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Let's Talk About Love World Tour

The Let's Talk About Love World Tour is the eighth concert tour by Canadian recording artist Celine Dion. Visiting North America, Asia and Europe; the trek supported Dion's fifth English studio album Let's Talk About Love and her eleventh French studio album, S'il suffisait d'aimer. The tour marks Dion´s last worldwide tour until her Taking Chances World Tour in 2008-2009. Initially planned for 1998, the success of the tour continued into 1999. In 1998, the tour earned nearly $30 million from its concerts in North America alone.[1] It was also nominated for "Major Tour of the Year" and "Most Creative Stage Production" at the Pollstar Industry Awards.[2] Overall, the tour grossed about $91.2 million from 69 reported shows.

Let's Talk About Love World Tour
Tour by Celine Dion
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Promotional poster for 1999 tour
Associated albumLet's Talk About Love
S'il suffisait d'aimer
Start date21 August 1998 (1998-08-21)
End date31 December 1999 (1999-12-31)
No. of shows71 in North America
6 in Asia
10 in Europe
87 Total
Box officeUS $91.2 million (Only 69 shows were calculated.)
Celine Dion concert chronology


During a press conference following her win at the 25th Annual American Music Awards, Dion stated she would like to start touring during the summer of 1998. Following the award show appearance, the singer performed at the Crown Showroom in Melbourne and the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu with a set list similar to that in the Falling Into You Tour, but also including "The Reason" and "My Heart Will Go On." The tour was officially announced in February 1998. Originally called Celine Dion: On Tour 1998,[3] the tour was set to begin August in Boston, this would mark the third time Dion has begun a tour in the city.[4] She says it is the closest U.S. city to Montreal and considers it a "lucky charm".[4]

The tour was sponsored by Procter & Gamble (Canada), Avon (Europe)[5] and Ericsson (United States).[3] The telecommunications company initiated an aggressive campaign with Dion. Commercials were shown throughout the US and Canada showing concertgoers using their cell phones as lighters during Dion's performance.[3] Those who purchased an Ericsson phone were given a special behind-the-scenes tour video entitled "Celine Dion: In Her Own Words".[3] The tour was met early with controversy as the singer's performance at Madison Square Garden was subject to a ticket scam.[6] During the trek, Dion opened the Broward County Civic Arena. The concert was attended by nearly 20,000 spectators and was sold out with 2 two hours.[7]

Dion further remarked the setlist of the tour will contain songs from her current album, her hits and a few French selections. She continued:

"I'm going to definitely sing the new songs and a few French ones and definitely people's favorite. I can't do them all, unfortunately, because I have to do a two-hour show. It would take a long time to sing all my songs. I hope we have chosen the right ones for people to hear."[8]

During the course of the tour, Dion released a French-language album entitled, S'il suffisait d'aimer and a Christmas album called, These Are Special Times.[4] In November 1998, Dion had her first CBS special promoting the album. It featured Rosie O'Donnell performing "Do You Hear What I Hear?" with Dion. The show received two Emmy Award nominations.[9] The singer ended the year with performing at the Billboard Music Award, Top of the Pops and an appearance on Touched by an Angel.

As the tour continued into 1999, Dion performed in Hong Kong, Japan and an additional outing for North America. During this time, Dion's husband René Angélil was diagnosed with skin cancer.[10] This forced the singer to postpone the remaining dates in the U.S. and the entire European leg. Dion resumed the tour in mid-June and thanked fans for their support during the rough period. After her tour of Europe, Dion's team announced the singer would give a special New Year's Eve concert in Montreal. Dubbed "The Millennium Concert" the show featured a new setlist and special appearances by prominent Canadian singers.[11] At the same time, David Foster began negotiations to have Dion, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and Andrea Bocelli to conduct a mini-tour titled "Three Divas and a Tenor". The tour never came to fruition.[12]

In October, Dion opened the new Pepsi Center in Denver, replacing the McNichols Sports Arena. Dion dedicated the concert to the victims and survivors of the Columbine High School massacre. All proceeds from the show were donated to Colorado Organization of Victim Assistance. The singer was joined onstage by the Colorado Children's Chorale to perform "Let's Talk About Love" and "Friend of Mine Columbine"— a memorial song written by Stephen and Jonathan Cohen.[13] The singer stated it would be her last tour as she wanted to focus on becoming a mother.[11] Later, Dion released her first English greatest hits album, All the Way... A Decade of Song. The album was promoted by Dion's second CBS special, taking place at Radio City Music Hall. The special featured Dion performing her classics along with new songs on the album. The show featured duets with 'N Sync and Gloria Estefan. After her break, Dion began her first residency show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace from 2003 to 2007. The tour serves as Dion's final concert tour until 2008 for the Taking Chances World Tour.

