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Celine Dion to Perform at Benefit

September 27, 2001

MONTREAL (AP) _ Celine Dion will join other entertainers at a benefit concert Friday for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

Dion stopped performing live on Jan. 1, 2000, to have a child, a boy born a year later.

The 33-year-old singer appeared on last week’s TV celebrity telethon, singing ``God Bless America.″ There was no live audience for the show, broadcast live in the United States and Canada, which generated more than $150 million in pledges to benefit families of the World Trade Center and Pentagon attack victims.

British singer Peter Gabriel and Quebec artists Bruno Pelletier, Les Respectables, Offenbach, Luck Merville and Pierre Flynn also were expected to take part in the Montreal show, organizers said, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross.

Earlier this year, Dion announced plans to headline a show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas beginning in March 2003.

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