After canceling her Vegas residence with only one day’s notice in January, Adele will finally begin her long-awaited series of concerts this weekend.
Weekends with Adele will stretch over five months at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, a venue that has previously hosted residencies for Celine Dion, Cher, Madonna and Elton John. It has a capacity of over 4,000.
The 34-year-old has said those in attendance will see “the very best” from her after she made the “terrible” decision to cancel the previous residency. Access to tickets was given priority for those who had previously purchased for the original dates.
“There was just no soul in it,” she said of the canned shows in an interview with Elle magazine. “The stage setup was wrong. It was very disconnected from me and my bond, and it lacked intimacy. And maybe I tried too hard to give it those things in such a controlled environment. It was by far the worst moment of my career.”
The singer says the new residency gives her the chance to tell the story of her career on stage. “I’m not going to give too much away about it, but the show is growing,” she said. “It’s all about the music, and it’s really, really nostalgic. It will be so beautiful.”
Tickets are sold out through Ticketmaster, but some resellers sites are looking for them as much as $45,000.
reports suggest that the venue has installed a special system, estimated to cost £400,000, which will ensure the best possible air to protect the singer’s voice. Adele has had problems with her vocal cords over the years, and in 2011 she suffered a vocal cord hemorrhage during a live radio performance. She later underwent surgery.
The singer, who reportedly rehearsed 12 hours a day in preparation, said recently that after the residency is over in March, she will take a break from music to earn an online degree in English literature. “I definitely think I use my passion for enlightened English in what I do,” she said. “I wish I had gone to college and had that experience, but I’ll do it online with a tutor.”
This week saw Adele receive seven Grammy nominations, including record and album of the year where she faces competition from Beyoncé and Harry Styles. The singer has already won 15 Grammys to date. At last week’s MTV VMAs, Stormzy confirmed that he would be one of Adele’s famous friends to be in the audience for the next few months. “I think everyone just knows that the woman they see in real life is as remarkable as they are when the cameras are rolling,” he said.
The residency kicks off what’s shaping up to be a stellar year for major stars performing live, with tours confirmed by Taylor Swift and Beyoncé and rumors also suggesting Rihanna will follow.