Global pop sensation Adele, heading toward the end of a more than 120-date concert tour through North America, Europe and Australia, told an audience in New Zealand Sunday that she is considering retiring from the road.
“Touring isn’t something I’m good at . . . applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable,” she addressed a crowd of more than 40,000 at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, reported the New Zealand Herald. “I don’t know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I’ve toured is you,” the 28-year-old Grammy and Academy Award-winner said amid a driving rain near the end of the show. “I’m not sure if touring is my bag.”
Calling “Adele Live 2016 / 2017” the “greatest accomplishment in my career,” the English singer, long known for her emotionality onstage, began crying as she told the sold-out arena that she could not have embarked on this third concert tour if not for her audience’s support. The current tour follows “An Evening with Adele” in 2008 and 2009, and “Adele Live” in 2011.
The singer, who sold out six Madison Square Garden dates from Sept. 19-26, 2016, follows her three Auckland dates with the tour’s final four shows, set for London’s Wembley Stadium June 28-29 and July 1-2. Tickets long ago sold out.
Adele’s concert promoter, Michael Coppel, told the London newspaper The Telegraph days ago that “We may never see her [perform live] again.” He added, “Adele’s been quoted as saying she won’t tour again; she’s doing this big tour as a recognition of her huge record sales and the enormous demand to see her live. It’s impossible to tell what happens next. Then the future’s an open book.”
Adele told NPR’s “All Things Considered” in November 2015 that her previously discussed stage fright was “actually getting worse. Or it’s just not getting better, so I feel like it’s getting worse, because it should’ve gotten better by now.” She said, “With my stage fright, I just don’t want to let people down. I get so nervous onstage that I don’t have the guts to improvise or anything like that.”
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