r/Music • u/theindependentonline • 14d ago
Celine Dion cancels entire world tour after incurable diagnosis articlehttps://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/celine-dion-tour-cancelled-b2346548.html
u/saavedro 13d ago
My goodness that website is abysmal. Saving you some trouble.
Celine Dion cancels entire world tour after incurable diagnosis
‘I want you all to know I’m not giving up,’ singer said
Celine Dion has cancelled the remaining dates of her world tour, telling fans she is not strong enough to perform following her diagnosis of an incurable neurological condition.
The Canadian singer told fans on Friday (26 May) she was “tremendously disappointed” to “let them down”.
Dion, 55, said in a statement: “I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be very difficult even when you’re 100 per cent.”
She added: “I’m so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. It’s not fair to you to keep postponing the shows, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s best that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to be back on stage again.
“I want you all to know, I’m not giving up… and I can’t wait to see you again!”
Her announcement comes after she posted a video in December last year explaining she has stiff person syndrome, which she says affects “every aspect of my daily life”.
The condition affects her ability to perform and sing, as well as to carry out normal activities, due to “spasms”.
“Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing the way I’m used to,” she said.
Dion said she has a “great team of doctors” working hard to help her get better, but admitted it has been a “struggle”.
“All I know is singing. It’s what I’ve done all my life and it’s what I love to do the most,” she said.
Celine Dion: ‘These spasms affect every aspect of my daily life’ (Getty)
Dion had 42 dates left to play on her Courage World Tour, but tickets will be refunded via the original point of sale.
Ticketholders are advised to contact their original point of purchase to request refunds.
It was to have been Dion's first global tour without Rene Angelil, her husband and manager who died in 2016.
u/FlyingYossarian 13d ago
42 dates left?!! That's an insane tour for a person in their prime even.→ More replies (3)
u/NovaFlares 13d ago
She's only 55???→ More replies (6)
u/too_much_2na 13d ago
She seems so much older because of her style in the 90s. She was like 27 in the video for It’s All Coming Back To Me but she looked 40
u/KofOaks 13d ago edited 13d ago
My parents forced me to go see Celine Dion in Quebec in the late 80s early 90s; I vehemently didn't want to go.
At the time she barely had enough songs to fill a show ("Incognito" years, if I'm not mistaking). She was doing a Michael Jackson impersonation that was remarkably on point, moonwalk and all.
Literally everyone, even my young metalhead self, was floored by her talent.
u/Fimbulvetr2012 13d ago
Im a big metalhead. Always hated anything poppy. I started dating a guy in college who was a huge Celine fan. Couple years later I took him to vegas to see Celine at wherever her residency was. I never liked the music when he would play it around me, but goddamn when i saw her live i was absolutely floored by her talent. Still dont like her music but i respect the hell out of her after seeing her. Enormous talent. Very sad to hear about this diagnosis
u/biosc1 13d ago
My partner is a lifelong fan of Celine Dion. I’m indifferent. Surprised her with tickets to her show in Vegas and I was thoroughly impressed. I may not love the music, but I could appreciate the show she put on.
u/Fimbulvetr2012 13d ago
Dude she was insane. The real cherry on top was the musicians she had backing her. During the intermission, some of the violins, brass, and woodwinds just started walking around the audience playing medlies of big classical hits and they were stunning performers.→ More replies (9)
u/NaughtSleeping 13d ago
Metalhead partnered with Celine Dion fan? Love is
blinddeaf.→ More replies (1)
u/UsedHotDogWater 14d ago edited 13d ago
Co-Worker when I was younger had this disease. The meds they put you on are pretty brutal. If you sit down for a second you are asleep. Like not just nodding off..lights out. He had to carry a note to show the presenter etc. So they wouldn't be insulted when he drifted off to sleep.
EDIT: I'm going to reach out to him on linkdin. He is retired now, but he may be willing to update what they have done over the last 16 years for treatment and ID of the actual cause.
