If you were ever thinking about seeing Céline Dion in a performance in Vegas, then I’m very sorry to have to tell you that you’ve missed your chance. The legendary Grammy winner performed her 1,141 and final concert at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Saturday after a 16 year run. The show has been a captivation for more than 4.5 million fans, and its end signals the end of an era.
Her final performance was definitely an emotional one. According to People, Dion told the audience, “I am very excited and I am a little bit emotional at the same time. This is our final show in this beautiful Colosseum in Las Vegas. There are lots of wonderful memories, you know, but it’s kind of strange at the same time, because when they started to put it together I was here and it was like, ‘I don’t know.’ Then I must have misunderstood something because I thought I was going to be here for three months or something like this, and here we are 16 years later. Maybe we have saved the best for last.”
Céline closed out her Las Vegas residency with a premier of her new single, “Flying On My Own.”
The 51-year-old singer also sang a hauntingly beautiful cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” while photos and mementos from past shows were displayed on a large screen behind her.
During her final curtain call, Céline looked overcome by emotion as she watched a collage of throwback images from her first show at the Colosseum ever, as well as heartwarming snaps of her late husband. Her three sons, 18-year-old René-Charles as well as 8-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson, joined her onstage for the emotional final curtain call.
The moment @celinedion’s children joined her on-stage to end her residency run. Nelson & Eddy arrived as newborns in 2011 at the start of the current show. @FOX5Vegas @MOREFOX5 pic.twitter.com/gQ7JzjBBLQ— Sean McAllister (@SeanFOX5) June 9, 2019
Dion then said, “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. 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.”
She added backstage, “What was the hardest for me is that, as you all know it’s very easy for me to cry, but I did not want to cry because I wanted to prove to myself, I wanted to prove to myself that I didn’t want the tears and the emotion to take over my strength that I feel. Flying on my own, this is a new chapter. René will always remain in my life.”