Lady Gaga remains resolute in her commitment to paying tribute to the cherished memory of her collaborative partner and mentor, Tony Bennett.
Lady Gaga Performs
The iconic artist, now 37 years old, made a triumphant return to her Lady Gaga: Jazz & Piano Las Vegas residency on Thursday,
Marking her first performance since May 2022.
This special concert series showcases classic jazz melodies and intimate renditions of Lady Gaga’s Grammy-winning songs.
The occasion, however, held even greater significance as it was the first show following the passing of the legendary Tony Bennett in late July. Gaga, deeply moved by the loss, took this opportunity to pay heartfelt tribute to the revered musician.
Enthusiastic fans were quick to capture video clips of the “Bad Romance” sensation addressing the audience during her performance, where she fondly reminisced about Tony Bennett. Bennett, an icon in the world of music, peacefully passed away at the age of 96 in July. He had valiantly faced Alzheimer’s disease since his diagnosis in 2016.
Lady Gaga Dedicated
In a touching moment, Lady Gaga dedicated a song to Susan Benedetto, Tony’s beloved wife. Reportedly, Susan, who tied the knot with the renowned recording artist in 2007 after two decades of companionship, was present in the audience, making the tribute all the more poignant.
Susan, Gaga commenced her heartfelt tribute,
“Every person in this audience has an immense amount of love for you.”
She went on to express,
“Honestly, I found it challenging to put into words how I felt about Tony because, in all honesty, this entire performance was dedicated to him, entirely.”
The A Star is Born actress emphasized that every element of the show, from the opening number to the middle acts, the dazzling costumes and jewelry, the musical instruments, the conducting, and the spontaneous improvisations, were all crafted as a loving homage to his memory.
Gaga also shared her perspective on how she believes the late jazz icon would prefer her to carry on with her performances. She conveyed, “Having a deep understanding of Tony as I do, I am confident he would feel quite disappointed if he observed me in a state of melancholy.
So, I couldn’t step out here and let sadness take over.I performed this song when Tony was still among us, and I shall perform it now, even though he has departed, because he will forever reside in our hearts.
Fly Me to the Moon
The pop sensation proceeded to give another heartfelt nod to Tony Bennett’s widow. I can never match Tony’s brilliance, but
With these words, she began a graceful, slower rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon.” Midway through the song, she even incorporated Susan Benedetto’s name, seamlessly blending it into the chorus as a touching tribute.
Love for Sale
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s remarkable journey began in 2011 when they crossed paths at a gala event. As their bond strengthened, it culminated in the production of two Grammy-winning albums: “Cheek to Cheek” released in 2014, and “Love for Sale” in 2021.
Their musical collaboration extended beyond the studio, as they frequently graced the stage together, treating audiences to unforgettable performances. Notably, their partnership culminated in a momentous event: Tony Bennett’s final show, a grand celebration of his 95th birthday at New York’s prestigious Radio City Music Hall in August 2021.
Radio City Music Hall
In latest weeks, the celebrated “Shallow” singer has continuously paid tribute to Tony Bennett’s enduring legacy.
On the event of what might had been his 97th birthday, Lady Gaga took to Instagram to percentage a heartfelt message Accompanying the message was a photo of herself adorned in a black gown, captured in Tony’s hometown of New York City.
“Happy Birthday Tony. August 3rd, a day that we celebrate as Tony Bennett Day, a day meant for joy. But for me, Tony, your celebration is a year-round affair.
Every time I take the stage to sing jazz, it’s a celebration of you. Every moment spent with your family, a testament to your enduring spirit. As I walk via the streets of New York, I’ll convey with me the iconic reminder of your profound contributions to this town and the arena at large.
New York Lady Gaga
In the wake of his passing, she also crafted a poignant tribute which she shared on her Instagram account.
Her phrases conveyed the intensity of her emotions:
I will miss the moments we spent singing side by side, the hours spent recording together, our heartfelt conversations, and the electrifying stage moments we shared.
Lady Gaga further reflected on their unique connection, saying, “With Tony, I experienced a timeless journey. Together, we possessed a magical ability – to transport ourselves to a different era, to breathe new life into classic music as a dynamic duo.
However, it wasn’t an act; our bond was profoundly genuine
After commending his lifelong commitment to social justice and his uplifting spirit, she went on to share her personal sentiments.
Our farewell was a profound and enduring one. Despite the five-decade age gap that stood between us, he was more than a collaborator; he was my genuine and cherished friend.”
Lady Gaga’s ongoing Piano & Jazz residency, initially launched in January 2019, will persist with an additional 11 shows scheduled through October 5th.