Celine Dion closes Las Vegas residency with 1141 performances in 16 years. She celebrated the final show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Dion began her Vegas run with A New Day residency in 2003 with 717 shows. This was followed by the 424-show Celine, which launched in 2011.
The 51-year-old singer ended her residency singing a new song, “Flying on My Own.” The song will appear on her upcoming album Courage, scheduled to drop in November. The Quebec-born singer performed the last show of her “Celine” residency on Saturday. The audience greeted Dion with a loud applause and standing ovation.
Dion made honorable mention of her late husband and former manager, René Angélil. She said, “I’m both proud and humbled by what we’ve accomplished at The Colosseum. We began 16 years ago when René and I first shared this dream. This entire experience has been a huge part of my show business career … one that I will cherish forever. I have so many people to thank, but the most important ‘thank you’ goes to my fans. They gave us the opportunity to do what we love.”
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that Dion told the crowd at the sold-out show, “This is our final show in this beautiful Colosseum, and it’s kind of strange. When they started to put it together I was, ‘Oof, I don’t know.’ I thought I misunderstood something, and I was going to be here for three months or something. But it has been 16 incredible years.”
Dion closed the show with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
She then introduced her “three magnificent children” — René-Charles, 18, and 8-year-old twins, Eddy and Nelson. They walked on stage to sweetly present her with roses before she gave them big hugs.
After the show, Caesars Palace threw a private party for friends, family and crew. An orchestra, dancers and fireworks were present to celebrate the music queen.
Concerts West is a division of AEG Presents (which presented the residency alongside Caesars Entertainment). John Meglen, President & Co-CEO of Concerts West said in a statement to Morningstar, “The incredible vision that Celine and René had almost two decades ago has completely re-written the history and future of entertainment in Las Vegas. For this vision to materialize into a world-renowned success is remarkable. We congratulate Celine and her entire team, cast and crew.”
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Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace added, “For an improbable 16 years, Celine Dion has reigned as the Queen of Las Vegas entertainment from The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the home we built for her pioneering residency. On behalf of all of my colleagues at Caesars Entertainment, and of course the employees of Caesars Palace, we want to thank her and her late-husband Rene Angelil, and our partners at AEG/Concerts West, for their faith that Caesars Palace was the right place for Celine Dion to draw her millions of fans from around the world to see her perform.”
He continued, “We also want to thank the musicians, singers, dancers, technicians, ushers and security officers for their selfless contributions to what will surely go down in history as one of the longest-running and most successful shows ever. While it’s sad to see it end, it’s also a moment of triumph for everyone involved. Clearly our hearts will go on, filled with memories of Celine’s stirring performances night after night after night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.”
Dion will now prepare to hit the road, commencing her Courage World Tour in Quebec City, Canada, in September.
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