He wound up trying a treatment which was almost chemo-therapy. After which they essentially wipe out and 'reset' his entire immune system. It worked pretty well for a short bit.
u/nymaamyn 14d ago
Gotta continue that story man→ More replies (50)
u/its7ash 14d ago
“Coworker had” I think he ended it at the right time.→ More replies (5)
u/SomeStupidPerson 13d ago
I’m so glad they got better 🙂→ More replies (4)
u/ToyCannon1982 13d ago
Proper /u/→ More replies (2)
u/BasketHairy 14d ago
How’s your friend doing now?→ More replies (29)
u/HuskyLemons 14d ago
Decapitated. Whole big thing.→ More replies (14)
u/wingerktl 14d ago
We had a funeral for a bird.
u/HippiesEverywhere 14d ago
That's not real.
u/bamagirl13 14d ago
You’re not real man!→ More replies (1)
u/HotPhilly 14d ago
How long can you hold that pretty little breath of yours?→ More replies (14)
u/rcowie 13d ago
I did a year of heavy intensive 6 day a week chemo. And the the chemo your describing is severel steps beyond what I did.→ More replies (1)
u/SkyScamall 14d ago
You can't blame her for it. Focusing on her health is a much better decision than touring.
u/beardriff 14d ago
Celine said she is sorry to let her fans down. I'd only be let down if she didn't take care of her self.
u/DigiPixInc 14d ago
Health first Family second Career or business after→ More replies (19)
u/newhampshite 14d ago
Self first, Family second, Community third
u/ricky616 14d ago •
For me it's self first, family second, parks and rec third→ More replies (12)
u/The-Mike-drop 13d ago
Pizza 1st. Then I have pizza.→ More replies (5)→ More replies (19)
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u/Dicho83 13d ago
Did you see that ludicrous display last night?→ More replies (5)→ More replies (9)
u/DariusMDeV 13d ago edited 13d ago
Ask Tom Petty fans how they'd feel had Tom just cancelled the tour and taken the time to take care of his hip.→ More replies (1)→ More replies (217)
u/Fredredphooey 13d ago
I'm shocked that she even thought she could tour. A year ago she said that she had serious symptoms and this isn't the kind of disease that gets better at all. No one should have let her book anything in the first place.→ More replies (4)
u/DraughtCyclist 13d ago
That was my first thought, they knew this was incurable last year. Who was pushing for this?→ More replies (1)
u/fredbrightfrog 13d ago
You don't become one of the biggest singers of all time without a certain type of drive and personality. I imagine it's hard to just turn that off after decades. Like sports players that keep going after their body doesn't have it anymore.→ More replies (1)
u/JosephFinn 14d ago
Christ that diagnosis is sad.
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u/tortugazz724 13d ago
Man, I have SPS as well and it is so weird for it to a be more of a mainstream topic these days. Also, as rough as some days can be for me, I know now that I’m really pretty lucky compared to a lot of folks. Terrible stuff.
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u/Dogstarman1974 14d ago
Fuck. Sounds terrible.
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u/DataAreBeautiful 14d ago
Absolutely insane. Treated intractable spasms due to Stiff Person Syndrome, and it was wild. Chewed through an entire departments worth of benzodiazepines and required intubation. It is no joke, and there is no performing or touring through it.
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u/Osod3Caramelo 13d ago
Reading the symptoms, I commend Celine for focusing on her health because performing is the worst thing she can do considering the effects this disease has on the body.
u/Nintendo1964 14d ago
I feel terrible for anyone in any sort of pain. That out of the way, "Stiff Person Syndrome" sounds like something a very non-doctor person named.
u/Skadoosh_it 14d ago
It rolls off the tongue a lot better than "progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity and myoclonus (PERM) paraneoplastic-related stiff person syndrome."
u/Quantum_Aurora 14d ago
Now THAT is something a doctor named.→ More replies (5)
u/khaddy 13d ago
I DO wonder what caused the huge drop-off in frequency of Perms since the 70s and 80s though...→ More replies (8)
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u/That_Shrub 14d ago
Paraneoplastic syndrome is when your immune system accidentally attacks your brain cells instead of your cancer cells, bc they apparently have some cellular similarities. It can cause all sorts of odd symptoms.
