Friday, July 12, 2024

Tony Bennett’s 90th Birthday Celebration Taped with Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder Et Al for NBC Special


Tony Bennett’s real 90th birthday was back on August 3rd. But why quibble? NBC taped a special last night at Radio City Music Hall set for airing on December 20th.

There was an all star list of performers, but I won’t tell you until we get closer to the airdate who did what. Suffice to say, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli are among the musical guests. Alec Baldwin pitches in, as does Steve Buscemi and other of Tony’s celebrity pals.

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In the audience I ran into Rob Stringer, head of Sony Records, Rob Light of CAA (the top music agent), and Ellen Levine, of Hearst Publications, as well as John Titta from ASCAP. There are some video presentations. And one more artist will be added in, I know who it is but must remain mum for the time being. A BIG name.

The night also served as a fundraiser for Bennett’s charity, Exploring the Arts.

I will tell you one thing: Lady Gaga gets a standing ovation for something (I can’t say what) and the best star of the night is Tony himself. What is with Tony Bennett? He’s 90! He just gets better and better.

More in December when it’s all put together. But what a nice Christmas present from Tony!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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