‘Ner­vous’ Adele starts first world tour in 4 years from Belfast

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Lon­don

Adele has kicked off her first world tour in four years with a con­cert in Belfast that re­ceived over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­views de­spite the best­selling singer’s bout of pre-gig nerves.

The show in North­ern Ire­land’s main city on Mon­day was sold out months in ad­vance and fans came from as far as Ja­pan and South Africa to catch a first glimpse of the Bri­tish bal­lad singer.

The 100-stop tour in­cludes dates in Lon­don in March, Paris in June, as well as New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den and the Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les, cul­mi­nat­ing with two dates in Mex­ico City in Novem­ber.

“I know some of you have been dragged along but I’m go­ing to win you over,” Adele joked with some 11,000 fans gath­ered in Belfast, the BBC re­ports. “Al­though some ofmy songs get a bit de­press­ing.”

The 27-year-old singer, who has been frank about her stage fright, also in­formed fans that she­was­suf­fer­ing “bow­el­move­ments” be­cause of nerves.

Dressed in a long black dress with golden threads, she per­formed 18 hits, in­clud­ing Hello, Rolling in The Deep, Set Fire to the Rain and Sky­fall, the theme song of the James Bond film by the same name.

Adele last per­formed in

I know some of you have been dragged along but I’m go­ing to win you over.”

Bri­tain in Septem­ber 2011.

Alexis Petridis, mu­sic critic for The Guardian news­pa­per, gave the con­cert four out of five stars, prais­ing her “fan­tas­tic voice” and call­ing the per­for­mance “solid — if un­sur­pris­ing”.

The Sun, the big­gest-sell­ing daily in Bri­tain, gave her five stars say­ing the show “proved why she is the most suc­cess­ful artist of the 21st cen­tury”. The show was “pol­ished and per­fect”.

The In­de­pen­dent called on the singer to be the “bawdy, ballsy per­son” she is on­stage.

Adele has bro­ken sev­eral records with her third and lat­est al­bum, fea­tur­ing the bal­lad Hello. She was of­fi­cially the big­gest-sell­ing artist in the world in 2015, the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of the Phono­graphic In­dus­try says.

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