A new day has come for Céline Dion. According to reports, the 47-year-old singer has returned to the city that she first called home in 2003. That’s right, the five-time winning Grammy Award artist has made her way back to Las Vegas to revive her Caesars Palace residency and return to the stage.
Dion took a year off from performing in Las Vegas to care to her sick husband, Rene Angelil, 73, who is battling throat cancer. However, it was Dion’s long-time lover who urged the singer to make her way back into the Las Vegas spotlight.
“It was Rene’s wish that I come back,” Dion said in a statement on Wednesday, which happened to be the 12th anniversary of her first show at the casino. “While my family will always be my priority, my fans are just as important to me. I look forward to performing again for all of you starting August 27, and more importantly having Rene there with me.” (Angelil is living in the couple’s Las Vegas home.)
And according to Las Vegas Review-Journal, Dion's anticipated return to Ceasers Palace’s Coliseum was a pretty spectacular experience for fans who attended the show on Thursday night. During the concert, Dion performed a rendition of Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” which she sang as a montage of footage of her family played in the background. Another memorable moment was when Dion performed a duet with a hologram version of Frank Sinatra and Elvis.
"Thank you for all your love. Tonight was not a new day, tonight was not really a new show. Tonight was a new beginning. "
— Celine Dion (@celinedion) August 28, 2015
But Dion’s extravagant and emotional performance should not have come as a surprise to fans. The singer divulged to USA Today prior to her concert that her Las Vegas show’s were going to be memorable.
"There will be moments, emptiness, laughter, awkwardness, tearing,” she promised. “There will be. But that's the point of coming back. Otherwise, I just release an album. The bond, the sharing, communication."
Dion will perform through Nov. 21. The artist, who has three sons with Angelil, will then take a break for the holidays before hitting the stage at the end of December and into January.