Oh, Adele how we've missed you! The acclaimed singer hit the Radio City Music Hall stage last month for her first full concert in four years. And on NBC Monday night the performance aired as the TV special Adele Live in New York City, which featured the Grammy winner singing tunes from her monumentally successful new album 25 as well as several hits from 19 and 21.
After an introduction by Jimmy Fallon, Adele kicked off the show with a wave and a "Hello," while wearing in a gold and black Jenny Packham gown. And she showed off plenty of her funny side throughout the concert. “It’s f—ing hard to sing!” she said after “All I Ask." “So is ‘Hello.’ I just sh— myself! I love you, too. I love you, but you scare me.” She also took off her heels at one point and had two stage hands help her with her guitar strap so as to not mess up her signature beehive hair style.
But, of course, there were also some major cry-worthy episodes during the hour-long special. The Paris attacks had only taken place a few days before the Nov. 17 taping so when images of the French city projected on a screen behind her during "Hometown Glory," it created an especially profound moment.
And the tears just kept coming: When the pianist started the opening chords of "Someone Like You," Adele had to stop him for a moment. “I don’t sing this from the same place anymore because I sing it from an amazing place because of my man who’s here tonight," she explained. "This is the first show he’s ever seen me do. I hope you’re enjoying it, and I’m so glad you’re here.”
Adele herself started to well up when she really realized what this concert meant. “I know I’ve been quiet," she said. "I just wanted to come back and surprise you. I didn’t want to tell you anything because I wanted it to be a surprise. I feel like this is the start now. We’ve been planning it for months and I’m just so happy and before the show I was like, ‘Oh, god, I want it to be over,’ because I was so nervous, but I’ve managed to remember every moment of this show.”
Other highlights included when Adele played guitar for "Daydreamer" and led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to a fan. She ended the show with an encore of "Rolling in the Deep" and after she walked off the stage the cameras followed her to an elevator where she hugged someone and sobbed into the person's arms.
Watch Adele's entire concert special here: