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(7:05 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion ranks at the #2 of the Pop music's top-grossing acts compiled by the Los Angeles Times. "Celine Dion ($106.8
million). Dion has been a regular in the Ultimate Top 10, and she posted her highest finish in a decade after ditching her residency at the Colosseum
in Las Vegas for an old-fashioned, if high-tech, tour. She grossed $94 million, added $11.4 million in album sales and $1.3 million in
digital tracks. Average ticket price: $119. Dion finished at No. 8 last year.
[Source: LA Times]
December 30th, 2008 :::
::: Celine Dion’s Canadian distinctions go on and on :::
(9:40 p.m. GMT) Pop singer Celine Dion and world-renowned tenor Ben Heppner are among several prominent Canadians named Tuesday as companions of the Order
Dion, the Las Vegas star who emerged as a teenage singer in rural Quebec was first bestowed with the honour of officer of the Order of Canada in 1998 for
her contribution to the world of contemporary music.
A companion is a promotion within the Order of Canada. The two others named to the distinction Tuesday were Canadian billionaire investor and
philanthropist Stephen Jarislowsky and Peter Munk, founder of the world’s largest mining company, Barrick Gold.
Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
[Source: National Post]
December 29th, 2008 :::
::: Celine on the 2008 TOP 3 box-office results in North America :::
(12:20 p.m. GMT) Madonna was the queen of the road during 2008 thanks to ticket sales of more than $105 million for her "Sticky and Sweet" tour.
The Material Girl was the top concert attraction in North America during the year according to Pollstar, the concert-tracking magazine, although Billboard
recently put Bon Jovi atop its annual ranking of the year's biggest grossing tours.
Billboard looks at worldwide results as reported from Nov. 14, 2007, to Nov. 11 of this year, while Pollstar measures only box-office results
in North America during the 2008 calendar year.
At No. 2 on Pollstar's list is Celine Dion, who earned $94 million from her first tour since ending her long residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
and returning to the concert trail with her "Taking Chances" tour.
The Eagles claim the No. 3 spot with tour receipts of $73.4 million, followed by Kenny Chesney in fourth place with $72.2 million and Bon Jovi in fifth
with $70.4 million.
[Source: LA Times]
December 25th, 2008 :::
:::::::> Download: The 30th Gala ADISQ - Felix Hommage à Celine Dion :::
(10:05 a.m. GMT) By visiting the sub-section TV Appearances (in the Video section), you will be able to
download the video of Celine's appearance at The 30th Gala ADISQ. To celebrate Celine's fantastic career, ADISQ paid tribute to Celine by giving
her the FELIX Hommage. The Gala was broadcasted on November 2nd, 2008 in Canada.
December 21st, 2008 :::
:::::::> Download: Miracle Children with Celine Dion :::
(1:20 p.m. GMT) By visiting the sub-section TV Appearances (in the Video section), you will be able to
download the video of Celine's appearance at The Oprah Winfrey Show. The whole show was dedicated to Celine's
special project "12 heroes among us". The TV-special was broadcasted on October 28th, 2008.
December 19th, 2008 :::
::: Concert review: Amid plenty of bombast, Dion delivers :::
(6:45 a.m. GMT) Did we really need all the fist pumping, costume changes, hydraulic lifts, conveyor-belt walkways and giant video screens to appreciate the
$1 million worth of acoustic improvements Target Center has made for the Celine Dion concert?
Not really. With Celine -- Miss Celine Dion in her native Montreal -- it's about the voice. And her magnificent instrument was in full glory on
Thursday at Target Center in MInneapolis. All the pomp and Cirque du Soleil-ness -- the eight dancers, in-the-round stage lit from underneath, oh, I could
go on and on -- was just her way of making sure what happened in Las Vegas (her record-setting five-year, 717-show run that drew 3 million to Caesar's)
came on the road with her for 100 performances in 24 countries on five continents. Whew!
Celine's Minneapolis show was slated for Oct. 30, but she cancelled on short notice because of a nasopharyngeal infection. After her second song Thursday,
she was profusely and sincerely apologetic about postponing the original date. Then she started yakking about her 7-year-old son and 81-year-old
mom being on tour with her, the youngest of 14 children. "I can talk all night," Celine said in a moment that seemed more spontaneous than scripted.
Maybe she could have explained the stains on the derriere of the lavender mini-dress she wore to open the program. (Sorry, an in-the-round show means you're
looking at a performer's backside for a good part of the time.) Or why she chose to do six songs from her new album "Taking Chances" but not such
favorites as "Beauty and the Beast." Or what compelled her to do a soul medley featuring James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." (YouTube Christina
Aguilera at the 2007 Grammys or see Sharon Jones in concert on any night for two approaches a woman can take to this song.)
