For many fans in countries all over the world, the world tours of the big international stars was their only opportunity to see their idols every 3-4 years on the occasion of the release of their records. But more and more often we find artists who have decided to put the handbrake on, sacrificing profitability for contact and humanity. Miley Cyrus, Adele, Kate Bush, Elton John… have scaled back or even announced their withdrawal from the stage in recent years.
The last to highlight this trend to reduce the crowding of the concerts of the big names in the music industry (especially Americans) has been Miley. In an interview with the British edition of Vogue magazine, she showed her detachment towards a world tour like the ones she carried out in her origins.
“After the last concert of my last tour, I put it to myself as a question. And I can’t. Not just ‘I can’t’, because ‘I can’t’ is your ability, but my desire. Do I want to live my life for someone else’s pleasure or satisfaction other than my own? And, you know what?…” confesses Miley Cyrus, leaving her reflection in the air about the feeling she has in front of the world tours.
That does not mean that the artist has not had massive concerts and before large audiences. But not as part of something as broad as a world tour. In fact, it has been almost a decade since she has offered a complete tour of the 5 continents (since Bangerz Tour). That does not mean that she has not acted and practically with each album since then she has offered concerts here and there but always under that idea that she has confessed during the interview.
A sensation that developed more in his social networks before the commotion caused by his words that some attributed to a withdrawal from the stage: “To clarify, I feel connected to my fans now more than ever. When I win, we win. Even If I don’t see you face to face every night at a concert, I feel my fans deep in my heart. I am constantly creating and innovating ways to stay connected with the audience I adore without sacrificing my very essence. Performing for you has been the best days of my life and we will continue this journey together as we have for the last two decades. This has nothing to do with a lack of appreciation for the fans, but everything to do with me just not wanting to be prepared and ready in a dressing room, which is really what life on the road means ”, he tried to explain. I don’t want to sleep on a moving bus. It’s not the best for me right now and if you’ve been following my career you know that I always change and so could the way I feel about this subject.. I love you always. Now I’m on my eternal summer vacation.”
What Miley Cyrus is saying is that there are other ways to promote a record and present it to your audience that do not include 70 concerts in countries around the world. A perception similar to what has happened with Adele after the publication of 30.
The promotion of this record work, the fourth in the career of one of the most successful British artists, has not had a world tour. She doesn’t even look like she’s going to have it. Because the 30-year-old Adele is no longer the one of 19 who wanted to conquer the world. She has already achieved it and his life now includes a child with whom he does not want to be separated for months and whom he does not want to take on an exhausting tour of dozens of countries.
In fact, it took almost 2,000 days for Adele to start the concerts of her residence in Las Vegas after she had to postpone it due to delays in the assembly of her stage. The fact of having been absent from the direct ones caused her cache to rise. 32 million for her shows in which only a lucky few are being able to enjoy her show.
Right now it’s been 6 years since the British starred in a world tour. And it seems that she is not going to miss him soon. Although, as has happened with Miley, we will never say never.
Those who have definitely decided to move away from the stage to focus on the most creative part of their careers have been Kate Bush or Elton John. The interpreter has not offered a series of concerts on American soil for a decade, despite the fact that it is common to see her star in television presentations or charity shows.
We can say little about Sir Elton John that is not already known. He has been trying to say goodbye to the stage for a long time and it seems that in this July 2023 we will say goodbye definitively to his shows. That does not mean that he stops composing, creating and making us enjoy his music. But his personal life also claims his prominence.
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