N.L. fan foiled for third time in in­creas­ingly costly bid to see Adele

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

A New­found­land woman was bank­ing on the third time be­ing the charm in her seem­ingly cursed bid to see Adele.

Lori Shor­tall and two girl­friends jet­ted off to Lon­don, Eng­land, last Fri­day, thrilled by the prospect of fi­nally get­ting to see Adele in con­cert as the Bri­tish songstress wrapped up a tour that had been plagued by health is­sues.

But, when Shor­tall checked her email hours af­ter set­tling into their ho­tel and just days be­fore the sched­uled con­cert, she was stunned to see one from the con­cert pro­moter an­nounc­ing that the per­for­mance at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium had been can­celled.

For Shor­tall — a 48-year-old mu­sic teacher from St. John’s — the news was a frus­trat­ing three-peat com­ing af­ter she had bought tick­ets to Adele con­certs in 2011 and in 2016 only to have them can­celled at the last minute.

“I could not believe it when

I saw that email — it didn’t even en­ter my head that it would be can­celled!” she said from a shop in Lon­don, where she and her pals were wrap­ping up their va­ca­tion. “I was so dis­ap­pointed I couldn’t even tell the girls — I couldn’t even deal with it — it was al­most like it was a dream. So yeah, that’s bad juju, bad karma!”

Soon af­ter she heard that the Lon­don con­cert was be­ing can­celled be­cause of the singer’s re­cur­ring vo­cal cord is­sues, Shor­tall took to so­cial me­dia to ap­peal to her for a pri­vate au­di­ence. On her Face­book page, Shor­tall posted a pho­to­shopped pic­ture of her and Adele arm-in­arm, along with a di­rect ap­peal to the singer.

“I still haven’t seen you in con­cert and I es­ti­mate I have forked out al­most $10,000 now. Help a girl out !!!! All I want is five min­utes of your time and a cup of tea!!!,” Shor­tall said in her post. Some peo­ple com­ment­ing on the site used lines from one of the singer’s big­gest hits, say­ing, “Hello, it’s me. I’ve been trav­el­ling around the world in hopes that I could see. You per­form­ing, for all your fans. But still no sight of you and now I’m down about 10 grand.”


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