October 29th, 2016 is a day that I will never forget, and for good reason; because October 29th, was the day that I was able see the one and only, Adele.
Having been a fan of Adele’s music since the release of her first album 19, I was overjoyed to hear that she was doing a world wide tour, and would not be performing just one, but two nights in Atlanta at the Philips Arena. However, as some of you might have heard, her tour sold out in less than 5 minutes and I was one of the unlucky individuals that wasn’t able to walk away with a pair of tickets to see her.
However, the day of her last show in Atlanta, I recieved a phone call from my mother and she had surprised me with tickets! In fact, that’s what I’m here to talk about, so let’s get started shall we?
The night opened with Adele rising from the center of the floor, and signing the introduction to her hit single, “Hello”. That one word was all it took for a wave of excitement to overcome the sold out arena. As she completed her first number by walking through the rows of those sitting in floor seats, we were all left on an edge of anticipation seeing what else she was going to do that night.
Not only did the night include an amazing set list featuring songs such as; “Sweetest Devotion,” “Chasing Pavements,” “Don’t You Remember,” “One and Only,” “Skyfall,” “Someone Like You,” and “Rolling in the Deep,” but it also included two hours of experiencing Adele’s fun and quirky personality you’re always hearing about.
While each song does tell a story all on it’s own, it’s nice to hear what Adele’s songwriting process was for each one, along with hearing the occasional nostalgic anecdote and perfectly timed joked accompanied by Adele’s iconic laughter.
Another aspect of her show that was very memorable were the visuals. Being music that’s more on the slower side, it’s not always easy to have visuals the can be fun and exciting, but when Adele is able to show you footage of your hometown during Hometown Glory, she puts any of those doubts to rest. Between that, and mirroring her music video for Send My Love while singing it live, the visual were able to make an impact, but also not overpower her live ambiance.
In my opinion, the best part of seeing Adele live, however, is seeing how down to earth she truly is. Being one of the biggest names in music in right now, it would be easy for her to just walk out on a stage, belt out the powerhouse notes that she’s so well known for and call it a night.
But alas, that isn’t what she does at all,because she takes the time to interact with the fans; and when I say interact, I mean, interacts. At one point during the show, she spoke to those who were lucky enough to get floor seats and posed for selfies with those in her general area. Then, at one point, she even brought up a girl who happened to be celebrating her birthday that night, and proceeded to have the whole arena help her in singing “Happy Birthday” to this very lucky concert goer.
If you’re ever able to see Adele, please please do. Even if you think it’s going to be, as Adele would put it, “two hours of misery” I promise you, you’ll get more than that. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be heartbroken over people you don’t even love. This author is someone who can’t wait to see her again