Adele Announces First Tour in Four Years: “See You All Very, Very Soon”

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Adele Announces Massive European Tour.

The tour will start Feb. 29 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and will include a string of dates through June in Britain and Europe, all to help support her record-breaking hit album, 25. As Adele’s 25 shatters sales records on both sides of the Atlantic, the singer announced Thursday that she’ll embark on a 34-date European tour starting in February. “I have been bluffing this whole time and I’m so relieved to finally tell you that I am of course coming on tour, and I can’t wait to see all of your there,” Adele said of the European trek.New York — Adele has had nearly five years to savor the massive success of her last album but, on a release that could be even bigger, she is looking back wistfully on what once had been.

The Oscar-winning Skyfall singer’s third full-length record has sold 737,000 copies in the UK within its first week of release, surpassing Liam and Noel Gallagher’s Britpop band, who have held the record since 1997, according to the Official Charts Company. The goofy video she posted, full of starts and stops as Adele kept messing up her lines as she stood in front of a wall-sized map of Europe, suggested that the 27-year-old with the gorgeous big voice is still a bit of a kooky kid under her sophisticated sheen. On Adele’s third album 25, which came out last Friday, the singer has little interest in gloating about fame or experimenting in style, instead returning to the emotional depths that have so resonated with her vast fan base. However, Oasis continue to hold the sales record for the first three days with their third album, Be Here Now, which shifted 696,000 sales when it was released in August 1997.

In the unlikely event that you haven’t heard, 25 has been a smash seller, with a record 2.4 million copies flying out of stores and online baskets in its first four days in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Adele, her soaring but soulful voice possessing the same power, retraces the memories of her working-class childhood around London as she reflects from her new, uncomfortable perch. “I feel like my life is flashing by / And all I can do is watch and cry,” she sings to a delicate, Spanish-tinged guitar on “Million Years Ago.” Adele’s last album, 21, was led by the raw intimacy of the heartache song “Someone Like You.” But the man who broke Adele’s heart — whoever he was — is long gone, and Adele has since become a mother and found new love. The 25 tour kicks off February 29th at Belfast, Ireland’s SSE Arena and circles the European continent for 34 shows, concluding with June 12th and 13th with a pair of gigs at Antwerp, Belgium’s Sportpaleis; Adele will also perform two shows at Paris’ AccorHotels Arena on June 9th and 10th.

Yet romantic tumult clearly still has a hold over Adele. “All I Ask,” one of the most emotionally searing songs on the album, intimates at a future rather than a past breakup. Adele’s latest achievement comes as she announces European tour dates in 2016, which includes shows in Belfast, Manchester, London, Glasgow and Birmingham. Adele declined to make her album available through music-streaming services, including Apple Music and Spotify, forcing listeners to buy it either digitally and at stores.

Check out for full on-sale information. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. In a booming voice sure to leave many listeners in tears or at least with goose bumps, Adele sings over the piano, “All I ask is / If this is my last night with you / Hold me like I’m more than just a friend / Give me a memory I can use… ‘Cause what if I never love again.” Adele — who, despite the album’s title, is 27 — has described 25 as a look at her life “teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully fledged adult.” Adele owes her success in no small part to her unpretentious, non-rock star image. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.

She is not known to shake her body on stage or trash hotel rooms and marked last Friday’s release by singing at Joe’s Pub, a cozy club in New York’s Greenwich Village. Pandora is not an on-demand service, though, so listeners can’t choose which tracks they hear. “Yeah, probably,” she said. “I’m certainly not one for spicing things up.

Yet Adele nonetheless is carrying the hopes of the music industry. 21 was the top-selling album in the United States for two consecutive years and, by a comfortable margin, the biggest release in Britain so far this century. Years from now — hell, months from now — when The Walking Dead’s sixth season is up on Netflix and the streaming crowd is binging it, the whole “death of Glenn” bait-and-switch may be no big deal. The shipment numbers are the highest since No Strings Attached by boy band NSYNC in 2000, which was the year before Apple’s iTunes shook up the music business by mainstreaming digital sales. And they won’t have dealt with the incessant Internet chatter, fan theories (“Damn, Glenn got ate!” “Nope, he ducked under a dumpster!”), and cryptic postmortem interviews that popped up in between. Canadian indie rocker Tobias Jesso, Jr. is credited on another of the more intense songs, “When We Were Young,” whose bittersweet harmonies and backup choir have echoes of 1980s pop hits. “You look like a movie / You look like a song / My God, this reminds me / Of when we were young,” Adele sings to chords on a piano once owned by composer Philip Glass.

Granted, that would’ve been a seriously gutsy move on the writers’ part — kill Glenn, wait a few weeks, bring him back, and then immediately blow him away. For the third week in a row, The Walking Dead didn’t really advance the plot in any significant way, at least until the end. (More on that in a moment.) Instead, this was another low-boil hour of training and arguments, threaded between superfluous scenes of Rick soaking up the awe of the Alexandrians. And in the one real moment of action, Deanna Monroe’s son, Spencer, tried to rope his way over the massing zombie hordes, in a headstrong attempt to restart the process of leading the undead away from town. What makes this all so frustrating is that anyone familiar with the source material knows the comics start getting really interesting around this point, by bringing in new characters and new challenges, based around the idea of what it actually takes to rebuild human society.

The man with the ass-kicking stick skills made some strong points about the vagaries of cause-and-effect, pointing out that because Rick saved his life eons ago, he then saved Aaron and Daryl, in a rescue operation…which ended up tipping off the Wolves. If there’s one theme that has been holding strong this year, it’s the classic one about “best laid plans.” This week’s chapter also ended on a strong note, with a scene of Ron walking behind Carl with a secretly loaded gun, followed soon after by a shot of a tower collapsing.

Still, after this week’s unfortunate resurrection, it’s going to take a lot of clever plotting to rebuild trust among a fanbase that may have been faked out a few too many times.

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