Despite these missteps, the 105-minute show reflected more of the 40-year-old pop queen's personality than past tours. Surprisingly, there was more camp
than before, such as her Vanity 6 leggings for the James Brown medley and those Cher-like bell bottoms with a sequined crotch that she sported for a
roof-raising rendition of Heart's "Alone." At one point while sitting on the piano, she broke into an a cappella "Purple Rain" by Prince for two lines
and announced, "I have his phone number." (Pause.) "Yeah. Right." (Pause.) "I wish."
Sometimes it seemed as if Ms. Celine was a parody of herself, like when, after every song with a big finish -- heck, that's almost every one of 'em --
the stiff-limbed singer pumped her fist in the air like she'd just scored the winning goal in the Stanley Cup finals.
She didn't need those theatrics to thrill the sold-out crowd of 16,500, because they got to experience her voice live, with all its athletic leaps,
heart-thumping vibrato and champagne-glass-shattering high notes in Target Center -- which like Celine herself, sounded much improved.
[Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune]
December 18th, 2008 :::
::: The concert in Windsor :::
(7:30 a.m. GMT) Caesars Windsor spokeswoman Holly Ward said tickets for the concert, on February 7th, 2009 which cost $150 and $200, sold out
through Ticketmaster in 15 minutes. Caesars sold out its share over the next few hours.
[Source: The Windsor Star]
December 17th, 2008 :::
::: Celine performing in Chicago (Dec. 16th) :::
(2:20 p.m. GMT) Super-diva Celine Dion opened her concert Tuesday night at the United Center with a rousing rendition of Cyndi Lauper's 1989 hit "I Drove
All Night." That title could serve as a hyperbolic description of motorists' long journey through the slush-filled streets to arrive at the venue during
The weather apparently affected attendance. Dion, 40, sang to quite a few empty seats, probably because some ticket holders who live outside Chicago chose
not to battle the elements. Those who did make the trek were rewarded with vocal fireworks from one of the world's most athletic singers.
The show was originally slated for Nov. 4 (which happened to be Election Day), but Dion had to postpone multiple concerts because in late October she was
suffering from a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection.
Rescheduling the Chicago concert allowed Dion's fans to be home (or in Grant Park) for President-elect Barack Obama's historic victory speech six weeks
ago. Tuesday night, Dion sincerely apologized to her fans for the show's postponement. She also praised Obama, exclaiming, "What a great president he is
going to be!"
Dion certainly showed no signs of illness. Her magnificent voice was the star of a razzle-dazzle revue that reflected the sequin-covered aesthetic
of Las Vegas, the city where she did an extended residency from 2002 to 2007. Dion was at her best on ballads like "The Power of Love," which showcased her
ability to nail a note and hold it -- with her jaw trembling and her right arm thrusting in the air, but her voice remaining steady.
At times, the spectacle itself threatened to detract from that mighty voice. The production included seven musicians, three backing vocalists, eight
dancers, several video screens, multiple costume changes and a stage consisting of ramps, moving sidewalks and sections that were raised and lowered
throughout the night. It was very Vegas, baby, right down to cheesy opening act Gordie Brown, who impersonated Elvis Presley and other celebrities.
Dion's version of the 1976 Eric Carmen hit "All By Myself" was a show-stopper that featured stratospheric vocals and then concluded with her doing a
yoga-type move reminiscent of someone dancing under a limbo bar.
At other times, the material wasn't on par with her powerful pipes. "Shadow of Love" and "Fade Away," both of which are from last year's "Taking Chances"
CD, came across as generic light rock. Elaborate arrangements could not compensate for limp melodies here.
Dion and backing vocalist Barnev Valsaint, however, sang a fine duet of "I'm Your Angel," a song that was composed by and recorded with controversial R&B
star R. Kelly 10 years ago.
Dion was at her most impressive when the music was scaled back to put the focal point on her clear, muscular voice. Some divas deserve that title due to
their positive attributes. She's one of them.
[Source: Chicago Sun Times]
December 14th, 2008 :::
:::::::> Download: Celine @ The Grammy Nominations Concert :::
(1:15 p.m. GMT) By visiting the sub-section TV Appearances (in the Video section), you will be able to
download the video of Celine's appearance at The Grammy Nominations Concert. She performed LIVE Janis Ian's heartbreaker "At Seventeen".
After the performance Celine reveals the 2008 Album of the year nominees. The concert was broadcasted live on CBS from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on December 3rd, 2008.
