Thursday, May 30, 2024

Lady Gaga Joining Tony Bennett for 95th Birthday MTV Unplugged Show Taping This Friday


Tony Bennett celebrates his 95th birthday on August 3rd. To commemorate it, he’s taping an MTV Unplugged show this Friday morning in New York with Lady Gaga.

They’ll be singing songs from their album of Cole Porter duets, coming from Columbia Records the last week of July. It was recorded before the pandemic. I first told you about it in 2014.

Tony is battling Alzheimer’s Disease, so taping a show — and early in the day — is the best way to get this pair of pals properly.

What a thrill it will be to see the two of them when the show is finished and ready for broadcast. I was lucky enough to be with them five summers ago for Tony’s 90th birthday at the Rainbow Room when Gaga entertained an all star guest list that included Stevie Wonder. It was a night I’ll never forget.

All through the pandemic, Tony’s been posting photos of his painting and cooking, his other favorite pastimes. He’s approached Alzheimer’s with a good sense of humor. But look, when you’re 95, just being alive is something. To still be able to do all those things and sing with that incredible voice– it’s not bad!

The last 30 or more years Tony’s enjoyed an unprecedented Renaissance of his career, touring the world, selling millions of albums, doing what he loves as a gift to all of us. It’s been one of the highlights of our generation to have him amongst us. And now he’s giving us a gift on his birthday! We can’t ask for more than that!

Happy Birthday, Tony! Can’t wait to hear you and Gaga together again!



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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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