6 Things to Know About Adele’s NBC Concert Special

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On Nov. 17, Adele—the bestselling singer in the world—took the stage at Radio City Music Hall for her first concert in more than four years. Lucky for you, NBC was there, taping the whole thing for a special, Adele Live in New York City, airing next Monday, Dec. 14 at 10/9c. Even luckier, we were there, too, to get the scoop. Here’s what you can expect from the highly anticipated event.

Yes, she’s playing the hits.

The world couldn’t be more excited about Adele’s new album, 25, seeing as it has already sold an unfathomable four million copies. But Adele knows you bought that album because you loved her old stuff, and thankfully, she’s rewarding your loyalty. At the concert, she performed virtually all of her hits: “Skyfall,” “Set Fire to the Rain,” “Someone Like You,” “Rolling in the Deep,” “Chasing Pavements” and “Hometown Glory.” Of her big singles, only “Rumour Has It” didn’t make the cut.

But there’s plenty of time for new material, too.

The concert ran for about an hour and fifteen minutes, and NBC’s special is an hour, so some parts of the set will likely end up on the cutting room floor. But you can definitely expect to hear several of the songs from 25 that you’ve just started to fall for, including standouts like “Million Years Ago,” “When We Were Young” and “Water Under the Bridge.” And, of course, Adele began the concert with her current smash, “Hello,” with that right on-the-nose lyric, “Hello… it’s me.” It seems a safe bet that the special will make good use of the moment.



There’s a touching tribute to Paris.

As Adele performed her beloved song “Hometown Glory,” images of Paris beamed behind her in remembrance of the lives lost in the November terrorist attacks. The colors of the French flag also appeared on the venue’s ceiling. After the song concluded, she said simply, “We love you, Paris.”

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Celebs packed the place.

Keep an eye out for stars in the audience. Reportedly in attendance were the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Donald Trump, Irina Shayk, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

Adele likes to banter.

If you’ve seen Adele give virtually any interview, you know she’s rarely even half as serious as the songs she records. Her approachable English banter was out in full force during the concert as she engaged with the audience in between numbers. At one point, she admitted to not really being into reading. At another, she revealed, “I’m sorry, I’ve got gas because I’m so nervous.”

Even Adele makes mistakes.

After finishing the second song of her set, “Water Under the Bridge,” Adele kicked off her shoes and revealed, “I f—ked up a line.” Trust—when you hear that performance, you sure as hell aren’t going to notice.