December 11th, 2008 :::
::: Celine to Perform in Windsor (Canada) :::
(8:30 p.m. GMT) Celine's Taking Chances World Tour will be making a stop in Windsor, Ontario this winter. Celine is scheduled to perform at The
Colosseum at Caesars Windsor on February 7, 2009. Tickets for this concert will be going on sale on December 17 at noon.
:::::::> Download: Celine @ The Tonight Show with Jay Leno :::
(12:20 p.m. GMT) By visiting the sub-section TV Appearances (in the Video section), you will be able to
download the video of Celine's appearance at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She performed LIVE her latest single My Love taken from
"Taking Chances" album and from "My Love - The Ultimate Essential Collection". The performance was broadcasted on December 1st, 2008 in Nord-America.
::: 2008's Billboard Top-Grossing Tour :::
(6:45 a.m. GMT) Bon Jovi's Lost Highway tour tops the list of the biggest tours for 2008, based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore from Nov.
14, 2007, through Nov. 11, 2008. The trek, promoted in North America and Europe by AEG Live, grossed $210.6 million and drew 2,157,675 fans.
In second place is Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band's Magic tour, which grossed $204.5 million for the period. Rounding out the top 10 are
Madonna (#3 - $162 million for the still-underway Sticky & Sweet tour), the Police (#4 - $150 million on the second leg of their reunion tour), Celine
Dion (#5 - $91 million), Kenny Chesney (#6 - $86 million), Neil Diamond (#7 - $81.2 million), Spice Girls (#8 - $70 million), Eagles (#9 - $56.6 million)
and Rascal Flatts (#10 - $55.8 million).
Celine Dion- Total Gross: USD$ 91,006,221; Total Attendance: 738,947; Total Capacity: 755,710; No. of Shows: 44; No. of Sellouts: 36.
The Spice Girls' 17 sellouts at the O2 Arena last December-January were the highest-grossing engagement of the year, taking in $33.8 million and
drawing 256,647. Other top Boxscores for the year were Celine Dion at the Bell Centre in Montreal (#2 - $23.1 million), Madonna at Stade de France
in Paris (#3 - $17.6 million), Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn. (#4 - about $17 million), and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band at Giants Stadium in East
Rutherford, N.J. (#5 - $14.2 million).
December 10th, 2008 :::
::: Concert Rescheduling :::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) The last leg of the Celine Dion ¨Taking Chances¨ World Tour will begin in January in the United States, and Celine will perform for the
last time at the Bell Centre in Montreal on February 12, 14 and 15.
Please note that the February 13th concert is rescheduled to February 12th. This decision was made by Rene Angelil due to Celine's recent health concerns.
The schedule has been changed so that Celine does not perform three evenings in a row. The tour will conclude on February 26th in Omaha (U.S.A.).
All tickets for the February 13th show will be honored for the February 12th concert. Refunds are available at your point of purchase.
(11:00 p.m. GMT) Some singers caress the words of love songs, looking for nuance and hidden meaning. Celine Dion is the opposite: She attacks a song and
wrestles it into submission. Subtle it's not, but it's the kind of thing that plays well in a large venue, and it endeared Celine Dion to the fans
that filled Jobing.com Arena on Saturday.
Dion's world tour has been plagued with some bumps. Throat problems forced her to cancel and reschedule a few concerts, and the Glendale appearance was
only her third show since restarting the tour. But if she had any lingering after-effects from being ill, they weren't visible. The singer was in
good spirits, full of energy and a goofy sense of humor. "It's been a long time since I've driven my own car, but I'm driving everybody crazy!" was
a sample of the Dion wit.
Technically, her voice was astonishing. It soared and swooped with disarming ease, never faltering or hitting a bum note. Say what you will about
Dion, but she's got an impressive set of pipes and is obviously a perfectionist. She simply doesn't appear to make mistakes.
Still, despite her enormous skill, her singing often lacks heart. It appears flawless, and it probably is, but it only occasionally touches the
soul. Call her the Stepford vocalist. A song would start out quietly, build to a big Cinemascope climax and end with a sustained note that could take a
listener's breath away. But because most numbers boasted the same formula, rarely did anything get under your skin.
The songs that did strike a nerve generally strayed from the pattern and skipped the bombast. Her reading of Linda Perry's My Love was quite affective,
especially the opening moments in which she sang without any instrumentation. During a French song called Pour Que Tu M'aimes Encore, Dion offered a
beguiling restraint that was absent from the English material. A few more moments like that may have added some diversity to the concert, which felt
like an evening of showstoppers with few rest stops between.
The show was housed on an impressively huge stage planted in the middle of the arena. Her seven-piece band was solid, and things flowed smoothly with the
assistance of three backing singers and eight dancers. All the movement and spectacle were welcome, because it took some of the focus away from Dion's
intense theatricality: At times, her arms would flail about wildly above her head, as if she were trying to land an incoming plane.
