Celine Dion has Japan memories

Singer Celine Dion offered words of support and condolences Saturday to those in earthquake-ravaged Japan.

“Her heart goes out to all the people over there, and she’s wishing everything returns to normal as soon as possible,” said her husband/manager, Rene Angelil.

Dion, who opens her second Las Vegas headliner residency Tuesday at Caesars Palace, drew sellout crowds on 2008 tour stops in Tokyo and Osaka.

She has performed in Japan numerous times since winning the Yamaha World Festival singing competition in Tokyo in 1982, besting 100 others.

Only 14, and representing France, she won with “Tellement J’ai D’amour Pour Toi,” a song for her mother that means, “I have so much love for you.” It was written by Eddie Marney, who wrote songs for her first five albums. She honored him by naming one of her twins Eddie.

Since that trip to Japan, Dion has embraced the number 5 as her lucky number.

During the semifinals of the competition, she found a Japanese coin, that was worth five yen. When it was announced who would sing in what order, she was told she would be No. 5. She took it as a good omen and, after she won, it has been her lucky number ever since.

Celine, who start singing at 5, opened at Caesars on March 25, 2003, and ended her nearly five-year run on Dec. 15, 2007.

Her first son, Rene-Charles, was born on Jan. 25, 2001, and baptized on July 25 of that year.

Her twins, Nelson and Eddie, were baptized on March 5.

When our conversation returned to the earthquake in Japan, I asked Angelil if he or Celine had experienced one.

Two, he said. One in Quebec in 1988 and the other in Las Vegas at 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 16, 1999.

In the latter, “we were in the same suite we are in now (at Caesars). The chandeliers were swinging like crazy.”

They rushed to the lobby.

“I was still in my bathrobe. So was almost everyone else.”


Charlie Sheen’s “Winning” tour, if it happens, will almost certainly include a stop in Las Vegas, I hear. He’s told friends it could happen, but with Charlie, there are a lot of ifs. …

Confirmed: Elaine Wynn is moving out of Wynn Las Vegas, and there are indications — no surprise — her relocation to a luxury tower will happen before the April 30 wedding of ex-husband Steve Wynn and his British girlfriend, Andrea Hissom. Elaine Wynn was spotted in New York on Thursday, at a table next to former President Bill Clinton and his group, according to the New York Post’s gossip column Page Six. …

While taking in the Mountain West Conference men’s basketball tournament this weekend, I had a flashback to one of the best college games I ever covered. I had just transferred from AP’s Cincinnati office to San Diego’s in early 1980. BYU outlasted San Diego State 96-95 in a classic that was notable for where two of the standout point guards ended up. Danny Ainge, after playing in 1,000-plus NBA games, became president of the Boston Celtics in 2008. SDSU’s point guard that night had 11 assists and still holds the Aztecs’ career record for assists. But he pursued baseball after the San Diego Padres drafted him in the 10th round. Which is how Tony Gwynn ended up in Baseball’s Hall of Fame.


At Tao (The Venetian) on Friday: members of the Green Bay Packers, receiving a cake replica of the Super Bowl trophy. They included Brad Jones, Nick Barnett, Diyral Briggs and Morgan Burnett. … Comedian Wanda Sykes, with friends at BLT Burger (The Mirage) on Saturday. … Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Moon nightclub (Palms) on Friday. Ward was in town for an appearance at Derek Hough’s dance lesson with Clark County School District students at the Palms. Ward was with his “Dancing With the Stars” pro, Kym Johnson. … Portland Trailblazers center Greg Oden, at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Forum Shops at Caesars) on Friday. … Former NFL star Marshall Faulk, in town for the Mountain West Conference Tournament to support San Diego State, where he was a football sensation.


“Jimmer doesn’t need to go fishing. He simply goes to a river and says, ‘You, you and you, in the bucket.’ ” — From the Twitter feed of ouin2golf2, referring to BYU scoring machine Jimmer Fredette

