The all-powerful Adele managed to close one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious landmarks, the Griffith Observatory, for the entire weekend, and unless you were hiking around the place or had planned a visit to the observatory, there are a lot of chances you didn’t even notice. I certainly didn’t know, otherwise, I would have tried to catch a glimpse of the scene: after all, this is located in my neighborhood, but they kept the secret very well.
So, what happened over there? Adele performed a secret show in front of a parterre of celebrities including Drake, Kris Jenner, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Lizzo, James Corden, Sarah Paulson, Gordon Ramsay, Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, ex-husband Simon Konecki, and 9-year-old son, Angelo. I don’t think I could have blended with that crowd, but just imagine the level of security over there? And still, I didn’t notice…
The performance was a portion of the British icon’s upcoming CBS 2-hour Special, “Adele One Night Only,” which will also include an interview with Oprah and will air on November 14 on CBS. As everyone would expect, Adele sang a few classics and some songs from her upcoming album “30.”
The venue is deeply symbolic, it is obviously a place where you can observe the stars, the real ones, but the observatory also overlooks the entire city: the scene is breathtaking. And besides being the location with the best view on the Hollywood sign, it was also a shooting location for a few classics: “Rebel Without a Cause,” “The Terminator,” “Jurassic Park,” “La La Land,” and countless other movies and TV series.
I believe the venue was carefully picked and had all the required qualities: it is beyond prestigious, it is isolated enough since located in the middle of Griffith park’s wilderness, and it is also capable to host a large crowd – 300 guests reportedly attended this show.
I wouldn’t have minded looking at the show from a distance, but I have to say something: for a pop star who throws f-bombs and wants to look cool and close to her audience, this is a very conventional and pompous way to promote a new album. Why not close Hollywood boulevard and do a free concert that everyone could attend instead? McCartney did it! I am not saying this because I care about Adele’s music: despite her engaging and fun personality, her songs, new or old, have always sounded extremely predictable and boring to me. That said, she is the biggest pop star of the moment, and this concert at Griffith observatory looked very elitist.
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