Written by Debbie Hall | Photography by Denise Truscello
International superstar, wife, mother and longtime Las Vegas resident
Celine Dion demonstrated her enormous talent, staying power and superstar status when she returned to headline in “Celine” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to standing ovations and the roar of enthusiastic audiences. What many might not realize is that Celine has called Las Vegas home for over 12 years.
During a press conference, Celine spoke about the first time her husband, René Angélil, brought her and her parents to Las Vegas. “We were traveling for three hours straight and looking out of the window of the plane, and said, ‘But where are we going? Are we lost? It’s dark.’ He said, ‘No, no, no, no, no. Wait. You’ll see the diamond.’ I’m like, ‘What is he talking about?’ Then he said, ‘Here it is!’ You could see that shiny little diamond on the right hand side of the airplane. He said, ‘This is Las Vegas.’” On her first trip, she shopped and sunbathed all day long. Eventually, Celine and Angélil would get married and renew their vows in Las Vegas.
As Celine explained, “We did the shows here. It became a home.” Now Las Vegas has become their primary home for their family. “We are making ourselves very comfortable. We love it here. We love the community. We love the support. I love where Las Vegas is going,” she said.
Celine left her show almost a year ago to care for her husband, who has been diagnosed with throat cancer. As for dealing with her challenges, Celine credits her family. “My children and my husband [are] my inner strength. I know I have something better [with them].” She explained, “[performing is] my inner strength, because my passion still exists … my love, my three children and my wonderful husband, want me to be here, because I’m not quite sure if I was ready to be here [return to the show]. We had to commit, and say, ‘Are we doing this? Are we not doing this?’ We decided together to do this, and here we are.”
When the show “Celine” opened, the theater went dark, the audience became silent and bright white lights shined into the theater. On the screens were images of fans from around the world singing to Dion’s “I Drove All Night.” The montage combined videos of faces, landmarks and handwritten signs of love and adoration.
She walked on stage as the curtain then “crashed” to the ground and whisked away as her 31 piece orchestra, band and back-up singers appeared. As she started singing, Celine showed that she has returned to Las Vegas in a big way.
Fans will also be excited to know that there will be new music and album releases. Celine is working on both French-speaking and English-speaking albums with anticipated release dates in 2016 and 2017. As Celine explained, “It’s open for everyone, any songwriters, composers to send me their art [music] for me to be able to reach different goals [musically], keep going, evolve, have a good time and be passionate, because I would love to keep going.”