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Adele charms St. Paul, makes Fargo family's year and pays tribute to Prince

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There are few music stars bigger than Adele in the world right now, so anticipation for the opening of her North American tour was huge as she made her bow in St. Paul.

The English singer took to the stage in front of a packed-out Xcel Energy Center, and judging by the early reviews, knocked it out of the park.

The Pioneer Press said the 28-year-old Londoner's voice was "pristine" throughout her 18-song set and "there was never a moment that felt stale."

She also charmed the crowd in between songs, bringing the Kenney family from Fargo onto the stage early on in the show, she took selfies with fans, and spoke of her time in the Twin Cities – having eaten at Hi-Lo Diner, the 112 Eatery and paid a visit to the Mall of America, Rolling Stone reports.

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"I've never seen anything like it," she said of the mall. "I mean, I know you in America do everything bigger and better but there is an amusement park in there!”

She opened the show with her 2015 mega-hit "Hello," Entertainment Weekly reports, and after leading the crowd on a sing-a-long of "Someone Like You" she closed out a three-song encore with "Rolling in the Deep."

A tribute to Prince

It's no surprise that on her visit to the Twin Cities, the songstress paid tribute to the late, great Prince. Billboard reports a video of "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" was shown on stage during one of her breaks.

She didn't sing a Prince song, she said, because she didn't feel worthy, telling the crowd: "I did maybe consider covering a song, but f*** it, it's Prince."

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Adele will play a second show at the Xcel Wednesday evening.

Ticket scalpers lose out

Tickets for the St. Paul shows appeared on resale sites within minutes of going on general sale, but any scalpers who waited until Tuesday night to sell theirs were thwarted by the rain.

The Star Tribune spoke to one amateur ticket seller who said business was "tanking" because of Tuesday's storms and as a result you could pick up a last minute ticket for face value.

They were also hampered by Xcel Energy Center releasing a new tranche of good seats on Tuesday morning, which hurt the secondary market.

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