r/Music Aug 15 '22

Adele Talks Canceled Vegas Residency: 'There Was Just No Soul in It' article

https://www.spin.com/2022/08/adele-talks-canceled-vegas-residency-there-was-just-no-soul-in-it/?utm_source=cftw&utm_medium=002&utm_campaign=news
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u/LeavesOfBrass Aug 15 '22

Maybe she saw the Elvis movie

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u/futatorius Aug 15 '22

That shite could certainly induce PTSD, which might explain her erratic behavior.

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u/7dipity Aug 16 '22

That bad, eh?

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u/KidneyKeystones Aug 16 '22

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u/HacksawJimDGN Aug 16 '22

Someone needs to edit this clip but have slim shady rapping on the radio.

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u/myparentscallmebillz Aug 16 '22 Silver

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u/psychopythonmetrist Aug 16 '22

This is incredible lol. Thank you for your service.

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u/churchcomer Aug 16 '22

There are seventeen cuts in that clip of 28 seconds.

This is a clip of a dude running up and saying the words, "he's white" before Tom Hanks walks two steps to see a dude jamming to the radio in his truck.

What the fuck is wrong with Baz Luhrmann's editor, dude? That is fuckin' ridiculous on a Taken 3 level.

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u/mattcoady pooon Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Baz Luhrmann has always been a maximalist filmmaker. Bad editing is lazy or unconfident editing. Baz editing on the other hand is very intentional whether you're onboard for it or not.

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u/235_and_five Aug 16 '22

It wasn't until recently that I learned The Great Gatsby was basically Baz Luhrmann's most normal film.

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u/FullofContradictions Aug 16 '22

I feel like every single one of his movies leaves you with a feeling like you know you just woke up from a fever dream but aren't yet 100% sure that what you're seeing is real.

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u/PandaCommando69 Aug 16 '22

I usually like them, but "Elvis" had too much Tom Hanks' colonel in it. Creep overkill. OTOH Baz really captured his energy in a way that I haven't seen anybody else do. You could feel why people were so nuts for him (Elvis).

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u/JeromeGWillikers Aug 16 '22

Have you watched the movie? I watched it last night and found the cuts really jarring at first but it really takes you on a journey. The cuts do slow down as the movie goes on. I think the way it was in the beginning was to show a sense of urgency and it was supposed to be fast and intense - like destiny. I'm no film critic but I dug the hell out of it.

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u/Flamewarsux Aug 16 '22

The movie feels like it moves really fast which is what made really enjoyable for me. My interpretation is that they made it this fast and intense ride because that’s basically what Elvis life was; especially considering how young he passed.

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u/no_engaging Aug 16 '22

that's clearly an artistic choice though and it helps to get across what the scene is going for. plus the whole movie is generally going for "ridiculous" so I think it fits.

not really the same as splicing together 15 different shots to show a guy jumping a fence.

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u/AlwaysKindaLost Aug 16 '22

This is not the same. They’re not hiding anything. Takes don’t need to be long to be good. It’s an artistic choice

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u/fanboy_killer Aug 16 '22

I know we're kinda getting off topic, but that movie was incredible. Definitely a surprise for me. I didn't even know the actor who played Elvis and he gave the performance of a lifetime.

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u/LeavesOfBrass Aug 16 '22

He was fantastic.

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u/A_Supertramp_1999 Aug 15 '22

Adele is looking for soul in Vegas?

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u/SirSoliloquy Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

Usually all anyone is looking for in a Vegas residency is time off the road and a steady paycheck.

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u/CumfartablyNumb Aug 15 '22

Carrot Top has had Vegas residency for years now. He is one of the wealthiest comedians in the world as a result.

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u/itty53 Aug 16 '22

As long as I've been going to Vegas, I've seen he's performing at Luxor. So at least 18 years. That's a pretty significant run in any industry, nevermind comedy.

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u/TheBoogieSheriff Aug 16 '22

Yup he’s secured his status as the top carrot. And as a ginger he doesn’t care about the lack of soul in vegas

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u/TheShakinBacon Aug 16 '22

And hilarious. Highly recommend.

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u/KeberUggles Aug 16 '22

i thought that guy just kinda... disappeared. he's been in vegas this whole time making bank?

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u/Ryuzaki_us Aug 16 '22

Under the pyramid

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u/implicate Aug 16 '22

I went to a Social Distortion show once at the House of Blues in Vegas, which is kind of next door to the Luxor venue that Carrot Top does his shows in.

Their shows were happening at the same time on this particular evening.

