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      • Both shows in Antwerp are SOLD OUT!

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        • Celine Dion returns in classic, dramatic form at Tampa’s Amalie Arena

          The diva’s sold-out show, her first here since 2009, showcased her iconic pipes and Vegas-honed theatricality.


          Fun fact about Celine Dion: When she released My Heart Will Go On in 1997, she was younger than Taylor Swift is today.

          Doesn’t seem possible, does it? Dion has been singing professionally since the early ’80s, and notched her first English hit before Swift was born. But then, something about Dion’s dramatic voice has always rendered conventional measures of time and space obsolete.

          Like on Wednesday at Amalie Arena in Tampa: Would any of the nearly 15,000 fans in attendance have guessed from her effortlessly virtuosic, personable-as-ever performance that Dion was 51?

          Playing only her second Tampa show in 20-plus years — and her first since 2009 — the pride of Charlemagne, Quebec, reminded a sold-out crowd why she remains a diva like no other, blending skyscraper-high drama with giddy theatricality and enough chest-beating ballads to keep fans singing through tears all night.

          “Ten years! This is a lifetime!" Dion said. “Maybe it’s because they locked me up in the Nevada desert all that time. But you know what? I escaped. And finally made it back here to the great state of Florida. And it feels just fantastic — the palm trees, the sunshine, the blue sky, the breeze, the salt air. Wow.”

          Yeah, you don’t hold down a blockbuster Las Vegas residency without learning how to do a little crowd work. And at that, Dion’s an old pro. This is a show designed to bring her all the way to the people, with thrusts on each side of the stage jutting almost into the stands. When she strutted out there for that key change on the peppy That’s the Way It Is, at least half of the house really felt it.

          She needed all of that stage to accommodate her 17-piece band, including a string quartet and a guitarist in a sturdy leather kilt. And she needed all of them to flesh the cheesy, early-'90s power balladry of If You Asked Me To and The Power of Love into something that felt from this century. With her big band behind her, she could thrust her arms in victorious Vs and sustain massive notes lesser singers wouldn’t dream of on dramatic operettas like It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.

          But Dion has a silly side, too. Ripping off drape-sized sleeves for a tuxy Chippendales look on You’re the Voice and the vampy, bilingual blues number Tous les blues sont ecrits pour toi allowed her to crouch and stretch like a cougar on the prowl as her voice spun and soared like a lasso. She was mugging through her music, embracing the performative theatricality of the Celtic-tinged To Love You More, and egging fans to sing as loud as possible.

          “I think I got an extra bus backstage,” she said after You’re the Voice. “We can all squeeze in and go on tour together.”

          But Dion’s pipes were the ones we all came for, and she let them ring on the vulnerable ballad Courage and a solo version of her Andrea Bocelli duet The Prayer. She wove a few bars of her operatic mezzo-soprano into the powerhouse All By Myself, then graced the audience with an a cappella key change for the ages, leading to a roaring ovation that seemed to leave her awestruck. Sacre bleu and zut alors, what a moment.

          A couple of songs hewed closer to the middle of the road, such as the tasteful but controlled Imperfections, a fine newer single that doesn’t soar like classic Celine. And a late-show covers medley that included David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, Prince’s Kiss and Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust relied less on Dion’s voice than the strutty, drag-show attitude she flaunted like her sparkly silver bodysuit.

          All Dion’s outfits, by the way: stunning, from the opening crimson dress and sky-high heels that stretched her svelte frame into a statue; to the ruffled cumulus of a gown she floated out in for My Heart Will Go On. Twenty-three years after Titanic, that one still crushes hearts like Jack sinking to the deep.

          “It is such a privilege and a gift to be able to use something to be able to communicate, like music, like songs, like singing,” Dion said. “Even though I have been spending my whole life on stage doing what I love, it’s something that I will never get used to."

          Never. Not even after ... how many years has it been again, anyway? Eh, doesn’t matter. The years stopped mattering long ago. Dion has always been timeless. And still is.

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              • Amazing numbers! The tour expects to gross approx $175 mil in 119 shows

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                • Originally posted by cindycgy View Post
                  Amazing numbers! The tour expects to gross approx $175 mil in 119 shows
                  it will be closer to 210 million

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                  • I don’t see it grossing less than $250 million from the shows that have been announced, keeping in mind that the 6 Paris shows alone could gross $25 million.