Only once did the show truly thud: Dion covered James Brown's It's a Man's Man's Man's World and simply proved that volume doesn't equal soul. One
wonders what Brown pal Muhammad Ali thought of the number. The legendary boxer was in an arena suite and Dion introduced him to the audience,
which gave him a rapturous standing ovation. He smiled and offered a gentle wave to the crowd.
Dion also left the stage to an enormous ovation. The night climaxed with the Titanic weeper My Heart Will Go On, which Dion performed while
candlelit chandeliers were lowered from the ceiling. As soon as the first strains of the familiar melody were heard, you could feel the tear ducts
starting to loosen up. Really, you couldn't ask for a better signature tune.
December 6th, 2008 :::
::: From "Le Journal de Montréal" :::
December 4th, 2008 :::
::: Update :::
::: The Grammy Nominations Concert - Video + Pictures :::
"How 'bout Celine Dion, with that stratospheric voice, dialing it down to sing the turn-up-your-TV-volume "At 17," a Grammy Hall of Fame song." (The Star Tribune)
"Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera were particulary impressive, dialing the diva down several notches on Janis Ian's heartbreaker "At Seventeen" and Gershwin's "I Love You Porgy," respectively." (Boston.com)
"Celine Dion was appropriately subdued on Janis Ian's "At 17," quietly rendering the song in much the same way Ian did more than 30 years ago." (The Baltimora Sun)
December 3rd, 2008 :::
::: Review: Celine Dion's Taking Chances tour at Staples Center :::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) It's a no-brainer why Celine Dion's Taking Chances tour is shaping up as one of the highest-grossing North American concert
attractions of 2008. Think about it: As a nation we’re going to have to pony up several hundred-billion dollars and hope it might halt the ever-deepening
Feel-good factor for that outlay? Zilch. But for a measly C-note or three, hundreds of thousands of fans are filling arena after arena to hear Dion
deliver emotional climax after emotional climax, goosebump-inducing vocal thrill after thrill, sweeping chorus after chorus filled with spirit-lifting
affirmations and enough technical razzle-dazzle to dwarf the Super Bowl halftime show.
And that was just her opening number. The reason she’s such a hit with the masses was plain during her two-hour show Tuesday night at Staples Center, only
the second performance after resuming the tour that had been interrupted by a bout of throat problems that forced her to cancel several shows here and in
After five years of nightly honing of her act in Las Vegas, she and her tour director have created a production that’s all peaks, no valleys — at least
in terms of pushing all the right buttons. Her songs celebrate romantic love at its most dramatic. Her 1993 No. 1 hit “The Power of Love” indeed lionizes
the potency of the heart, but by way of the muscle in that delicate looking French Canadian throat.
Melodies are structured for maximum impact, starting in the middle of her comfort range, dipping low for the “of” before taking a skyrocket leap up
to “love” that’s the equivalent of a gymnast’s 10.0 dismount from the uneven parallel bars at the Olympics.
Indeed, much like a champion athlete, Dion frequently punctuated her prize-worthy phrase-and-song endings with a clenched fist pumped in the air or pulled
down from the sky. But if her vocal workouts are all about perfection — and without a hint Auto-Tuning in sight — she succeeds at letting her human side
come through in the spaces between songs.
Right out of the gate Tuesday, she offered up a heartfelt — and lengthy — explanation and apology about the spate of canceled shows before digging back
into the music. And when a technical glitch with some video screens suspended from the ceiling rigging forced a 30-minute delay midway through the
night, she returned to the stage with another equally sincere humbling of herself before her adoring fans.
(All the same, she disappeared down her rabbit hole at center stage while stage hands scurried to dismantle the recalcitrant contraption. If only all of
us could do the same every time our computers or cars break down.) That gave some tangible ballast to the often overblown arrangements that typify her
middle-of-the-road pop songs.
The album from which the tour draws its name does indeed take a few chances —stylistically, placing her in harder-hitting
rock settings than she, or her fans, have been used to. And she included a healthy dose of the new songs, pumped up by her razor-sharp band and three
singers, who were joined by eight dancers on several of the night’s biggest numbers.
This, of course, culminated in the finale performance of “My Heart Will Go On,” which opened with film clips from "Titanic" and filled out with
candle-lighted chandeliers that descended from the rafters and countless refracted beams of light crisscrossing the arena to eye-popping effect.
The only thing missing was an iceberg.
