It’s a shame, but when one is thinking about powerful voices in the music industry, Celine Dion often gets overlooked.
On Monday night, she showcased exactly why she needs to be included on that list, with a strong performance during her sold-out show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Packed with a setlist full of fan favorites, the Canadian pop star bellowed out her biggest hits including, “My Heart Will Go On,” “Because You Loved Me” and “The Power Love” during her first show in Music City a little over 11 years.
“It’s been more than 10 years since we were last here. That is way too long,” Dion said to the crowd on Monday night, while shaking her head, before noting her decade long residency in Las Vegas.
“Ten years – a lifetime!,” she stated. “But, it doesn’t matter, I escaped. And I finally made it here, back to the city of [the] smoking hot Tennessee Titans!”
With that, Dion began to literally flex her muscles. However, with a setlist stacked with heavy-hitters, she was offered plenty of opportunities to showcase her mighty voice.
The signature moment came when she performed “All By Myself,” a cover song that Dion made into her own with the release in 1996. During a portion of the song, Dion took control, performing a nearly 30-second portion of the track acapella, rendering the crowd in awe.
By the time the tune had ended, the Nashville audience rose to their feet, delivering a minute-long standing ovation toward the singer. As the wave of approval hit the singer, Dion thanked the crowd while simultaneously wiping away and fighting back tears.
“I just want you to know that even though I’ve been doing this for so many years, I’m never going to get used to this,” she said while still trying to keep her composure. “I want you to know that I don’t take this for granted, it’s such a gift.”
Some of the other hidden gems in Dion’s set included her rendition of “Beauty and the Beast,” which was recorded with Peabo Bryson for the 1991 Disney film. She also mixed “Tous Les Blues Sont Écrits Pour Toi,” a bluesy English and French song, showcasing just how gritty that Dion’s voice, allowing the audience to fully take in her vocal range and ability.
She also packed in two newer tracks from her latest album “Courage,” which shares the name of the current tour. The record was Dion’s first following the death of her husband and manager René Angélil in 2016. Both of those songs, “Courage” and “Imperfections” were well received from the audience.
In what felt like a Vegas-style end to her main set, Dion performed a melody of cover songs. She opened the bunch with a cover of “Let’s Dance,” by David Bowie, as she came out in a sparkling jumpsuit that would have made Bowie proud. She went on to perform Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust,” Prince’s “Kiss,” Ike & Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High,” before ending with “Lady Marmalade.”
With one glaring omission, Dion returned to the set for her encore, as fans went crazy “My Heart Will Go On,” a tune that is inseparable from the 1997 film Titanic. As the rise of the song hit, the singer was swarmed by illuminated drones, which made the song that just more magical.
Before the night ended, Dion had one last cover tune as she wanted to leave the crowd on a touching note. The singer and her band concluded the night with a heartfelt rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
“I just want you to know that we loved sharing this evening with you tonight, singing about love, about hope and about courage,” she said. “Before we say goodbye, I would love to leave you with this message of peace and harmony.”
Celine Dion Setlist
It’s All Coming Back to Me Now
That’s the Way It Is
If You Asked Me To
The Power of Love
Love Can Move Mountains
Beauty and the Beats
You’re the Voice
Tous les blues sont écrits pour toi
To Love You More
All by Myself
Because You Loved Me
Let’s Dance/ Another One Bites the Dust/ Kiss/ River Deep, Mountain High/ Lady Marmalade
My Heart Will Go On