After 16 years and 1,141 performances, Celine Dion’s long-running Las Vegas residency came to an end on Saturday night.
Taking to the stage of The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the Quebec-born singer delivered the final performance of her “Celine” residency, concluding one of the most extraordinary runs in Vegas history, which saw her perform for more than 4.5 million fans and rake in a reported $700 million in ticket sales.
To close out her Vegas residency, the 51-year-old singer debuted a new song, “Flying on My Own”, which will appear on her upcoming album Courage, scheduled to drop in November.
Other highlights from the sold-out show included a photo collage, set to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, featuring photos from Dion’s early Vegas shows and including pics of her late husband Rene Angelil and their three sons, who were on hand to join their mother for the emotional final curtain call.
In celebration of Dion’s final show, a spectacular fireworks display exploded in the skies above the Vegas strip.
“This is our final show in this beautiful Colosseum, and it’s kind of strange,” Dion told the crowd at the sold-out show, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “When they started to put it together I was, ‘Oof, I don’t know.’ I thought I misunderstood something, and I was going to be here for three months or something. But it has been 16 incredible years.”
Dion’s first performance was in March 2003, when she debuted “A New Day”, which spanned 717 shows and ran until December 2007. She returned to Vegas in 2011 with her second residency, “Celine”, which ran for 424 shows.
“I’m both proud and humbled by what we’ve accomplished at the Colosseum since we began 16 years ago, when Rene and I first shared this dream,” said Dion in a statement. “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.”
“The incredible vision that Celine and Rene had almost two decades ago has completely re-written the history and future of entertainment in Las Vegas,“ said John Meglen, president and co-CEO of Concerts West, a division of AEG Presents.“For this vision to materialize into a world-renowned success is remarkable and we congratulate Celine and her entire team, cast and crew. Caesars Palace has been an amazing home for Celine and her shows for all these years. We are honored to have been part of this extraordinary journey and excited for our future together.”
“For an improbable 16 years, Celine Dion has reigned as the Queen of Las Vegas entertainment from The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, the home we built for her pioneering residency. On behalf of all of my colleagues at Caesars Entertainment, and of course the employees of Caesars Palace, we want to thank her and her late-husband Rene Angelil, and our partners at AEG/Concerts West, for their faith that Caesars Palace was the right place for Celine Dion to draw her millions of fans from around the world to see her perform,” added Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. “We also want to thank the musicians, singers, dancers, technicians, ushers and security officers for their selfless contributions to what will surely go down in history as one of the longest-running and most successful shows ever. While it’s sad to see it end, it’s also a moment of triumph for everyone involved, and clearly our hearts will go on, filled with memories of Celine’s stirring performances night after night after night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.”
With her Vegas residency completed, Dion will be hitting the road in the fall to embark on her “Courage” world tour — her first tour in a decade — which kicks off Sept. 18 in Quebec City and will visit more than 50 cities throughout Canada and the U.S.