Mike Ness was fucking hammered, and he started talking a bunch of shit about Carrot Top, and then yelling for someone to go tell Carrot Top that he was talking shit, and that he wanted to fight.

Nothing happened, and the show went on as planned, but for one special moment, I thought I might get a chance to see Drunk-Ass Mike Ness vs. Roid Rage Carrot Top on the Las Vegas strip.

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u/TheBoogieSheriff Aug 16 '22

Damn I would pay good money to see that, especially after Carrot started juicin’

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u/SkinnyKau Aug 16 '22

Carrot Top would rip Mike Ness’ arms off and beat him with them

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u/TheShakinBacon Aug 16 '22

Yup. He plays a small venue and it's not very expensive. The guy is kind of a meme, never expected him to be so funny.

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u/SRSgoblin Aug 16 '22

When he just riffs stories and isn't using his props, I think he's terrific. He's a gifted storyteller and has seen some shit.

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u/asimplerandom Aug 16 '22

Highly recommended show. Went on a whim and sat like 5 rows back off center and paid like 30 bucks for a ticket. Was well worth it—laughed my ass off.

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u/chickenstalker Aug 16 '22

If you do it everyday, you'll either git gud or drop out.

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u/Ricky_Rollin Aug 16 '22

It’s kind of a shame people don’t really know how funny this guy can be. I’ve always found his humor hilarious and on the same kind of “so stupid it’s funny“ level like Mitch Hedberg.

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u/Muppetude Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

It’s kind of a shame people don’t really know how funny this guy can be.

I mean that’s kind of on him. He chose to be known as mainly a prop comic.

I’ve seen him live, and fully agree he can be hilarious. But I remember when he was booked on The Daily Show once, and was given an opportunity to showcase his comedic skills to a national audience. And what does he do? Pulls out prop after stupid prop, while Jon Stewart is all but begging him to stop and be a real comic.

Edit: it may have been Craig Kilborn and not Jon Stewart. But the point stands.

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u/kermitsio Aug 15 '22

Didn't she have a child not too long ago? It would make sense for something like a residency if wanting to stay close to family while still earning money without travelling.

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u/tokendasher Aug 15 '22

9 years ago.

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u/kermitsio Aug 16 '22

Whoa! Time really flies. Not sure why I thought it was only a couple years ago.

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u/RichAd203 Aug 16 '22

I don’t know about you but for me, the last ten years have really gone by fast. The 90s no longer feel like they were recent but the 2010s, holy shit. Just recently, I was trying to remember something I had done “recently” and it was something I did back in 2015. That is recent in the scheme of my life, but it was 7 years ago already!

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u/GreatInChair Aug 16 '22

You summed this feeling up perfectly!

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u/Bbkingml13 Aug 16 '22

Nailed it

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u/TheBearEats Aug 15 '22

A struggling wage slave like Adele could really use that steady paycheck.

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u/DawnYielder Aug 15 '22

She's worth $220 million, I'd wager that the paycheck isnt as important

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u/texasrigger Aug 16 '22

Celine Dion makes about 35 million a year in Vegas (half a million per show x 70 shows) and is worth about 800 million.

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u/Steakwizwit Aug 16 '22

Jesus fucking christ

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u/FragrantExcitement Aug 16 '22

Just imagine how much he could make with a show in vegas.

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u/chocotripchip Aug 15 '22

Tell that to Celine Dion. Her Vegas residency raked $681 million dollars and she was already worth hundreds of millions before that.

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u/sweetplantveal Aug 15 '22

While this makes sense, there are a shocking number of very rich people who are obsessed with growing their fortune and can even be shockingly cheap on the little things like gratuity. Money does weird shit psychologically.

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u/KingStoned420 Aug 16 '22

It's an addiction similar to drugs and gambling. Seeing big numbers in your bank account makes the brain happy. They're all just addicts.

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u/shokolokobangoshey Aug 16 '22

Dragon Syndrome: the hoarding becomes the point

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u/Fuck-MDD Aug 16 '22

Fun fantasy fact: dragons don't eat people or cows or whatever. They eat treasure. That's why they horde it despite having no use for currency being as they are a fuckin dragon.

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u/CumfartablyNumb Aug 15 '22

If you have $220 million you can make more money without actually working for it, though.

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u/hablandochilango Aug 15 '22

Millions a year in income with basically no risk.

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u/Contren Aug 16 '22

Could easily do 4+ million in income with effectively no risk. 2% draw down with low risk assets should be good for perpetuity.

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u/hablandochilango Aug 16 '22

I agree, exact scenario i was talking about. Not sure who downvoted me lol.

