AceShowbiz - Celine Dion resumed her Las Vegas residency on Tuesday, October 3, two days after the mass shooting that rocked the city. Opening the show that night, the Canadian star delivered an emotional speech about the tragedy that took place on Sunday night.
"I never start a show like this, standing in front of the curtain, just talking. But tonight is very different," she began. "After Sunday night's incredibly tragic event, all of us here find ourselves asking a similar question: For you, it's 'Do we still go to Celine's show on Tuesday night, two days after the nightmare. For me, it's 'Can I still do my show? Should I still do my show only two days after the nightmare?' These are difficult questions."
Dion said, "But I want you to know that you have made the right choice in being here tonight, and the reason that I decided to do this show so soon is more than to just sing. It is to show love and support for those who are affected."
"On Sunday, we lost too many beautiful, innocent souls, and so many are still suffering," the 49-year-old superstar continued. "But tonight we're going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them through their tragic loss. They are going to need a lot of love, a ton of emotional support, as well as a great deal of financial aid."
The "Power of Love" hitmaker later told audience at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace that proceeds from Tuesday's show would be donated to the victims' families on behalf of the audience. "We dedicate tonight's show to all the victims and their families, and to the first responders, and to the doctors and nurses who are working around the clock to save lives," she added. "And to so many heroes who did whatever they could to help complete strangers in a time of desperate needs."
Other stars, like Jennifer Lopez and Jason Aldean, decided to cancel their shows in the wake of the mass shooting. J.Lo announced she would not perform her Las Vegas shows on Wednesday, October 4, Friday, October 6, and Saturday, October 7 out of respect for the victims and the families affected by the tragic incident, while Aldean scrapped his concert dates scheduled for this weekend.