Celine Dion Not Afraid of Las Vegas

By | March 21, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Singer Celine Dion says she’s not afraid of moving to Las Vegas, where she will begin a three-year, 600-show engagement at Caesars Palace hotel next year. Dion told a news conference Wednesday that her 1-year-old son, Rene-Charles, “is not going to be raised between a craps table and a slot machine. He will not even be in school by the time we leave Las Vegas.”

The 33-year-old Canadian singer, who is from Quebec, said Las Vegas has become “more family-oriented – like Disney World, it has everything, water, mountains and golf.”

Her husband-manager, Rene Angelil, said the Las Vegas show, involving some 70 other performers, will be “like something you have never seen before… a mix between a live show and a movie or a video.”

Asked whether being onstage five nights a week could be exhausting, Dion said, “I’m like an athlete in show biz going for the Olympics, I want to give the best of me to the fans.”

Dion has sold more than 140 million albums. She is perhaps best known for “My Heart Will Go On” from the 1997 film “Titanic.”

She is promoting her latest album, “A New Day Has Come,” which will be released by Sony Music next week. The title was inspired by the birth of her son and her own joy, she said.

Dion said her husband’s battle with throat cancer had made her stronger. “You have to see something positive out of something so negative,” she said.

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