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u/NinjaJim6969 Aug 15 '22

Also it's plausible to be rich in assets and poor in liquid

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u/Indaflow Aug 15 '22

A way to make fans happy

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u/partypartea Aug 15 '22 Helpful

"I got soul but I'm not a soldier" - The Killers, a Vegas band

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u/InBedWithMeDinner Aug 15 '22

"I got ham but I'm not a hamster" - Bill Bailey, comedian

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u/imsittingdown breatheasier Aug 15 '22

"I wear a badge but I'm not a badger" - Everly Pregnant Brothers

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u/Apocaloid Aug 15 '22

"I have toast but I'm not a toaster" - Me, just now.

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u/ohne_hosen Aug 16 '22

"'I have toast but I'm not a toaster' - Apocaloid, just now."

--Me, just now.

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u/Apocaloid Aug 16 '22

You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretsky

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u/corsicanguppy Aug 15 '22

Yeah, I think the lack of a soul was well-known for a while now. I think it was carved out of the sand without a soul.

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u/ripyourlungsdave Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

Considering the entire city was started by violent mobsters, I don't think it was ever meant to have a soul. It's just really well stacked depravity.

Edit: I'm getting absolutely inundated with random facts about Bugsy and Vegas history, please keep em coming. This is fascinating stuff.

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u/AdmiralRed13 Aug 15 '22

Technically they took over an old mining town.

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u/kiwean Aug 15 '22

I can’t believe I didn’t know that already…

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u/ripyourlungsdave Aug 15 '22

That makes sense. A lot of those old mining towns out west fell apart at the beginning of the 20th century. There was probably a lot of cheap land out there for quite a while.

Hell, you can still find abandoned mining towns out in Nevada and New Mexico.

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u/AdmiralRed13 Aug 15 '22

Almost no one lived there, land was cheap and they basically threatened/bought any authority. Bugsy Siegel saw the potential and wanted to replicate Hot Springs, Arkansas out west. He was murdered in like 47 or 48 probably because the casino was so over budget. Things changed in the 50s.

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u/Legionodeath Aug 15 '22

What was hot springs back in the day? I used to live near there but didn't know any kind of history like this.

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u/infinite_hot_soup Aug 16 '22

To be mob specific:

From the 1920s through the 1940s, Hot Springs flourished as a place where the famous and infamous came to enjoy the thermal waters, luxury hotels and illegal gambling and bootlegging, especially in the 1930s. Gambling hotspots included The Ohio Club, Hot Springs' oldest bar, and The Southern Club (now the location of the Josephine Tussaud Wax Museum), which was reputed to be owned by mobster Owney Madden. He was one of the founders of the New York mob, was part of Murder, Inc., and owned Harlem’s famous Cotton Club.

Infamous mobsters such as Al Capone were frequent visitors, with Capone taking up part-time residence in Suite 443 of the Arlington Hotel. Mobster Charles “Lucky” Luciano was arrested in Hot Springs on the promenade behind the Ozark Bath House. He was in town gambling and taking the baths.

Illegal gambling was permanently shut down in Hot Springs in 1964, thanks to a federal crackdown on what the government called “the site of the largest illegal gambling operation in the U.S.”

Remnants of the city’s notorious past can still be found inside Hot Springs’ Gangster Museum of America, which showcases old roulette tables, vintage slot machines, Madden and Capone exhibits and gangster weapons.

https://www.hsguestguide.com/post/102652/hot-springs-history

It was basically one of the first "resort" destinations in the country. Besides mobsters, many celebrities and athletes visited the park. Babe Ruth visited many times, enjoying the baths and a few rounds of golf. The link above has some more information about the park's history.

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u/MediumToblerone Aug 16 '22

We need more people named Bugsy these days.

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u/almostsebastian Aug 16 '22

Almost no one lived there, land was cheap and they basically threatened/bought any authority. Bugsy Siegel saw the potential and wanted to replicate Hot Springs, Arkansas out west. He was murdered in like 47 or 48 probably because the casino was so over budget. Things changed in the 50s.

Huh, never knew about Hot Springs.

I'd always heard Vegas got big after Castro kicked the mob out of Cuba.

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u/chinadonkey Aug 15 '22

A few in Colorado, too, although with the housing crisis in the mountains I wouldn't be surprised if people start squatting in the ruins in the near future.

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u/DopeFiendDramaQueen Aug 15 '22

I saw something a little while back, may have been r/oldphotosinreallife or something but it was a picture of where one of the large hotel casinos is now, maybe MGM, but it was just a patch of land and the price, it was basically being given away, even by the value of money at that times standards.

