Legend Celine Dion Returned to Texas in Epic Courage Tour: Review

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The night opened with a cool video of Celine getting ready, putting on her makeup and she appeared in a stunning red glitter slit dress with matching pumps, flawless makeup, and toned arms. The sold-out show had fans singing and cheering from the get go, and Dion appeared as happy and healthy (incredibly fit) as we’ve ever seen her.

Dion is on her 14th tour in support of her 2019 album “Courage”. Her first words were about how ten years is way too long for her San Antonio return, and she spent much time talking about “What went wrong? It’s unacceptable and we’re going to fix it” and then shared how Vegas stole her for awhile. She was fully prepared to make up for her absence.

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We knew the show would be an incredible performance, but she blew us away. She is the ultimate performer and has been doing it for decades-has it nailed down. Celine was engaging with the crowd throughout the entire show and she was brimming with emotion, and often smiling and then touched her eye as if stopping the tears, and would say, “I think something is in my eye….maybe a bug, I don’t know”. In another moment she raised her glass and said “cheers to your health”. Her wit and humor (sometimes cheesy) is part of her flirting with the audience and she enjoys it. One moment while taking off her jacket, “that’s all that’s coming off” with a grin.

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The set list was a robust mix from her massive catalog that perfectly blended timeless classics, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Because You Loved Me”, “All By Myself”, “My Heart Will Go On”, with mid-range stuff and new songs “Courage” and “Lying Down”. She also sang beautiful songs in French. Celine did a beautiful job playing Andrea Bocelli in their duet “The Prayer”. Her ability to hit incredibly high notes, gave us chills. It’s clear she has worked very hard to take care of her voice and her health. Her voice skills are a piece of art with the height and octave range.

The stage was massive, the lighting and set were elegant and tasteful, as is Celine, and the piano was incredible; the full strings and brass section and back up singers- plus 3 raised percussion/keyboard sets gave such a volume of sound. The mix of the bands classy outfits and her red dress was stunning.

CELINE-DION-2020-0130-193Celine strutted confidently in very high heels (more than 6 inches?) and covered large distances to reach every part of the audience. Towards the end of the main set, a video of her doing ballet with her friend, showed off her fit body and her dance skills (who knew?). Wow.

We couldn’t help think of Kobe Bryant who had just passed away that week, as we were looking at Tony Parker and other NBA jerseys hanging in the rafters in ATT Center where the Spurs play.

Her career will continue to “go on” and we can’t wait to see how she continues her self-reinvention. It’s clear why the Courage World Tour was one of the top shows of 2019 and we think it will make our 2020 list. Don’t expect many empty seats.

Check out all our show photos on Austin 101.

Set list:

  1. It’s All Coming Back to Me Now
  2. Dans un autre monde
  3. Terre
  4. A vous
  5. I’m Alive
  6. The Power of Love
  7. Beauty and the Beast
  8. Encore un soir
  9. You’re the Voice
  10. Regarde-moi
  11. Ziggy
  12. Courage
  13. All By Myself
  14. Lying Down
  15. Tous les blues sont écrits pour toi
  16. S’il suffisait d’aimer
  17. Let’s Dance / Another One Bites The Dust / Flying On My Own / Kiss / River Deep, Mountain High / Lady Marmalade

Encore
18. My Heart Will Go On
19. Pour que tu m’aimes encore

Our Interview With Paul Cauthen

AUSTIN 101 MAGAZINE Q&A with PAUL CAUTHEN

by Denise Enriquez

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photos by Brooks Burris

How did it go last week in Denmark & Germany? Was that your first time touring in Europe? Do you have any ‘road stories’ you can share? Is there anywhere you haven’t been yet that you would like to tour?

Reception was amazing. It was our second time to Denmark and the crowd had tripled, and it was the first time to Germany and I can’t wait to go back! Road story, well, I leaned forward while doing my business on a Germany toilet (that costs €.70 to use) and set off a sensor that spins the seat cover and cleans it at the same time. Next thing I knew my back was covered in blue sanitary fluid and it literally scared the shit out of me…still can’t wait to go back. The place I would most like to visit is Tokyo, Japan.

The videos you’ve recorded for your Room 41 singles are great – especially “Cocaine Country Dancing”. Is that your own 1964 Cadillac making a cameo or is it a prop car? How long did it take you to record the video? Do you have any behind-the-scene stories you can share?

It was a loaner vehicle for the shoot, I had already off’d my ride. The video took two days to shoot. Story…the glass mirrors on my boots cut up the models I was riding the mechanical bull with, and I broke my nose on Carol, one of the model’s, knee while riding the bull with her on the back.

What are some things that are different this time around releasing “Room 41”? What’s something new you’ve learned or discovered about yourself since the time you released your second album, “Have Mercy”?

Hmm…well, people are actually paying attention. I realized if you surround yourself with a great team, from the studio to management, that waves can be made.

You’ve been quoted saying that your idea of ‘making it’ is to be able to pay your bills by making music, but what is a career milestone that would be monumental for you or a long-term goal you strive to achieve?

To be able to sell out multiple nights in venues like Red Rocks, play the Sydney Opera House, Wembley Stadium and significant venues around the world. I’m ready to go!

You’ve explained that your grandfather was a big influence on you as a child, that he stressed to you the importance of the legacy you leave – what do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?

That I was an honest, fair and hard-working musician.

This Thursday in Austin at The Belmont Hotel you’re headlining “Rock & Restock” benefitting the Central Texas Food Bank – are there any other causes/non-profits you support or feel really passionate about?

Organizations that address and support pediatric cancer.

This Friday in Dallas at The Kessler is your official album release – do you have anything special or exciting planned? Any hometown buddies or special guests joining you?

We have backing vocalist friends of mine coming in to accompany us, as well as a string section from Booker T. Washington School of Fine Arts. It’s going to be a banger of an evening.

What do you hope your fans get out of or take-away after listening to “Room 41”?

Making this record was an emotional journey for me that intertwined different places I was in life when writing these songs. I hope that those who listen can relate, recognize, and more importantly connect and find peace in knowing that we’re in this together.

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