Tony Bennett has canceled his scheduled tour dates in the wake of an at times heart-wrenching appearance billed as “One Last Time” in New York City.
The 95-year-old music icon — who is fighting a public battle with Alzheimer’s disease — will not be performing his rescheduled shows, which were already delayed in 2020 due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Variety.
The “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” crooner’s tour was originally set to relaunch in September in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The additional affected dates include New York, Maryland, Oklahoma and Canada. Ticket-holders are advised to contact the venues for information regarding refunds.
This latest development, sure to devastate loyal fans of the singer, comes on the heels of his pair of weepy shows with Lady Gaga — the perhaps presciently titled “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” — at Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 3 and Aug. 5.
The concerts were a celebration with a caveat: Phone cameras were banned, so as to not flood YouTube with fan clips. Attendants locked them away in security pouches as concertgoers arrived — but The Post was there to witness the historic moment. The show’s cryptic title had many in the audience fretting aloud that it was the “last chance ever” to see Bennett sing live.
The reason for their dissolution — the pair’s final album together, “Love for Sale,” a collection of Cole Porter tunes will drop on October 1 — is far sadder than the standard musical differences: Bennett revealed in February that he is suffering from a progressive, degenerative brain disease. He was officially diagnosed in 2016 — but he kept right on touring up until the pandemic shut down the live concert industry.
His family told AARP that his his battle with Alzheimer’s became seriously concerning in 2018 when he was recording “Love for Sale” with Lady Gaga.
Still, “life is a gift, even with Alzheimer’s,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, there was a production crew on-site filming Bennett and Gaga’s Radio City shows — and audience members, which included Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, were warned they could possibly end up on TV. Dozens of unforced standing ovations ensued throughout the compact 90-minute concerts.
Playing it classy, Gaga left the meat dress in her cooler and opted to hit the stage in a glittering white gown. Bennett, of course, oozed style in his suit and tie.
Beyond the lyrics to his signature tunes, the only words Bennett uttered throughout the show were “Beautiful” and “Beautiful night.” But he still possessed that unmistakable golden vocal touch.
And Gaga, who collaborated with him on a 2014 album, seems to agree wholeheartedly, believing perhaps that Bennett has more great stuff to give. After all, she kicks off their new music video for “I Get a Kick Out of You” by declaring, “Tony’s always ready.”
Danny Bennett, Tony’s son and longtime manager, said in the AARP piece announcing the diagnosis, “Managing my father for the last 40 years has been a privilege and an amazing journey. He never ceases to inspire me with his passion and dedication to all that life has to offer. The last four years has been no exception. He continues to sing and stay fit on a daily basis. I speak for the whole family in thanking his wonderful wife Susan for all the support and love she has given to him. Our wish is that by openly sharing his challenges with Alzheimer’s That we will give hope to all that face this condition and will help end the sigma surrounding this disease. Above all else, we want to be able to help raise awareness, advocate for advancing new therapies and one day soon, finding a cure.”
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