Rolling in the bad luck
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
When news broke that Adele had cancelled her final two gig dates in Wembley this month, her fans were left devastated. During the two dates she did play in London, she talked about chin hair, chicken nuggets and spending nine hours in a fish tank, but just a day later she was left heartbroken as doctors warned her to cancel her remaining concerts, stating the 29 year-old had damaged her vocal chords.
And while ticket holders were gutted that they wouldn’t see the singer for what might be her last ever tour, sources from Adele’s camp are worried that the vocal damage could mean she will ‘never sing again’.
Although many fans understood, there is one super fan who has gone to the ends of the earth (pretty much) to see her – and she’s not giving up without a fight.
Lori Shortall, a teacher from Newfoundland, Canada, has spent a total of $10,000 (roughly £6,000) and flown 18,000 miles to try and see Adele at three of her gigs – and every single one she has tried to get to has been cancelled.
The super fan was supposed to see Adele in Houston, Texas back in 2011 but the gig was cancelled. Then in 2016, she was set to see the Rolling In The Deep singer in Phoenix, Arizona and had booked a 10 day holiday there around the same time. Again, the gig was cancelled.
Finally, Lori flew to the UK to catch Adele at Wembley when, lo and behold, the concert was cancelled.
Lori told The Sun: ‘I just cannot believe all three concerts I have booked to see have been cancelled. I really would love to see her one day.
‘Adele is a beautiful singer and a great lady. I love the fact she has a bit of a potty mouth and talks about her son all the time. She seems like a pretty great person and her music is fabulous.
‘I joked that if she gave me five minutes and a cup of tea I would be more than happy. I feel horrible for her – it has to be hard for her, too. I just happened to pick three shows she cancelled.’
Lori has since been campaigning to get Adele’s attention on a social media, asking Ellen DeGeneres and James Cordon for their help.
‘This is the third concert you have cancelled on me! Help a girl out!’ Lori wrote. ‘All I want is 5 minutes of your time and a cup of tea!’
We can safely say that this woman is your biggest fan, Adele – stick the kettle on.