.
“It seemed that while she has always preferred a stripped-back performance, she was under some pressure to come up with a huge extravaganza.
“So there was a constant ricochet between those two versions of what the show should be, and it did cause some quite explosive arguments.
Adele vows that everything will be rescheduled. But tell that to all the fans who forked out thousands to be there. And given that she’s apparently got a busy calendar, any rescheduled dates may have to wait until next year.
Many fans are having none of these COVID excuses. And the British tabloids are all over the story. See? This is a PR disaster for Adele. Meanwhile, as her set and gear move out of the theatre, Keith Urban is moving in. He’ll take over some of those open dates.
Expect a lot more gossip on this one, especially since so much money is involved.
UPDATE: And here’s some of that gossip: Sources at Caesars Palace claim that COVID had nothing to do with the cancellations. They maintain that Adele pulled the plug because the production “was not good enough.”
UPDATE: Will Adele ever place Las Vegas? Don’t bet on it.