::: Celine in South-Africa :::
February 15th, 2008
:: :::::: Pictures From St. Valentine's Concert !! :::::: ::
:: Pictures From Last Night's Show!! ::
[Source: La Presse]
:: Johannesburg Benefit Show-REVIEW ::
(6:30 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion kicked off her Taking Chances World Tour tonight – Valentines Day 2008, at a charity benefit in
Johannesburg, South Africa. A shortened version of her planned 2-hour spectacle, the concert delivered several
surprises and wowed fans of all ages.
Her flawless vocal ability captured the hearts of every person in the house. Many fans in South-Africa have waited years for this
opportunity. And here it is. The show opened with the song called ‘ I Got The Music In Me ’ of Kiki Dee and moved swiftly into the
timeless hit “The Power of Love”. Celine took a short break to welcome her fans and thanked everyone for making her feel so
welcome in ‘Jozi’ (slang for Johannesburg).
She introduced her new album and sang ‘ Taking Chances ’. A total of 6 costume changes and spectacular montages
in between sets kept audiences glued to the show as her backing vocalists and dancers often kept the pace going while Celine changed wardrobe.
New Mego’s Flamenco introduced a medley of ‘ It’s All Coming Back To Me Now ’, ‘ Because You Loved Me ’
and ‘ To Love You More ’ before slowing the tempo down with an incredible performance of ‘All By Myself’.
Another wardrobe change changed the vibe as got feet tapping and hands clapping in anticipation of Celine’s uptempo rework of ‘ I’m Alive ’
which led straight into her current hit ‘ Eyes On Me ’. In true Celine fashion she slowed us down yet again for an incredible
deliverance of her UK chart-topping hit, ‘ Think Twice ’.
This was followed by ‘ Shadow of Love ’ and a breathtaking version of ‘ Alone ’, both from her latest album.
Naturally she reverted to her roots and performed the French classic, ‘ Pour Que Tu M’aimes Encore ’. Celine ended this set with
assistance from the two-time Grammy Award winning Soweto Gospel Choir who backed her on a lively ‘ Love Can Move Mountains ’.
Between the choir, her back up vocalists and the dancers, Celine managed to sneak away for another wardrobe change coming back to her team
belting out ‘Lady Marmalade’. She swiftly joined them and performed James Brown's ‘ It’s A Man’s World ’ before doing another
change in time for her classic cover – ‘ River Deep Mountain High ’. Fans were thrilled and overwhelmed by the energy Celine and her
cast put into the show.
Celine returned one final time in a beautiful long light yellow evening dress to perform the timeless, ‘My Heart Will Go On’.
The evening was splendid and to have Celine in South-Africa an absolute blessing. If you haven’t got tickets yet, go get them NOW!!!
[Show reviewed by our collaborator Tony - Thank you, Tony!]
February 14th, 2008
Celine Dion will play a charity benefit in Johannesburg TONIGHT before opening her Taking Chances World Tour proper with a
first full show at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria on Saturday, February 16th. A second show follows at Loftus before Dion's tour moves to the Cape Town, Port
Elizabeth, Durban and back to Johannesburg.
:: Celine Dion Will Perform Queen and James Brown's Songs! ::
(1:00 p.m. GMT) According to the Quebec newspaper, La Presse, Celine will be performing tonight few songs of Queen and James Brown accompanied by Soweto Gospel Choir.
The reporter of La Presse, attended yesterday the one and only rehearsal for tonight's show. Celine will also perform Love Can Move Mountains
and a little of I Got the Music In Me of Kiki Dee.
Celine's musicians look more rock, funky. The reporter listened to the musicians rehearsing few notes of It's All Coming Back To Me Now, Because You
Loved Me and To Love You More and she also watched the intro-video shot in the desert where Celine drives high-speed singing I Drove All Night.