About the stageEdit

The tour brought a new aspect to performing for Dion. The show was presented in the round. The stage designer Yves Aucoin states he wanted the show to be a big production while having an intimate feel.[14] The stage itself was shaped like a heart with five circular platforms that raised and lowered the members of the stage.[14] The constructor is Scène Éthique.[15] Above, four large video screens formed a circular pattern. The floor of the stage was made of large video screens utilizing the JumboTron technology.[14] Dion initially was nervous performing in the way, as the performer has very little time to relax while on stage.[8] She continues to say she got the idea from attending a Stevie Wonder concert during her childhood.[8] The entire production cost more than $10 million.[16]

Opening actsEdit


Additional notesEdit

  • For the performance of "Let's Talk About Love", Dion was joined each night onstage by a local children's choir.
  • During the first leg in North America, "Zora sourit" often replaced "S'il suffisait d'aimer."
  • "Zora Sourit", "Immortality" and the "English acoustic medley" were performed at select concerts in Montreal.
  • The performance of "Treat Her Like a Lady" of 18 December in Montreal was used as a videoclip and audio release for the single of "Treat Her Like a Lady".
  • During the concert at the Orlando Arena, Dion performed "Fly." During the same concert, Dion was joined onstage by Diana King to perform "Treat Her Like a Lady."
  • During the New York City concert on 3 September 1998, Diana King also joined Dion for "Treat Her Like a Lady", and comedian Ana Gasteyer made a surprise appearance reprising her famous spoof of Dion from Saturday Night Live on stage in a funny onstage sketch.
  • During the concert at the Broward County Civic Arena, Dion was joined onstage by the Bee Gees to perform "Immortality."
  • During concerts in 1999, "I'm Your Angel" was performed in lieu of "Love Is On the Way." Additionally, "The Power of Love" was performed in lieu of "All By Myself."
  • During concerts in Paris, Dion performed "To Love You More" in lieu of "It's All Coming Back to Me Now."
  • During concerts in Japan, Dion performed "Watashi Wa Totemo Shiawase Ne" in lieu of "S'il suffisait d'aimer." She also performed "Pour que tu m'aimes encore" in lieu of "I'm Your Angel."
  • "Think Twice" was performed at Hong Kong.
  • During the European leg of the tour, Dion performed "Think Twice" and "Pour que tu m'aimes encore."
  • During the concert in Paris, Dion was joined onstage by Jean-Jacques Goldman to perform "J'irai où tu iras."
  • During the final concert at the National Car Rental Center in 1999, Dion performed "That's the Way It Is."


