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Danny Bennett’s Words about Tony Bennett’s Last Concerts and Retirement

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jun 27, 2022
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Danny Bennett recently spoke about his father, legendary musician Tony Bennett's, final concerts, and his retirement. Here's what Danny had to say about the renowned icon.

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Renowned producer Danny Bennett, born in 1954, has spent years watching his father, famed musician Tony Bennett, fascinate millions of people worldwide with his magnificent singing voice.

Danny, contrary to his father, likes to work behind the camera. Tony's eldest son has over 50 producing credits to his name, including "Live by Request: K.D. Lang" in 2000, "Tony Bennett: An American Classic" in 2006, and "Tony Bennett: Duets II" in 2012.

Tony Bennett pictured inside a studio on September 13, 2016. | Source: Getty Images

Tony Bennett pictured inside a studio on September 13, 2016. | Source: Getty Images

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WHAT DID DANNY BENNETT SAY ABOUT TONY BENNETT?

Danny, Tony's manager for over 40 years, had nothing but good words about his father. The 68-year-old manager stated that his dad was at his best during his performance at New York City's Radio City Music Hall in August 2021. Danny said:

"Tony's always taken chances. It is, as he has always said — when others zig, he zags."

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Tony and his longtime music collaborator Lady Gaga successfully performed two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, the first of which celebrated Tony's 95th birthday.

Unfortunately, the sold-out gigs were among Tony's final appearances before retiring from music. Danny stated that his father would no longer conduct live performances in the future.

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It was difficult for Danny to cancel Tony's other gigs since he knows his father is still capable of performing, but Tony's doctors have reminded him that they must prioritize his dad's health.

Few of Tony's admirers thought they'd never see him perform again.

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Danny went on to say that he and his family are less concerned with Tony's talents and more worried about the musician's ability to travel. The longtime manager added that doing concerts is "too much" for his old father.

While Tony can no longer play live, Danny assured fans that his father can still do "other things," such as attend certain social functions and work on a potential biopic chronicling his father's life.

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DOES TONY BENNETT HAVE DEMENTIA?

Tony's family disclosed in February 2021 that he has Alzheimer's disease, a devastating form of age-related dementia marked by gradual memory loss.

Tony's wife, Susan Benedetto, recently revealed in an interview with "60 Minutes" host Anderson Cooper that she began to worry about her husband's memory six years ago.

Susan added that her husband is unaware of his condition. Despite increasingly losing his memory, Susan said that Tony still recognizes her and their children, Danny, Antonia, Joanna, and Dae.

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Few of Tony's admirers thought they'd never see him perform again. However, with the help of his family, Tony began preparing for this year's two performances with Lady Gaga dubbed "One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga."

The concert will be Tony's last show at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Tony's family hoped that his story would inspire individuals with Alzheimer's disease that there's hope amid the condition.

While working with Tony, Lady Gaga said he knows exactly what he's doing once the music comes in. The "Shallows" singer said she was simply there to ensure she didn't get in the way of that process.

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Danny was the one who introduced his father to Lady Gaga's music, instantly captivating Tony. He stated that his father was fascinated by the pop star's versatility, uniqueness, and work ethic.

He added she could sing "Bad Romance," wear an infamous meat dress and belt out powerful songs. Meanwhile, Tony and Lady Gaga will release their second duet album, "Love for Sale," on October 1 through Columbia/Interscope Records.

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