Unlike Jennifer Lopez and Jason Aldean, who rightfully postponed their appearances that would have otherwise followed October 1st, music icon Celine Dion decided to make a statement by going on with her Las Vegas residency just 2 days after the mass shooting that left 59 dead and several hundred injured.
She made this statement when opening up on the night of October 3rd:
“I hope that you’re doing okay. I never start the show of this, standing in front of the curtain, just talking. But tonight is very different. After Sunday night’s terribly tragic event, all of us here find ourselves asking a similar question. For you, it’s ‘do we still go to Celine’s show on Tuesday night, only two days after the nightmare?’ For me, ‘Can I still do my show? Should I still my show?' On Sunday we lost too many beautiful, innocent souls, and so many are still suffering, but tonight we’re going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them through their tragic loss. We dedicate tonight’s show to all of the victims and their families, and to the first responders, and to the doctors and nurses who are working around the clock to save lives, and to so many heroes who did whatever they could to help complete strangers in a time of desperate need.”
Praying for all the innocent victims and their families in Las Vegas - Céline xx... #LasVegas— Celine Dion (@celinedion) October 2, 2017
Last night, Céline returned to Las Vegas for her acclaimed residency at the Colosseum Caesars Palace for a new run of her hit show. During her performance, Céline addressed the sold-out crowd the ongoing hurricane devastation and announced that relief and recovery #donations to benefit the @americanredcross will be collected during her Las Vegas shows at The Colosseum. Céline, along with partners AEG Presents and Caesars Entertainment, will match the donated funds. To donate now, link in bio. Hier soir, Céline était de retour à Las Vegas pour reprendre sa résidence au Colosseum du Caesars Palace. Au milieu de la soirée, la chanteuse s’est adressée à la foule pour offrir son soutien aux victimes des catastrophes naturelles en cours dans le sud des États-Unis et dans les Antilles. Une collecte de fonds a été lancée par Céline et ses partenaires, afin d’amasser des dons pour la Croix rouge et ainsi venir en aide aux victimes des ouragans. Céline, AEG Presents et Caesars Entertainment se sont engagés à verser une somme équivalente aux dons amassés tout au long de la collecte. Pour donner, lien dans la bio. – Team Céline #CélineDionVegas #CélineDion 📸@denisetruscello