Adele’s “Live” world tour is coming to an abrupt end, with the multi-platinum singer citing damaged vocal cords and the advice of her doctor for pulling out of the two remaining tour dates at England’s Wembley Stadium. Adele broke the news with an open letter shared on her official Twitter feed, tour site, and her official Facebook page.
“I’ve struggled vocally both nights,” the letter read. “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.”
The news comes after Adele reportedly told a New Zealand crowd, “I don’t know if I will ever tour again.”
If “Live” is indeed Adele’s swan song from touring, she leaves with some impressive stats.
“Box office grosses from the first 15 arenas on the current U.S. and Canadian trek total $67.5 million, from 41 performances reported during the past week,” wrote Billboard’s Bob Allen, when reporting on Adele’s 25 tour in 2016. “Just over 601,000 tickets were sold in those 15 venues, including 118,149 at the Staples Center, the venue with the top box-office counts during the tour’s second leg.”
In her open letter to fans, Adele wrote that refunds will be available if the two canceled shows can’t be rescheduled.