Tuesday, September 11, 2012

~ My Evening with Tony Bennett ~

Yes!   It was absolutely phenomenal.  This incredibly talented man is 85 years of age and he still rocks it!  I had a very busy day yesterday....moving furniture, etc., and was totally exhausted.  I wouldn't have missed it for anything though. During the performance, there were so many standing ovations and my body was killing me!  He was doing fantastic ~ :-)  

He has so many stories he shares and I know there are thousands.  Actually, Bob Hope gave him the name Tony Bennett.  Bob asked when they first met in Greenwich Village,  Tony working with Pearl Bailey,  what his name was.  Tony responded, "Anthony Dominick Benedetto".  Bob said, "We'll call you Tony Bennett" and that's how it happened.  A new Americanized name! 

The musicians were simply superb ~ amazingly talented.  The pianist was spectacular!!  There are not enough adjectives to describe him and his abilities.  I've always, always wanted to play the piano so I was fixated on his playing. 

The photos below were made in March, this year.  Pictured with him in the first one is Antonia, his daughter.  She opened for him last night and they sang one song together.  She has a very nice voice and apparently adores her father!  She said she is accompanying him world wide on his tours and loves the experience.  Yay for both of them!

And obviously, he's doing well in the exercise dept!

The Bass Performance Hall in Ft. Worth is world renowned for it's beauty and acoustics.  It is really spectacular.  These photos are from a Ft. Worth website:

 The angels blowing horns are so unique.

A view of the seating areas ~ we were in the 2nd row on the right, lower level...near the entrance doors you can see in the rear.  Excellent seats!

A close-up of one of the angels.  Really grand, right?

Thanks for taking a look!  I know he has some incredible music out there, however, the Duets II is one of the best!  He made a remark early on that he enjoyed the experience with each person, however, he had the most fun with Lady GaGa. ;-) The song reflects that fun I think.


Gina said...

Oh you lucky girl! I love Tony Bennett. He really is amazing for his age. He paints too, as I recall.

NanaDiana said...

One of the last true gentlemen of that generation. What a wonderful tribute to him. Blessings- xo Diana

Lisa said...

You lucky ducky! I adore him - he is always on my pandora radio station.

Debbiedoo's said...

Oh how fabulous Pat. I adore Tony Bennett, that man is truly amazing! I am so happy you had a fabulous time.

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

So glad you had such a wonderful evening and so very glad you are doing well! Looking forward to things slowing down a bit so that I can get back to blogging and keep up with all of you wonderful bloggers :)

Designs By Pinky said...

What a great experience. I haven't been to a concert in years. Miss it.

Mary Smither said...

How neat! I didn't know about his daughter. Sounds like you had a grand ole time!

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Pat,

You are so lucky to have seen Tony Bennett. I adore him too! Italian's live long healthy lives. I think it's due to their diet.


Little Miss Maggie said...

Sounds like you had an incredible evening even though you were sore and tired. I love seing the older performers. They know what it means to entertain.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

I do love those crooners...I know it's not the same but I saw Michael Buble in concert a few years ago. Pretty terrific. He sings a lot of the older songs. Have a wonderful weekend!

suzyq said...

I saw him a few years ago - he was touring with k.d.Land ( another favorite of mine ) wow what a show they put on together -
Amazing right?
Sounds like a great night

Candace said...

What an incredible experience! Thanks for sharing it with us!