‘I don’t know if I’ll tour again’
ADELE sported a fan's spare poncho as the final show on her Australian/New Zealand tour was performed in constant rain.
Rather than take a diva turn and cancel, the singer took to the outdoor stage in the heavy rain.
"I just spent two hours in hair and makeup for nothing" she joked, telling the 40,000 fans "Who wants to make a bet with me I'll fall over at some stage - or get electrocuted by my microphone?"
Later in the show the British superstar covered her bespoke and bejewelled dress in a pink poncho - handed to her by a fan who had packed a spare.
Hello, it's Adele, the artist of our generation in a pink poncho in the rain pic.twitter.com/6uVzRWLfaX— hanny (@adelesoup) March 26, 2017
After saying she was "getting a chill" Adele wore the poncho for her onstage money shots of firing T-shirts into the crowd.
The weather saw her microphone cut out and caused havoc with TV monitors and the singer noted at one stage the glue from her eyelashes was leaking into her eyes "and making everything blurry".
Adele played to 120,000 fans in New Zealand, adding to the 600,000 tickets sold in Australia.
Ironically the Australian/NZ leg of the 25 tour had the 'stage' rain during Set Fire to the Rain axed as it was too difficult to transfer the special effect from indoor to outdoor.
The singer had successfully dodged cyclones and torrential rain at all her eight Australian shows.
Adele now has a break before her world tour ends with four hometown shows at Wembley Stadium between June 28 and July 2.
The singer again used her Auckland show to prepare fans for the fact she may not tour again.
"Touring isn't something I'm good at - applause makes me feel a bit vulnerable," she said.
"I don't know if I will ever tour again. The only reason I've toured is you. I'm not sure if touring is my bag. My greatest accomplishment in my career is this tour."
It echoes statements she made on stage in Australia, while her local promoter Michael Coppel noted "Adele's been quoted as saying she won't tour again, she's doing this big tour as a recognition of the huge record sales and the enormous demand to see her live. It's impossible to tell what happens next. The future's an open book."
The tour had made close to $200 million from UK, European and North American shows last year.
The Australian, New Zealand and UK figures will see tens of millions more added to the revenue, which doesn't take in the small fortune Adele made in merchandise each night.
name one other person who looks as beautiful as adele does in the rain while wearing a poncho. i'll wait pic.twitter.com/U0DC0CcrQZ— Dominique (@adelembetea) March 26, 2017
Adele's fear of flying curtailed global promotion and touring in the past, and unlike other modern artists struggling with dwindling album sales and small royalty rates for streaming services, she doesn't need to tour to make money.
The singer is already said to be worth around $150 million; refreshingly her fortune has been made solely from music - she is one of the few artists who can still sell albums in enormous quantities - seven million of her debut 19, 20 million of 25 and a remarkable 55 million of her classic 21.
Adele has always declined any advertising campaigns or sponsorship deals.
However after 25, the singer is out of contract - having signed with UK indie label XL for three albums. She signed a separate deal with Columbia in the US, which is also said to be up for renewal.
Adele told Australian fans there were moments, after the birth of her son, she thought she would never make a third album. An initial version of 25 contained only songs about her son, which those close to her suggested she keep for herself - although Sweetest Devotion remained on the album.
Gossip magazines have suggested Adele may extend her family after this tour and the singer herself has hinted at major downtime after the longest tour of her short career.
Several shows on the 25 tour have been filmed, and the Wembley Stadium concert is expected to be professionally documented, which may become a concert movie or DVD - perhaps an extension of her original record deals or a way to leverage new ones.