Céline Dion kicks off 10 nights of Montreal shows
Still on a high after her 1st show, singer talks about life without René, coming home
Clad in silky, striped pyjamas, Céline Dion mused about life after her husband's death and her return to Montreal after her first of 10 shows at the Bell Centre Sunday night.
Admitting she was still on a high during the post-show news conference, Dion said she was nervous before the show began but that the audience's response exceeded her expectations.
"I'm proud when I come, that the people here are… I feel that they do support me, and I did not expect what happened tonight. It was just over the top," she said.
"I've always been very welcomed [at] home, every time, but this was… this was big."
Doing well without the man who gave her everything
Dion said she and her three kids are coping well with René Angélil's death. Angélil, Dion's longtime manager and the father of her sons, died earlier this year.
She said she can still feel the presence of the man who "gave everything" to her.
"I loved him too much to see him suffer the way he did the last three years, so I'm very grateful that part of his life is over with," she said.
Quebecers are good listeners
Dion said she was "ecstatic" to be home.
She said Quebec fans get into the show, but they're better listeners than her French fans, who prefer to sing along to every song.
She was quick to add, however, that one isn't better that the other – just different.
Dion performs at Montreal's Bell Centre Aug. 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 13, 16 and 17. Tickets range from $75.75 to $217.50.