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                    • So far, I believe in over $240 million.

                      $80 million in North America this year
                      $100 million in Europe
                      Maybe $8-9 million in Asia
                      $50 million from the 2019 dates
                      = $240 million

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                      • I believe she will add more dates, but with these 121 I think 230-250 million $ is a given.

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                          • She's pulling great numbers, but I'm still surprised ticket average is under $150 for some shows. Did they only went nuts with pricing in Europe?
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                            • With current number of shows she'll likely to gross around 260 to 285 million

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                              • Concert review: There’s no question that Celine Dion can sing. But is she for real?

                                My wife and I had an argument as we walked out of the Spectrum Center on Tuesday night after the Celine Dion concert ... although it was more of a discussion, really — we never argue (wink, wink).

                                Anyway, she was explaining that she sensed not just a sadness in the eyes of the 51-year-old singer, who lost her mother Thérèse last week and her husband René Angélil four years ago, but also a loneliness; and she surmised that the star probably tries to fill the huge hole in her heart by soaking up the affection her fans shower her with every night she’s on stage, then sending it out right back at them.

                                Basically, my wife believes that when Dion tells the crowd “I love you so much” — over and over and over and over and OVER — she genuinely means it.

                                I’m more jaded, I guess. My perception is that the hit-maker behind ’90s chart-toppers like “Because You Loved Me” and “The Power of Love” has proven she can pretty much succeed at anything she sets her mind to. And in my opinion, this includes giving the same performance night after night while making it feel like she’s giving it for the first time.

                                I don’t think the woman is a phony — not at all. I just think, like many of her peers, she’s a seasoned pro when it comes to conjuring an emotion onto her face that might evoke an emotion from the crowd.

                                But at the very moment my wife and I were discussing this, we witnessed something that made me rethink my point of view.

                                I’ll explain in a minute...

                                In case you didn’t know: Coming into Tuesday night’s concert, Dion was 34 shows and 25 cities into her “Courage World Tour,” which started in September and will continue into the spring and throughout the entire summer. Prior to making these current rounds, she had done a run of residencies in Las Vegas that had spanned 16 years, ending in June.

                                This, meanwhile, you almost certainly did know if you’ve been a longtime fan and are local: Charlotte was way overdue for a visit from her.

                                In fact, Dion was just 30 years old (and Bill Clinton was president) the last time she brought a tour through town, and although she didn’t explicitly apologize for her lengthy absence, she was quick to bring it up.

                                “Can you imagine it’s been more than 20 years since we were last here?” she said, after wrapping a rendition of her uptempo 1999 hit “That’s the Way It Is.” “Uh-uh. Ain’t happening no more. This is way too long. This is a lifetime. You know, I gotta look into that. And find what happened. And by the way, I’m not just gonna look at that. I’m gonna fix that.

                                “Twenty years. Insanity,” she continued in her adorably stilted, French-Canadian-accented English, scoffing. Then, as the crowd roared: “But, you know, maybe because they kind of locked me up in the Nevada desert all that time. I don’t know. But anyway ... I escaped. And finally made it back here to the great state of North Carolina!”

                                After putting her fists near the sides of her head and squeezing like a bodybuilder — yes, she does cheeseball stuff like this mid-performance so many times a night you lose count — she piled on some extra cheese by taking the chorus of Starship’s “We Built This City” and riffing on it by trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to make room for extra syllables.

                                “Come on, Queen City! Come on, Queen Cityareyoureadyto roooock and rollll? Come on, Queen City! Come on Queen City, areyouready —” and here she stopped and quickly restarted, as she seemed to be working out her plan for this on the fly “— arereadytohave rooooock and roOLLLLL?”

                                Now, I realize I haven’t yet said anything unequivocally positive about Dion’s performance, probably much to the ire of the highly enthusiastic 15,000-plus fans who were packed into the arena for the two-hour show.

                                SO HOW’S THIS?

                                There might not be a human being alive who can belt ballads with as much power and control and grace as Celine Dion.

                                Among the highlights, vocally — on a night packed with vocal highlights — were: the achingly beautiful “To Love You More,” which was essentially a duet with violinist Philippe Dunnigan (worth noting: mid-song, she flexed again, with just one bicep this time); the heartbreaking “All By Myself,” which saw her briefly go entirely a cappella on the final chorus (a different kind of flex); and “My Heart Will Go On,” which — as it built to a climax — gave the show’s tech wizards an opportunity to flex their muscles, via more than a hundred lighted drones dancing in the air above the stage (a mesmerizing effect).

                                She sang each of these songs in very-different outfits (though always with vertigo-inducing stilettos). After starting the night in a blindingly sparkly red dress that revealed almost all of her left leg, she later performed “To Love You More” wearing a tuxedo-style shirt with blouse-y ruffles on the arms that hung down almost to the floor, and high-waisted, pleated black pants.

                                By the time she did “All By Myself,” two-thirds of the way through the night, Dion had changed into a lace-y black dress with a train long enough that she had to pull it up as she took the six steps down from the riser, again showing lots of leg. And for the “Titanic” track, she was in a white ballgown that would make Cinderella blush, from its impossibly skinny waistline to the ostentatious skirt that poofed out to about six feet wide. At another point, she slipped into a pantsuit that looked like it was made out of a disco ball.

                                But while the breaks for costume changes were certainly worthwhile, I don’t think she used all of her time wisely. For example, while in that mirrorball-looking pantsuit, she basically took a turn at the karaoke machine, running through a medley of covers that were upbeat and dance-able but fairly unnecessary.

                                (I mean, there are far worse people to hear do karaoke, but if she’s going to sing other people’s songs, I’d prefer they be power ballads, quite frankly.)

                                And speaking of covers, while I don’t have qualms about her paying tribute to John Farnham by singing his “You’re the Voice” — the Australian hit is a very pretty ballad — I do take issue with the nearly SEVEN MINUTES she spent trying to teach people the “Oh-wo-wo-wo, oh-wo-wo-wo” part of the song. Even as I type this paragraph, I’m still shaking my head about that.

                                I was also shaking my head about her interrupting the blissfulness of the final few notes of “Because You Loved Me,” with a request to fans to sing along with her. There’s nothing wrong with doing that, per se; the request just shouldn’t be as long and drawn out as Dion made it.

                                “Scott,” she cut in, addressing her piano player, stopping just short of the final four words of the song. “Do you mind to wait for one second, please? Thank you so much. Thank you. I constantly have ideas. So I have an idea. It would be great if we can sing the last phrase of this song all together. Since you guys really know how to sing and are just incredible. So we can do it again. That would be really nice. I would love that. So ... these are the words: ‘Because (pause) you loved (pause) me.’ You got it? Do you want to write it down? I just want to make sure.”

                                This went on, seriously, for awhile longer before, finally: “OK, let’s do this. All of us. All together. Here we go!”

                                Now, yes, I realize this is kind of picking nits. I just think, you know, there are a lot of reviews out there about this show, and most of them are glowing. So while I could easily have used my words to fawn, it’s frankly more interesting to me to try to point out how her very-good show could be even better.

                                But let’s circle back to the original argument — er, discussion.

                                So as she’s basking in the adulation she received for that rendition of “All By Myself,” and as she’s dabbing at her eyes and appearing to choke up, I’m thinking, She probably does this every time. It’s part of the performance.

                                “As you know, for sure, I have spent pretty much my whole life on stage doing what I love, and I call the stage ‘home away from home,’” Dion said, her eyes glistening. “But I just want you to know that when I tour and when I place an invitation and ... the people come, the audience come — I just want you to know that even though it’s been many, many years doing that, this is something that I’m never gonna get used to it, really. Because when you receive so much love, I don’t take it for granted. It means a lot. Thank you so very much. Thank you. Oh, thank you.”

                                I don’t know. To me, it seemed rehearsed. Just like when she told jokes that I know she tells in every city (example: “That’s all that’s coming off,” she teases, at every tour stop, after pulling the arms off of her tuxedo-style shirt to reveal her toned arms), and the band laughs like it’s the first time they’ve ever heard the joke.

                                So then, what made me rethink my point of view?

                                Well, as my wife and I were walking past the arena’s loading dock a few minutes after the show ended, a convoy of black SUVs pulled out of the tunnel and onto Caldwell Street. The lead car had its rear passenger side window rolled down, and through the opening, Dion could be seen smiling and waving, as she shouted something in her accented English.