That really sucks, like not just cancer, but neurological symptoms AND cancer.
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u/Pro-Karyote 13d ago
That’s one way that paraneoplastic syndrome can present. But really, it’s just a syndrome that happens in the setting of someone with a cancer. We can break the name down into its parts to better understand why it was named as it was.
- “Para-“ means besides or around
- “Neoplastic” means relating to an abnormal growth (often cancerous)
- “Syndrome” means a collection of symptoms
So paraneoplastic syndrome literally means “a collection of symptoms happening alongside a neoplasm.”
Some of the syndromes can be related to chemicals directly released by the neoplasm. For example, small cell lung cancers are neuroendocrine tumors that secrete all kinds of things, but that can lead to conditions like SIADH.
Some of the syndromes are autoimmune, which are like the ones you described and result in immune attack of other, normal tissue..→ More replies (3)
u/13thFleet 14d ago •
Alternatively, a very old disease name
u/mohammedibnakar 14d ago
What's wrong with him? Tis sick!
Writes down tissick
u/RubiconGuava 14d ago
He was down with tissickness→ More replies (1)
u/UKMegaGeek 13d ago
Oh, wah ah ah ah!
u/BigOnLogn 14d ago
The whole thing reads like a Monte Python sketch.
u/LargishBosh 13d ago
Kil’d by several accidents→ More replies (1)
u/dquizzle 13d ago
Easily the best one on the list.
u/happyhoppycamper 13d ago
"Cancer, and Wolf"→ More replies (1)→ More replies (2)
u/treemu 14d ago
Ah sorry luv, I'm afraid he's got teeth.→ More replies (1)
u/mcaruso 14d ago
I'd like "Kil'd by several accidents" on my tombstone
u/GegenscheinZ 14d ago
Fell off a ladder after it was hit by a drunk driver, whereupon you landed on a pile of cleaning chemicals, mixing them together. The drunk diver’s car then hit your house and ruptured a gas line→ More replies (2)
u/khaddy 13d ago
That is ONE UNLUCKY SOB
"He had a pail fall on his head from a third story window, causing him to stumble into the roadway where he was knocked down by a passing horse. As his crippl'd body was being carried on a stretcher to the infirmary, a passing eagle swooped down and bit off his nose. Then, his luck turned for the worse...."
u/CherryKrisKross 14d ago
Why is "cancer, and wolf" a single category?!
Or maybe it's that someone had cancer but a wolf finished the job
u/mohammedibnakar 14d ago
someone had cancer but a wolf finished the job
Ten people, as far as I can tell.
Or maybe ten wolves had cancer?→ More replies (1)
u/bookdrops 14d ago
Cancer was called "wolf" because of the way that tumors and sores could devour a person's body, like wounds from an attacking wolf https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4211596/
u/dexmonic 13d ago
I did a bit of googling because I was also curious. Apparently cancer was often labeled with some sort of predatory animal because it "consumed/ravished" the victim.→ More replies (1)
u/Changnesia_survivor 14d ago
What is cancer if not a wolf in cell's clothing.→ More replies (2)→ More replies (4)
u/steamhands 13d ago
Wolf is basically an olde timey way of saying visible tumor, as if the tumor is eating the person away like a wolf I guess
u/Bubonic_Ferret 14d ago
Damn, just look at that infant mortality rate. And funny how tetanus was called "jawfaln," and liver disease "livergrown." Straight and to the point.
u/Not_a_flipping_robot 14d ago edited 14d ago
Fever and consumption were also nothing to scoff at, jesus. Very low suicide rate, though ( and made away themselves sounds hilarious, sad as it may be) - current US suicide rates are 1,7% of total deaths, which would have been about 160 for 9500 deaths. This is a tenth of that.→ More replies (5)
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u/mohammedibnakar 14d ago
That and the deaths from complications with teeth are almost half as much as people dying from consumption!
