Last August, Canadian singer Celine Dion announced she was canceling her performance dates through March at the Colosseum at Caesars Las Vegas. She said she needed time to focus on her husband who had a cancerous tumor removed a year ago in December.
Dion had her own troubles too. An inflammation in her throat muscles has kept her off the stage since July.
Enter Mariah Carey, the pop star who comes to the rescue.
Carey filled dates in May and July in the 4,296-seat auditorium that has housed Cher, Bette Midler and Shania Twain, who just ended her two-year residency in December. Carey joins Rod Stewart, Elton John and the upcoming country shows from Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn in the venue.
Carey plans to perform 18 of her No. 1 singles, set to coincide with a new album "#1's” debuting later this year that will be a mix of hits and new songs.
“Vision of Love,” “Hero,” “Fantasy,” “We Belong Together” and “Touch My Body” are just some of the songs to be featured in the show. Fans can only hope to hear “Emotion,” where Carey hits that note way up there.
Caesars is banking on Carey turning a fan base that bought 200 million records during her career.
“I have so many ideas for the show that I’m currently working on and am excited to perform all of my No. 1 singles together for the first time and others that are very close to my heart,” Carey said in a press statement. "My songs are the soundtrack of my life, and I can’t wait to share them with my fans on stage.”
The news comes in the midst of her divorce proceedings from “America's Got Talent” host Nick Cannon. The couple married in 2008 and have two children, fraternal twins Monroe and Moroccan, born in 2011.
Performances begin May 6 with tickets starting at $55 and going up to $250.