Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett staged a historical performance at Radio City Music Hall, marking Bennett’s last concert before he announced his retirement from touring. Tony Bennett won over generations of fans crooning “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” And on his 95th birthday, he won their heart all over again.The performance came six months after Bennett and his family revealed he is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Bennett sang alongside Lady Gaga before sold-out crowds in a two-concert series in early August billed as his final New York performances.A special TV show, One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga was aired on Sunday. November 28, by CBS that featured the 11 stunning performances.
The show was recorded in August on Bennett’s birthday, when he was joined by the House of Gucci star for a two-concert series as he bid adieu to the stage. However, to let a much-wider audience witness the heart-touching moments, the concert was broadcasted yesterday.
The hour-long stint consisted of 11 show tunes, including Fly Me to the Moon and Steppin’ Out With My Baby as well as Tony’s duets with Lady Gaga in Love For Sale and Anything Goes.
During the show Gaga payed honour to the ‘most important and enduring voice’ of the last century. She also called Benett her ‘mentor, a saviour and a dear friend’, noting that she strives to make him proud by tonight’s performance.According to Tvline, the performance began with Lady Gaga crooning four tracks, followed by Tony joining in to sing Watch What Happens. The closing act was Tony’s fan favourite song I Left My Heart in San Francisco.
After One Last Time premiered, Gaga also penned a heartwarming tribute for Tony. She took to her Instagram handle on Monday, November 29 and uploaded a glimpse from the concert. In a teary-eyed tribute for the musical maestro and his family, she wrote,” The real “Lady” of the hour is Susan Benedetto, Tony’s remarkable wife. Thank you Susan for how you love @itstonybennett ❤️ I love you and Tony and the whole family so much. I’ll cry about tonight forever. #OneLastTime”
Bennett and Gaga first collaborated for 2011’s Duets II, while their second association came with the Grammy Winning album Cheek to Cheek. Love For Sale, which came out on September 30, 2021, marks their third and final collaboration.
The musical duo has also gained six Grammy nominations for their Love For Sale album. It has been nominated under major award categories of Album of the Year, Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical), while their single I Get A Kick Out Of You from the album has been selected under Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo or Group Performance categories.