List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
North America[20][21]
21 August 1998 Boston United States Fleet Center 35,342 / 35,342 $1,950,481
22 August 1998
25 August 1998 Philadelphia CoreStates Center 19,438 / 19,438 $1,110,747
26 August 1998 Washington, D.C. MCI Center N/A N/A
30 August 1998 East Rutherford Continental Airlines Arena 19,075 / 19,075 $1,172,810
31 August 1998 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum 16,909 / 16,909 $1,004,330
3 September 1998 New York City Madison Square Garden 37,448 / 37,448 $2,256,115
4 September 1998
8 September 1998 Toronto Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 41,666 / 41,854 $1,395,742
9 September 1998
14 September 1998 Chicago United States United Center 38,436 / 38,436 $2,402,720
15 September 1998
18 September 1998 Cleveland Gund Arena N/A N/A
19 September 1998 Cincinnati The Crown
22 September 1998 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills 41,212 / 41,212 $2,253,511
23 September 1998
25 September 1998 Chapel Hill Dean Smith Center 19,942 / 19,942 $1,031,378
27 September 1998 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum N/A N/A
28 September 1998 Nashville Nashville Arena 17,805 / 17,805 $980,536
30 September 1998 Tampa Ice Palace 17,987 / 19,558 $986,115
2 October 1998 Orlando Orlando Arena N/A N/A
3 October 1998 Sunrise National Car Rental Center
7 October 1998 Calgary Canada Canadian Airlines Saddledome
9 October 1998 Vancouver General Motors Place 18,858 / 18,858 $653,579
10 October 1998 Seattle United States KeyArena 14,986 / 14,986 $844,925
13 October 1998 Oakland The Arena in Oakland 17,832 / 17,832 $1,115,100
14 October 1998 San Jose San Jose Arena 17,648 / 17,648 $1,073,177
16 October 1998 Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center 17,013 / 17,842 $1,178,721
21 October 1998 Inglewood The Forum 14,821 / 14,821 $894,590
22 October 1998 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim 16,043 / 16,043 $923,845
25 October 1998 Phoenix America West Arena 17,489 / 17,489 $995,343
29 November 1998 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 17,347 / 17,347 $986,476
1 December 1998 Albany Pepsi Arena 13,774 / 13,774 $853,295
5 December 1998 Halifax Canada Halifax Metro Centre N/A N/A
7 December 1998 Montreal Molson Centre 142,485 / 142,485 $5,070,308
8 December 1998
11 December 1998
12 December 1998
13 December 1998
17 December 1998
18 December 1998
25 January 1999 Hong Kong China Kai Tak Airport N/A N/A
28 January 1999 Osaka Japan Osaka Dome
29 January 1999
31 January 1999 Tokyo Tokyo Dome
1 February 1999
3 February 1999 Nagoya Nagoya Dome
North America[23][24]
12 February 1999 Honolulu United States Aloha Stadium 22,381 / 22,381 $1,326,805
25 March 1999 Minneapolis Target Center 17,481 / 17,481 $963,771
26 March 1999 Milwaukee Bradley Center 18,765 / 18,765 $1,019,734
29 March 1999 Kansas City Kemper Arena 18,471 / 18,471 $982,038
31 March 1999 Indianapolis Market Square Arena 15,697 / 15,697 $898,713
2 April 1999 Dallas Reunion Arena 17,765 / 17,765 $993,233
4 April 1999 San Antonio Alamodome 17,715 / 17,715 $1,047,750
6 April 1999 Memphis Pyramid Arena 15,991 / 17,000 $948,130
7 April 1999 Birmingham BJCC Arena 17,224 / 17,500 $942,019
11 April 1999 Houston Compaq Center 15,847 / 15,847 $904,499
12 April 1999 New Orleans Louisiana Superdome 20,047 / 20,047 $1,153,562
14 June 1999 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Arena 64,652 / 64,652 $3,048,136
16 June 1999 Brussels Belgium King Baudouin Stadium 59,876 / 59,876 $3,571,396
19 June 1999 Paris France Stade de France 180,102 / 180,102 $10,393,539
20 June 1999
1 July 1999 Zürich Switzerland Letzigrund 42,040 / 42,040 $3,089,260
3 July 1999 Munich Germany Olympiastadion 57,479 / 57,479 $3,413,513
6 July 1999 Sheffield England Don Valley Stadium 43,469 / 45,079 $2,538,511
8 July 1999 Edinburgh Scotland Murrayfield Stadium 53,013 / 60,000 $2,138,530
10 July 1999 London England Wembley Stadium 122,397 / 122,397 $6,189,037
11 July 1999
North America[27][28]
8 September 1999 Montreal Canada Molson Centre 41,666 / 41,854 $1,395,742
9 September 1999
11 September 1999 Quebec City Colisée de Quebec N/A N/A
13 September 1999 Ottawa Corel Centre 32,437 / 32,437 $1,435,498
14 September 1999
17 September 1999 Toronto Air Canada Centre 37,138 / 37,138 $1,786,345
18 September 1999
20 September 1999 Buffalo United States Marine Midland Arena 18,070 / 18,070 $977,299
24 September 1999 Boston Fleet Center 18,845 / 18,845 $1,130,203
25 September 1999 Providence Providence Civic Center 12,828 / 12,828 $644,582
27 September 1999 Columbus Value City Arena 16,370 / 16,370 $924,251
29 September 1999 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium 9,115 / 9,427 $426,120
1 October 1999 Denver Pepsi Center 16,961 / 18,018 $1,083,980
3 October 1999 St. Louis Kiel Center 19,354 / 19,354 $1,089,942
22 October 1999 Atlantic City Circus Maximus Theater N/A N/A
23 October 1999
24 October 1999
5 November 1999 Sunrise National Car Rental Center 18,179 / 18,701 $1,114,765
31 December 1999 Montreal Canada Molson Centre 20,001 / 20,001 $3,586,221
Total 1,676,087 / 1,690,636 (99%) $91,160,765
Cancellations and rescheduled shows

Broadcasts and recordingsEdit

The first glimpse of the tour came via Dion's music video to "S'il suffisait d'aimer", which was recorded during her concert in Chicago. Footage of that show, along with footage of one the December 1998 Montreal concerts was also shown on the TV special "Un An Avec Céline" hosted by Julie Snyder. The final show at the National Car Rental Center was filmed and showed on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The special also includes a behind the scenes feature. The singer also performed "To Love You More" live in Tokyo for the United Negro College Fund's "An Evening of Stars." The millennium concert was aired on TVA (Canada).

