First, it was laryngitis. Now it’s a hemorrhage of her vocal cords. Either way, Adele’s canceled her upcoming 10-city United States tour because of vocal rest–refunds are available at point of purchase. This is a bit worrying, honestly–we’re neither doctors nor voice teachers, and we know nothing about Adele’s singing technique, but if your powerful vocals are causing you recurring issues, that’s not a good sign. Granted, Adele seems to be doing everything right as far as recovery, from what she’s said on her her blog:
i first started having trouble with my voice back in january, it was weakened by a bout of flu from december and never got its complete strength back before i started my UK and European promotional tour, so it just got weaker and weaker until it eventually “broke” as i say. i didnt realise at the time, cause id never had anything wrong with my voice, ever. but id also never sung as much as i was at the time it went. i was diagnosed with laryngitis and ordered to rest intensely for 10 days, and i recovered and went on to do a show in london and a month long promo tour in the U.S and also the brit awards without any hiccups. the whole time i stuck to a strict regime of numerous diets, steaming, vocal rest and vocal warm ups. which is very necessary but insanely grim. After a bit of time off I embarked on my european and UK tours at the end of march and finished at the end of april and everything seemed fine.<
the fact is i have never been able to fully recover from any of the problems that ive had and then continue to rest even once im recovered, because of my touring commitments. ive been offered the chance to not tour at all to save anything like this from happening again, but i simply hate letting you down. although now im having to let you down once again through no fault of my own really. if i continue to pick up everything before i have properly conquered these problems and nipped them in the bud. i will be totally and utterly fucked. singing is literally my life, its my hobbie, my love, my freedom and now my job. I have absolutely no choice but to recuperate properly and fully, or i risk damaging my voice forever.
We’ll echo that: there don’t need to be any more tours right now or for a good while. Even if Adele never plays another show until well into 2012, she’s already arguably been the year’s biggest winner both in sales (and 21 still hasn’t left the Billboard 200) and in prominence. It isn’t as if the new album has a firm release date that makes touring mandatory, and even if it did, touring now isn’t worth not being able to sing later. So there’s our plea. We only make it because we wish Adele the best.