Celine Dion Sidelined By Vocal Cord Issues
Deja Adele? Vocal cord issues have brought Celine Dion’s Las Vegas show to a screeching halt.
The “Power of Love” powerhouse has been diagnosed with weakness in her right vocal cord and prescribed six to eight weeks of voice rest. Doctors say Celine must rest her voice until the end of April, prompting the Canadian entertainer to cancel her spring shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where she has been the resident performer since 2010.
The announcement comes after a bout with laryngitis forced the mother of three to cancel a Caesars performance on Sunday.
In a statement posted to her Facebook page Tuesday, Team Dion wrote:
“Following the difficulties that she experienced with her vocal chords last week, which resulted in cancelled weekend performances, Celine decided to seek further expert medical advice from one of the leading international authorities on laryngeal physiology, Professor Gerald Berke M.D., UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. Celine flew to Los Angeles on Monday afternoon and had a thorough examination at Professor Berke’s clinic. He has diagnosed Celine with weakness in her right vocal chord, secondary to a viral illness. Professor Berke has prescribed 6-8 weeks of voice-rest in order for Celine to completely recover from this condition.”
The Grammy winner added:
“I tried to sing at my sound-check last week and I had no control of my voice whatsoever. We thought that after a few days rest I would improve but it wasn’t getting any better…I guess it was worse than I thought…Obviously, this is the worst thing for a singer…not being able to do your shows. I feel worse knowing that I’m disappointing my fans. I’m so sorry…I hope they forgive me.”
A spate of performances set for June 9 through Aug. 19 are scheduled to proceed.
Those who purchased tickets for the axed shows with a credit card will be automatically refunded. Those who picked tickets with cash may present them at the original point of sale for a full refund.