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Celine Dion has canceled the North American dates of her Courage world tour from March 9 to April 22.
The 53-year-old singer was forced to scrap the shows by ‘severe and persistent muscle spasms,’ according to a press release posted to her website.
Her announcement comes three months after she had to cancel the start of her Las Vegas comeback residency over the same health issue.
Trouble: Celine Dion has canceled the North American dates of her Courage world tour tour from March 9 to April 22
‘Tickets purchased with a credit card through authorized ticketing outlets will be refunded automatically to the credit card used for purchase,’ the press release said.
‘Ticket holders of the cancelled performances will soon receive an email notification with more information. For further inquiries, ticket holders should reach out to their original point of purchase.’
Celine ‘recently has been treated for severe and persistent muscle spasms which are preventing her from performing, and her recovery is taking longer than she hoped,’ per her website. ‘Her medical team continues to evaluate and treat the condition.’
She herself said: ‘I was really hoping that I’d be good to go by now, but I suppose I just have to be more patient and follow the regimen that my doctors are prescribing.’
Health problem: She was forced to scrap the shows by ‘severe and persistent muscle spasms’; she is pictured on the opening night of the Courage world tour in Quebec City in 2019
The superstar singer added: ‘There’s a lot of organizing and preparation that goes into our shows, and so we have to make decisions today which will affect the plans two months down the road. I’ll be so glad to get back to full health, as well as all of us getting past this pandemic, and I can’t wait to be back on stage again.’
She continued: ‘Meanwhile, I’ve been very touched by all the words of encouragement that everyone’s been sending to me on social media. I feel your love and support and it means the world to me.’
During the past couple of decades Celine became known as ‘Queen Of Las Vegas’ because of her enormously successful residencies there.
After retiring her famous Caesars Palace residency in 2019, she was coaxed back to Sin City to perform at the new Resorts World on the Strip.
Departed: The announcement comes a day after she marked the sixth anniversary of her husband Rene Angelil’s death; they are pictured at their Montreal wedding in 1994
But it emerged in October that Celine had to scrap the first two sets of shows in November, January and February on health grounds, according to Variety.
The official announcement of the postponement said that she had been coping with ‘severe and persistent muscle spasms.’
Celine’s medical issues had advanced to the point that even going to rehearsal had evidently become unfeasible.
Her Courage world tour was interrupted by the coronavirus lockdowns in 2020 but was slated to resume this March with a North American leg running through April.
Problem: Her announcement comes three months after she had to cancel the start of her Las Vegas comeback residency over the same health issue; she is pictured onstage in Nice in 2017
The North American dates were supposed to be immediately followed by a European leg, which at the moment is still scheduled to begin in Birmingham in May.
After she wraps up her European gigs in Paris on September 24 she will not resume the tour until May 2023 when she will begin performing abroad again in Tel Aviv.
Courage, her latest album, opened at the top of the Billboard 200 in late 2019 – and then plummeted to 111th place in just one week.
In doing so it made history, as no album has ever fallen from No. 1 to below the top 100 in only its second week, Forbes reported.
Health struggle: In October it emerged that Celine’s medical issues had advanced to the point that even going to rehearsal had evidently become unfeasible; pictured in 2019 in Paris
A Page Six insider revealed: ‘She’s upset. All hell has broken loose. The only reason she sold 100,000 was because of the whole bundle thing that labels do, but she only sold around 3,000 the second week.’
By ‘the whole bundle thing,’ the source was referring to a practice whereby fans buy concert tickets and get a copy of the artist’s latest album for free.
Over the past few years artists ranging from P!nk to Kenny Chesney to Metallica have leaned on this method to push their albums up the charts, according to Billboard.