Inside Weekends with Adele: 7 best moments from the opening of Adele’s Las Vegas residency

We never know what Adele‘s Las Vegas residency appeared in January when she tearfully canceled shows on the eve of opening night. But after Friday’s (Nov. 18) first performance of Weekends With Adele at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, we know exactly what it looks like now: Utterly and breathlessly spectacular.

The beloved British singer/songwriter addressed the cancellation toward the end of the two-hour concert, calling it “the worst feeling I’ve ever had, but the best decision I’ve ever made.” It’s hard to argue with her after seeing all the massive technical flourishes and small thoughtful details that color the 20-song set. It’s clear that Adele lovingly dedicated the past 10 months to creating the intimate show of her dreams, and the lucky 4,000-plus fans who got to be in the room returned the love tenfold, reducing the singer to tears more than once throughout the poignant night. .

“I am truly sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment I have caused,” she told the crowd. “But we’re here tonight together.”

Of course, the show wasn’t just a water feature – this is Vegas, after all, and this is Adele, whose concerts often double as a stand-up comedy routine, with her trademark cockney one-liners and between-song banter. She also used a T-shirt gun to launch merch, a handwritten note and a $50 bill for cocktails for four fans and seamlessly worked in a Rambo reference between her heartache personal breakup ballads. And the audience rose to their feet on more than one occasion, too, with Adele reminding the crowd prior to “Water Under the Bridge”: “I don’t have a lot of uptempos, so if you want to dance, now is it.”

But the true centerpiece of any Adele performance is her inimitable voice, and on Friday her powerful and nimble vocals rose to the challenge of carrying two shows a weekend into the new year and beyond — and when she needs a break, her fans are always more than happy to sing every word.

As she kicks off five months of shows in Sin City, get in the room with her Billboard for the seven best moments of Weekends With Adele opening night.

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