Why are fans being so unkind to Adele, the superstar pop singer? For anyone who isn’t aware, she has pulled out of the last concerts of her 2017 tour due to vocal problems. Whilst a number of fans have been very supportive of her, there are many who have vented their disappointment and anger online. They have complained that they paid lots of money to stay in hotels; travel to the London etc. And also accused her of a poor work ethic and of not being physically fit. Unreasonable criticisms.
First of all, like many musicians, I am totally supportive of Adele. She has an amazing voice and persona, that genuinely engages and connects with audiences. As a singer, she is an athlete and uses her body as an instrument. Other musicians – such as guitarists – could damage their instrument (there was a phase of guitar smashing in acts) and then replace them. That is not the case with singers.