Dion is an easy target for music aficionados who think it’s possible for a diva to inject as much soul as voltage into her singing — Aretha Franklin being
the standard-bearer. Yet even though Dion may be rightfully blamed for spawning a million wanna-bes, all of whom seem to turn up at “American Idol”
auditions — she displayed more restraint than her main competitor at the top of the pop charts during the '90s, Mariah Carey. Only a couple of times did
she let fly random crystal-shattering high notes for the sake of demonstrating her range.
Excess has become a matter of degree in pop. Where Dion once represented the epitome of pop bombast, in the wake of a new generation of vocal showboaters
who dominate the pop and R&B singles charts, at 40 she often as not came across as the poster girl for elegance and good taste.
Well, except maybe for her earnest but misguided stabs at James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and Ike and Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain
High.” She can slip in a few R&B inflections, but a soul diva she’s not, and she completely missed conjuring the anguish of the former or the romantic
desperation of the latter.
Even there, she at least was lending some credence to her tour’s title. That should be worth some reasonable chunk of the $2 million she likely grossed
for the night.
[Source: LA Times]
::: Celine Dion Gets Personal :::
(2:00 p.m. GMT) Five-time Grammy-winner Celine Dion will be performing tonight on the first ever "Grammy Nominations Concert"
live on CBS. The diva is currently on a worldwide tour. Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen caught up with her in Los Angeles.
From her first soaring note, an evening with Celine Dion promises to dazzle. She's the world's best-selling female artist with over 200 million albums
sold. Chen asked about Dion's hit song, "My Love," which could get nominated during tonight's live Grammy Nomination Concert.
"It took me forever to record it in the studio. I was crying every single time," Dion says. "There is a part of me that hurts, and I'm not quite sure
why." For the first time in a decade, Dion has taken her show on the road.
Her "Taking Chances" tour is selling out arenas around the world. But this tour is special because she's sharing it with her 7-year-old son, Rene Charles…
who insists on his rock star locks. "My son loves his long hair and it doesn't bother us. We see he's got long hair and when he's ready, maybe he'll be
55 when he's ready! His dad doesn't have any. He wishes he had his hair," she says with a laugh.
How does he feel about sharing his mommy with the world? "We are normal people, but we have a very, very different life. And I always look at my son and
sometimes I feel guilty and bad because children need stability," she says. "I'm proud of Rene Charles because he copes and he's let me do my things.
But I tell you, when I am in my PJ's, that's his favorite time and it's mine too."
Before diving into this new tour, Dion headlined her own high-energy show in Las Vegas for five years. The show earned over $400 million, but success
comes at a cost. The singer, who admits to over-working herself, had to cancel dates due to throat problems.
"I had a sinus infection and then throat infection and after 14 days, I caught another virus," she says. "It's a sign for me, my body is tired and my
body needs a rest. I have this drive of life and performing, I love what I do! But it's possible, and I have to hear myself saying, 'It's possible, Celine,
that you're a little bit tired out, and it's OK to take a break.'"
The Grammy Nominations Special will pay tribute to classics like Janis Ian's "At Seventeen," which Dion will perform. "It's a very
deep, extremely sad song," she says. "The kids today go through so much. You have to look that way, you have dress that way and you have to be that
thin. I think that's why I always hated school. I didn't fit in. I didn't look pretty. I didn't feel pretty. And I think that's why I can sing that song."
When her tour comes to a close next year, Dion says she and her manager husband, Rene Angelil, have one more project that's close to their heart.
"Is it true you want to expand the family and you have a frozen embryo?" asks Chen. "Yes, we do have a frozen embryo. We'd love to extend the family,"
she says. "I started to talk to Rene Charles about it. He said 'Can we have four and five?' So if we're blessed again, I will be very happy to come back
and do another interview with you and talk about it. I will be the first one to be extremely happy."
[Source: CBS news]
December 2nd, 2008 :::
::: From "Seven" Magazine :::
::: Celine @ The Tonight Show! :::
November 30th, 2008 :::
::: Celine in Anaheim (USA), FINALLY AGAIN ON STAGE! (Nov. 29th) :::
November 24th, 2008 :::
::: From "7 Jours" :::
November 21st, 2008 :::
::: "Céline Sur les Plaines" DVD, A REAL SUCCESS! :::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) According to the Nielsen Soundscan Canada, "Céline Sur les Plaines" DVD is the best-selling DVD in Quebec.
32,800 copies were sold in only one week. It's the best debut in 2008 in Canada.
::: The Taking Chances World Tour in Puerto Rico :::
(6:45 a.m. GMT) Celine will be performing in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 31, 2009. Tickets for the general public will go on
sale Saturday, November 22nd, 2008.
