There is a distinct reason why Celine Dion is one of the most respected and most successful recording artists of all time worldwide.  On Saturday, January 7th, 2013, the 4300-strong capacity crowd in attendance at the Coliseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (Paradise), Nevada was treated to an incredible 90-minute spectacular both visually and audibly by a living legend.  The Coliseum itself is a marvel on its own.   Although it appears from the outside to be a recreation of the ancient Roman Coliseum on the outside, the inside holds a state-of-the-art theater with the ability to host any of the world’s top performers.

After a short video recapping her last show in Las Vegas, her hiatus to start a family with her husband and manager who had been diagnosed with cancer, and her enormously successful world tour, the concert began with a version of Journey’s “Open Arms.”  The arrangement, which introduced the audience young and old to Celine’s amazing soaring vocals and introspective attention to every last detail was fantastic.  The song began with the curtain open just enough to see Celine appear in an amazing ivory dress covered in crystals and diamonds.  She is an artist that makes it comfortable and enjoyable to experience her emotional interpretation and delivery of every word.
At the end of the song she showed how incredibly human she is by speaking to the crowd as if she were catching up with an old friend after spending some time apart.  She reiterated many times during the performance how blessed and thankful she is for her family, the gracious support from her fans all around the world and how excited she was to be back performing in Las Vegas.  The next 85 minutes contained a combination of old favorites and the slow and steady emotional ballads that led Celine’s rise to the top of the charts for decades.

Highlights of the show included  “The Power of Love,” “Lullaby” (a Billy Joel cover with a photo slide show of Celine’s kids running behind her), “Beauty and The Beast,” and a tribute to James Bond that included the “James Bond Theme” and “Goldfinger.” The show also included a chilling cello tribute to Michael Jackson which included a medley of instrumental Michael Jackson songs and her famous duet of “All By Myself” which featured a singing Andrea Bocelli hologram.  Celine was brought to tears during a rendition of the heartfelt French song “Ne me quite pas”  while interpreting and conveying the emotions behind the song. An amazing duet with a video version of Celine’s “Evil Twin,” a cover of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” and what everyone in attendance was waiting to hear, the timeless “My Heart Will Go On,” rounded out the performance’s excellence.

From beginning to end the show is a world-class and awe inspiring event.  I highly recommend when you are in Las Vegas that you add seeing Celine Dion perform at Caesars Palace into your itinerary.

January 7th 2013 Setlist:
Open Arms (Journey cover)
Where Does My Heart Beat Now
Because You Loved Me
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now (Pandora’s Box cover)
The Power of Love (Jennifer Rush cover)
Violin Solo (Jean-Sébastien Carré)
Mr. Paganini (If You Can’t Sing It, You’ll Have to Swing It)
Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel) (Billy Joel cover)
The Reason (Céline Dion & Bee Gees cover)
James Bond Theme (Instrumental)
Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey cover)
Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)
Live and Let Die (Wings cover)
Spinning Wheel (Blood, Sweat & Tears cover) (Barnev Vailsant with Horns)
How Do You Keep the Music Playing? (Patti Austin & James Ingram cover)
Overjoyed (Stevie Wonder cover) (Duet with virtual Stevie Wonder)
At Seventeen (Janis Ian cover)
Beauty and the Beast (Céline Dion & Peabo Bryson cover)
Ne me quitte pas (Jacques Brel cover)
All by Myself (Eric Carmen cover)
Rolling in the Deep (Adele cover)
Cello Instrumental (Michael Jackson cover) (Medley of Michael Jackson songs)
Love Can Move Mountains
River Deep – Mountain High (Ike & Tina Turner cover)

Encore:
My Heart Will Go On