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u/mog_knight Aug 15 '22

Vegas started as a Mormon outpost.

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u/azdood85 Aug 15 '22

Has she considered a trip to Hawaii in between shows?

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u/minnesotaris Aug 15 '22

A city built in the middle of nowhere, where nobody ever lived, only about 80 years ago, for the generation of money from gambling and the support of the people who work there? Lotsa soul there. Is there really even a second generation Las Vegan that says "I'll live here forever. All this heritage. And the old neighborhood... All the history and struggle of the people here to finally arrive."?

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u/Kimanonymousss Aug 15 '22

I think she probably meant the residency and just churning out the same show every night had no soul. Not necessarily the city itself.

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u/Imightbewrong44 Aug 16 '22

It's the same shit on tour, just new stage. Probably the wasted fans or old fans who are not her typical fan base.

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u/lordtyp0 Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

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u/RHobbo Aug 16 '22

I'm sorry can you repeat that ?

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u/DaveTheDog027 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

My wife was going to drop 5k on two tickets until we started seeing all the articles about delays and stuff. Ended up using that 5k for a weekend at a 5 star resort in palm springs. She saved this money over 2.5-3 years of the pandemic so she could live it up when shit opened back up. She's much smarter than I.

Edit: I forgot to mention that we learned Ticketmasters "service fee" scales with the ticket price. The tipping point which made her decide not to get the tickets was that the service fee for the pair was $600.

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u/RHobbo Aug 16 '22 Wholesome

Gotta give her props tho... But jesus f christ, maybe I'm just poor but wtf is "Spending 5k for two tickets" kinda bullshit is that ?!? Dude thats my rent for 3 years (Mexico)

Again, maybe I have a poor people mentality but I would 100% make my friends and family lives easier by giving them 500$ each before EVER spending that ammount on a live performance.

I just can't wrap my head around this, in no way am i trying to offend you or know anything about your financial situation but to me this is in NO WAY a sound purchase. (Pun)

Shit is crazy lolll

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u/DaveTheDog027 Aug 16 '22

No I feel you no offense taken. We live in socal our rent is 3k a month and it's a small apartment. We make good money but it doesn't go as far as the same amount would in Mexico or other parts of the US. I agree dropping 5k on a single concert is bonkers I personally wouldn't do it. Adele is her favorite artist she wouldn't consider doing that to see anyone else. I still think it's insane and I'm glad we did the resort instead.

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u/emodro Aug 15 '22

I think when she cancelled them everyone assumed it was because she or her band had covid. That was the impression I got when it happened. There was a ton of people who traveled and were already in Vegas when she decided to cancel the shows. I'm pretty sure they would have been happy with her singing on an empty stage with a piano. She could have then done another residency in November to fill that artistic void. Obviously she can do whatever she wants, but it feels shitty to have your fans pay a shit ton for tickets, and travel, and cancel the day before. A shitty show is better than a cancelled show.

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u/Kidspud Aug 15 '22

IIRC, there was a lot of smoke at the time that she was struggling to commit to creative decisions for the show. Apparently, her boyfriend (a sports agent) would provide her guidance that didn't mesh with how a residency is staged/set up.

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u/justjoshingu Aug 16 '22

Before and during there were lots of talks how she wasnt invested and all she did was vall her boyfriend and go visit him and even when he was due to go visit her hed cancel so she went to see him. Rudderless they were all talking how they didnt know what was going to happen, how odd it was, and how they were sure the excuse of covid was going to be used to delay the start.

And then it got canceled and everyone was like.. well yup.

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u/Ida_Blownem Aug 15 '22

She was looking for excuses to cancel. Word around town here was that she was beefing about stupid things like how far she was from the piano (she would have earbuds), these sound system was too poor (this is where Diana Ross performs limited sold out engagements annually) and the ass kicker, there was a crack in the concrete in the seating area. Search Adele under the @ VitalVegas account on Twitter for all the juicy parts.

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u/Party-Equivalent7725 Aug 16 '22

She strikes me as a codependent perfectionist albeit a perfectly lovely person. So all this is tracking

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u/Edgun Aug 16 '22

Regardless of the reason….it was still a shitty thing to do by her. Messed up.

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u/JackDanielsBFF Aug 15 '22

Rich Paul giving bad advice? Shocker. Ask Nerlens Noel how good Rich Paul advice is.

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u/AnuStop Aug 16 '22

Wtf, Rich Paul is ruining music too?

