An announcement that will sadden more than one. Celine Dion's tour organizers have announced the cancellation of some 40 concerts scheduled in Europe until April 2024. The Canadian singer will not be able to continue her tour for health reasons. Suffering from a rare neurological disorder against which she "is continuing her treatment", they said, the Quebec star had already announced in December that she was canceling or postponing the concerts planned in Europe between February and July 2023.
"I'm trying very hard to get my strength back, but touring can be really tough [...] It's best that we cancel everything now, until I'm really ready to get back on stage," said the 55-year-old singer, cited in the statement. Celine Dion's last concert dates back to March 2020, in Newark (United States). After fifty concerts in North America, his world tour Courage World Tour had been interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This tour was never able to resume, the singer then indicating to suffer from muscle spasms. The next concert scheduled was in Paris (La Défense Arena) on September 1st.
Celine Dion has stiff person syndrome (SPR), a condition whose exact cause is unknown but likely to be of autoimmune origin. Affecting about one in a million people, this syndrome causes severe pain and difficulty in moving, preventing physically strenuous activities.
"The medical team that accompanies Céline follows the evolution of the disease and its treatment," said those around him. "Tickets purchased for the 42 canceled dates will be refunded," added the tour organizers.
The singer felt it was "not fair to keep postponing shows" because she didn't know when she would be able to get back on stage. She is one of the most popular artists in the world, famous among other things for "My Heart Will Go On", a 1997 song for the soundtrack of the movie Titanic.