An era came to an end this weekend as Céline Dion performed the final show of her Las Vegas residency after 16 years on the strip. The singer has been synonymous with Vegas for more than a decade now (and honestly, her style and dramatic flare were prime Vegas even before that) but she’s leaving the town behind her for a global tour starting in September.
In honour of her final show, Céline added a number of extra special tweaks for the 4,300 fans present including the debut of a never-before-heard song, “Flying on My Own,” from her forthcoming new album. She graced the stage like the goddess she is in a sparkling gold gown for the performance.
She was also surprised by her three sons—René-Charles, Nelson and Eddy—who appeared on stage for a special tribute to their family, specifically her late husband and manager René Angélil, who died in 2016.
“I’m both proud and humbled by what we’ve accomplished at the Colosseum since we began 16 years ago, when René and I first shared this dream,” she said. “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, who gave us the opportunity to do what we love.”
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And Céline wanted to make sure no fan missed a single second (hey, it’s the last opportunity to see the show!) and actually stopped the whole performance to let a fan use the bathroom. Yes, seriously. Céline noticed a man getting up to leave and paused where she was in the show while he did his business (filling the time with her own impromptu comedy bit). Once the fan returned, she called him up to the stage to meet her where she offered a fist bump in lieu of a handshake “just in case.”
Celine noticed a guy getting up to pee so she *held the show until he came back* I’m deceased pic.twitter.com/TZFs4cpH4Q
— Hilary Hughes (@hilmonstah) June 9, 2019
What a way to meet your idol.
Céline’s Courage world tour kicks off in Quebec City on September 18.