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On July 2, Adele will make the final stop on a 15-month tour to support her 2015 blockbuster 25. The tour certainly hasn't hurt: Far and away the best-selling album of recent years — it was top seller of 2015 and 2016, and no other record came close — 25 also won the Grammy for Album Of The Year back in February. But all those live shows have also taken their toll on a singer who's battled issues with her vocal cords, and who hasn't always had an easy time of it as a live performer.
At recent shows in Australia and New Zealand, the singer — never one to keep her feelings closely guarded — has suggested that, at 28, she may be ready to retire from touring altogether. According to The Guardian, she told a crowd in Perth that "I don't know if I'll ever tour again." Though far from definitive, let alone legally binding, it's a sentiment she's expressed on stage at other stops in recent days.
It's idle speculation to place odds on whether Adele will, in fact, tour again. So it is with deep and abiding shame that we lean back, assess the pros and cons, and bring you the following idle speculation about whether Adele will, in fact, tour again.
Plenty of reasons to stop, plenty of reasons to carry on. For now, considering she's been on a continuous cycle of promotion and performance for quite some time, let's just go with: Give her a minute.