Celine Dion revealed she has been diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), a rare neurological disorder with features of an autoimmune disease, and as a result had to cancel her concert originally scheduled in Athens on June 9, 2023.
Specifically, with her announcement, the famous singer made it known that her spring European tour, Courage World Tour, which was scheduled to take place from February 24 to April 11, 2023, has been postponed.
She also announced the cancellation of eight concerts which were scheduled for the summer of 2023 (among them her concert in Greece on June 9, 2023). The concerts scheduled from August 26 to October 4, 2023 will take place as usual.
As she revealed with tears in her eyes in a video he posted on Instagram, she is dealing with the rare and incurable neurological disorder SPS.
Before the outbreak of the pandemic, Celine Dion had performed the first 52 concerts of the Courage World Tour, in North America, and stopped her tour in March 2020.
Since then, the famous performer is undergoing treatment to recover from serious and persistent muscle spasms that prevent her from performing live. Her medical team is constantly reassessing her condition and continuing her treatment.
The spring leg of the European tour will begin on March 6, 2024 in Prague and conclude on April 22, 2024 in London.
In summary, the concerts that were supposed to take place in the spring: February 24 - April 11, 2023, are rescheduled from March 6 to April 22, 2024.
Summer concerts from May 31 to July 17 are cancelled.
Concerts from August 26th to October 4th will be held as scheduled.
"I've been dealing with problems with my health for a long time," said Dion on Instagram.
"And it's been really difficult for me to face these challenges and to talk about everything that I've been going through," she continued in the emotionally-charged video.
"Recently I've been diagnosed with a very rare neurological disorder called the stiff person syndrome which affects one in a million people.
'While we're still learning about this rare condition, we now know this is what's been causing all the spasms I've been having."
She added: "Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes causing difficulties when I walk and not allowing me to use my vocal chords to sing the way I'm used to.
"It hurts me to tell you today that this means I won't be ready to restart my tour in Europe in February".
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What will happen to the tickets?
It should be noted that tickets purchased for the rescheduled 2023 concerts remain valid for the new 2024 dates.
Ticket holders for the eight canceled summer concerts will be refunded.
Customers who wish to redeem their tickets / vouchers should send a relevant request by e-mail from Friday 9 December 2022 until Friday 30 December 2022.
Redemption requests beyond this period will not be accepted. The refund process will be carried out depending on the way of purchasing tickets, as follows:
1. Customers who purchased their tickets through Viva should send their order number via e-mail to [email protected] The refund will then be made to the card used when purchasing the tickets.
2. Customers who bought their tickets with cash from a physical service point of the Viva network, should send an e-mail to [email protected] with their bank account details, so that the corresponding amount can be deposited.
The information that should be sent is:
3. Customers who have converted their tickets into vouchers can request their redemption by sending the details of their order (voucher) via e-mail to [email protected]
4. Ticketholders who purchased their tickets from the Hunter Agency physical sales outlet, 42 Panepistimiou, have the possibility to redeem their tickets from the same outlet, from Wednesday 14 December to Friday 30 December 2022.