In December 2013, I went to a Celine Dion concert in Paris. I have loved her music since I was young. While that concert was amazing, it was virtually all in French. (How could I neglect to realize that a native French speaker would perform in French when performing in Paris?!) That night, I realized that I would still need to see her show in Las Vegas. And believe me – I have been trying!
Every time I had a work trip to Vegas, I would check the schedule to see if she was going to be in town. While I don’t go to Vegas that much, I’ve probably been at least seven times in the past decade, and my schedule NEVER aligned with hers. Until last week!
She was performing at The Colosseum on Tuesday night while I was in town for a conference. Two other women agreed to go with me. A week or two before departure, a third colleague wanted to join us. We had to purchase the fourth ticket in another section, because the seats were nearly sold out. Oh, and important to note – our tickets were in the second balcony.
I was SO excited when we arrived. We posed by the sign near the entrance…
…and near her wax lookalike inside (where the professional photographer wouldn’t take a picture with our phones!). When we got to our section, we asked the usher if the show was sold out. If not, we hoped it would be possible for the four of us to move where we could sit together. She said she would check and let us know after the first song. I thought that was so nice! I’ve never thought to ask to be reseated.
After the first song, one of our friends darted out quickly. We were confused about where she went, but a minute later, she returned to tell us that they had seats for the four of us “up front,” if we wanted them. Ummm…OF COURSE!!!! We collected our fourth friend and took the elevator down to the ground floor. Another usher met us and asked us to be discreet when we got to our new seats, since not everyone gets this opportunity. At that point, I don’t think I realized they were taking us to the VERY. FRONT. ROW!!!! Celine even scolded us for being late!!!
We literally went from this view…
The show was amazing! I knew all but two songs (one of which was in French). She had four wardrobe changes and even performed a few of her hits with only acoustic guitars accompanying her. The live orchestra was amazing, too!
We told the story over and over the next day! Especially over breakfast at Hash House A Go Go where the pancakes were ENORMOUS!!