Adele Reschedules North American Dates, New Yorker Critics Be Darned


Adele has quickly rescheduled the tour dates she was forced to cancel earlier this month due to laryngitis, and even given the tour an upgrade: her engagements are now split between August and October, and include a number of new dates and bigger venues (in which cases more tickets will be going on sale shortly). All tickets for most of the dates will be honored; the exceptions are listed below.

The British soulstress got some ink in this week’s New Yorker, too—but just barely; the magazine’s pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones opens a piece titled “The Women of Pop” with the following:

Three women run the pop world right now. Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, Beyoncé’s 4, and Adele’s 21 split the market into neat thirds without too much conceptual jostling. Adele’s impeccably sung collection of unperturbing soul, 21, released in February, will almost certainly be the year’s biggest-selling album. Her career is likely to be long, because she is selling to the demographic that decides American elections: middle-aged moms who don’t know how to pirate music and will drive to Starbucks when they need to buy it. The rest of the population has Gaga and Beyoncé.

The rest of the piece mentions Adele only once, as a comparison point against which Frere-Jones measures Lady Gaga’s album sales. (Nevermind that 4 hasn’t even been released, so it has no sales figures to speak of.) How insultingly dismissive to Adele fans! We’ve made no bones about our Adele appreciation here, ever since we dubbed her a You Oughta Know artist back in April 2008. And don’t tell our bosses, but we know full well how to pirate music. That’s not what gets under our skin, though. What, exactly, does being a mom have to do with it?

Frere-Jones is much too smart a writer to drop any out-and-out misogyny in a piece for the New Yorker, but his implication is clear: “moms” are culture-ignorant and prefer their music “unperturbing.” This is funny, because just two days ago, Bon Iver released Bon Iver, Bon Iver, a critically-lauded album predicted to debut near the top of the Billboard Top 200. The main musical reference points for this album? Bruce Hornsby and Bonnie Raitt, the latter of whom the band covered on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Both artists had appeal to all ages and both genders, but if you’d asked us the definition of “mom music” in 1986, Hornsby wouldn’t be a bad answer, and in 1991 we might have mentioned Raitt’s 13-times-platinum Luck of the Draw.

So undiscerning moms are a generation ahead of the curve, or else it takes twenty-odd years for the stigma of “mom music” to wear off. Either way, Frere-Jones’s claim, even if it is accurate—which, considering the sheer number of physical and digital albums Adele has sold, is extremely unlikely—doesn’t in itself excuse outright dismissal. His rejection of Adele, in other words, has less to do with her music and more to do with what she connotes to him: a middlebrow sensibility, which he codes as female. We should expect better from our pop critics.

Adele’s tour dates:

August 9 Vancouver, BC: Orpheum Theatre
August 11 Troutdale, OR: Edgefield (moved from Crystal Ballroom)
August 12 Seattle, WA: Paramount Theatre
August 14 Berkeley, CA: The Greek Theatre
August 15 Los Angeles, CA: The Greek Theatre
August 17 Los Angeles, CA: Palladium
August 18 San Diego, CA: Open Air Theater (moved from Humphreys)*
August 20 Las Vegas, CA: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas: Chelsea Ballroom (NEW SHOW)
August 21 Salt Lake City, UT: Gallivan Center (moved from The Depot)
August 24 Saint Paul, MN: Theatre at Xcel Energy Center (moved from First Avenue)

October 7 Atlantic City, NJ: Borgata Spa & Resort: Event Center (NEW SHOW)
October 8 Durham, NC: Durham Performing Arts Center (NEW SHOW)
October 10 Nashville, TN: Ryman Auditorium
October 11 Asheville, NC: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 13 Orlando, FL: Hard Rock Live (NEW SHOW)
October 14 Miami, FL: Waterfront Theater at American Airlines Arena (NEW SHOW)
October 16 Atlanta, GA: Fox Theatre (moved from the Tabernacle)*
October 18 Spring, TX: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (NEW SHOW)
October 19 Austin, TX: Frank Erwin Center (moved from Stubb’s)**
October 21 Grand Prairie, TX: Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (moved from the House of Blues)

*All tickets bought for this show through eligible for either refund or ticket exchange for the rescheduled show. All other ticketholders will be refunded by Ticketmaster and then invited to an exclusive presale with tickets available at the original show’s price.

**All non-refunded Stubb’s tickets can be exchanged for premium tickets at The Frank Erwin Center box office between July 8 and July 15, before the new on-sale date (July 22)

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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