Adele Signs Off: "I Want My Last Time To Be At Home"
ADELE opened the final leg of her 25 tour last night in her hometown of London, where she will play four sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium. While her set – which mixed her more recent hits with old favourites like Make You Feel My Love – was met with rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the 29-year-old Grammy winner revealed in a letter that this might be the end of the road for her live performances.
“So this is it after 15 months on the road and 18 months of 25 we are at the end. We have taken this tour across the UK and Ireland, throughout Europe, all over America and I finally got to go to Australia and New Zealand too,” a handwritten letter, published in the event’s programme and shared by a fan on Instagram, said. “Touring is a peculiar thing, it doesn’t suit me particularly well. I’m a real homebody and I get so much joy in the small things. Plus I’m dramatic and have a terrible history of touring. Until now that is! I’ve done 119 shows and these last four will take me up to 123, it has been hard but an absolute thrill and pleasure to have done.”
“I only ever did this tour for you and to hopefully have an impact on you the way that some of my favourite artists have had on me live,” she continued. “And I wanted my final shows to be in London because I don’t know if I’ll ever tour again and so I want my last time to be at home. Thank you for coming, for all of your ridiculous love and kindness. I will remember all of this for the rest of my life. Love you. Goodnight for now. Adele.”
During the concert, the singer was keen to shed light on an event that has devastated her hometown in recent weeks, urging the crowd to donate money to the victims of the Grenfell Tower blaze and promising that she would be returning to the site – which she first visited in the days after the catastrophic fire – next week.
“I’m going straight back after these shows. I’m not going to go into too much detail because a lot of the stories I’ve been told I’m not going to tell on a stage like this. But I can’t tell you how out of control and how chaotic it still is down there, it’s been two weeks since this happened,” she told the audience, reports Variety. “Can you promise me that you will talk about this story and keep it alive, because it’s disappearing and it’s atrocious. And it’s atrocious that we can’t get answers… You’ll be hearing a lot more from me about this in the days and weeks and probably years to come.”