Celine Dion has cancelled the remainder of her dates in Las Vegas and will not return to her Caesar’s Palace residency until June, due to a virus that has damaged her vocal chords.
According to an article posted yesterday (2/28/12) at Celine Dion’s official website, the Canadian international superstar, who previously cancelled 4 shows this past weekend due to the illness, has now cancelled all remaining shows through March 18 (3/18/12) at the Colosseum on the advice of her doctor.
The “My Heart Will Go On” hitmaker will not return to the stage until her next scheduled round of shows at Caesar’s Palace, which begin June 9 (6/9/12).
According to an article posted yesterday at TheHollywood Reporter.com, the singer flew to Los Angeles on Monday (2/27/12), and was examined by Gerald Berke at UCLA Medical Center, who diagnosed Dion as having a weakness in her right vocal chord, stemming from the viral infection.
The doctor prescribed 6 to 8 weeks of voice rest to guarantee full recuperation.
In a statement, Dion says, “I tried to sing at my soundcheck last week, and I had no control of my voice whatsoever. We thought that after a few days rest I would improve, but it wasn’t getting any better… I guess it was worse than I thought.”
TheColosseum.com reports that full refunds will be made available to ticket holders at point of purchase. Fans who purchased tickets with credit cards will receive one automatically.
Did you know? Celine Dion began her latest Caesar’s Palace residency on March 15, 2011, signing on to perform 70 shows a year for 3 years, working in the same Caesar’s Palace theatre built for her record breaking “A New Day” Vegas run.