Watch: Adele “Hello[s] From the Other Side” for the First Time Live


In a just-released teaser for the BBC’s upcoming special, Adele at the BBC, the singer gives her first performance of her instantaneous hit, “Hello,” swapping the raindrops, landlines and pensive/pained close-ups we’ve come to associate with the song with an enormous backing band.

She also addresses a few questions in the 2:45 minute teaser, beginning with one about worries of her potential retirement following the release of 21 (yes — retirement after an album named after her mere 21 on the planet at the time). “It was that thing of do I or don’t I want to go back to my music? Obviously I do. I wanted to make sure everything was in place to do it so I could do it properly. I can’t do anything else. This is all I like doing,” she says in response.

She also confronts the “rumor mill” in a section called “Rumor Has It,” where audience members come onstage to clear up some more gossipy questions. One caller mentions that she’s heard Adele isn’t “allowed access to her own Twitter account.”

“I’m not a drinker anymore, but when Twitter first came out, I was drunk tweeting, and nearly put my foot in it quite a few times, and so my management decided that I have to go through two people and it has to be signed off by someone,” Adele admits. Then, clarifying: “But they’re all my Tweets! No one writes my Tweets, they just post them for me.”

Watch the preview for the special, which is set to air on the same date that her upcoming album 25 is released (November 20):

[Via Rolling Stone ]