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Adele finally ready to play Atlanta again

If it seems like ages since Adele announced her Atlanta concerts , well, it has been.

Tickets to the British songstress’ two Philips Arena shows went on sale in December and sold out in less than 30 minutes.

The U.S. leg of her tour launched in July in Minneapolis – she toured Europe for four months prior -- and, while Atlanta's Oct. 28-29 concerts aren't the finale, they're only nine shows removed from the end.

But that isn’t to say we’re going to get the exhausted version of Adele.

Reviews of her recent shows in Washington, D.C. and Miami have noted that the singer continues to engage in down-to-earth banter with the crowd in between her soaring anthems. Her career-spanning setlist usually includes 17 songs and, with no opening act (show time is 8 p.m.), you’re guaranteed a full night of Adele.

If you weren’t able to snag a ticket , you’re out of luck at the moment. But it’s typical of most tours to release a few handfuls of seats the day of a show once the production is loaded into the venue. It amounts to lottery-like conditions of hopping on Ticketmaster at the exact right moment, but if you’re desperate, it’s worth a shot.

Adele’s arrival in Atlanta would be cause for major celebration even if she weren’t touring behind “25,” one of the biggest-selling albums of the decade .

As longtime fans know – and continue to weep at the memory – Adele’s last performance in Atlanta was in 2009 at the Variety Playhouse . A 2011 concert at the Tabernacle was canceled due to illness, and then her October 2011 rescheduled show at the Fox Theatre was axed as well when Adele was forced to cancel her tour because of a lingering vocal cord issue.

Before Adele’s Variety Playhouse performance, then-Dave FM radio favorite Mara Davis (currently on News Radio 106.7) scored the only interview with the fledgling singer, who was on her maiden North American tour.

Check it out below and come back to the Music Scene blog on Saturday for a review of Adele’s Friday night concert at Philips Arena.


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