Adele disappointed many fans who paid £9,000 for the tickets to her show when she cancelled the show earlier this week. She claimed that the show wasn’t ready due to delivery delays and covid. However, according to sources, the production has been at risk for some time due to behind-the-scenes conflicts, particularly with famed set designer Esmeralda Devlin.
Esmeralda Devlin (Es) formerly worked with Adele on her 2016 world tour. However, it has been reported that she and the Hello singer had a spat in the days leading up to her most recent show.
Covid or indecision?
In a sobbing video posted on social media, Adele blamed the last-minute postponement on half her staff being off work with Covid. However, her statement is being questioned by fans and has sparked fuel to the speculations that it was indeed due to conflicts with Es. According to a source,
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.
She was already nervous and the falling-out sent her spiralling into a panic because she was desperate that everything should be perfect.
Rumour has it that the row occurred after the production had already been thrown into disarray due to endless modifications to the running order. It's widely known that Adele suffers from severe anxiety while performing live, and as such going forward with the show when she is not happy was out of the question. Another source added,
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.
Not worth it
Most shows have teething troubles of some sort, but there has been a sense for a long time that these Adele shows were on their way to disaster. During the pre-sale period, Adele's gigs sold out promptly online. Although prices on resale websites reportedly started decreasing earlier this month. In a statement released last week, even Caesars Palace did not address Covid but confirmed,
Creating a show of this magnitude is incredibly complex.
It is believed that Adele was excited about these upcoming shows and would reschedule them soon. But there was just too much indecision on how the show should look like. Adele has been putting a little too much effort to suck up to fans, confirming that the cancellation had to do more with staging arguments than covid. She left a message for her fans stating they could have a gift on her or as a fan might put it
I came to Vegas to see Adele, and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.