Is it too late now to say sorry? Producer Tony Visconti has issued an apology to Adele for questioning her vocal chops after the “Hello” singer called him out in concert during a European stop on her 25 tour.
“I’m sorry that what I said in regards to what’s being played on radio was misconstrued, yet I cannot apologize for something taken the wrong way. If Adele has taken my comments as offensive that was certainly not my intent,” Visconti, 72, told Billboard on Monday, June 13. “Adele has a great voice and it brings pleasure to millions.”
As previously reported, the music industry vet — who served as David Bowie’s longtime producer — insinuated in an interview that Adele’s powerhouse voice was a product of computer manipulation.
“You turn the radio on and it’s fluff, you are listening to 90 percent computerized voices,” he was quoted as saying, in a story published by the Daily Star on June 8. “We know Adele has a great voice but it’s even questionable if that is actually her voice or how much has been manipulated. We don’t know.”
The 10-time Grammy winner caught wind of Visconti’s remarks and clapped back during a June 9 show in Paris. “Some d–khead tried to say that my voice was not me on record,” the 28-year-old told her fans as she paced across the stage. “Dude, suck my d–k.”
This isn’t the first time Adele has served major sass during a live concert. While performing in Verona, Italy, on May 29, the British songbird pointed a finger at a female fan for filming her at the show.
“Yeah, I want to tell that lady as well, can you stop filming me with a video camera because I’m really here in real life,” she said. “You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera.”
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