Celine Dion plays The Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA

Celine Dion gave the audience at the sold out Wachovia Center exactly what they wanted: vintage Celine, pounding her chest and slapping her hip as she belted hit after hit.

“Can you believe it’s been ten years since I’ve been here?” Celine asked the audience, “And you all look good!”

A Celine Dion concert is a spectacle, and her tour in support of “Taking Chances” does not disappoint. She performed in the round with a stage worthy of succeeding her Vegas run.

The show started with a montage of video clips from Celine’s performances worldwide, from screaming fans in South Africa to Paris, and then flashed “Tonight…Philadelphia” Apropos; Dion started her set with “I Drove All Night.”

Highlights for Celine devotees: she delivered “My Love,” a song written by Linda Perry effortlessly as she sat atop a piano, she performed “The Prayer” a duet with Andrea Bocelli (Bocelli on screen with a taped performance of the song specifically for Celine’s tour).

“I cannot do a show without performing one song in French,” and Celine Dion sang a beautiful slow song, which without knowing a word of French, one could enjoy Celine’s vocals and feeling through her notorious expressions (facial, fist in the air, etc.)

After the tender French song, lights dimmed and flashed on again as bright as ever as Celine Dion performed “We Will Rock You,” and launched into a Queen tribute, “One of the greatest bands of all time,” she professed as she bowed her head when a photo of Queen appeared on screen.

Celine Dion had six costume changes, four during her set, and one for each of her two encores. Whether you are a fan of her music, one must give credit where credit is due. Celine Dion’s voice and presence is that of a diva, she has perfected the art of playing for and to her fans, and with 34 albums to her name, she can laugh along with those who poke fun.

Check out Celine Dion.

- JL for The Buzz About

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