A fortunate few fans, lucky enough to score a small number of tickets inside the Ed Sullivan Theater, were waiting on pins and needles, while thousands more sat in front of their computers with baited breath at home. Everyone was taught with excitement, waiting for one woman: [lastfm]Adele[/lastfm].
From the moment she walked through the crowd, shaking hands and pounding fists, Adele was a picture of confidence. Then she took the famous stage and told us she was afraid she was going to fall over in her heels. Adele’s banter was as honest and true as her songs. From the get go, it was clear this would be a night no one would soon forget.
She had just traveled thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, but she made the legendary stage that had hosted the Beatles (and now hosts David Letterman) look like her home, opening with “Hometown Glory” off her debut album.
Before launching into her new track “Don’t You Remember,” Adele had to remind herself, out loud, not to swear. However, as soon as she belted out those first notes, it was the crowd that wanted to swear, in amazement of her unrivaled passion complemented by her superlative vocal control.
Adele followed “Don’t You Remember” with another new one off 21, “Turning Tables,” which pulled at just as many heart strings, as Adele took a seat and poured her heart out, accompanied by only the piano.
The crowd loved the new tunes, but Adele knew how to keep the mix fresh, throwing in the classic “Chasing Pavement” before shocking the crowd her haunting rendition of the [lastfm]Cure[/lastfm]‘s “Love Song” and [lastfm]Bob Dylan[/lastfm]‘s “Make You Feel My Love” which she reworked for her album 19.
Adele came back to her own material, by announcing “Someone Like You” just became her first number one song in the UK, and then she proceeded to absolutely kill it with a fierce outpouring of heart and soul.
The soulstress closed the night with the raucous “Rolling in the Deep,” which had the crowd clapping and dancing in their seats.
But the excitement wasn’t just contained to the intimate, sold out theater in New York. Fans from around the world watched at home on their computers and on the go on their phones. Adele’s fans couldn’t just sit there quietly– they had to let the rest of the world know what was going on, posting their love on Facebook and Twitter. Here are a few of our favorite Tweets:
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