Live Nation and Caesars Palace are allegedly struggling to strike a deal with Adele fast enough to save her Las Vegas residency.
Adele dramatically withdrew from her three-month engagement at Caesars Palace just hours before her first show was due to take place, blaming ‘delivery’ issues and COVID-19.
However, it was later reported that the delays were down to the singer being displeased with the set design, particularly over a swimming pool erected in the middle of the stage.
Now insiders in the Caesars Palace camp tell TMZ that the resort and Live Nation will have to arrive at a workable arrangement with the 33-year-old singer within a month in order for the show to go forward.
Trying: Live Nation and Caesars Palace are allegedly struggling to strike a deal with Adele fast enough to save her Las Vegas residency
Adele’s current boyfriend Rich Paul, a top-flight sports agent, has apparently entered the negotiations on the show, which is allegedly projected to make $150 million.
The sources say that Adele had multiple bones of contention about the show, including but not limited to the choir and the sound system.
Caesars insiders also cited a disagreement over a swimming pool that was meant to be part of the concert set. Previously, rumors have circulated that Adele fought with the set designer over the water feature.
The Caesars Colosseum allegedly already completely revamped its sound system because Adele objected to the Meyer system it was previously using.
Devastated: When she tearfully announced that her show ‘just ain’t ready’ last week, fans hoped it wouldn’t take long for Adele to rearrange her performances
What are the highest grossing Las Vegas residencies of ALL TIME?
Last week Adele dramatically withdrew from her three-month Las Vegas residency, which is allegedly projected to make $150 million if it is salvaged.
But the Vegas residency is a long – and lucrative – tradition.
The reigning moneymaker is none other than ‘Queen Of Vegas’ Celine Dion, but a slew of other artists have cleaned up at the box office as well.
With the help of Billboard Boxscores, the top 10 is revealed.
- Celine Dion – ‘A New Day’ at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – 2003-2007, $385 million
- Celine Dion – ‘Celine’ at Caesars Palace – 2011-2019, $296 million
- Elton John – ‘The Red Piano’ at Caesars Palace, 2004-2009, $166.4 million
- Britney Spears – ‘Britney: Piece Of Me’ at Planet Hollywood, 2013-2017, $137 million
- Elton John – ‘The Million Dollar Piano,’ Caesars Palace, 2011-2018, $131 million
- Jennifer Lopez – ‘All I Have,’ Planet Hollywood, 2016-2018, $101.9 million
- Cher – ‘Cher,’ Caesars Palace, 2008-2011, $97.4 million
- Bette Midler – ‘The Showgirl Must Go On,’ Caesars Palace, 2008-2010, $71.8 million
- Rod Stewart – ‘The Hits,’ Caesars Palace, 2011-2018, $57.4 million
- Lady Gaga – ‘Lady Gaga Enigma + Jazz & Piano,’ Park MGM, 2018-2021, $53.9 million
However Caesars Palace are unsure whether a satisfactory deal with Adele is possible at all amid their various other disputes, sources in their camp said.
The resort is aiming to strike a deal with Adele early enough that she will be able to begin performing there in the middle of 2022.
Meanwhile Adele’s Las Vegas casino set has been packed up and shipped off site from The Colosseum after she pulled out of the residency.
The Set Fire To The Rain singer tearfully announced that her show ‘just ain’t ready’ last week, amid claims she cancelled her highly-anticipated shows following a ‘furious row over a swimming pool stunt’ with acclaimed set designer Esmerelda Devlin.
While she promised fans that the dates would be rescheduled – blaming Covid for the sudden cancellation – it seems increasingly unlikely her ‘Weekends with’ residency in Las Vegas will go ahead any time soon, if at all, as her sets were seen being removed from the venue.
Tractor trailers, parked outside The Colosseum, were loaded up with tech equipment and set pieces before being driven off site on Thursday.
It comes as country musician star Keith Urban, who is the husband of Nicole Kidman, announced he will now be playing weekends at Caesars Palace in late March and early April – when Adele had been scheduled to perform.
Fans have already pointed out that given the venue’s programme of events, it is possible that the earliest she will be able to perform is 2023, prompting further speculation that it may never happen.
As they are left in turmoil over whether they will ever get to see Adele perform in Vegas, a technician from the show has shared a glimpse of what could’ve been, posting pictures of the star’s stage setup.
In a picture taken on January 5, the stage can be seen in the midst of being transformed with a large floating staircase erected in the centre nestled between rows of plants.
Side by side: Adele’s current boyfriend Rich Paul, who is a top-flight sports agent, has apparently entered the negotiations as well; they are pictured at a Lakers game in October
All packed up! A tractor trailer is seen parked outside the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, on the Las Vegas Strip, after Adele’s set is removed and shipped off following her pull-out
A huge tractor trailer sits empty, outside Las Vegas’s Colosseum, awaiting Adele’s stage props and sets after the singer, 33, tearfully announced that her show ‘just ain’t ready’ last week
The cancellation came amid claims she cancelled her highly-anticipated shows following a ‘furious row over a swimming pool stunt’ with acclaimed set designer Esmerelda Devlin. Pictured; workers remove tech equipment from the theater
While she promised fans that the dates would be rescheduled – blaming Covid for the sudden cancellation – it seems increasingly unlikely her ‘Weekends with’ residency in Las Vegas will go ahead any time soon, if at all, as her sets were seen being removed from the venue
A fork lift truck operator drives some of the materials from the stage to waiting trucks
The last of Adele’s stage props are packed into trucks after the English singer canceled her residency at the Colosseum, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
The empty backstage area at the Colosseum is seen after Adele’s elaborate sets were removed this week
On January 7 things still seemed to be going to plan, with the Entertainment Manager at The Colosseum Caesars Palace, penning in a Facebook post: ’14 days. I’m my 8 years in the industry I have not seen a “load in” like it.’
