Adele kicked off her highly anticipated residency at Caesars Palace with a bang. As she stood on stage, belting out her first song, she couldn't help but mouthe the words, "I'm so happy." And the crowd of 4,100 devoted fans was right there with her, enthusiastically singing back the chorus of "Hello." The nerves that had been visible on Adele's face earlier were now visibly loosening.
Her "Weekends with Adele" concert series was one that many thought would never happen. After canceling her original shows in January, just 24 hours before they were set to begin, there were concerns about the production. But now, as she stood on that stage, those concerns seemed unfounded.
The two-hour show was nothing short of spectacular. The massive Colosseum stage was adorned with gleaming video elements that added to the visual appeal. And Adele's powerful vocals on songs like "Take it All" and "Water Under the Bridge" were met with thunderous applause.
But it wasn't just the music that captured the audience's attention. Adele was open and honest with her fans, not shying away from acknowledging her previous cancellations. After performing a sublime rendition of "Easy on Me" next to her pianist, she thanked the crowd for coming back to her.
Throughout the show, Adele's interactions with the audience were unfiltered and casual. She teased some latecomers, asking them if they had been at a pool party. Her chattiness was attributed to nerves, but her fans knew that her stories were always entertaining and often laced with profanity.
While there were plenty of moments of audience interaction, Adele wanted to make sure that the focus remained on the music. And her voice was flawless on every song. Whether it was a newcomer like "I Drink Wine" or a classic like "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)," her vocals were as impeccable as ever.
As the night went on, it became clear that the essence of the show was the music. Adele's band joined her on stage, and the addition of a 24-piece string section during "Skyfall" brought even more grandeur to the already spectacular production.
The concert came to a close with a surprise. Instead of ending with the obvious choice of "Rolling in the Deep," Adele chose to close with the majestic "Love Is a Game" from her latest album "30." The combination of strings, organ, and heart-shaped confetti pouring from the rafters created a truly cinematic experience.
And as the final notes of the song played, Adele disappeared in a poof of fairy dust. It was a truly magical moment, one that fans had been waiting for. Adele had done it. She had wowed the crowd and proven that her residency was well worth the wait.