Celine Dion is Amazing

Graig Agop

Raised on a pedestal and surrounded by strobe lights and screens, “taking chances,” the theme of her world tour, clearly paid off for Celine Dion.

Shimmering and divine, she kicked off the night with “I Drove All Night” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 2 with twenty-thousand of her screaming fans.

The avid concertgoers waited almost a year for her 21-song set, which touched on every point in her career.

However, the year of anticipation encountered a major, near 45-minute technical complication.

“I feel extremely sorry for the inconvenience. Thank you for waiting, and especially thank you for staying,” said Dion, halfway through the show when crewmembers had no choice but to dismantle a screen that directly blocked one-forth of the arena’s view.

The always-humble and witty 40-year-old diva proved that nothing could stand in her way.

Dion returned to take it to the next level with “River Deep, Mountain High,” and encored with a candle-lit “My Heart Will Go On.”

The concert ticket prices ranged from $200 to well beyond the thousand dollar mark.

The Taking Chances world tour closes in July 2009 in Monaco.