René Angélil had the idea of a song-medley dedicated to Queen. «She performs two tracks starting with We Will Rock You and then
The Show Must Go On.» - reveals Angelil. Celine said that she would like to replace the album version of Eyes on Me with the rap-version performed during
the CBS Special. According to Rene Angélil, the best part of show will be the homage to James Brown, a Jamie King's idea. «The backup vocalists sings small parts of
Lady Marmelade and Respect and then Celine goes up in a lift to perform I Got the Feeling and It's a Man's Man's Man's World.
The show will end with That's Just the Woman in Me and River Deep Mountain High, more and more HOT than the Las Vegas version.
Tonight's show is scheduled at 7:00 p.m. GMT and will last 75 minutes.
[Source: La Presse]
February 13th, 2008
:: MORE Pictures From Yesterday's Press Conference ::
February 12th, 2008
:: *Updating* : Celine Dion keeps promise to Mandela ::
(7:50 p.m. GMT) After a five year contract that kept her in Las Vegas, pop diva Celine Dion is keeping a promise she made to former South African president Nelson Mandela
by kicking off her world tour in South Africa, she said at a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday. "Eish! Why not start in South Africa?"
she said. "It was not possible and it was kind of at the end of the world."
"But two years ago Mr Mandela called to invite us and we were committed to be in Las Vegas for five years. René [Angélil, her husband] and I promised
each other and Mr Mandela that we would start [the next tour] in South Africa. "I am more than thrilled to be here. Jozi people are lekker," said
Dion. Dion is the biggest selling female artist in South Africa and her 12-month tour is named after her latest album, Taking Chances.
Dion was welcomed to the press conference by the Soweto Gospel Choir, who on Sunday night won their second Grammy award. Dion said "Eish ...
", and then smiled and expressed her admiration for choir's performance. The choir will be a supporting act for her first performance on Valentine's
Day along with pop icon Danny K and Idols winner Jody Williams. Dion will kick off the 35-country Taking Chances.
“I am my music and I just want to share that with South Africa. I have been listening to some South African artists such as Sibongile Khumalo and I
love her sound,” Dion said. “Maybe in future I will have collaborations with a South African artist.”
[Source: mg.co.za, Sowetan, barcroftmedia, imnotobsessed]
:: Home Comforts For Celine During Her South African Tour ::
(2:00 p.m. GMT) This Valentine’s month don’t miss the chance to share a special evening with the one you love, when Celine Dion performs live in Durban, on Wednesday 20 February at
ABSA Stadium. Furniture and home décor specialists, Mr Price Home, will be ensuring that Ms Dion’s ‘homes-away-from-home’ while on the road, are ultra comfortable and are
decorating the diva’s dressing room in each of the six concert venues, she will be performing at.
“As the ‘World’s Biggest Selling Female Artist of All Time’, Celine Dion has proved that she appeals to all ages and cultures,” says Mr Price Group, chief executive operator Alastair McArthur.
“Mr Price has the same broad appeal to South African consumers, so we identify with her on a number of levels.” The theme chosen by Mr Price Home for Dion’s dressing room is romance and luxury…
perfect for Valentine’s month. Her ‘Taking Chances’ World Tour which kicks off in South Africa on Valentine’s Day, will take her to 35 countries on 5 continents and is set to be the most spectacular box
office gross of 2008. This is also the first time in South African history that an international artist will perform at six outdoor stadia during a visit to the country.
Having achieved double platinum status of her new ‘Taking Chances’ album Celine Dion is undoubtedly still the biggest artist ever to visit our shores. Idols 2007 winner, Jodi is the opening act for
the Celine Dion Tour countrywide. Celine Dion arrived at the Johannesburg International Airport on Monday night and said to her adoring fans, "I am thrilled to be in South Africa. It has been a life
long dream for me to perform in your country. I look forward to starring in what I believe to be one of the most spectacular productions ever."
[Source: newsonline.co.za; Tonight]
February 11th, 2008
:: Celine Dion in South Africa!! ::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion in South Africa, where she is set to kick off her world tour, on February 14th 2008. Celine, her husband Rene Angelil and her mother arrived at Johannesburg's
Lanseria airport last night. They were met by a small group of invited media and music executives.