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“I had a rough time a few months ago, but I'm back to 100 percent, and I can’t wait to do the show,” Celine Dion said this week in her homecoming to Las Vegas. It’s a triumphant return for her chart-topping residency at The Colosseum in Caesars Palace on Saturday with a 36-show run continuing through Aug. 19.
The throat infection that weakened her right vocal chord temporarily halted her spring performance contract run in February and March, some 100 days ago. She completely lost her voice at one point and was forced to fly to meet throat experts in L.A. who ordered her to give up singing for two months until she recovered. Celine admits that her voice was choppy during the recovery process.
“The whole family is glad to be back in Las Vegas for her to be working again. They were all happy to get out of the house again,” I was reliably told. Since returning in March 2011, Celine has racked up more than 100-sold out shows.
By April and May, she was well enough to start recording again songs for her next English and French albums to be released this year. The French CD will feature all-new material; the English CD released in October will feature studio versions of six previously unreleased songs from her Las Vegas show, as well as several new numbers. The tearjerker “Ne Me Quitta Pas” is definitely on the list.
“We do a lot of songs in the show that I’ve never recorded before, and people are always asking for these when they visit our boutique, so it’s great that we’ll finally have these recorded,” Celine said. “I’ve also received some amazing new songs that I’m very excited about, and eventually we hope to put one or two of these into the show.”
She’s confirmed that the Michael Jackson medley featured in her Caesars show has been cut from the new run. Instead, she will perform her version of Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep.” Celine also tapped Las Vegas soul king Ne-Yo for a duet on “It’s Incredible” for the new English album titled “Water and a Flame.” Inside buzz is that Ne-Yo and Celine will surprise one lucky audience one night with a live version during the new run of shows.
“The title is perfect for this album. Water for new songs and the flame for the songs I do during my show,” Celine said.
Welcome home again, Celine. We’re happy that you’re well and singing as magnificently as ever -- if not more so!
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