One For The Roadie: Did Adele’s Concert Dates Go Up In Smoke?

Working at a place where our fingers are always on the pulse of what’s going on in the entertainment world gives you a certain worldview on things. So when Adele cancelled two sets of dates on her latest tour this year, we understandably went bananas (and not because we had tickets to her Austin show at Stubbs). Was this the beginning of the end for one of the best music stories to come out in the past five years? Laryngitis comes and goes, but hers seemed to be persistent, essentially shelving her North American dates.

As someone who recently lost their voice screaming for hours at the Raiders/Texans game, I am totally sympathetic to Adele. It’s been three days and my voice still hasn’t come back. However, I lose that sympathy when I remember reading articles about her and she’s always smoking, or talking about smoking or posing for pictures smoking. “A-ha,” I’d think to myself in my mom’s voice, “it’s the smoking that’s doing her in!” Well, according to her, it’s not the smoking. It’s the talking. And even though she’s quit smoking in the hardest way possible–cold turkey—she will never blame her true love. That being cigarettes, not the dude she wrote 21 about. As she told Brit Tabloid, The Sun

“Smoking is not the reason I got laryngitis – it was because I was talking too much. I damage my voice offstage, not onstage. Onstage I am fine as apparently I am technically great, but when I talk I damage my voice big time. I have got screwed into giving up smoking.

If I wasn’t a singer I still would be smoking 25 a day. Smoking is my favourite thing to do in the world, I am gutted I have had to give up. But I have been tough – no patches, no gum, no hypnotism. It [expletive] sucks.”

Of course, if she heals properly now, we won’t know what is actually was. Occam’s razor would tell me it would be her [expletive] cigarettes, but at that point we wouldn’t care. If she’s all of a sudden in Austin belting out “Someone Like You,” then it could’ve been an obsession with eating broken glass that kept her voice under wraps. We would have her back. But there will always be a side of me that thinks that this could’ve all been avoided had she treated her voice like the beautiful instrument it is and taken care of it by not smoking.

However, if it is because she talks too much, I’d be even more devastated. She gives the best song intros during her shows that I’ve ever heard. Check out her awesome segue as she goes into Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Be well, sweet Adele. We’ll see you in Austin soon.