Adele alludes to possible retirement from live shows: 'I don't know if I'll ever tour again'

English balladeer Adele, one of the top-selling artists of the 21st century, says she may retire from live performances as she winds up a massive tour.

Adele's 25 album cover.

Adele's 25 album cover.

The 29-year-old singer thanked fans in a message on the night of 29 June at London's Wembley Arena, where she is playing four final shows on a 123-date global tour.

"Touring is a peculiar thing. It doesn't suit me particularly well," said a handwritten note included in the program, which several fans posted on social media.

"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," she wrote.

"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," she wrote.

Adele has defied pop formulas by winning massive fan bases through mournful, nostalgic ballads such as 'Someone Like You' and 'Hello' off back-to-back blockbuster albums 21 and 25.

Adele has frequently spoken of suffering stage-fright and disappeared from the public eye for several years, during which she had a son, before releasing 25 in 2015.

She has kept packing arenas despite eschewing the on-stage theatrics that have become commonplace for top-tier pop stars.

Her tour took her across Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand.

In Los Angeles, she broke a record by selling out eight consecutive shows at the Staples Center.

In a recent tweet on 1 July, the singer also regretted not being able to perform on the last two shows at Wembley Stadium, as she has damaged her vocal cords.

(With inputs from AFP)


Published Date: Jul 01, 2017 09:30 am | Updated Date: Jul 01, 2017 12:07 pm