In December 2022, Celine Dion announced that she had been diagnosed with a rare neurological disease. She immediately canceled concerts on her Courage tour. Dion said that she hoped to resume the tour and that she was working with specialists to improve her movement and to sing again. In May 2023, 55-year-old Dion abandoned the tour, including the dates in 2024. In this article, we’ll look at Celine Dion’s current prognosis. First, we’ll look at the Queen of the power ballad in her prime.
Our video is from the Taking Chances tour which followed the release of the Taking Chances album in November 2007. This LP was Dion’s first English-language album in 5 years (after 2003’s One Heart). The 132-dates on 5 continents Taking Chances tour commenced in South Africa on 14 February 2008 and ended in Nebraska a year later. It was Dion’s first tour in nine years and followed her five-year LA residency. Here is Celine Dion singing a medley of three of her hits.
There are no prizes for knowing the songs: It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, Because You Loved Me, To Love You More. Moments of Love Romantic comments: “No dancing, no twerking, no clouts, no auto-tunes, just her voice. A timeless wonder. Music will never be like this again.” Mr BIG MACK states: “A performance like this makes time stand still! GOOSEBUMPS!” Brian Funaki enthuses: “The most humble, generous superstar we will ever have who uplifts us and makes the world a better place.”
Twenty years after she announced herself to the world with her 1988 Eurovision win for Switzerland, Celine Dion was at the top of her game on the Taking Chances tour. Venues sold out in minutes. Across Canada and in NYC, Uniondale, Boston, and Newark, all in the US, extra dates were added. In Canada, Dion also performed a free concert for Vancouver’s 400th birthday. With an audience of 250 000 (and almost as many TV viewers), it is her biggest concert. The next video is My Love:
This performance of My Love was recorded for The Jerry Lewis MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) Labor Day Telethon, which aired on 31 August 2008. This video became the official video for My Love, a song from Taking Chances. By the end of the decade, Celine Dion was the most popular artist in the US, according to a Harris Poll in May 2010.
Recent updates on the health of Celine Dion have not been good. The disease with which she has been diagnosed – Stiff-Person Syndrome – is very rare and there is currently no cure and little understanding. In December 2023, Dion’s older sister Claudette revealed that her sister is struggling. “She gets so many messages, gifts, blessed crucifixes. She works hard, but she has no control over her muscles. What makes me sad is that she was also so disciplined.”
Speaking in French, Claudette said that she hoped Celine would be able to sing again, but it remained an elusive goal. “Vocal cords are muscles, but so is the heart. That’s what gets to me. Because it’s a one in a million case, scientists don’t have that much research on the topic, because it didn’t affect that many people.”
The medical name of Celine Dion’s disease is Moersch-Woltman syndrome. There are treatments that alleviate some of the symptoms, but no cure. Dion made a brief public appearance in November 2023, when she greeted members of the Montreal Canadiens ice hockey team in Las Vegas. If you would like to see more from Celine Dion, you can subscribe to her YouTube channel. You can also visit her official website for more information.