LOOK AT THE JOY ON THIS FACE. THIS IS SOMEONE WHO LOVES WHAT SHE DOES AND LOVES TO SHARE IT WITH AUDIENCES.
Adele is the the hottest, most successful female singer in the world right now. She doesn't need back-up dancers. She doesn't need costume changes. She doesn't lip sync or need autotune. She doesn't need huge, changing sets or a chorus behind her. Her breasts don't need to fall out of costumes to get your attention.You know why? BECAUSE SHE HAS ACTUAL TALENT. Read this paragraph again, please.
|The audience supplies the "lighting"|
I have had the privilege of seeing every female singer who has had a hit record since the 60s. Whether it was in a jazz club, the Whiskey on the Sunset Strip, Las Vegas, or arenas---I've seen them all.
The actual astonishing vocal instrument that can perform live without gimmicks, is a magnificent thing. Let's talk about Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, , Janis Joplin, and Phoebe Snow. I have known or knew them all. They are masters of being "in one," because they have the pure talent. I've left out "arena singers" Tina Turner, Bette Midler, Diana Ross and Cher. Love them all but......this is about pure vocal instruments.
To make this more contemporary for a moment, let's look at Ariana Grande. She has an amazing vocal instrument. In fact, she's the only really young one who does. She can stand there "in one" and hold you. But her handlers are too insecure to let her do that. They have packaged and homogenized her into certain oblivion. Her only was out is to fire them before it's too late. But back to Adele....
I have NEVER seen any solo female artist do in concert what Adele did at Staples. While she sings magnificent song after song, flawlessly.........she spends a great deal of time just talking to the audience. Some of it is rehearsed patter, to be sure, but she is totally authentic. She speaks like she's your best friend, your manicurist, your favorite salesgirl at Marks & Spencer........she is ONE with the audience. She is as happy to see you as you are to see her. She confides in you. She shows her flaws. She's humble, funny, grateful. She is a whole human being. She is a big star, but not stand-offish. She is everywoman and shoots holes in the theory that big stars are untouchable.
To see her on this tour is that rare moment in a star's career. It's not the first blush of recognition. It is that moment of the star's ascendance meeting the full power of what will be the most powerful time of her career. She has decades to go, of course, but NEVER will this confluence come again.