Just goes to show how important modern dentistry actually is.→ More replies (1)
u/OhSeeThat 13d ago
Well, that and antibiotics. I'm sure a tooth infection (which is very common) was almost a death sentence before antibiotics.→ More replies (1)
u/Fiery_Potato 14d ago
Cancer, and wolf
awooo→ More replies (1)
u/Tech_Itch 14d ago
Kil'd by several accidents
I know that's actually a catch all category for the statistics, but I'm still imagining some colonial guy falling off a ladder, hitting his head on a windowsill, staggering around while stuff falls on him from shelves, falling down the second floor window and getting run over by a cart. And after a while of him laying there, an oak barrel falls on him out of nowhere.
u/astoundingSandwich 14d ago
Rising of the Lights?
Where they rev you up like a deuce.
u/marteautemps 14d ago
Another runner in the night. That one was actually the one I was most curious about though and it apparently meant a throat or lung illness or obstruction. "Lights" was a term for lungs.→ More replies (1)
u/OO0OOO0OOOOO0OOOOOOO 14d ago
The Jaundies wasn't an 80's TV comedy?→ More replies (21)
u/XtendedImpact 13d ago
"Cause of Death: Planet"→ More replies (1)
u/GaussWanker 14d ago
I've got something called Exploding Head Syndrome, which is thankfully a lot less exciting than it sounds→ More replies (4)
u/Fenweekooo 14d ago
is that where you hear a very loud bang? but there was no actual noise?
EDIT: yep just googled it. apparently i have / had that as well. has not happened in a loooong time though.
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u/deadkandy Spotify 14d ago
Yeah I also have had it happen, but not in several years.
It was usually when I was extremely tired and trying to sleep, suddenly I would hear what sounded like a shotgun going off.→ More replies (7)
u/YiddishMcSquidish 13d ago
Til I have exploding head syndrome. This just started happening to me a few weeks ago!→ More replies (3)→ More replies (64)
u/FILTER_OUT_T_D 14d ago
My only regret is having boneitis→ More replies (2)
u/Alton573 14d ago
She's only 55?
u/bibowski 14d ago
Holy shit you're right. For some reason I thought she be in her late 60s. Not necessarily for how old she looks, but just for how long she's been an entertainer.
u/kevindqc 13d ago
She started at 12. When she met her manager who was 38. That she eventually married. 🤢→ More replies (13)
u/longandmeaty 13d ago
excuse me?→ More replies (30)
u/Dizzy8108 13d ago
Yeah dude, that was my thinking. So she would have been in her late twenties when the Titanic song came out. At that time I just assumed she was in her 40’s.→ More replies (15)
u/AribaGalaxy 13d ago
This fact in the article stood out to me. I thought she would be pushing 70 just based on how long she’s been Uber famous and maybe because as a kid in the 90s I assumed that voice belonged to someone already 50.
u/Alcarine 13d ago
I just looked up some of her videos from when she was a teenager, incredibly powerful mature voice at a very young age, honestly I forgot just how good she is, I really encourage (younger) people to give her older videos a look.
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u/LikesTheTunaHere 14d ago
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u/Nexso1640 14d ago
Indeed my friend Tabarnac. It’s a great shock to all of us.
u/Volkov07 14d ago
Osti d'tabarnak.→ More replies (1)
u/Wafflesandwhisky 14d ago
One of the greatest living singers. Illness sucks.
u/Blenderhead36 14d ago
Didn't realize how young she is. I thought she was in her late 30s when My Heart Will Go On was big, but she would have been about a decade younger.→ More replies (1)
u/meachatron 14d ago
And considering everything else she has already been through.. life is strange sometimes I guess.. :(
u/HunterGonzo 13d ago
Celine Dion is responsible for one of the absolute best single notes in pop music history, that key change in "All By Myself." The only other one that comes close that I can think of is Whitney Houston in "I will always love you."
There's a really cool YouTube documentary about it that's really worth the watch if you have a half hour to spare.
