Anticipation was in the air as we awaited Adele's long return to the Bay Area last night at Berkeley's Greek theater. That's no understatement. We'd already withstood venue changes, tour cancellations, a late start, an (admittedly powerful) opening act, and a drawn-out, dramatic entrance. And fortunately, Adele was worth the wait. She showed up and showed out.
Known for her now-ubiquitous single, "Rolling in the Deep," the British soul singer launched her set with a lyric from "Hometown Glory," a hit off her 2008 album, 19. I've been walking in the same way as I did, she sang, sending the crowd into a roar of excitement. The curtains went up, the bass and snare thrummed. Her set veered from classic soul to new wave, with some songs bolstered by ad-libbed confessionals: "I wish he was here to see all of this," she admitted, before going into a heartfelt romantic song about her ex. "Oh well, fuck him." The crowd laughed.