November 20th, 2008 :::
::: The San Diego Concert is CANCELLED :::
(9:00 p.m. GMT) AEG Live, the promoter of Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour, has regretfully had to cancel the artist's San Diego concert on Tuesday,
November 25, 2008 at the San Diego Sports Arena. Celine's physician has instructed her to refrain from singing in order to completely recuperate
from a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection which was further complicated by inflamed vocal chords.
After reviewing artist and venue availability with tour logistics, the promoter was unable to reschedule the concert. Fans may obtain ticket refunds from
their original point of purchase. Additionally, a limited amount of tickets for Celine's Los Angeles concert on December 2nd are still available. Fans
able to attend the Los Angeles show are encouraged to visit ticketmaster.com now to purchase new tickets.
November 15th, 2008 :::
::: Celine postpones MORE concerts :::
(6:40 a.m. GMT) AEG Live, the promoter of Celine Dion's Taking Chances World Tour, has rescheduled the artist's November concerts in Omaha, Denver, Salt
Lake City and San Jose, while Celine recuperates from a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection which was further complicated by inflamed vocal chords.
Her physician has instructed her to refrain from singing in order to completely recover.
These concerts have been rescheduled for the following dates:
Omaha, Qwest Center - Thursday, February 26, 2009
Denver, Pepsi Center - Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Salt Lake City, EnergySolutions Arena - Sunday, February 22, 2009
San Jose, HP Pavilion - Friday, February 20, 2009
Fans should hold on to their original tickets as they will be honored for the new concert dates. Fans unable to attend the rescheduled concerts can obtain
a refund at their original point of purchase.
November 14th, 2008 :::
::: Celine @ The Tonight Show :::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) According to the newsletter of celinedion.com, Celine Dion is scheduled to appear at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
on December 1st, 2008.
November 13th, 2008 :::
::: From "Le Journal de Québec" :::
November 12th, 2008 :::
::: Celine Dion's KC Concert Rescheduled :::
(7:00 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion's Kansas City concert has been rescheduled. It was originally scheduled for November 15th, but she's recuperating from
a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection which was further complicated by inflamed vocal chords, according to a news release from AEG, Dion's promoter.
"Her physician has instructed her to refrain from singing in order to completely recover," according to the news release. The concert has been
rescheduled for January 3rd.
November 11th, 2008 :::
::: "Céline Sur Les Plaines" DVD - Scans :::
::: Celine Dion postpones Tulsa Concert :::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) Due to illness, Celine Dion's concert set for Thursday night at the BOK Center in Tulsa has been postponed until Monday,
February 2nd, the arena confirmed this morning. The singer has a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection that was further complicated by inflamed vocal
chords. All previously purchased tickets will be honored. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.
[Source: Tulsa World]
::: From "Le Droit" :::
::: From "The Ottawa Sun" :::
::: From "The Ottawa Citizen" :::
::: From "7 Jours" :::
::: Celine Dion Postpones St. Louis Concert :::
(6:40 a.m. GMT) The Celine Dion concert scheduled for the Scottrade Center on Tuesday, November 11th has been postponed. An email was sent out by
Ticketmaster to everyone who bought tickets through the service about the postponement. Scottrade Center officials confirm the information from
Dion's promoter, AEG Live, blames a, "recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection that was complicated by inflamed vocal cords," for the postponement. They say
her doctor has instructed her not to sing while recovering. No new date has been set, but the promoter says it's looking at available dates at the venue.
Her concert in Indianapolis, scheduled for November 9th was also postponed. That performance has been rescheduled for December 21st. As of now, that
would be Dion's last concert of 2008, presumably leaving room for a make-up date in St. Louis.
[Source: MyFox Saint Louis]
November 10th, 2008 :::
::: Best Canadian act :::
(2:20 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion picked up the award for the Best Canadian Act at this year's (08) World Music Awards in Monte Carlo, Monaco.
November 9th, 2008 :::
::: Celine Dion reschedules her concert in Indianapolis :::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion has rescheduled her concert scheduled for today at Conseco Fieldhouse to December 21st. AEG Live, promoter of Dion's
Taking Chances World Tour, said the show was postponed while the performer recovers from a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection that was complicated by
inflamed vocal cords.
Dion's physician has instructed her to refrain from singing to completely recover, according to the statement released by AEG Live. Last week, Dion
canceled shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. AEG Live stated that tickets sold for the show scheduled for today will be honored Dec. 21. Fans unable to
attend the rescheduled concert can obtain a refund.