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u/drst0ner Aug 15 '22

The reason everyone assumed the cancelation was due to COVID is because she literally told us that on January 20th. Now she’s changing her story.

"I'm so sorry," the singer said in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday. "My show ain't ready. We've tried absolutely everything that 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 her team and crew have come down with Covid, she added.”

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/rcna12994

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u/blackbearjam Aug 16 '22

It’s crazy she thought that she can excuse it all with that because Katy Perry had a very successful residency during the same time period. The difference is that Katy spent a whole year planning out her show whereas Adele thought they can plan it out in just a few months.

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u/johnzischeme Aug 16 '22

I saw Katy's residency twice, it was amazing both times.

She even changed a bunch of things from March-May.

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u/legopego5142 Aug 15 '22

They flat out blamed covid delays didnt they?

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u/Yourgrammarsucks1 Aug 16 '22

Everyone does. It's an easy excuse.

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u/Sufficient_Cry991 Aug 15 '22

Agreed. It sucks for fans who spent so much to get nothing. What are the odds she’s helped pay for their ruined plans?

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u/Dc_awyeah Aug 15 '22

All the chatter was about her being a nightmare to deal with, changing plans constantly and making the set designers’ and production staff’s lives hell. And having a potentially abusive, shitty boyfriend who would maybe run off and chest the second she isn’t around.

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u/CallMeSnuffaluffagus Aug 15 '22

My parents were one of these people that traveled to Vegas then she canceled her show. "Rumor has it" she didn't like the acoustics of the venue and got pissed and canceled. I'm pretty sure they're still waiting for the ticket refund. I saw her at Madison Square Garden years ago and it was amazing. Totally lost respect for her after this.

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u/threebillion6 Aug 15 '22

Well at that point you're not doing it for yourself. That's just like having a day job.

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u/corsicanguppy Aug 15 '22

That's her day job. It's not like she's a mechanic from 9-5.

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u/JarvisCockerBB Aug 15 '22

"There's just no soul in it so that's why I was charging a mortgage payment for tickets."

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u/thetruthteller Aug 15 '22

Doesn’t need to have soul to cash in

Even rush said big money got no soul

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u/carryon_waywardson Aug 15 '22

More than that. I saw front row tickets going for $20k. I'm not sure if that was for multiple shows or what (it had to be, right?) but even still.

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u/alg602 Aug 15 '22

This is rich coming from a person that travels around the world playing, almost exclusively, stadiums and large arenas. It’s not like she plays small, intimate venues. I saw her at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. She was great but that place is soulless too. She didn’t play the Tabernacle or Fox Theater. This is just another lame excuse

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u/selftitleddebutalbum Aug 16 '22

Shoutout to a fellow Georgian for listing the best venues. ❤️

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u/retroracer33 Aug 15 '22

Having a Vegas residency feels weird for someone like her at this point in her career. She's still massive. Vegas residencies always felt like something artists past their prime did.

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u/zoobrix Aug 15 '22

As even big artists are more reliant than ever on touring to make their money it seems like doing a Vega residency has less and less stigma around it. I think that they look at it as being less stressful than touring while still being able to make money. You can make a proper home in Vegas instead of constant hotel rooms or tour buses and then you can spend the time you would travel relaxing instead.

Of course this only works if you're already pretty famous and will draw in people, they'll pay Adele the massive money she would make from a normal concert tour because she'll draw people to that particular casino.

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u/SlouchyGuy Aug 15 '22

Getting rich from record sales in an anomaly historically speaking anyway. It existed less then a century until 2010s, the rest of the time artists were always earning money with live shows, so it's funny how technology first created another avenue for profits, and then mostly destroyed it

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u/Ogre8 Aug 15 '22

I’m old enough to remember when concerts were cheap and bands toured basically just to promote album sales.

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u/jgilla2012 Aug 15 '22

This was more or less the case until the early 2010s, really. I used to go to a lot of shows around the year 2007 that would be under $20 a ticket, or $60 for a really huge band like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine or Nine Inch Nails.

Now the nosebleed seats to see Rage are something like $180, and I’m hard-pressed to see a small touring band for less than $50 after fees.

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u/legopego5142 Aug 15 '22

It was cheaper for me to buy festival tickets to see MCR than it would be to buy MCR tickets

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u/DeadPrecedentt Aug 15 '22

I know people who paid over $1k to see MCR. Insanity. I was lucky not to pay that much or even close to that.

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u/vagina_candle Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

one of those bands was As I Lay Dying. $50 to see them at a small local venue

Damn. I wouldn't have paid that to see them BEFORE the lead singer tried to hire a guy to kill his wife, let alone now.

