If there was an effervescent performer who brings such raw talent, tenacity and vitality to the stage, it would be the charming, charismatic… the queen that Celine Dion. Whether she does her residency in Vegas or performing in the numerous stages around the world, her voice defines a generation and knows no bounds. Our dynamic diva continues to deliver her impressive vocal range last at Royal Farms Arena – thanks in part to her Courage World Tour!
The tour is named for last year’s album, Dion’s first English-language collection in six years, and the first since the loss of her husband and manager Rene Angelil in 2016. She started the night, dressed in a red sequin dress belting out the Jim Steinman love ballad It’s All Coming Back to Me Now. Her brilliant is to be applauded, and it was, repeatedly.
Dion’s vocals are always fine-tuned and very impressive, to hear her live in the sold-out crowd at Royal Farms Arena you can only imagine how she has perfected her craft since her debut in the US thirty years ago with his Unison album. Throughout her sets, she brought her dynamic personality to the stage and thanks her audience for their tremendous support for the good times and the bad she has experienced. When introducing the John Farnham song “You’re the Voice,” Dion really wanted everyone in attendance to help — so she and her backup vocalists taught the audience a special part of the tune, encouraging people to sing with her. Then, during later Because You Loved Me she told the audience join her once again to sing the last line of the songs “because you know the words.” Of course, everyone was already singing with her the whole time.
One of highlights of the show came Celine deliver a showstopper compilation of rock cover songs including Let’s Dance, Another One Bites the Dust, Kiss, and added the epic soul songs of Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” (a song Celine covered for her 1996 Falling into You album) and Labelle’s Lady Marmalade“. It’s incredible that this amazing diva covered David Bowie, Queen and Prince in a silver sequin jumpsuit and sounded even better than the originals. Her covers had everyone in the aisles dancing and singing along. Who better to perform the tunes than Ms. Dion – the dynamic diva!
Another highlight came during a break in the set when we saw a video of Ms. Celine doing some ballet with a handsome partner nailing every step in the piece. Shot in black and white with only a musical accompaniment, you can feel the passion and dedication that Celine puts into this piece. Honestly, is there anything that Celine can’t do to wow us every time.
No Celine Dion show could not close until she sings her signature hit from the movie Titanic and she delivered in a white frilly dress. Her performance really soared to new heights – literally – with the help of small drones that hover and illuminate over the stage as Celine and her fans sings the beautiful love ballad together.
Her second encore was Imagine by the great John Lennon, a song Dion sang to the crowd as a parting gift and “hope” for the future. Our Queen Celine reminded everyone at the Royal Farms Arena that night why she’s one of the biggest superstars in the universe. For the amazing artist who proclaimed way back in a 1983 interview that her dream was “to be an international star”. She has the Courage, the Drive and the Tenacity to achieve her dream and we thank Celine for bringing it to see and believe it in Baltimore!
In case you didn’t get to see Celine in Baltimore, she will be performing in DC at the Capital One Arena on March 11th.