Celine Dion Announces New Album and Tour With Help From Drag Queens

Dion is wrapping up her 16-plus year residency in Las Vegas this summer and hitting the road.

Celine Dion is wrapping up her Las Vegas residency, after more than 16 years, this summer, but she will go on, with a world tour and a new album.

The singer made the announcement on Wednesday, during a surprise performance at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, where she sang hits including “My Heart Will Live On,” “Ashes,” and “I’m Alive.” The album, Courage, and the tour, fittingly called the Courage World Tour, was introduced with a short video that played ahead of her mini-show, which was itself followed up by a Q&A session. All three can be viewed in the video below.

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Dion is seen driving away from Las Vegas in a truck, with an elderly woman playing a slot machine and an Elvis impersonator marrying a couple in the back. When they break down she, along with her bandmates, catch a ride with some drag queens who save the day, but subject her to a medley of her hits all the way to L.A.

“That was a long, long singalong drive from Las Vegas, but we finally made it!” Dion told the audience. She then thanked the drag queens: “Tina, Diana, Barbra, and of course, our driver, Celine.”

She said that while Caesars Palace has been “a great place for us to perform,” and noted that they were there through June 8, she noted, “It’s time for a change. Time to hit the road.”

“So many came to see us, and now we really all think that it’s time for us to go and see them,” she added.

“I am extremely excited to do the world tour…and I’m also releasing a new album,” Dion announced, saying to expect it sometime in November, roughly.

The tour will kick off on September 18, in Quebec City, and is currently scheduled to run through April 2020, with a final show in Winnipeg. It will hit over 50 cities, including Cleveland, Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Philadelphia, Denver, and Los Angeles.

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“I think I went through a lot,” Dion said of life since losing her husband, René Angélil, in 2016. The marriage produced three children. She said life had given her the tools to find the strength and courage to carry on.

“Before he went to his other life, he wanted me back on stage, he wanted to make sure that I was still practicing my passion, and I wanted to prove to him that I’m fine, we’re fine, we’re going to be okay, I got this.”

Dion also revealed herself to be a big Sia fan, and said the two collaborated on Courage.

When asked by a young fan what advice she would give to an aspiring artist, she had a moving response.

“Don’t hold on to your dreams, hold on to yourself.”

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