“Rolling in the Deep” at the Wells Fargo Center

By Dave Mattera

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Adele performs at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

More than 19,000 fans filled Philly’s Wells Fargo Center Sept. 10, to attend the second of two sold-out nights performed by singer-songwriter Adele.

As fans cheered and smiled, the British vocalist burst into song, her vocals flooding the arena.

She performed all of her hits, including her first single, “Chasing Pavements,” to her latest number one hit, “Hello.”

“My music is pretty miserable…it’s all about me,” said Adele, showing the audience her tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. “I only have two songs that you can really dance to, so it makes my show better if you’re drunk.”

For more than two hours, Adele belted out lyrics to her 16 song set list to awestruck fans.

In the beginning of the night, predominately female fans, many of whom wore dresses and heels, dragged their significant others to their seats with anticipation to see one of the hottest concerts in 2016.

The curtain on stage featured Adele’s eyes with her cat-like eyeliner. Her set was unadorned except for a band wearing all black suits.

The lights dimmed, fans’ screams ricocheted off the walls, and the spotlight, enough to land a plane, beat down in the center of the arena.

Coming up through the stage wearing a sparkling black dress, her famous pout glued on her face, Adele stood, surrounded by applause.

“She is absolutely glowing,” said Amanda Fritz, a Brookhaven resident and longtime Adele fan. “I love her, she is so classy and elegant, and her voice is perfection.”

Adele kicked off her concert with “Hello,” and “Hometown Glory,” followed by “One and Only.”

The backdrop flashed images of Philly, including the Walt Whitman Bridge, City Hall, and LOVE Park.

After she performed “Rumor Has It,” Adele invited two teenage girls up on stage as thanks for their non-stop dancing during her show.

“You girls are dancing like lunatics,” Adele said. She then insisted the teenagers take selfies with her for Snapchat.

Her second set of songs included “Water Under the Bridge,” and “Skyfall,” then wrapped up with “Make You Feel My Love,” a Bob Dylan cover song.

“I go to a lot of concerts and I have to say that I’m in awe,” said Marlena Schaefer, a personal shopping assistant and self-proclaimed huge Adele fan. “For [a performer] who isn’t a dancer or has theatrics, the concert was very entertaining.”

In-between songs, the 28-year-old singer-songwriter cracked jokes and shared the background behind her lyrics.

“She sounds just as good live as she does on her records,” said “Dede,” 45, a resident from Ithaca, NY who preferred to use only a nickname. “It was worth every penny.”

Later, the concert finished up with some of Adele’s bigger hits like “Someone Like You,” and “Set Fire to the Rain.”

The concert closed with a two-song encore of her biggest hits “When We Were Young,” and “Rolling in the Deep.”

“It was absolutely phenomenal,” said Phyllis Hall, 57, a resident from Ithaca, NY. “She put on such a great show and she was so funny.”

Adele has 30 out of 107 shows remaining on her tour before she returns home to London.

Contact Dave Mattera at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

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Adele shares a story with her audience between songs during her Sept. 10 concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Photo by Dave Mattera
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Fans try to catch pieces of confetti with messages from Adele written on them at the finale of her Sept. 10 concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philly. Photo by Dave Mattera