Beginning with her first residency back in 2003, singing powerhouse Celine Dion has performed over 1000 shows in Las Vegas. Come October, though, the 'My Heart Will Go On' hitmaker will be starting the final run of this chapter of her career as she announced the end of her Vegas residency after 16 years.
Naturally, Dion is all emotional about the turn of events. In fact, taking to social media recently, the 50-year-old songstress poured her heart out to her fans.
“I definitely have mixed emotions about this final run,” the Grammy-winning singer shared in a statement posted via Facebook. “Las Vegas has become my home and performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been a big part of my life for the past two decades. It’s been an amazing experience and I’m so grateful to all the fans who have come to see us throughout the years. Every show we do at the Colosseum throughout this fall, and right up until the final one, will feel very special.”
Her ongoing residency at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas - 'Céline' that premiered on March 15, 2011 - will come to an end on June 8, 2019. "An exclusive Team Celine pre-sale for the final shows (February 26 to June 8) will start on Tuesday, September 25 at 10 a.m. PT, before the public on-sale date of Friday, September 28 at 10 a.m. PT," she announced in her latest social media post.
Known for "changing the landscape of entertainment" in Vegas, Dion had kickstarted her residency with 'A New Day…' show in 2003 (until December 15, 2007). Following which, she had launched her 'Céline' residency at the famed Vegas hotel.
"What an extraordinary part of our lives these shows have been," said John Meglen, co-CEO of Concerts West/AEG Presents. "Celine took such a leap of faith, made such a big bet on Las Vegas when she decided to perform 'A New Day…' all those years ago. And look what she's done … she has changed the landscape of entertainment in Las Vegas. What she started, as a crazy idea that didn't make sense to a lot of people, has now become the norm."
"Now everyone wants to perform a residency in Las Vegas! All of us have Celine to thank for really making Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world," he added.
Meanwhile, Dion had previously canceled some of the shows due to a disorder that caused "hearing irregularities” and made "it extremely difficult to sing."
"Cancelling a show is the hardest thing I have to do, especially when I know that so many people have traveled far to see me in Las Vegas. This decision is not made lightly. When I’m not well, I always try to push through and I do everything I can to do my show," the songstress had said in March, as she prepared to undergo a "minimally invasive surgical procedure.”
“It doesn’t matter how long you’ve done a show,” Dion added later on as she resumed her show adding, “Every time you do a show you get nervous and I do have butterflies tonight.”