Were you lucky enough to nab tickets to see Adele this month? Well, I’m very sorry to report that her upcoming 10-city US tour has been cancelled thanks to a vocal chord hemorrhage. “Singing is literally my life—it’s my hobbie, my love, my freedom and now my job,” Adele wrote, explaining her rationale for canceling her dates along the East Coast and in the South for the second time. “I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or i risk damaging my voice forever … I have great confidence in believing you know how much this upsets me, how seriously i take it and how truly devastated and annoyed i am by this.” [Gossip Cop]
So will Adele reschedule these dates? Or are we just out in the cold? We look to recent history for some answers.
- On August 1, Kings of Leon reported that they were canceling the remainder of their US tour because Caleb Followill was suffering from “vocal issues and exhaustion.” Rumors that the band was breaking up quickly flared. The band has claimed that’s not the case, but they also have yet to reschedule their missed dates. [Huffington Post]
- In July, Taylor Swift came down with a case of bronchitis and cancelled two tour dates, in Charlotte and Atlanta. “I would never cancel if I thought I was physically able to perform these shows,” Taylor said, promising to reschedule. Fans in those towns just got to see her last weekend, but she did go above and beyond, surprising the Atlanta audience with a duet of “Live Your Life” with T.I. [Celebrity Health Fitness]
- Last year, U2 was forced to cancel the North American dates of their 360 Degree world tour when Bono needed emergency back surgery. This summer, the US and Canada finally got to see Bono and The Edge do their thing. But it would have been funny if they’d renamed these dates the 365 Days Later tour. [PR Newswire]
- This actually isn’t the first time Adele has had to cancel dates. In September, she cancelled four UK shows because of a chest infection. They have been rescheduled for early November. In June, she cancelled shows in Los Angeles and Vancouver because of laryngitis, and she made good on those appearances in August. At the same time, she had also cancelled the 10 cities who were supposed to get to see her this time around. [LA Times, Fanatix]
The verdict? We just have no idea. But it could be a long while before we get to see our girl. All this leads me to believe that tour bookers (or is it managers) need to be very wary of packing in too many tour dates. It might seem like a great idea money wise, but it sure can wear a performer out.