Sunday, April 14, 2024

Adele’s Radio City Show was Packed with Celebrities, F Bombs, and Soaring Vocals


I don’t know how much of tonight’s NBC special with Adele will  reflect the performance we saw at Radio City Music Hall on November 17th. Some of it would have to be cut for time. Then there are the f-bombs. We stopped counting at 100. But there’s more F words in an Adele monolgue than n words in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

She did describe Bruno Mars as “cool as f—.” I doubt NBC viewers will hear that.

In the mezzanine, with an excellent view, I sat in the third row behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his wife. Around us were Daniel Day Lewis and his son Gabriel, Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk, and David Schwimmer. Down in the orchestra sat Donald and Melania Trump plus many “SNL” performers past and present. Jon Hamm was with them. So was Jane Krakowski.

Adele sings all her hits from her three albums, starting with “Hello” after Jimmy Fallon introduces her.  “I’ve been dying to do a f—ing show,” she says at the start.“This is for TV,” she advised the audience, “don’t pick your nose.”



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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