[Source: The Star Press]
November 8th, 2008 :::
::: From "La Semaine" :::
::: From "Hello Canada" :::
::: Céline charms her Ottawa fans :::
(6:30 a.m. GMT) Until Friday night, it had been a long time since Céline Dion paid a visit to Ottawa. Almost 10 years, she reminded us early in her lavish concert at
Scotiabank Place. "Way too long," the superstar singer sighed, going on to chat about her mom, son and hubby and how she just got over being
sick. It was exactly the kind of conversation you'd have with a good friend you hadn't seen in years. In Celine's case, she was yacking with 14,000
people, a crowd that made it one of the biggest concerts of the year for Scotiabank Place.
Of course, we've been able to keep up on the events of her life, including the birth of her son, René Charles, now seven, the long-running Vegas show that
allowed to be a stay-at-home mom during her son's early years, and the comeback album, Taking Chances, that put her back on the road, her family travelling
In the opening sequence, video footage on the big screen showed clips of the countries they have visited: Scenes of Japan, China, Britain, Europe, and
more flashed on the screen, replaced suddenly by the word Ottawa. It was a clever technique that made it seem as if the journey had been leading up
to this one night.
"Every single time is like the first time," Dion said during her gabfest with the crowd, choking up with emotion over the fact that she'd had
to cancel a few concerts along the tour because she had been sick. "I'm happy, excited, anxious to be here."
But was it a concert or a car commercial? At first, the big-screen footage showed Dion tooling around in an luxury sportscar, while down on stage, the
I Drove All Night remix segued into the live band version of the song. Slick. Then came the whopper of a crowd-pleaser, Power of Love, and it became clear
that it would be a classic example of a big-budget concert spectacle, Vegas-style.
A 10-piece band joined the singer on stage, its members divided between the four corners of the huge square platform. The lights were tasteful but never
blinding, and there was no shortage of video screens, large and small.
At the centre of it all was the little girl from Quebec who made good. She's won dozens of awards, sung for the Queen, the Pope and the president of the
United States, and makes millions each year.
Striding the stage in the sparkly dress that was the first of several wardrobe changes, Céline poured her heart into her singing. She worked hard; her
voice was full and rich except for a slight rasp on the top end, perhaps a sign of the sore throat she had been suffering earlier in the week. In a
singer with a voice as clear as Dion's, the edge seemed to give it some texture, even make it a little more interesting.
The first half of the concert consisted of full-blown versions of It's All Coming Back To Me, All By Myself and Shadow of Love, along with several of her
French-language songs, including Destin, J'irai où tu iras, Dans un autre monde, S'il suffisait d'aimer and
Pour que tu m'aimes . Celine's specialty is big ballads, and the setlist was padded with them, in both official languages.
But to round out the experience, there were some fun dance numbers, including a flamenco-inspired routine and a medley of vintage soul tunes, both
featuring an energetic troupe of dancers. And in the end, while the top-notch production was slick and professional, the skinny singer with the flowing hair gave it a human touch that made everyone
Sure, she was gushing and full of syrupy emotion but also light-hearted, down-to-earth and even a touch goofy, as if she'd picked up a few things about
comedy from Gordie Brown, the Ottawa-born, Vegas-based impersonator who opened the show. His performance, by the way, was hilarious.
[Source: OttawaCitizen, Le Droit]
November 7th, 2008 :::
::: From "Le Droit" :::
::: Celine TOPS the Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses Chart :::
(7:00 a.m. GMT) According to Billboard Magazine, Celine Dion latest concerts in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Tacoma, Sacramento and Portland
rank respectively at the #1, #2, #3, #5, #6, #7 of this week's Billboard Boxscore Concert Grosses (the chart of concert grosses in the WORLD).
#1. Vancouver -- Gross Sales: US$ 3,587,340; Shows/ Sellouts: 2 out of 2; Attend/Capacity: 34,348
#2. Edmonton --- Gross Sales: US$ 3,105,627; Shows/ Sellouts: 2 out of 2; Attend/Capacity: 32,958
#3. Winnipeg --- Gross Sales: US$ 2,586,462; Shows/ Sellouts: 2 out of 2; Attend/Capacity: 29,062
#5. Tacoma ----- Gross Sales: US$ 1,765,386; Shows/ Sellouts: 1 out of 1; Attend/Capacity: 20,665
#6. Sacramento - Gross Sales: US$ 1,442,044; Shows/ Sellouts: 1 out of 1; Attend/Capacity: 15,213
#7. Portland --- Gross Sales: US$ 1,247,473; Shows/ Sellouts: 1 out of 1; Attend/Capacity: 18,001
November 6th, 2008 :::
::: MORE&MORE Pictures: The 30th Gala of ADISQ pays tribute to Celine Dion :::
November 5th, 2008 :::
::: The US & Canadian Debut :::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion's Greatest Hits in english, My Love: The Essential Collection , debuts at the eighth position of the best
selling album chart in the United States with 57,000 copies sold. Dion's last proper hits package, "All The Way... A Decade of Song," bowed at No. 3
in late 1999 with 302,000 before eventually spending three weeks at No. 1.
