Tony Bennett Woos Minneapolis Again!
Tony Bennett’s fans span the ages, but there is a definite advantage to watching a 92-year-old performer that “seasoned” fans will most appreciate. Bennett has been doing this long enough that he doesn’t do any more than necessary.
By that I mean he knows what should be in the show and what shouldn’t. He is quoted in the Tampa Bay Times article by Jay Cridlin, “Tony Bennett, still touring at 91, does not need to explain himself:”
“‘I think from doing it so many years, you learn what to leave out and what to put in,’ Bennett says, breaking down his ageless show from his home in New York City, in an interview that started off pretty well, and ended up … well, hang on, we’ll get there.
‘It’s very effective, because you don’t waste anyone’s time. It doesn’t become boring. You just go right to where you get what you want to get to the audience.’”
If you’re at all concerned that age will tarnish his voice or presence, rest easy. Also from Cridlin’s article:
“A performer of Bennett’s stature could skate by on audience goodwill. But he’s not having any of that. Bennett works for his ovations. When he sings But Beautiful or The Boulevard of Broken Dreams, his band drops deep into the mix, putting his nine-decade-old voice on delicate display. He’s on a high wire up there, baring his voice for critique. On Fly Me to the Moon, he drops the mic entirely and just belts the thing out a cappella. He does it so you can hear every fraction of a decibel, so you can feel like you’re almost cheek to cheek.”
And from Howard Reich’s Chicago Tribune “Review: Yes, Tony Bennett still sings grandly at 91:”
“Even if Tony Bennett hadn’t turned 91 the day before he played Ravinia, his concert Friday night would have been one for the record books.
Not simply because he sang more than two dozen songs at something close to perfection, but also because of the expressive breadth of his work, the insights of his lyric reading, the impeccable quality of his pitch and his singular way of shaping a melody.”
See the legend Sunday, July 28th at 7:00 pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Tickets are $74.50 to $130. Downtown parking near the venue is just $6 all day at the Park and Shop ramps.