Fireworks, Blackouts & A Whole Lot Of F-Bombs: Why Adele's Debut Oz Tour Was Pure Bloody Magic

20 March 2017 | 7:16 pm | Staff Writer

"Shall I tell you my filthy joke despite all the children here?"

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After sending cities into gridlock and eliciting enough tears of joy to flood said streets, Adele wrapped her debut Australian tour in Melbourne last night.

With a stunning live show, foul mouth, arsenal of hits and series of controversies following her around the country, we won’t be forgetting the UK superstar’s insane tour anytime soon.

Here’s a recap to somewhat satisfy your Adele withdrawals.


Even before the tour kicked off two-and-a-half weeks ago, fans were consumed with Adele-mania, many soaking up her soaring vocals during soundcheck. As expected, her Aus debut saw Perth streets hit gridlock, but by all accounts, it was well worth it:

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“Adele went out in a blaze of glory to megahits Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You, the latter of which had her in tears as 65,000 people sung the chorus as loudly as they could. ‘I'm so sorry it took me this long,’ she said through tears. ‘This is my first ever stadium show and I will never, ever forget this. I hope it was worth the wait.” Read the full review here.

It was her first ever stadium gig, and she was so nervous that she almost bailed on it. Adele also revealed fireworks had been called off in WA following an incident with her son during soundcheck.


There were concerns earlier this month that Adele’s two massive show at The Gabba could damage the field and would cause serious traffic issues, but after the mammoth tour rolled through town, the tune changed.

“The soul-baring nature of Adele’s music combined with jazz and soul influences breathes new life into the simple pop ballad and reaffirms its confessional capabilities as a soothing balm to emotional scars, new and old. She proves that you don’t need razzamatazz to entertain and engage an audience, by reaching the balance between an extravagant stage with an effervescent and deeply personal performance practice.” Read the full review here.


Adele jumped to the defence of Justin Bieber during her Sydney show after the singer left Melbourne early due to an ugly fan encounter.

“We all feel like Adele’s friend tonight and it’s the little touches that really make us feel good. A personally written note is left on a seat in the back row, she shoots t-shirts from a cannon into the crowd containing a twenty dollar note as she declares, “Have a drink on me!” and she opens her heart to the 95,544 people like it’s an intimate room.” Read the full review here.


Of course it was during the Adelaide gig that Adele suffered a power outage. She took on the power cut like a champ and ad-libbed with the 70,000-plus crowd, telling a not-so-PG joke.

"Shall I tell you my filthy joke despite all the children here? I need more applause than that because I might offend someone," she asked the crowd as the stage crew tended to the technical difficulties.

"What do you call a blonde standing on her head? A brunette with bad breath."


Adele made sure to leave a lasting impression at the final show of her Australian tour in Melbourne and even told off a bouncer in front of a record crowd.

"I have zero plans of touring after the last 18 months," Adele discloses and why should she? Adele is one of the few recording artists who rakes it in on CD sales alone. She then takes this opportunity to set the inspiration behind Someone Like You straight: the lyrics, "I wish nothing but the best for you," should be taken literally.

Punters remain seated, typically only standing up when Adele is within eyeshot. She instructs us to take over her vocals for a chorus and then walks down an aisle as footage of her exit graces the giant screens. Adele waves as she departs, but it's goodbye — instead of Hello — this time.” Read the full review here.