Adele Announces First North American Tour In Five Years, More Than 10 Million People Attempt To Purchase Tickets

Adele recently announced her first North American tour in over five years, and many of the shows are already sold out, devastating her devoted fans.

According to Rolling Stone, approximately 10 million people attempted to purchase tickets for Adele’s concerts after the tickets went on sale on Thursday, December 18, and many were lashing out at the ticket selling website Ticketmaster when their site crashed during the peak time to order tickets. In a memo, obtained by Billboard, Ticketmaster president Jared Smith apologized to his employees for the inconvenience and bad publicity in attempt to boost morale.

“I know it must be frustrating to read or see in the news that we crashed during Adele’s onsale and that fans are upset with [Ticketmaster] because they couldn’t get tickets,” Smith wrote. “Unfortunately, when there is such a exceptional artist with unprecedented demand against short supply, there are inevitably going to be disappointed fans.”

Adele’s tour announcement came on the heels of the release of her multi-platinum album, 25. The tour will kick off on July 5 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and will conclude on November in 15 Mexico City. The 27-year-old “Hello” singer will play multiple shows in several different locations, including six in Los Angeles’ Staples Center and New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Check out the full list of Adele’s North American tour dates below.

  • July 5 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
  • July 6 St Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
  • July 10 Chicago, IL United Center
  • July 11 Chicago, IL United Center
  • July 13 Chicago, IL United Center
  • July 16 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
  • July 17 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
  • July 20 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
  • July 21 Vancouver, BC Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
  • July 25 Seattle, WA KeyArena
  • July 26 Seattle, WA KeyArena
  • July 30 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
  • July 31 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose
  • August 2 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
  • August 5 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
  • August 6 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
  • August 9 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
  • August 10 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
  • August 12 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
  • August 13 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
  • August 16 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
  • August 17 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena
  • September 6 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • September 7 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
  • September 9 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
  • September 10 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
  • September 14 Boston, MA TD Garden
  • September 15 Boston, MA TD Garden
  • September 19 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • September 20 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • September 22 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • September 23 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • September 25 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • September 26 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
  • September 30 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
  • October 1 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
  • October 3 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
  • October 4 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
  • October 6 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
  • October 7 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
  • October 10 Washington, DC Verizon Center
  • October 11 Washington, DC Verizon Center
  • October 15 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
  • October 16 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
  • October 25 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
  • October 26 Miami, FL AmericanAirlines Arena
  • October 28 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
  • October 29 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
  • November 1 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
  • November 2 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
  • November 4 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
  • November 5 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
  • November 8 Houston, TX Toyota Center
  • November 9 Houston, TX Toyota Center
  • November 14 Mexico City, DF Palacio de los Deportes
  • November 15 Mexico City, DF Palacio de los Deportes

Adele released her album, 25, last month, and has already sold nearly six million copies. Adele recently spoke about her newest album, and what makes it different from her previous albums, ABC News reports.

“If I had to label this one I would call it a make-up record. I’m making up with myself. Making up for lost time,” she explained in a lengthy October Facebook post. “Making up for everything I ever did and never did. But I haven’t got time to hold on to the crumbs of my past like I used to. What’s done is done. Turning 25 was a wake-up call for me… Teetering on the edge of being an old adolescent and a fully fledged adult, I made the decision to go into being who I’m going to be forever without a removal van full of my old junk.”

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