In Canada, the "My Love: Essential Collection" compilation debuts at the second position of the best selling album chart
with 17,700 copies sold.
[Source: Billboard; Showbiz]
November 4th, 2008 :::
::: ADISQ Press Conference - Video :::
::: Celine Dion has new Twin Cities date :::
(8:00 p.m. GMT) Celine Dion has rescheduled again her concert at the Target Center in Minneapolis. The concert is now scheduled for December 18,
2008 according to a news release. Dion was originally set to sing in Minneapolis October 30, before suffering from a "recurrent naso-pharyngeal
infection" which forced her to cancel the engagement in an effort to fully recover.
All tickets for the October 30th and the originally rescheduled February 5th, 2009 date will now be honored on December 18th, 2008. Ticket holders who can
not attend Dion's concert on the 18th will receive a refund. The Target Center show will be the Canadian superstar's final performance of 2008.
::: MORE Pictures: The 30th Gala of ADISQ pays tribute to Celine Dion :::
[Source: Showbiz; PurePeople]
::: From "7 Jours" :::
::: Celine beats Julie :::
(12:00 a.m. GMT) The 30th Gala of ADISQ, which was presented Sunday evening live from Bell Centre on the Quebec TV-Network Radio-Canada, was the most watched
broadcasting of the night. Céline Dion beat Julie Snyder. An average of 1.661.000 viewers watched the Gala and the homage to Celine against
1.624.000 ones who preferred Le banquier presented by Julie Snyder.
Between 7:30pm and 8:30pm, Louis-José Houde and Julie Snyder were tied, with a slight lead of 23,000 television viewers for TVA's "demon" (Julie Snyder).
When the tribute to Celine Dion began between 9:30pm and 10:00pm, SRC's numbers exploded to 2 037 000 viewers. TVA's numbers tumbled to
782.000. The cause? The now famous Celine Dion magic! It was ADISQ's highest number of viewers since 2004.
November 3rd, 2008 :::
::: From "La Presse" :::
::: From "Le Droit" :::
::: From "Le Journal de Montréal" :::
::: From "Le Journal de Québec" :::
::: ADISQ pays tribute to Celine Dion :::
(6:30 a.m. GMT) The highlight of the evening was, without doubt, the homage to Céline Dion. It was introduced by songwriter Luc Plamondon, creator
of Starmania, who credited her for the wave of big-voiced female singers from Quebec who have dominated the scene in France. Then followed a
"grand surrise" - a performance by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra accompanied by pianist and composer André Gagnon. (This was preceded by a taped message
from Munich by musical director Kent Nagano, who said Dion was among the world's "elite" artists.)
Dion dabbed her tear-filled eyes with a tissue while film clips rolled by, while acolytes Boulay and Marie-Élaine Thibert nodded their heads.
A standing ovation worthy of hockey legend Rocket Richard attended her appearance on stage, followed by the audience singing "Olé, olé."
"I'm in shock," Dion said, "and what a lovely shock you've given me."
Her voice trembling, she continued: "The first time I was on this
stage to receive a Félix Award I was crying and now here I am again, it continues." She said that despite the many honours she's received the world
over, it was her relationship with Quebec that mattered most. "It was here that everything started and where it still continues ...It's like being in
the arms of a mother who tells you she loves you."
[Source: The Gazette]
November 2nd, 2008 :::
::: The UK Debut :::
(9:20 p.m. GMT)
Celine Dion's Greatest Hits in english, My Love: The Essential Collection , debuts at the fifth position of the best selling
album chart in the United Kingdom.
::: Celine Dion also postpones Chicago show :::
(5:30 a.m. GMT) Election night results are already not favorable for fans of Celine Dion. The superstar has postponed her concert at the United Center
on Tuesday night due to illness. A statement from her publicist revealed the singer has been battling a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection for the
past week and is under doctor's order to refrain from singing for the next five days.
The concert has been rescheduled for Dececember 16th.
Tickets purchased for the Nov. 4 concert will be honored. Refunds may be obtained at point of purchase.
Dion's concert on Nov. 7 in Ottawa is still scheduled to go on as planned.
[Source: Chicago Sun Times]
November 1st, 2008 :::
::: The Irish Debut :::
(11:45 a.m. GMT) Celine Dion's Greatest Hits in english, My Love: The Essential Collection , debuts at the third position of the best selling
album chart in Ireland.