Tony Bennett canceled his fall and winter 2021 tour dates and retired from the tour.
The legendary crooner, 95, retires from concerts in New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Arizona, Oklahoma and Canada. Ticket holders should check with local sites for information regarding refunds.
“There won’t be any additional concerts,” singer’s son Danny Bennett told Variety. “It was a difficult decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. That is the doctor’s orders however. His continued health is the most important part of this, and when Tony’s wife, Susan, heard the doctors, she said, ‘Absolutely not.’ “
“It’s not the singing aspect but more the travel,” added Danny. “He gets tired. We don’t want him to fall on stage, for example. We don’t fear that he is able to sing. We are worried, from a physical point of view… of human nature. “
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Bennett teamed up with Lady Gaga for two nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City last week. The concerts were filmed for later broadcast.
Lady Gaga and Bennett previously collaborated on the song “The Lady Is a Tramp” for Bennett’s 2011 album “Duets II”.
Their collaborative album “Cheek to Cheek” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Album charts and won them a Grammy for “Best Traditional Pop Vocal.”
In February 2021, Bennett announced in an interview with AARP magazine that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.
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“Life is a gift – even with Alzheimer’s disease. thanks to [his wife] Susan and my family for their support and the AARP, ”the caption wrote on Twitter, adding: “The magazine to tell my story.”
In the story, Susan said that Bennett “doesn’t always know where he is or what’s going on around him,” but music helps his brain health.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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