Adele Reportedly May Need Throat Surgery, Returning To Tour US In 2012

Robbie Daw | October 28, 2011 8:02 am

Not content to settle for Adele’s upcoming Live At The Royal Albert Hall CD/DVD release (out November 29)? If you have a little patience — and if Rolling Stone‘s latest report is correct — the year’s best-selling artist could be back on the road again, after a vocal hemorrhage forced her to once again cancel her recent tour of North America for a second time, in 2012. Adele is currently nicely perched atop the Hot 100 chart for a fifth week with somber piano ballad “Someone Like You” and the Top 200 album chart with her award-winning sophomore LP 21, which has spent a total of 13 non-consecutive weeks at #1. So far, the album has sold 4.1 million copies, more than double the amount of the year’s second best-selling album, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way (1.9 million).

Even more astounding is the fact that the London songstress has achieved these feats after having her North American tour canceled twice due to her vocal health. (By comparison, fellow UK act Coldplay have yet to place a single off Mylo Xyloto in the Top 10 here in the States, despite a constant barrage of TV and festival appearances since the summer.)

Rolling Stone consulted with several top throat surgeons, who all noted that, because Adele has suffered repeat injuries to her vocal chords, she may need to undergo the kind of throat surgery Aerosmith frontman/American Idol judge Steven Tyler underwent in 2006. (Much different, of course, than the stitches and dental work he required mere days ago.)

“It’s very fixable, basically,” Tyler’s doctor, Steven Zeitels, told the publication.

Concert industry sources also tell the mag that Adele is planning to attempt a third jaunt across the States in support of 21 next year. Says a source, “For a while, they were hopeful of arenas this fall, and then it started moving into next year.”

Will you buy tickets to see Adele if and when she returns? Third time, after all is a charm.