In an image of the stage taken two weeks later, the staircase has been removed, with extensive lighting rigs hanging in its place and a raised platform in the centre of the stage.
Not seen in the images was the prop that is said to have prompted Adele’s cancellation – a large swimming pool that the songstress ultimately compared to a ‘baggy old pond’.
Pictured: First look at Adele’s doomed Las Vegas set as stage is taken down after singer’s ‘furious row with designers’ – as fans fear she will NEVER reschedule residency and her slot is already filled
Packing up: The singer, 33, tearfully announced that her show ‘just ain’t ready’ last week, amid claims she cancelled her highly-anticipated shows following a ‘furious row over a swimming pool stunt’ intended for her performance
Moving on: A technician who worked on Adele’s set shared snaps of the stage, captioned ‘Time to take it all down. A lot of canceled events. #Adele’
Glimpse: The behind the scenes shots showed the set at various stages of being assembled
Cancelled: It seems increasingly unlikely her ‘Weekends with’ residency in Las Vegas will go ahead any time soon, if at all, as her sets were seen being removed from the venue
Big plans: On January 7 things seemed to be going to plan, with the Entertainment Manager at The Colosseum Caesars Palace, noting: ’14 days. I’m my 8 years in the industry I have not seen a “load in” like it’
While the prop was not pictured on the stage, the offending item did appear to be seen being packed up into a removal truck as staff cleared out the venue.
Trouble ahead: A source said shows were destined for trouble due to behind-the-scenes clashes between Adele and acclaimed set designer Esmeralda Devlin (pictured)
Sources have claimed the British star cancelled her residency after a disagreement over set design, principally an onstage pool she was required to perform over during one of her numbers.
An insider told The Sun: ‘When she saw the finished design, she refused to take part. Adele described the pool as a ”baggy old pond” and refused, point blank, to stand in the middle of it.
‘The intention was to fill it with water on the set as she was lifted up on a crane-type mechanism, creating the illusion she was floating on water.’
Adele postponed a run of performances just 24 hours ahead of her first scheduled show.
In a video posted on social media she blamed the delay on ‘half her crew’ being off work with COVID-19 and on ‘delivery’ issues.
But it has since been claimed that the star – who is known for being a perfectionist and has previously cancelled live performances – had ‘butted heads’ with her set designer Esmeralda Devlin.
Sources in Las Vegas also claimed her team were a ‘total nightmare’ during preparations for her three-month residency.
Making moves: The swimming pool prop that Adele seemingly referred to as a ‘baggy old pond’ was seen being packed away by removal man as they set to work dismantling the set at Caesar’s Palace
Maybe next year? A flying platform was seen being taken out of the venue so that it can be made ready for Keith Urban’s residency, amid claims that Adele won’t reschedule her shows until next year if ever
We’re going to need a bigger truck: Hordes of removal men were seen working away and shifting equipment using forklifts
They said the singer and her team insisted on replacing the state-of-the art sound system at the venue’s Colosseum theatre with their own and also demanded that they install an entirely new video system.
Yesterday the New York Post also claimed the singer had been unable to get through a single rehearsal in the month leading up to her scheduled opening as she was frequently ‘shouting and sobbing’ on the phone to Rich Paul, her sports agent boyfriend.
A source told the paper: ‘Adele’s been crying and couldn’t get through a single full rehearsal for the past month.
Not happening: Fans have already pointed out that given the venue’s programme of events, it is possible that the earliest she will be able to perform at Caesar’s Palace is 2023
What could’ve been: Adele postponed a run of performances at the cavernous venue just 24 hours ahead of her first scheduled show
Emotional: Adele FaceTimed disappointed fans after they paid to see her perform, only to be told the show was cancelled
Stepping in: Keith Urban has been booked to replace Adele’s Caesars Palace concert dates, after the British singer postponed her concert with just 24 hours notice
‘Just constantly on the phone with Rich… loudly shouting and sobbing. She has barely rehearsed because she is constantly in the middle of an emotional shootout.’
Scott Roeben, the Las Vegas-based journalist for Casino.org who broke the news of the star’s residency, told the publication Vegas insiders are increasingly worried that Adele will cancel the concerts for good.
He said: ‘There are rumblings that there are stresses related to Adele’s relationship. I’m told that these stresses caused her to be in a place where she was just not confident moving forward. You can’t focus if you’re not where you need to be in your head.’
Long distance: Fans from the United Kingdom travelled a total of 6,924 miles each for concerts that were ultimately cancelled by the British star