Canadian pop singer Celine Dion has announced the cancellation of the European stretch of her world tour, which was set to resume this summer. The decision is due to a medical condition that makes it difficult for her to perform.
Four months ago, the 55-year-old Quebecoise singer revealed that she had been diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder known as stiff-person syndrome. This disorder causes muscle spasms, and as a result, she had already postponed some European shows on her Courage World Tour.
Apology and Determination
On Friday morning, Dion took to Instagram to express her regret, stating, “I’m so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100%.” She is best known for her performance of the Titanic movie theme song, “My Heart Will Go On.”
Canceled Shows and Ticket Refunds
The European leg of the tour encompassed 42 shows in seven cities from late August to early October, followed by another 17 cities in the spring of 2024. Dion assured ticket holders that they would receive refunds for the canceled shows.
Stiff-Person Syndrome Symptoms
Stiff-person syndrome is characterized by muscle rigidity and heightened sensitivity to sound, touch, and emotional stimuli, which can trigger spasms. This condition had previously led the multiple Grammy winner to postpone her Las Vegas residency in October 2021.
The Impact of Stiff-Person Syndrome
Celine Dion’s announcement comes four months after revealing her diagnosis with a rare neurological disorder called stiff-person syndrome. This condition causes muscle spasms, leading to the postponement of some European shows on her Courage World Tour.
Understanding Stiff-Person Syndrome
Stiff-person syndrome is characterized by muscle rigidity and heightened sensitivity to sound, touch, and emotional stimuli, all of which can trigger spasms. This condition previously led the multiple Grammy winner to postpone her Las Vegas residency in October 2021.
The Courage World Tour and Album Inspiration
The Courage World Tour, Celine Dion’s first tour in the United States in 10 years, commenced in September 2019 in Quebec City. The tour coincided with the release of her latest album, “Courage.” The album’s title was inspired by the passing of her husband and manager, Rene Angelil, from throat cancer in 2016. The couple had three children.