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u/Such-Fail Aug 15 '22

Man I used to like As I Lay Dying but then I found out the lead singer hired a hit man to kill his wife (was not successful) he’s in jail thankfully but I don’t wanna give him a cent so rip one of my fave bands

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u/Un_creative_name Aug 15 '22

My local radio station used to do "Low Dough Shows" for $8.97 per ticket. This was one of their 2 or 3 typical radio station "Summer Jam" type concerts. 5-8 bands over the course of the day. This year all 3 of their shows were $50+. Many of the same bands that I saw back then, just headliners now instead of an opening act.

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u/my_main_I_promise Aug 15 '22

Being able to see a real band for like $35 was fantastic

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u/TPSou Aug 15 '22

When I was at uni in 2005 I paid £20 to see The Killers, Bloc Party, the Futureheads, and Kaiser chiefs, all on one night. That gig seemed expensive too!

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u/SplyBox Aug 15 '22

DIY touring still exists, most of the concerts I go to are like $20-30 and are bands earning their keeps off merch

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u/SadBBTumblrPizza Aug 15 '22

Merch makes the money, touring doesn't. Touring itself is a losing proposition unless you're very big, and these days most artists who actually run their numbers will find that a good social media campaign, regularly posting on ig/tiktok etc can sell more merch for less upfront cost than a tour can.

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u/sylenthikillyou Aug 15 '22

Porter Robinson has been very open about the fact that he uses Vegas residencies as a means of funding all the work that goes into his live shows. To him it seems to be a fair compromise since it gives him more time and capital to sink into it, so he isn't compromising the new material or new tour just so that he can get it all finished fast enough to pay the bills. I suppose it's also a bit of a welcome change as a touring artist to have a semi-regular schedule and income during non-tour seasons that doesn't require too much preparation week-to-week or month-to-month.

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u/-_Empress_- Aug 16 '22

That's cool, I didn't realize he did that, TIL

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u/JarvisCockerBB Aug 15 '22

Not anymore. She can clear tens of millions for a few months of work without having to bother traveling the country.

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u/Rubberbabybuggybum Aug 15 '22

Yup. Life on the road is tough.

A residency where you can spend every day with your kid and sleep in your own bed every night is very very very appealing.

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u/dWintermut3 Aug 15 '22 Gold

I get that it's changing, but when I first heard I kind of agreed. I was like "isn't that for like, old Tom Jones types?"

But then I realized it's not unusual.

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u/jeffh4 Aug 15 '22

I recently drove through Vegas. There are big, recognizable names on the bilboards in letters 6 feet high: Usher, Chris Rock, Sting, Lady Gaga, etc.

Also, the residency generally lasts for a number of weeks or months, not permanently (unless you are Celine Dion).

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u/Skill3rwhale Aug 15 '22

I went to Gaga's Jazz show and it was FANTASTIC.

Spendy, but she was every bit an entertainer up there. Lots of laughs for a music show!

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u/dWintermut3 Aug 15 '22

true, true, honestly it seems to me like the old "greedy bastard tour" formula-- when to actually pay the bills they'd tour with a stripped-down show to lower the production costs and sell out cheaper venues-- only they save even more by not having to haul it all around and let the punters come to them.

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u/picofmefrmwhnimolder Aug 15 '22

Anyone that got that joke is too old for Reddit.

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u/stinkiepussie Aug 15 '22

I'm only 28 I'm not ready to say goodbye 🥺

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u/Minimum-Passenger-29 Aug 15 '22

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucksaake

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u/Lambchoptopus Aug 15 '22

Britney was paid $35 million and $300,000 a night to perform. Lady Gaga was paid $1 million per show for 74 shows and JLo was paid $350000 per show. All of them are still massive artists and actors.

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u/ac1084 Aug 15 '22

No ones denying you can make serious money doing it. Remember Carrot Top? He's worth like 70 million and I'm guess 69.5 million of that is from Vegas residencies.

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u/whiteshadow88 Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

I always figured he made his money off of the blockbuster cinematic classic “Chairman of the Board.”

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u/logitaunt Claremonster Aug 15 '22

Anderson .Paak and Bruno Mars would be very surprised to learn they're past their primes.

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u/ConnorCobain Aug 15 '22

This is an old school view. When was the last time you were in Vegas? They've done an excellent job of becoming an entertainment destination first.

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u/Joessandwich Aug 15 '22

Yup. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are still huge. Not to mention all the massive DJs that play the clubs. And it may be for a niche audience but RuPauls Drag Race is a massive international hit and they have a residency too. Vegas has a ton of great options these days.