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

News Videos
Stardust implosion anniversary
Twelve years ago today, the Stardust Resort and Casino was imploded. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Lawsuits filed against security contractors at Nevada National Security Site
Two lawsuits were filed today against the current and former government security contractors for the Nevada National Security Site, one on behalf of Jennifer Glover who alleges sexual discrimination and assault and the other on behalf of Gus Redding who alleges retaliation after he gave statements supporting Glover’s claims. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New housing option helps Las Vegas moms keep kids while kicking drugs
WestCare Nevada Women and Children’s Campus in Las Vegas has added a new transitional housing wing for women who have completed the inpatient treatment at the behavioral health nonprofit to help them as they go through outpatient treatment, shore up their finances and prepare to secure long-term housing. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Teenager in critical condition after being struck by an SUV in Henderson
Authorities were called about 2:45 p.m. to the scene in the 2100 block of Olympic Avenue, near Green Valley Parkway and Sunset Road. The teenager was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Water Question Part 3: Conservation loves a crisis
Future growth in the Las Vegas Valley will rest almost entirely on the community’s ability to conserve its finite share of the Colorado River.
The Water Question Part 7: How much can we grow?
Many experts agree that Southern Nevada can continue to grow, so long as residents are willing to do what needs to be done to stretch our crucial resource as far as it will go.
The Water Question Part 6: How many people can Southern Nevada’s water sustain?
The number can swing wildly depending on a host of variables, including the community’s rates of growth, conservation efforts and the severity of drought on the Colorado River.
Mylar Balloon Demo
NV Energy presented a demonstration Wednesday to depict the damage that can be caused by the release of Mylar balloons.
Educators dressed in red have taken to the streets to demand more for their students.
Educators dressed in red have taken to the streets to demand more for their students. Educators from around the State are bringing the Red for Ed movement to the steps of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, NV, and to the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Nature Conservancy Ranch
The Nature Conservancy just bought the 900-acre 7J Ranch at the headwaters of the Amargosa River, north of Beatty. The property could become a research station, though ranching will continue.
Swift water rescue at Durango Wash in Las Vegas
On Thursday, February 14, 2019, at approximately 8:42 a.m., the Clark County Fire Department responded to a report of a swift water incident where people were trapped in the Durango wash which is located near 8771 Halcon Ave. Personnel found one person who was trapped in the flood channel. The individual was transported to the hospital in stable condition. Video by Clark County Fire & Rescue.
Flooding at E Cheyenne in N. Las Vegas Blvd.
Quick Weather Around the Strip
Rain hits Las Vegas, but that doesn't stop people from heading out to the Strip. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Aaron Semas, professional bull rider, talks about his traumatic brain injuries
Aaron Semas, professional bull rider, talks about his traumatic brain injuries. The Cleveland Clinic will begin researching the brains of retired bull riders to understand the impact traumatic brain injuries have on cognition. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/ Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Matt Stutzman shoots arrows with his feet
Matt Stutzman who was born without arms shoots arrows with his feet and hits the bullseye with remarkable accuracy. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Secretary of Air Force Emphasizes the Importance of Nellis AFB
US Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson visited Nellis Air Force Base during Red Flag training and described how important the base is to the military.
Former Northwest Academy student speaks out
Tanner Reynolds, 13, with his mother Angela McDonald, speaks out on his experience as a former student of Northwest Academy in Amargosa Valley, which includes abuse by staff member Caleb Michael Hill. Hill, 29, was arrested Jan. 29 by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office on suspicion of child abuse.
Former Northwest Academy students speak out
Tristan Groom, 15, and his brother Jade Gaastra, 23, speak out on their experiences as former students of Northwest Academy in Amargosa Valley, which includes abuse by staff and excessive medication.
Disruption At Metro PD OIS Presser
A man claiming to be part of the press refused to leave a press conference at Metro police headquarters, Wednesday January 30, 2019. Officers were forced to physically remove the man. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Clients at Las Vegas’ Homeless Courtyard talk about their experience
Clients at Las Vegas’ Homeless Courtyard talk about their experience after the city began operating around the clock. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Las Vegas parts ways with operator of homeless courtyard
Jocelyn Bluitt-Fisher discusses the transition between operators of the homeless courtyard in Las Vegas, Thursday Jan. 24, 2019.(Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas police and Raiders partner with SafeNest
Las Vegas police and the Raiders partner with SafeNest on Project Safe 417 (the police code for domestic violence is 417). The program partners trained SafeNest volunteer advocates with Metropolitan Police Department officers dispatched to domestic violence calls, allowing advocates to provide immediate crisis advocacy to victims at the scene of those calls. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
North Las Vegas police chief discusses officer-involved shooting
North Las Vegas police chief Pamela Ojeda held a press conference Thursday, Jan. 24, regarding an officer-involved shooting that took place on Jan. 21. The incident resulted in the killing of suspect Horacio Ruiz-Rodriguez. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Volunteers gather for annual Clark County homeless count
Volunteers gather for the annual Southern Nevada Homeless Census, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Who can understand hospital price lists?
Lists of costs for procedures, drugs and devices are now posted the websites of hospitals to comply with a new federal rule designed to provide additional consumer transparency. Good luck figuring out what they mean.
People in Mesquite deal with a massive power outage
People in Mesquite respond to a major power outage in the area on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Group helping stranded motorists during power outage
A group of Good Samaritans are offering free gas to people in need at the Glendale AM/PM, during a massive power outage near Mesquite on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen falls at Las Vegas parade
U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen of Nevada fell and injured her wrist at the Martin Luther King Day parade in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (Nathan Asselin/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Local astronomers host super blood wolf moon viewing
The Las Vegas Astronomical Society paired with the College of Southern Nevada to host a lunar eclipse viewing Sunday night. Known as the super blood wolf moon, the astronomical event won't occur for another 18 years. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Tate Elementary shows academic progress after categorical funding
Students at Tate Elementary in Las Vegas has benefited from a program to boost education funding in targeted student populations, known as categorical funding. One program called Zoom helps students who have fallen below grade level in reading. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Home Front Page Footer Listing