Sunday, August 12, 2018

Celine Dione Marina Bay Sands SG: Fred Ching

It was catching world-renowned singer Celine Dion when she performed in Singapore for the first time ever at Marina Bay Sands® as part of the Sands Live concert series. 
Her tour started on 26 June in Tokyo and saw her return to cities she hasn’t performed in over 10 years, including Tokyo and Macao, and cities she will perform in for the first time ever, including Singapore, Jakarta, Taipei, Manila and Bangkok. 
Celine Dion In Concert Singapore July 2018:

Some of you may have missed seeing her in Singapore last week, and according to many who have seen her show, she was stupendous.  


Fred Ching (image above) is a Facebook friend and I've yet to meet him, but when I asked if he could allow me to reproduce his Celine Dion Concert experience for this blog, together with the exquisite photos of the lady, he immediately obliged. 

So here's a write-up by Fred himself, published in the same order as it was written, with the excitement that only a loving fan could describe. He is a veteran musician and one who has seen so many 'live' shows of international stars. Celine Dion is only one of them.

Thank you very much Fred.
"Watching Celine Dion’s new music video today, just 4 days after seeing her 'live'. I can’t believe how blessed I am. To be able to see my favourite singer with her awesome band in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to watch her live on stage is better than striking the lottery and means so so much. 

One of the most recognised and iconic singers in pop music history, Dion has sold almost 250 million albums during her career spanning over 30 years and earned five Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards and seven American Music Awards. 

I think my buddy booking experience went considerably smooth as both dates sold out in like an hour I was told. 
The 49-year-old Canadian, known for her powerhouse vocals, rocked the house on her debut in the Lion City and Dion sounded super awesome. I miss them already. Come back soon, please.

I can’t describe how lucky I feel because I have had the opportunity of a lifetime: Seeing and hearing pop diva Celine Dion made her debut in the Lion City on July 3. 

Dion was amazing. She sang so many of her hits and nailed every note, spot on. The opening act was The Power of Love and That's the Way it is.  The other songs performed included crowd-pleasing classics, during her ballad queen era during the nineties, like, To Love You More and It's All Coming Back To Me Now. Fans were cheering and singing along the entire time.  Her band was made up of very talented musicians. 
She teased the crowd and made us laugh; love her sense of humour.  She told the audience not to ask why it took her so long to come to Singapore and jokingly said that now she wanted to move to our sunny shores as she realised it was so beautiful.

She also showed her vulnerable side as her husband Rene Angelil and her brother Daniel both died within days of each other in 2016 of cancer with a heartfelt song, Recovering, written by pop star Pink.

The concert ended with River Deep, Mountain High and she returned to the stage with, My Heart Will Go On...
Known for her powerhouse vocals and the voice behind smash hits like, My Heart... and Because You Loved Me, she wowed a full-house crowd at MBS Grand Ballroom. 

This morning as I hold the album, Celine Dion and listen to it again with my car stereo, and when Oscar Winning Song, Beauty And The Beast came on... Oh, my gosh... It was a hair-raising and pop phenomenon; Celine Dion left me gasping for breath once again. 

Truly mindblowing and awesome. Always a pleasure to hear her bring back such good memories of a time gone by."

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! She is one of the best vocalists in the world. One of my favourites. I remembered she was scheduled to come to SG but somehow missed it. Hope she comes again. Thanks for sharing the write up.


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STEPHEN HAN said...

A satisfied Celine Dion fan.I ‘m a fan too but the ticket price is somewhat high

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Yes, ticket price can be high but these are international stars.
Thanks for checking in Stephen.

FRED CHING (FACEBOOK POST) said...

Celine Dion was amazing! I can’t believe how blessed I am able to see Dion singing the opening act... The Power of Love, considering both concerts dates were sold out within an hour

She was charming, funny and so endearing! She sang so many of her hits and nailed every notes spot on!...

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks again Fred for sharing your Celine Dion post.

And congratulations to your son for embarking on his exciting journey in the legal field.
Yours is a blessed family indeed.

FRED CHING (FACEBOOK POST) said...

You are welcome 🙏🏻
Have a blessed day and thanks for the blessing Brother Andy Young

A Contribution - Anon said...

She was born in Quebec, Canada. She has 13 siblings. At 12 years, her brother sent a recording to a manager named René Angélil and he released her first album in 1981, and English album in 1990.

In 2007, she performed a show with a CGI of Elvis Presley, for the TV show American Idol.

Dion had international recognition in the 1980s by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular Song Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, representing Switzerland.

She sold the most albums in the world for a female artiste and received a Special World Music Award in 2004. She sold the most French albums (7 million) and the best-selling Canadian artiste ever.

In 1994, Dion married her manager René Angélil. They have children. He died in 2016 from cancer. Her older brother, Daniel, passed away from cancer too, two days later.

(Summarised from Wiki.)