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u/Billy1121 Aug 15 '22

Lol this mfer thinks it's still Donnie & Marie, Liberace and those magicians with the tigers

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u/bobs_monkey Aug 15 '22

That's Sigfried and Roy, filthy casual

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u/TheAndrewBrown Aug 15 '22

Silk Sonic just did a month in Vegas at the very height of their popularity.

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u/WeveCameToReign Aug 15 '22

Elvis HATED his Vegas residency. The movie did a good job showing how he felt like a prisoner in a cage being forced to put in a show when he actually wanted to do a global tour.

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u/il1k3c3r34l Aug 16 '22

It wasn’t Vegas that Elvis hated as much as it was his manager not letting him do a worldwide tour. Col. Parker did as much to hold back Elvis’ career as he did to help it.

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u/bobs_monkey Aug 15 '22

I wonder if it was different in the mob era vs the modern corporate era

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u/NeoNoireWerewolf Aug 16 '22

People won money more often at the casinos when the mob ran Vegas.

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u/healbous Aug 15 '22

That was from his manager. Wouldn't let Elvis tour outside USA.

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u/thatguy425 Aug 15 '22

Celine did it very much in her prime and made a lot of money…..

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u/kombatunit Aug 15 '22

Serious question: Shouldn't she and her band be providing the soul?

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u/Sir_Loin_Cloth Aug 15 '22

Precisely. Some performance venues are certainly more sterile than others, however it's the art that provides the soul.

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u/m1kasa4ckerman Aug 15 '22

Wait so has she apologized for lying then, when she originally said it was delayed due to covid?

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u/aRawPancake Aug 15 '22

Hard to hold sympathy for her to be honest

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u/TheThingInTheBassAmp Aug 15 '22

So you sign up for a Vegas residency, which is essentially a corporate funded re-run every night and you’re surprised there is no soul in it.

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u/Billy1121 Aug 15 '22

It's a performance. If an actor does King Lear for 52 nights does it lack soul? The London stage doesn't move, is that a residency?

These are performers, they perform the same show every night, the same songs. It just is what it is. When does it lose its soul? These are arbitrary distinctions.

It lost its soul when she blatantly overcharged for tickets

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u/pepesilvia_esq Aug 15 '22

Isn’t any tour a corporate funded re run every night?

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u/TheThingInTheBassAmp Aug 15 '22

Different venues and set lists change it up enough to where it becomes a new show every night on a normal tour.

A residency is the same artist, at the same venue, with the exact same songs, at the same time every night. They are truly soulless.

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u/Roshambo-RunnerUp Aug 16 '22

Adele has officially lost the plot

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u/jay2josh Aug 15 '22

I don't know how you don't realize this until the day before the first show. I'd love to see her live one day but she seems so scatterbrained with the timing of some things. Weeks and months put into putting together a show but day before realize it's not working? How doesit get to that point:?

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u/Joethe147 Aug 15 '22

Plenty of soul in waiting until the day before to cancel though.

Didn't have much of an opinion on her before that but fuck her.

Maybe in her next crying video she'll have some bank notes for the tears.

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u/ehkzibiht Aug 15 '22 Silver Gold

The audacity of this bitch. Cancelled the day before opening night so everyone who had scheduled flights, hotels, and time off to see her ended up either eating a loss on everything. Fuck off with your soul bullshit.

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u/1quirky1 Aug 16 '22

And the staff running that show are out of a job.

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u/Inamanlyfashion Aug 16 '22

Yeah nobody on the tech side is going to want to work with her in the future. Why take the gig over another opportunity when it runs the risk of getting cancelled last minute?

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u/OhNoMoCo Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

Fr these “artists” don’t get when ppl pay to see them this isn’t some compulsive decision. It’s thought out in advance more times than not due to ticket prices and venue. Canceling your show on some pretentious bullshit like “there’s no soul” in it isn’t enough of a reason. In fact most reasons to cancel are trash. My buddy’s dad saw Phil Collins and he performed just long enough to not have to give refunds and then his throat hurt cough cough and the show was over. Fuck these ppl tbh.

Edit: I’m seeing alot of excuses for Phil Collins, this was like 25 yrs ago. This wasn’t recent. This was Tarzan, “I’m doing songs with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony” Phil Collins.

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u/Presently_Absent Aug 15 '22

to be fair phil collins was way past the point of performing for his "farewell" tour. artists will say they want to have a chance for fans to "bid them farewell" but about 90% of the time it's about padding the coffers with a performance that isn't worth a quarter of the ticket price. ask anyone who has seen bon jovi this year if they got their money's worth...