                                My wife and I argued — er, discussed — about what she’d said. It sounded to her like “I can’t believe you’re all still here!” It sounded to me like “I can’t believe I’m still here!” Neither would have made much sense, regardless, as the show had literally just ended.

                                But here’s the thing: I’ve been to a million shows at the arena, and I’m no stranger to the sight of an artist’s caravan speeding out of that side exit a few minutes after the show. I always imagine them replying to texts, or talking to ... someone of relative importance on their cellphones. I always imagine them moving on with their lives almost immediately, the memory of that show already fading, since it was merely another day at the office for them.

                                What I don’t imagine is them stick their head out of the window, smiling, waving and shouting something to their fans. To be honest, I can’t recall ever seeing that happen.

                                Yet on a 28-degree night, the type of night when rolling down a car window doesn’t make much sense for any reason, that’s exactly what Celine Dion did.

                                So maybe, just maybe, she is different.

                                And maybe — yet again — my wife is right.

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                                • will she come to South america? I am really intrigued by the reviews and That's The Way It Is is in the setlist.
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                                  • BB Boxscores


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                                    Celine Dion American Airlines Arena Miami, Fla. Jan. 17-18, 2020 $5,222,838 24763/24763 2/2 $252, $160, $96, $64 AEG Presents/Concerts West

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                                    Celine Dion State Farm Arena Atlanta, Ga. Jan. 11, 2020 $2,323,672 11212/11212 1/1 $247, $161, $107, $67 AEG Presents/Concerts West

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                                    Celine Dion Amalie Arena Tampa, Fla. Jan. 15, 2020 $2,254,145 12749/12749 1/1 $225, $132, $96, $55 AEG Presents/Concerts West
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                                    Celine Dion Spectrum Center Charlotte, N.C. Jan. 21, 2020 $2,161,228 13458/13458 1/1 $236, $138, $89, $56 AEG Presents/Concerts West
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                                    Celine Dion Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 13, 2020 $2,103,662 13023/13023 1/1 $198, $139, $92, $56 AEG Presents/Concerts West
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                                    Celine Dion Veterans Memorial Arena Jacksonville, Fla. Jan. 08, 2020 $1,912,510 11272/11272 1/1 $197, $110, $99, $66 AEG Presents/Concerts West

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                                    • $5.2M from 2 arena shows, wowzer.
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                                      • I really hope that the European Francophone shows see the return of Je Sais Pas, Et J’etaime Encore, Destin, Jirai Ou Tu Iras... I know theyre hits but I genuinely adore them

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                                          • I don't get the point in booking a whole stadium to perform for 1/3 of it.
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                                            • Originally posted by KEY9481 View Post
                                              I don't get the point in booking a whole stadium to perform for 1/3 of it.
                                              Nope neither do I but it seems theyve decided to do this. It wouldve been a better Idea to do a usual stadium set up because i can already tell this is gonna sell fast, and they cant then change the layout after the fact

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                                              • Originally posted by Dion2000 View Post

                                                Nope neither do I but it seems theyve decided to do this. It wouldve been a better Idea to do a usual stadium set up because i can already tell this is gonna sell fast, and they cant then change the layout after the fact
                                                Nothing can stop them from pushing the stage back and adding more floor seating though? They would just be adding rows behind and people with their tickets would still be as close to the stage. Maybe even that opens up more seating sectors on the sides.

                                                But it is a funny setup for a stadium.
                                                I have received many gifts from God,
                                                but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
                                                .

                                                Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                                                • Originally posted by beredy View Post

                                                  Nothing can stop them from pushing the stage back and adding more floor seating though? They would just be adding rows behind and people with their tickets would still be as close to the stage. Maybe even that opens up more seating sectors on the sides.

                                                  But it is a funny setup for a stadium.
                                                  Yeah. The only thing is that it’s just sort of inconvenient. I hope they do open up more sections and push the stage back so its not as jarring

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                                                  • According to ticketmaster.se, there are only 20 tickets left out of an approximate ~32,000 tickets available for the Stockholm show. Crazy for a country she barely visits and has had no hits in for a long time. Definitely could have used stadiums full capacity with no worries

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