Adele declared on Thursday the unspecified postponement of her Las Vegas occupancy, due to start today
Singer, 33, annoyed fans by giving barely 24 hours notice, and condemned COVID-19 and ‘delivery delays’
She as well failed to say when shows would resume, despite the fact that tickets can be repaid, with April mooted in press
Adele said she had been awake for ‘over 30 hours’ and had ‘run out of time’ to put on the show at Caesars
Tickets cost between $85 and $680 for Ticketmaster confirmed fans, with some changing hands for $30,000
Billboard approximated Adele brought in $50million in sales from presale for her upcoming Weekends With Adele
Adele fans today blamed her of ‘crocodile tears’ as they flew to Las Vegas from all over the world barely to find out on the plane or at the airport that she had axed her whole run of shows just 24 hours before it was due to commence.
MailOnline has been inundated with emails from people who had already flown into Sin City from across the US, Canada, Mexico, the UK and Europe to see the star, who is making $685,000 (£500,000) per gig before merchandising.
Adele declared the resolution in a tearful Instagram video, apologizing and telling fans:
‘I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed. 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’.
Many are cross-examining her reasons for cancelling, saying they don’t believe her claims that Covid and ‘delivery delays’ would cause her to cancel all 24 nights. a number of fans said they were disturbed for her welfare, noticing a bruise-like mark on her left wrist in the video.
Gillian Rowland-Kain, 32, was before now on her flight to Las Vegas from New York with her twin sister when she found out concerning the cancellation via social media. The attorney from Brooklyn said: ‘I was furious that Adele waited so last minute to make this call. I recognize it’s not a call any artist wants to make notwithstanding she would’ve known yesterday that the show wouldn’t be ready by tomorrow. Her lack of notice is breathtaking. I’m angry and frustrated’.
Thomas Wright flew from South Carolina for the opening night with a friend for the opening night. He told MailOnline that they spent $445 on each ticket, $1,600 on flights and hotel as well as $100 on Covid tests. They as well spent $400 each on new outfits.
‘I know I will not be able to get off of work to come back, I know I wouldn’t be able to afford to come back. This trip has been a collection of Christmas and birthday gifts plus saving for myself’.
PR guru Mark Borkowski told MailOnline the last minute cancellation was a ‘disaster’ for the singer, saying:
‘It’s not great for Adele and I think she knows it’,
‘Her response seemed very authentic. I guess it’s down to whether the fans believe her word’.
He said Adele will have to do something to appease her angry supporters, and fast.
Fans already in Vegas are demanding she performs anyway, saying they don’t care about a glitzy stage and lighting and would be happy to see her
‘perform on a park bench’.
Some say they will turn up at Caesars Palace at 8pm tonight anyway, in the hope she might be there, although she is understood to be at home in LA.
Most coming to the opening shows face losing thousands of dollars on flights and accommodation after the British singer cancelled all 24 shows at the 11th hour claiming half her team has Covid and they ‘ran out of time’. Most airlines and Vegas hotels demand 48 hours notice for cancellations, if they allow it at all.
Fans paying between $85 and $12,000 for a ticket – or up to $30,000 on the black market – had already traveled to Las Vegas for the opening gig tonight. If they get tickets for replacement shows, likely to be after Easter, most will be unable to go.
Another fan, Gabriel, flew into Vegas from Quebec, Canada, and found out when they arrived in Nevada. He told MailOnline:
‘We lost a large sum of money on plane tickets and hotels to come see her for nothing, pretty unacceptable that a multi-million dollar production team could pull the rug on the people who flew and risked getting Covid to see her because her ‘show’ wasn’t ready. She is known for her voice not for her performances, for all I care I would’ve just enjoyed her sitting on a bench singing. Absolutely unacceptable, they have not mentioned anything about compensation for the travel expenses we had’.
A British fan called David posted a photo from outside Caesars Palace just after the shows were axed. He tweeted:
‘Christmas gift gone pear shaped as my wife and daughter are on the way to meet me in Vegas and unfortunately Adele has had to cancel’.
Adele has had to cancel’.
Thomas Wright flew from South Carolina for the opening night with a friend for the opening night. He told MailOnline that they spent $445 on each ticket, $1,600 on flights and hotel as well as $100 on Covid tests. They also spent $400 each on new outfits, and put a brave face on it when arriving in Vegas
Fans highlighted the decision to cancel UK gigs at the last minute in 2017, which would take years to rearrange
Weekends With Adele’ was due to run through April in Las Vegas, with all available tickets sold out. In an Instagram post late on Thursday, a visibly upset Adele said in her strong London accent:
‘I’m so sorry, but my show ain’t ready’, saying 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.’
Adele did not say when the shows would be rescheduled, but there is speculation it could be from April, meaning anyone keeping their tickets will have to rebook all flights and accommodation. But there will be many who will no longer be able to go.
Like Britain and Europe, the US has also suffered an explosion of Omicron cases over the past month. But cases are now starting to slow down nationwide, where quarantine was recently cut to five days. If the Omicron outbreak continues to shrink in America, it will mirror trends seen in South Africa – the first nation to fall victim to the extremely-transmissible variant – and the UK, where experts have accepted it is in retreat.
Fans wished her and her team well but questioned why Adele and her team had only come to that conclusion on the eve of her first show.
One woman accused Adele of ‘crocodile tears’, pointing out that obtaining refunds for travel and hotels was always complicated, while another posted a picture of a furious emoji, tweeting:
‘Not Adele rescheduling after already buying plane tickets, show tickets & getting a hotel room’.
One fan wrote:
‘What is wrong with the industry when Adele cancels her upcoming shows in Las Vegas – the day before opening? I’m sure she is devastated but fans already there from many places in the world will be extremely upset. I hope the Adele team comes up with something to appease fans’.
Another person with a ticket said:
‘Super bummed that Adele has postponed all of her shows in Las Vegas. I’ve already spent $1200 between airfare, hotel, and the concert tickets. Not to mention vacation time from work’.
The price tag for the Weekends With Adele at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum starts at £700 and ranges to £9,000 plus for the best seats in the house.
Adele, already worth an estimated $220million, was due to have access to Caesars $50,000-a-night private suite throughout her residency, which comes with a butler, executive assistant, chauffeur and security. A source said: ‘She is expected to make over £500,000 per gig thanks to ticket sales alone, even before the merchandising. Caesars has rolled out the red carpet to ensure she’s treated like the superstar she is’.