Welcome back to the Big Apple, Adele.
The triumphant singer, fresh off a new release that’s poised to break the UK’s first-week album sales record, took a well-deserved victory lap at Joe’s Pub in NoHo Friday — the site of her very first United States performance in March of 2008.
The super exclusive show, during which Adele performed songs off her just released album, “25,” and sat for a Q&A with Z100 radio veteran Elvis Duran, was packed with enviable fans and stars that reportedly included Jon Bon Jovi, actress Dianna Agron (“Glee”) and Winston Marshall of folk band Mumford & Sons.
The pop powerhouse belted out her new songs “Hello,” “Million Years Ago” and “Send My Love (To Your New Lover),” closing out the intimate performance with her 2011 breakup anthem “Someone Like You,” which the audience sang right along with her.
Adele performs onstage during the iHeartRadio-hosted event at Joe’s Pub on Friday.
During her sit-down with Duran, the 27-year-old characterized her new album as “nostalgic” and said it was “about settling in and saying goodbye to things I need to say goodbye to.”
She also reflected on her long-awaited comeback, heralded by her first album release in four years.
“I was coming back no matter what, even if people didn’t care,” she told Duran.
Radio veteran Elvis Duran interviews Adele during her album release event Friday.
The new mom went on to reveal that she only recently discovered material girl Madonna, Entertainment Weekly reports.
“The two albums I listened to most when I was recording 25 (were) Madonna’s ‘Ray of Light’ and Moby’s ‘Play,'” she said. “There’s something so amazing about her. I believe everything she says on that record … all the songs feel like an ode to her kid.”
Digital radio platform iHeartRadio, which hosted the event, later streamed a free broadcast on its Hit Nation station — so less fortunate fans still had Grammy-winning Adele serenade them on their evening commute.
“I need to be Elvis Duran right now. Interviewing Adele, laughing, singing,” tweeted @_danielleeeees. “I just sat in the car for the past 20 minutes listening&crying.”
“The only time I’ve ever wished my commute home from work was longer than 5 mins!!!” chimed in user @AshleyLaur.
The pub performance came the same day as Adele’s pre-taped BBC music special, which included the singer wearing a fake nose and chin to prank her own impersonators in a Graham Norton-engineered comedy sketch.
I need to be Elvis Duran right now. Interviewing Adele, laughing, singing. I just sat in the car for the past 20 minutes listening&crying
— Danielle (@_danielleeeees) November 21, 2015
She will also perform on “SNL” Saturday, her first appearance on the sketch show in seven years.
“This feels like such a long time coming,” she wrote in an open letter Friday about her new album. “I am so overwhelmed and grateful to be able to even put another record out, and put it out how I want.”
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