My first night ever in Vegas was Jan. 31, 2006. After a 10 hour drive from Denver, my friend and I arrived at our residence at 1:30 a.m. We quickly cleaned up and went straight to Jet Nightclub. I was dragged up to VIP where I met my first “Vegas” local. Fast forward six-odd years, that cocktail server and I are still best friends. I’ve seen a lot of shows with her because her husband is a talented musician, and has played for some great productions.
Last night, she got tickets to Celine Dion’s show at Caesars. I was a huge fan of Celine in high school. “My Heart Will Go On” was my junior prom’s theme song. I may not still be that big a fan, but I heard the show was good.
We got amazing seats, just a few rows back from front stage. As we waited for the show to start, I watched the couples sitting down. All I could think about was How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I mean really, what guy actually gets excited to sit an hour and half to hear melodic love songs?
Before Celine took a year and a half off from Vegas, her show was Cirque-like with performers, acrobatics and dancers. When she returned she replaced all that with an orchestra in order to focus on the music. She starts the show off with her the stuff from the ‘90s. I felt like I was back in high school. It could’ve been the wine, but it was nearly impossible not to sing along. The poor guy in front of me just keep sucking on his cocktail, stirring the ice and hoping to get every last drop.
We weren’t just watching Celine; my friend’s husband also plays trumpet in the show. It was cool to see the orchestra broken down in their instruments. The horns, strings, and piano had a solo act each while Celine was in the back changing into her next elegant gown.
The second half of the show is mostly cover songs, and I was pretty much over it by then. I have hard time sitting more than an hour at any concert. Celine does have a great voice, and for a 44-year-old woman, she looks amazing. I would give the overall show a B. I thought it was a little long, but the end of the show is breathtaking.