Adele’s ‘diva’ equipment requests could have brought on cancelled Las Vegas shows

Adele residency shows in Las Vegas could have been postponed due to “diva” requests made by the star, according to one source.

The singer, 33, told fans she was postponing her series of Las Vegas shows in a tearful message posted to fans on social media last week, blaming crew members being off with Covid and delivery delays.

The British artist surprised some of her disappointed fans with FaceTime calls after the shows were cancelled with just 24 hours notice.

Vegas journalist Scott Roeben, who broke the story of the singer’s residency, told MailOnline that the delay was due to the singer and her team wanting to change the video and sound system in the venue.

They said: “Apparently, Adele and her team refused to use the house equipment in The Colosseum.

"The theatre has a massive video screen, very high tech, but Adele's team insisted upon an entirely new system – a larger screen, essentially built a few inches in front of the existing screen.

"Such demands not only drive up production costs but, at a time when supplies are disrupted, it's a recipe for disaster – in this case last-minute delays or cancellations.

"I also hear from a source that Caesars had to replace the cutting edge Meyer sound system and replace it with a different system for her."

The journalist added: “It's being shared from those familiar with the situation that Caesars Palace was '100 per cent ready for her', so there are other forces at work here.

“Unfortunately, it sounds like one of those factors is a diva.”

OK! has contacted reps for Adele for comment.

The star attempted to make it up to fans who had already jetted to Sin City before her announcement with a series of video calls and freebies.

Talking to her adoring new friends via video call, Adele said: "I love you too, I'm so sorry and I can't wait to meet you, alright. Get your free bag – and you're not old enough to drink are you so you can't have that free drink token."

There may not be any performances from the multi-Grammy award winning artist but fans of the star can enjoy a special pop-up store for those wanting some merchandise from the Londoner.

Inside the pop-up in Caesars casino were branded clothes, memorabilia and even a branded bottle of wine.

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While on the video call Adele generously offered some freebies to her elated followers, "get your freebies and chat to anyone. Ask any of my team anything about the show, ask them anything about me, about the show", the star insisted.

In an emotional post last week, Adele explained to her fans that her three month Vegas residency would not be able to go ahead as planned.

Adele, who is reportedly set to rake in £500,000 per show at the venue, took to her Instagram feed to share an emotional video of herself announcing the news to her 48.7million followers.

"Hiya, listen, I'm so sorry but my show ain't ready," she started the video. "We've tried absolutely everything that we can to pull it together in time and for it to be good enough for you but we've been absolutely destroyed by delivery delays and Covid."

She went on to explain the situation as she said: "Half my crew, half my team, are down with Covid, they still are. It's been impossible to finish the show.

"I can't give you what I have right now and I'm gutted. I'm sorry it's so last minute.

"We've been awake for over 30 hours now trying to figure it out and we've run out of time. I'm so upset and I'm really embarrassed and I'm so sorry to everyone that's travelled again."

Apologising through tears, she continued: "I'm really, really sorry. I'm really sorry. We're on it, we're gonna reschedule all of the dates, we're on it right now. I'm gonna finish my show and I'm gonna get it to where it's supposed to be for you.

"I'm so sorry, it's been impossible. We've been up against so much and it just ain't ready. I'm really sorry, sorry.”

Show venue Caesars Palace said last week: “Creating a show of this magnitude is incredibly complex.”

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