For someone whose music can be so heartbreaking, Adele sure seems to have a lot of fun in concert. Just as ‘Rolling in the Deep’ became a No.1 Billboard hit, plenty has changed for Adele since then — she had a son, underwent vocal cord surgery, won an Oscar and released the record-breaking album “25” — but she remains a relatable and universally loved performer with the rare talent of making a big room feel small. Here are 5 of most Adele’s empowering moments:
1. Telling her security guard of for trying to restrain fans:
Fighting for her fans’ right to party, Adele delivered stern words to a security guard who told enthusiastic fans to take their seats at one of her Adelaide shows.
She interrupted her set to say “excuse me, sir? I know you work here, but could you stop telling people to sit down?” Adamant that concert-goers have a right to stand if they can’t see, she added “If you’re moaning about people dancing, then what the f… have you come to a show for?”
Is she the best or what?
2. Not biting back at the bullies:
Responding to online trolls who had likened her in her Grammys outfit to Princess Fiona from ‘Shrek’, the singer told Perth concert-goers “I don’t f…… care. It was Givenchy Couture.They can say what they want.”
Adele, who picked up several Grammys, including Album of the Year, said she’d worked out twice a day to fit into the green dress because “it was quite tight” and “obviously I’m a large lady and like food very much”.
Come on, we ought to give it to her, hands down for that!
3. Standing in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks:
Being far from home has been particularly tough for Adele in the wake of London’s terror attacks. Performing in Auckland on the day of the attack, she said “I’m literally on the other side of the world and I want them to see our lights and to hear us”.
She dedicated her song ‘Make You Feel My Love’ to London, describing her hometown as “my soulmate”. She had previously dedicated the same song to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium and Orlando, Florida.
4. Getting her twerk on:
She might not rate her own dancing, but Adele wasn’t afraid to shake her booty in any of her live concerts. She sported an unbeatable attitude and took the stage on fire with all her fearless twerking!
“I think I just twerked,” she exclaimed afterward, saying she didn’t really know what she was doing. “My whole body has to move. My bum could break my back it’s so enormous.”
5. Facing her fears:
Despite being one of the world’s bestselling artists, Adele has admitted she still isn’t comfortable on-stage, saying in 2015 that her chronic stage fright was getting worse.
“I get so nervous with live performances that I’m too frightened to try anything new,” she said at the time. Tour promoter Michael Coppel has warned that this tour may be her last, telling “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.”
She’s a charmer alright. Kiwis are the latest in a world of fans to fall for Adele’s charismatic live performances, her cheeky, often self-deprecating humour proving almost as big a hit as her music.