The concerts at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis were recorded for a CD/DVD package. The performances were released under the title Au cœur du stade (meaning At the Heart of the Stadium). The package were released separately with DVD following the CD release. The DVD includes exclusive footage from the making of S'il suffisait d'aimer and Let's Talk About Love. It features an appearance by guest star Sir George Martin, and rare footage of Céline Dion, Barbra Streisand, David Foster, and the "Tell Him" lyricists chatting around the piano.

For the show, Jean-Jacques Goldman joined Celine Dion on "J'irai où tu iras", "To Love You More" features Taro Hakase on violin, and Diana King can be seen on a screen during "Treat Her Like a Lady." The CD contains an abbreviated version of the concert, primarily showcasing her French-language songs. A live video of 'Dans Un Autre Monde" was used to promote both the CD and DVD packages. The anglophone version of the tour has not been released to the public.

Critical receptionEdit

For the tour, Dion received mainly positive reviews from music critics. Many of the writers commended the singer's intimate connection with the audience, despite the massive size of the stadiums and arenas. For the inaugural concert in Boston, Steve Morse (The Boston Globe) writes "Despite Dion's nerves, she was able to pull off a successful concert". He continues, "For pure entertainment, however, this was a volcanic triumph". Dion thanked Boston fans for being "lucky charm people"; this was the third time she opened a world tour here.[31]

At The Arena in Oakland, James Sullivan (San Francisco Chronicle) felt the night showed off Dion's prowess as a performer. He elaborated, "Easily the best part of the 80-minute set came when Dion summoned her band to center stage, where they sat on the lip of the riser as she essayed a medley of some favorite songs. Roberta Flack's 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', the Beatles' 'Pet Sounds'-inspired 'Because' and Eric Clapton's 'Tears in Heaven' were all delivered with tender care—no small feat in a basketball gym. Even Sinatra's 'All the Way' steered clear of swagger, and the accordion gave all four songs a touch of Dion's romantic French-language roots."[32]

Adam Sandler (Variety) provided a positive review of Dion's concert at the Great Western Forum. He states, "To her credit, Celine Dion kept the vocal histrionics and hyper stage movements she has become known for to a minimum during her sold-out show Wednesday at the Forum, preferring instead to illustrate her evolution as an artist through singing prowess and a relaxed stage manner."[33] Jane Stevenson (Jam! Music) gave the singer's show at the new Air Canada Centre four out of five stars. She says, "But as the first song of the night, 'Let's Talk About Love', progressed, her nine-person band eventually rose up alongside her, while a children's choir later took the stage for the song's big ending."[34]


  • Tour director: Suzanne Gingue
  • Production director: Ian Donald
  • Assistant to the tour director: Michel Dion
  • Front of house sound engineer: Danis Savage
  • Stage sound engineer: Daniel Baron
  • Sound system technicians: François Desjardins, Marc Beauchamp, Marc Thériault
  • Lighting director: Yves Aucoin
  • Assistant lighting director: Normand Chassé
  • Lighting technicians: Jean-François Canuel, Antoine Malette, Michel Pommerleau
  • Band gear technicians: Jean-François Dubois, Guy Vignola, Stéphane Hamel
  • Head Carpenter: Donald Chouinard
  • Set: Tonje Wold
  • Head rigger: Frédéric Morosovsky
  • Production assistant: Patrick Angélil
  • Keyboards: Claude "Mego" Lemay
  • Drums: Dominique Messier
  • Bass: Marc Langis
  • Keyboards: Yves Frulla
  • Guitars: André Coutu
  • Percussion: Paul Picard
  • Violin on "To Love You More": Taro Hakase
  • Backing vocals, cello and tin whistle: Elise Duguay
  • Backing vocals: Julie LeBlanc, Terry Bradford (1998), Gregory Charles (Montreal 1998), Barnev Valsaint (1999)

External linksEdit


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