The stakes are high, as Adele and her team know only too well.
Yesterday saw the first night of her now notoriously delayed four-month residency at Caesars Palace Colosseum in Las Vegas.
One down, 31 more potentially perilous performances to go.
Now there is one overriding concern among her team: for the sake of Adele's reputation, there can be not one single cancellation this time round.
Everyone is utterly focused on avoiding the pitfalls of the past, when Adele reached for a grand Vegas spectacle — only to crash embarrassingly to earth after deciding to cancel her planned shows in January less than 24 hours before she was due on stage, emotionally declaring ‘It just ain't ready'.
Local Vegas journalist Scott Roeben — who broke the news of her residency back in 2021 — tells me Caesars Palace has been ‘working hard' to make sure this tour is as drama-free as possible.
Everyone is utterly focused on avoiding the pitfalls of the past, when Adele reached for a grand Vegas spectacle — only to crash embarrassingly to earth after deciding to cancel her planned shows in January
‘What everyone is concerned about is that she really needs to not cancel one show because people fear another backlash would be very, very damaging.
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Adele has long said she wants all her Vegas shows to be ‘intimate' — the theatre at Caesars seats just 4,100 people, tiny for a woman who can fill stadiums — and hopes to natter away between songs and invite fans from the audience to join her on stage every night.
Tickets are said to be selling for a staggering $38,000 a pop. Fans know how rare it is to see an idol this close up.
Some insiders believe the chance to see Adele live will be even rarer in the future: that this Vegas tour could well be her last.
Scott Roeben is one.
He says: ‘The belief is this will be something of a swansong run. The gild is off the lily in terms of record sales, and Adele has said she wants to have a baby and do a college degree, her focus really is moving away from music. Her heart just isn't in it.'