Yes, Tony Bennett is retiring and it’s sad news for all of us, but he is 95 years old, so this has been coming for a while now.
Somehow, the virile veteran of the stage was still performing just last week alongside his young pal Lady Gaga for two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
However, his son and manager, Danny Bennett, has since revealed that they would be his last. As he told Variety in an interview: “There won’t be any additional concerts.”
Humbly adding: “This was a hard decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. This is, however, doctors’ orders.”
The star had previously been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease back in 2016, but he was fighting against the condition with the same strength that he always showed in his creative work and was set to embark on a tour later this year.
This tour has since been cancelled, as Danny Bennett confirmed: “His continued health is the most important part of this. It’s not the singing aspect but, rather, the travelling.”
Thankfully, this is far from the last we will be hearing of Tony Bennett in an artistic capacity as the Cole Porter cover album Love for Sale with Lady Gaga is due out on October 1st this year.
Here’s looking at you kid! Thanks for all the shows, Mr Tony Bennett.