"I simply can't crumble in front of you all and walk out on you in that way"
Popular British pop-star Adele has had to cancel the last two shows of her world tour. This new comes in the wake of news that she has damaged her vocal chords to such a point that "on medical advice [she is] simply… unable to perform over the weekend."
The news was broken via an open letter sent out to fans (Included in full below). She had apparently been having difficulty in her last two shows (sold out concert at London's Wembley Stadium), and went to see a doctor who recommended vocal rest. After an incredible run of 121 shows she, regretfully, called off her final two scheduled appearances at Wembley.
According to her letter, medication would be of no help: "I'm already maxed out on steroids and aids for my voice. I've considered doing Saturday night's show but it's highly unlikely I'd even make it through the set and I simply can't crumble in front of you all and walk out on you in that way."
The singer, noted for being a vocal purist, said that she even considered committing the cardinal sin of lip-syncing to give her fans what they payed for. "I'm so desperate to do (the concerts) that I've even considered miming," she confessed, "just to be in front of you and be with you. But I've never done it and I cannot in a million years do that to you. It wouldn't be the real me up there."
This is not the first time Adele has had to cancel shows. In 2011 she had to cancel two tours due to a vocal-cord haemorrhage. She went on vocal rest for several months and underwent laser microsurgery, before eventually making her comeback at the 2012 Grammy Awards.
She hopes to be able to reschedule the shows for another date, depending on the speed of her recovery. However, if this is not possible, she has said that she and her management company will refund fans their tickets.
Read her emotional note to fans in full below:
"I don't even know how to start this. The last two nights at Wembley have been the biggest and best shows of my life. To come home to such a response after so long away doing something I never thought I could pull off but did has blown me away. However, I've struggled vocally both nights. I had to push a lot harder than I normally do. I felt like I constantly had to clear my throat, especially last night. I went to see my throat doctor this evening because my voice didn't open up at all today and it turns out I have damaged my vocal cords. And on medical advice I simply am unable to perform over the weekend. To say I'm heart broken would be a complete understatement.
I'm already maxed out on steroids and aids for my voice. I've considered doing Saturday nights show but it's highly unlikely I'd even make it through the set and I simply can't crumble in front of you all and walk out on you in that way. I'm so desperate to do them that I've even considered miming, just to be in front of you and be with you. But I've never done it and I cannot in a million years do that to you. It wouldn't be the real me up there. I'm sorry. I'm sorry for your disappointment. I'm sorry for the nights you would have had with your loved ones and the memories you would have made together. I'm sorry for the time and money you've spent organizing your trips. You know I would not make this decision lightly.
I have done 121 shows and I have 2 left. 2 left!!! And they are 2 gigantic shows! Who the (expletive) cancels a show at Wembley Stadium!? To not complete this milestone in my career is something I'm struggling to get my head around and I wish that I wasn't having to write this. I have changed my life drastically in every way to make sure I got through this tour that started at the beginning of last year. To not be able to finish it is something I'm really struggling to come to terms with. It's as if my whole career has been building up to these 4 shows. I'm writing this as the decision has just this moment been made, so I don't have any other information, but of course refunds will be available if the shows can't be rescheduled. There will be more information over the next few days. I'm sorry. I'm devastated.
I'm sorry. I love you I'm so sorry. please forgive me. x"