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u/Successful_Poet528 14d ago
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u/sharkman1774 14d ago edited 14d ago
Stiff-person syndrome (SPS) is a rare, progressive neurological disorder. Symptoms may include: Stiff muscles in the trunk (torso), arms, and legs ~ Greater sensitivity to noise, touch, and emotional distress, which can set off muscle spasms
Over time people with SPS may develop hunched over postures. Some people may be too disabled to walk or move. Many fall frequently because they do not have the normal reflexes to catch themselves. This can lead to serious injuries. People with SPS may be afraid to leave the house because street noises, such as the sound of a car horn, can trigger spasms and falls.
u/stfleming1 14d ago
Well that sounds terrifying.→ More replies (11)
u/Gainzster 14d ago
If she can't find a cure or any decent new treatment with her amount of money, then no one can too..
u/raisinbizzle 14d ago
That’s what’s scary when you hear about celebrities that are helpless with their health conditions. Like if I had something like that I’d be completely screwed then if even a super rich person is seemingly helpless→ More replies (22)→ More replies (5)
u/sharkman1774 14d ago
Fighting rare diseases is really hard. It's not worth it to these pharmaceutical companies to sink hundreds of millions into drug discovery and development only to have like a few thousand people at most that will need it. There's some government programs to fund and develop these "orphan drugs" but you can imagine how sparse that is.→ More replies (3)
u/UNisopod 14d ago
That sounds like it would literally be impossible for Celine to tour even if she absolutely wanted to.
u/Ok_Skill_1195 14d ago
That was my first thought. The type of stadiums she was performing in are loud, the only worse job I can think of would be like ... construction or being a baggage handler for an airplane.
u/AFatz 14d ago
"Greater sensitivity to noise"
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u/BumAndBummer 14d ago
My heart breaks at the unfairness of it all. Mother Nature is too cruel. No one should have to go through this.→ More replies (1)
u/Wolfram_And_Hart 14d ago
Once in a generation voice, unbelievable talent, and a great sense of humor. Such a brutal way to leave the business.
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u/available2tank 13d ago
I just watched her Eurovision win the other day! A vibrant woman, hope she doesnt suffer.
u/Ration_L_Thought 13d ago
She’s been battling this for like a ~decade~ and been kept a secret (understandably)
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u/Doucevie 14d ago
She must be in agony. Poor her. 😢
u/ILoveLamp9 13d ago
Really awful to hear. I wish her the best of luck in her journey with this illness. Focusing on her health is the right decision.
u/ycnctloswyhiyp 13d ago
I got the email today that her show is cancelled. I felt really really sad, not because I wouldn't be able to see her perform, but because I felt so sad for her.
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u/Steamed-Hams 13d ago
Something about this woman apologizing to her fans for having an illness really got to me.
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u/Basquests 13d ago
Jeez, husband dies when you are 48, and then you get hit with a terrible systemic condition at 55.
Life and health are exceptionally precious and it does seem in general we as people take it for granted. I've had my own serious health issues and finally fixed them via surgery - it's amazing to breathe and sleep for the first time in my life and it's horrifying to live far from your best self.
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u/rufuskoon 14d ago
Celine’s voice was one in a billion and I hope she can heal and sing again.
u/Campionexplorer 13d ago
No healing from this disease.. only gets worse→ More replies (1)
u/DotRD12 13d ago
It’s literally an incurable disease.→ More replies (8)
u/cupidslament 13d ago
Even if you don’t like her music, she has always been extremely professional. Best of luck to her going forward.
u/nothing-feels-good 14d ago
I've never been a fan, but she is a truly immense talent. Sad to see her suffer like this. Glad she is trying to take care of herself.
u/CobblerExotic1975 13d ago
Everyone will preface their comment with “not really a fan”. Listen to Its All Coming Back To Me Now. Celine has pipes and that song whips the llama’s ass.→ More replies (2)
u/bigmike1877 13d ago
Saw her in Vegas around 2016ish. Wife dragged me to it. I remember the first note of the first song I was like holy shit. Her voice has so much power it is supernatural. One of my favorite concerts. I hope she finds some peace with this. This has been a rough stretch of years for her.
u/ToadDreams 14d ago
My mother has Stiff Person Syndrome and she’s hopeful that such a high profile person with the disease will help spur more research on it. Boy I hope so because it’s truly awful.