Wednesday, Celine Dion released three songs from her Nov. 15 Courage album and opened the first of eight concerts in her home province that included two at Centre Vidéotron in Quebec City followed by six at Montreal’s Bell Centre later this month. The shows are part of a 66 date North American tour that includes 16 Canadian shows with the North American leg coming to a close at Winnipeg’s MTS Place on April 27.
Courage is her first English language album since 2013’s Love Me Back To Life and her 12th since the release of Incognito in 1987. Along the way she has sold well more than 200-million albums worldwide (whether it is 200 or 250-million varies by source) and her box-office receipts are well past the US$1-billion mark.
The setlist for the first of her two Quebec City shows included 25 songs, including covers songs made famous by Queen, Robert Charlebois and Prince.
According to CP writer Anne-Josée Cameron, Dion “gave a remarkable performance” Wednesday night, appearing on stage with a cast of 14 musicians and three singers and big-screen enhancements provided by Montreal-based Silent Partners.
And here are the three new songs released mid-week