Tony Bennett is withdrawing from concerts on doctor’s orders, it was announced Thursday.
The announcement comes a week after the 95-year-old legendary singer performed two nights at New York’s Radio City Music Hall with his famous collaborator Lady Gaga for to rave reviews.
“There will be no additional concerts,” said Danny Bennett, the singer’s son and manager, says Variety. “It was a difficult decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. This is, however, the orders of the doctors. His continued health is the most important part of it all, and when we heard from the doctors – when Tony’s wife Susan heard them – she said, ‘Absolutely not’.”
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In February, Tony Bennett and his family revealed to AARP Magazine that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.
“It’s not the singing aspect but rather the journey” says Danny Bennett. “He gets tired. … We don’t want him falling on stage, for example. We are not worried that he can sing. We are concerned, from a physical point of view… of human nature. Tony is 95 years old.
However, although he no longer performs live, the singer still has projects in the works. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga dropped their new single “I Get A Kick Out Of You” on August 3, which will appear on their collaborative album “Love For Sale” which will be released on October 1.
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