Adele Tears the Roof Off Royal Albert Hall During Concert Film
The team at PopCrush was treated to an early screening of Adele‘s ‘Live at Royal Albert Hall’ concert film, which was filmed on Sept. 22 prior to the singer’s vocal cord surgery. Although the recording might not be as intimate as actually experiencing the show in person, it is still just as powerful and thrilling to watch onscreen. Adele delivers a roller coaster ride of emotions throughout the film, making fans laugh at her cheeky banter while moving viewers to tears with her absolutely stunning performance.
The ‘Live at Royal Albert Hall’ movie opens with a silhouette of Adele as she sings the opening lines of her London-pride anthem ‘Hometown Glory.’ It was a more than appropriate way to kick off the show at the city’s legendary concert hall. Adele, who performed in front of a backdrop of flashing lamp shades, seemed to be in disbelief that she was playing a show at the famous establishment. The soul-bearing singer kept referring to Royal Albert Hall as “posh,” explaining that she felt like “such a lady” onstage as she assured fans that she would never forget the once in a lifetime experience.
Throughout the show, Adele — along with a full backing band that included of a group of all-female violinists and cellists — delighted her fans at the London gig with a string of songs off of her albums ’21’ and ’19,’ in addition to a few cover tunes as well (including a dedication to the late Amy Winehouse with her performance of ‘Make You Feel My Love’). The set list included riveting and goosebump-inducing renditions of ‘Turning Tables,’ ‘Set Fire to the Rain,’ ‘Rumour Has It,’ ‘One & Only,’ ‘Chasing Pavements,’ plus many, many more.
Aside from her breathtaking, astonishing vocal performance, Adele’s commentary in between her songs was also quite entertaining. When she wasn’t cursing about ex-boyfriends or waving to fans from the stage, Adele took the time to give a little background behind certain tunes. For example, she shared that the inspiration behind ‘Turning Tables’ stemmed from a fight she had with her ex at a dim sum restaurant in New York City, and that she wrote ‘My Same’ about her best friend Laura (who was in the audience and crying during Adele’s speech), and how they are so alike yet so different.
At the end of the show, Adele (who promised she was just going to step off stage to remove her shoes before she would return for her big finish) performed her massive hits ‘Someone Like You’ and ‘Rolling in the Deep’ for her encore. She and her in-house fans were moved to tears as she sang ‘Someone Like You,’ which the songstress cited as the ’21’ song that really spoke to her soul. The crowd joined her during certain points of the song, and it is clear that Adele was incredibly emotional during the sing-along moments. ‘Rolling in the Deep’ ended the show on a high note, with the pounding drums and strong vocals really getting fans’ blood flowing and fists pumping.
Adele’s ‘Live at Royal Albert Hall’ concert DVD/CD combo will be available for purchase on Nov. 29. Seriously, if you are a fan of the Brit, who looked absolutely flawless in her black dress and pumps, you need to get this movie! To get the gist of what’s in store, watch Adele perform ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ below (courtesy of VH1).
Watch Adele Perform ‘Set Fire to the Rain’ From Her ‘Live at Royal Hall’ Concert Film