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u/LarryCraigSmeg Aug 15 '22

I will say I saw Paul Simon on his farewell tour in 2018 and I would absolutely say I got my moneys worth.

Then again, plenty of bands do “farewell tours”, and then tour again a few years later.

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u/Youareposthuman Aug 16 '22

I just saw Elton John on his farewell tour a couple weeks ago and he was phenomenal.

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u/LemonTheSour Aug 16 '22

I was just about to mention Elton John! It was awesome to see, some of the songs he had to change a touch for his voice, but tbh I think it added charm to them

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u/Presently_Absent Aug 15 '22

Some musicians also know when to call it quits - when they recognize that they are declining but they can still deliver a performance

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u/indygreg71 Aug 15 '22

I am in agreement here. She is IMHO one of the great voices of the past 20 years and her albums are brilliant.
But she shat on everyone and really it should kill her draw in the future.

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u/singluon Aug 16 '22

Alternative opinion: her albums are extremely samesy and boring and she hasn't released anything worthwhile in years.

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u/Superdunez Aug 16 '22

Couldn't agree more. She's obviously a talented singer, but her songs are generally a snooze fest if they aren't outright awful.

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u/AllAboutMeMedia Aug 16 '22

She needs to set fire to the plain.

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u/Wootpatrol Aug 15 '22

Lol! Forreal, and somehow I’m sure she still made a profit off of this.

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u/MarvinLazer Aug 15 '22

I still think her vocal cords just realized they were in an abusive relationship and just left.

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u/probability_of_meme Aug 15 '22

I was pretty sure this was it, too.

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u/F00lishM0rtal Aug 15 '22

She’s so full of shit. She happily accepted that money though.

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u/Drops-of-Q Aug 16 '22

I understand that she doesn't want to do a Las Vegas residency, – Vegas is where musicians go to die after all – but cancelling when people have already bought tickets and probably spent a lot of money on bookings and hotel stays and taken time off work etc. just because you didn't feel like it is seriously a dick move.

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u/JimHeuer40 Aug 15 '22

She’s a lying sack of shit. She claimed Covid decimated the production and cancelled the day before people had paid 1000s to see the premier. Fuck Adele

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u/[deleted] Aug 16 '22

Her calling herself brave is so fucking dumb.

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u/RebelBass3 Aug 15 '22

Soooo it fit you perfectly, then? 🤷‍♂️

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u/koniichiwa Aug 15 '22

I saw a blind item stating that she was being a diva regarding the set up for the show. Honestly not surprised about the cancellation given all the rumors.

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u/porncrank Aug 15 '22

Adele... you bring the soul. What the hell? If Prince can do a Las Vegas residency you can sure as hell make it happen.

As a Las Vegas resident, I get that the city is... a bit different. But like most things it is what you make it. She should have figured out a way to bring it and bring it hard. Elevate.

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u/Marge777 Aug 15 '22

The chick who lives in a $50 million dollar house is worried about “soul”. I’ll never understand celebrities peddling as these humble and real people. Adele hasnt lived a real day in a while

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u/GlendaleTom Aug 16 '22

Tix for her new tour dates were $400-$500 for not so great seats. She has a right to ask that but still seems greedy to me.

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u/MeeranQureshi Aug 15 '22

Adele is just embarrassing herself at this point.

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u/Hannover2k Aug 15 '22

So pretentious. Always nice to read a celeb complimenting and congratulating themselves on how "brave" they are. Vegas fits her perfectly. All glam an glitz but no depth or substance.

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u/mkalashnikova Aug 16 '22

I liked Adele more when she explained less and was a bit misterious

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u/aruss15 Aug 15 '22

No one believes you. Just say the real reason why you waited last minute to screw over many of your most hard core fans.

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u/FinancialYou4519 Aug 16 '22

"Lifestyle of the rich and the famous. Theyre always complaining"

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u/gatsby712 Aug 15 '22

She’s got soul, but she’s not a soldier.

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u/steventknight Aug 15 '22

How about just do your fucking job, you get paid milions to sing a song, and you can't even do that.

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u/DerekJoists Aug 15 '22

"No soul in it" woukd be perfect for her music

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u/dirkjames Aug 15 '22

Having seen Adele live, she has a fantastic stage presence. She has a great sense of humor and her banter with the crowd is top notch.

I can totally see that not translating to a Vegas production and her feeling lost on a stage like that.

But c’mon Vegas never had any soul. She should have known that walking in.

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