Beginning Friday, January 21, 2022, Adele will have an exclusive residency at the Colosseum of the Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. The artist will play two shows each weekend through Saturday, April 16, 2022 (see full list of dates below) for a total of 12 weeks under the title “Weekends With Adele.”
The long-awaited news follows the release of the singer’s fourth studio album, “30,” on Columbia Records, which opened at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with by far the best first-week sales of the year, with roughly 839,000 units sold. It debuted at No. 1 on album charts in 30 countries and is already one of the year’s best-selling albums; it surpassed Taylor Swift’s “Evermore,” which had sold 462,000 copies in 11 months, to become the year’s best-selling album in just three days.
Adele’s famously chatty concerts, which find her stately and often-sad songs contrasting with her bawdy humour and hilarious, self-deprecating banter (the show scheduled for this coming April Fool’s Day should have some good jokes), take place in the Colosseum, which has an official capacity of 4,100. Except for the weekends of February 18-19, when Van Morrison, who has spoken out against the Covid-19 vaccine, performs at the arena, Adele’s gigs are spread out over many weekends. Caesars Palace does not appear to have any vaccination requirements for these or any other shows.
The Las Vegas residency gigs are the only concert engagements Adele has announced in promotion of “30” so far, along with two dates in London’s Hyde Park next summer and her recent “One Night Only” CBS special shot at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. These appear to be a method for her to play live while avoiding the risks and complexities of touring amid the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, which has seen numerous musicians, including Jon Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams, test positive with the virus while on the road.
Adele’s previous album, “25,” was supported by a mammoth global tour in 2016 and 2017 that included 121 arena appearances in Europe, North America, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand before wrapping with four shows at London’s 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium.
Popular recording artists’ Las Vegas residencies are frequently extended beyond their initial term, though no details on Adele’s extension were immediately available. Celine Dion has performed over a thousand concerts during long-running Vegas residencies, grossing $681.3 million and selling over 4.5 million tickets in two consecutive runs between 2003-2007 and 2011-2019.
Tickets for the upcoming events will be available for pre-sale through Ticketmaster Verified Fan registration. Today (Nov. 30) at 6 a.m. PT, registration will open and close at 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday (Dec. 2). The Verified Fan Presale will commence at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday, December 7. Only fans who have received a unique code will be able to purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis for shows. There will be no public on-sale if demand for tickets from Verified Fans exceeds supply due to the limited number of seats available.
Weekend 1: Friday, Jan. 21 – Saturday, Jan. 22
Weekend 2: Jan. 28 – 29
Weekend 3: Feb. 4 – 5
Weekend 4: Feb. 11 – 12
Weekend 5: Feb. 25 – 26
Weekend 6: March 4 – 5
Weekend 7: March 11 – 12
Weekend 8: March 18 – 19
Weekend 9: March 25 – 26
Weekend 10: April 1 – 2
Weekend 11: April 8 – 9
Weekend 12: April 15 -16