Adele has apologized to fans in an emotional video after being forced to pull the plug on her entire 24-date Caesars Palace residency just one day before it was scheduled to begin.
The singer, 33, said she was forced to postpone the residency, which was scheduled to begin Friday at the Colosseum of Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace Hotel, after “delivery delays and COVID” meant her show wasn’t ready in time.
“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.”
Fans of the singer have splashed out between $85 and $12,000 for a ticket to attend Weekends with Adele, which was set to run from Jan. 21 to April 16, and have traveled to the United States from across the world to see it.
“Half my crew and team are [ill] with COVID and still are, and it’s been impossible to finish the show. And I can’t give you what I have right now, and I’m gutted and I’m sorry it’s so last minute, we’ve been awake for over 30 hours trying to figure it out and we’ve run out of time,” an emotional Adele continued.
The British star was set to make $685,000 (£500,000) per performance before merchandising, the Daily Mail reports.
“I’m so upset and I’m really embarrassed and so sorry to everyone that traveled to get [to the show]. I’m really, really sorry,” she continued in her video. “We’re going to reschedule all of the dates, we’re on it right now, and I’m gonna finish my show and get it to where it’s supposed to be. So I’m so sorry it isn’t possible. We’ve been up against so much and it just ain’t ready. I’m really sorry.”
It comes as Nevada reported 43,153 COVID-19 cases in the past seven days, as of Jan 20, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
A surge in COVID-19 cases has been seen across the United States, driven by the contagious Omicron variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.
However, researchers and health officials are hopeful that the Omicron variant is less severe, and early studies indicate a lower risk of hospitalization from the variant compared to the previously-dominant Delta strain.
In a statement to TODAY, a Caesar’s Entertainment spokesperson said they “understand the disappointment surrounding the postponement.”
“Adele is an incredible artist, supremely dedicated to her music and her fans. Creating a show of this magnitude is incredibly complex,” the statement said. “We fully support Adele and are confident the show she unveils at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be extraordinary.”
A Caesar’s Entertainment spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an email, “We understand the disappointment surrounding the postponement of ‘Weekends with Adele.’ Adele is an incredible artist, supremely dedicated to her music and her fans. Creating a show of this magnitude is incredibly complex. We fully support Adele and are confident the show she unveils at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace will be extraordinary.”