Celine Dion spent the last several years dominating Vegas with her impressive residency show, before announcing her highly-anticipated return to the road with her ‘Courage’ World Tour to celebrate the release of her latest album, Courage. Philadelphia was lucky enough to be included as a date on the incredibly successful tour with a sold out show at the Wells Fargo Center and it was an extraordinary experience.
Marking her first tour and Philadelphia show in over a decade, The legendary Celine Dion didn’t shy away from having an explosive production that included a massive stage that extended into the seats for some more intimate fan moments of her set and then there was her elegant wardrobe that was absolutely stunning. Dion changed outfits several times throughout her performance in an array of remarkable ensembles that included a sparkling red dress, silver disco bodysuit, pants suit with puffy arms, an elegant skin-tone colored dress complete with black flowers and of course a beautiful white ballgown for her encore performance.
Prior to Dion taking the stage, fans enjoyed a hit-filled party from a DJ, which gave them a chance to get on Dion’s Courage branded video screen which hovered over the stage, as they danced their way through the hits. One couple even reacting the infamous Titanic scene of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet on the bow of the Titanic ship which ended with a massive applause.
With over 200 million records sold, it came as no shock that Celine Dion would have an impressive set list spanning across her entire career including hits like “The Power Of Love,” “That’s The Way It Is,” “Because You Loved Me” and of course Dion even included two songs from her latest album which was released in November 2019 including “Imperfections” and the title track “Courage,” which is a ballad that alludes to Dion’s loss of her husband René Angélil in 2016 to throat cancer. Her catalog is beyond impressive, filled with tons of hit songs that completed her show-stopping live showcase of the songs.
Dion’s soaring vocals were so effortless, as she belted out the lyrics to each and every song throughout her set. We were stunned at how impeccable her vocals are, even better live than they are on the recordings. Her raw, emotion-filled, unique vocal range was the spotlight of the evening, some fans even crying in the crowd with how breathtaking the performance truly was.
She took several moments throughout her set to joke with fans and humbly thank the fans for supporting her throughout the years. At times, tearfully thanking them as several times throughout her set, fans honored her with thunderous standing ovations after nearly every song that she performed.
Dion, backed by a 17-piece band complete with nearly an entire orchestra sound and were very impressive, talented musicians themselves only bettering the show that much more. Dion even gave each of the musicians their own spotlights throughout the set.
Ending her set in a sparkling silver bodysuit, ensuing a party-like performance of a medley of cover songs which included songs from David Bowie, Queen, Prince and Tina Turner.
It was during the encore that we got bone-chilling chills with her flawless performance of the Titanic anthem “My Heart Will Go On,” which brought out a fleet of drones that were perfectly synchronized to the song looking like shooting star surrounding the pop icon. Then finishing out the encore with a stunning cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” before Dion wished fans well and sent a message of “peace and harmony.”
WOW. @CelineDion just effortlessly blew away the sold out crowd in Philadelphia with a VERY impressive show! ???
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Overall, Celine Dion’s energy-filled, sassy, elegant, vocal prowess set was nothing short of a spectacular showcase of her iconic career and how she influenced the majority of singers today with her soaring effortless vocals. We highly recommend that you get out and see a Dion show as it is surely one that we won’t soon forget as it was surely a force to be reckoned with.