Adele Live: Small Talk, Big Voice


Aidin Vaziri | Adele really loves to gab. At San Jose’s SAP Center on Saturday night, July 30, performing the first of three sold-out Bay Area shows, the British pop phenomenon spent nearly as much time onstage casually chatting with fans as she did belting out the songs from her three blockbuster albums.

She listed and assessed all the movies she has recently watched, such as “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” and “Fathers and Daughters” —“isn’t it just the saddest film?” she said of the latter. She noted how much she loves to shop at discount department stores. “The first thing I do when I get off the plane is go to Target,” she gushed, in her thick north London accent. She explained, too, that she was allergic to strawberries. “How boring is that?”

Well, since you asked …

On her first ever arena tour, Adele has no problem turning big rooms into intimate spaces. Her smoldering voice, torchy breakup ballads and fluttering eyelashes are familiar and easy to love, as evidenced by the 50-plus million albums they have helped her sell over the past eight years.
But at points, the two-hour set felt just a touch too informal.

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P.S. Adele to critics: Shut up dude, suck my (expletive).