Fury of fans after Adele tells them 'my show ain't ready' 24 hours before opening night

21 January 2022, 06:04 | Updated: 21 January 2022, 10:33

By Asher McShane

Adele fans who spent a small fortune on tickets to her Las Vegas shows are furious with the singer for cancelling with less than 24 hours before opening night.

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Adele announced in a tearful video her performances are not ready and postponed them entirely, after being "absolutely destroyed" by delivery delays and coronavirus.

She was due to play the first of 24 concerts at the Caesars Palace's Colosseum on Friday. Tickets ranged from $85 (£60) to $685 (£500), and Adele was forecast to make more than £500,000 per performance.

The award-winning singer said she and her production team had tried "absolutely everything" to pull the show together in time but that it had been "impossible".

In an emotional post on social media announcing the last-minute decision, she apologised to fans and promised that dates would be rescheduled.

In a post on Instagram, Adele said she had been "awake for 30 hours" trying to rescue the show, but had simply "run out of time".

"It's been impossible to finish the show," she said. "I can't give you what I have right now and I'm gutted."

Fans face losing hundreds of dollars from flight and hotel bookings.

One woman accused Adele of crying 'crocodile tears', and that obtaining refunds for travel and hotels was always difficult.

Another posted a picture of a furious emoji, tweeting: "Not Adele rescheduling after already buying plane tickets, show tickets & getting a hotel room'.    

One British fan called David posted a photo from outside Caesar's 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."

Another fan, Amy Campbell, said: “The people with first weekend show tickets may not be able to afford the time or money to reschedule something like this.”

Another Adele fan said she was devastated to have used up her holiday time to come out for Adele’s shows, only to learn they were cancelled at short notice.

Girl Fieri tweeted: "It’s my birthday and I am on an airplane right now using the last of my vacation time for a whole year to see you along with some non-refundable deposits and a week of babysitting... I’m sad you couldn’t decide this until the last minute.”

Another fan wrote: "“Same tears when she cancelled our Wembley tickets, still waiting for the rescheduled concert for her UK fans.”

Other fans were more supportive telling the singer she had done the right thing in cancelling.

One wrote online: "I had tickets to see u tomorrow and it’s fine, health will always come first and specially in times like this,can’t wait for all the shows to get rescheduled cuz I can’t wait to have the best time of my life with you on stage,pls don’t feel guilty, it breaks my heart."

"I'm so sorry but my show ain't ready," she said.

"We've tried absolutely everything that we can to pull 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 team are down with Covid, they still are, and it's impossible to finish the show.

"I can't give you what I have right now and I'm gutted and I'm sorry it's so last minute."

The Easy On Me singer said team members had been awake for "over 30 hours" trying to figure out how to put on the show but they had now "run out of time".

"I'm so upset and I'm really embarrassed and I'm so sorry to everyone who has travelled again. I'm really sorry.

She added: "We're on it right now we're going to reschedule all the dates and I'm going to finish my show and I'm going to get it to where it needs to be.

"It's been impossible, we've been up against so much and it just ain't ready. I'm really sorry."

Her residency was due to begin at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Hotel on January 21.