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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Celine Dion - Taking Chances World Tour
Image: © Monte-Carlo SBM photos/Réalis

Celine Dion Rocks The Sporting Club - Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Celine Dion was in Monte-Carlo Saturday evening for the final performance of two sold-out shows (July 11-12, 2008) in the beautiful 'Salle des Etoiles' at the Sporting Club in Monaco. It was a very personal performance for those who had managed to get tickets, and it was part of her Taking Chances World Tour. Celine sang to a packed Sporting Club of about 850 people, that included her wonderful mother "Maman Dion", aged 81 from Quebec, her seven year old son, and her husband Rene Angelil.

Celine and her band delivered an excellent performance with songs such as the theme to the Titanic movie "My Heart Will Go On", then "I Drove All Night", "Its A Mans World", and "River Deep Mountain High". She later changed the beat and sang tributes to the band Queen with "We Will Rock You" and "The Show Must Go On", with the assembled audience rocking along with her to the music.

Her World Tour continues to be a huge success with tickets for the performances selling-out many months in advance of the actual show dates. The Taking Chances World Tour kicked-off in Johannesburg, South Africa on February 14, 2008 with a benefit concert at the Coca-Cola Dome, and it will take Celine all over the world with a currently scheduled tour completion date of January 30, 2009 at the BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Born in the small town of Charlemagne, Quebec Canada, Celine Dion grew up as the youngest in a family of fourteen children. At the age of five, she started singing together with her brothers and sisters at a local small club in Quebec on the weekends. In 1981, Rene Angelil heard a demo tape of a song Celine had written with her mother and one of her brothers, and from that moment he decided to put all his efforts into promoting her towards international success.

Her first break came in 1982 when she won the gold medal at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo, Japan for Top Performer and her international recognition began to flourish. In 1988 in Dublin, Ireland, Celine Dion performed in front of a world audience of 600 million people, and won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi". The Eurovision Award was the recognition she needed to start her journey to become an international star. Her first big hit in the United States was "Where Does My Heart Beat Now" which was released in 1990 on the album 'Unison' through Sony Music. All of the international success that Celine Dion has developed since 1988 has contributed to build a worldwide audience that makes each show on the 2008-2009 Taking Chances Tour a sell-out event.

Celine Dion's World Tour takes its name from her album released last November 2007 called 'Taking Chances'. The album includes songs that she has recorded with leading songwriters and producers like Linda Perry, Dave Stewart, Ben Moody, Ne-Yo, John Shanks, Kara DioGuardi, Kristian Lundin, Anders Bagge and Peer Astrom, Aldo Nova, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, and Chris Neil.

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