The iconic singer Tony Bennett has retired from performing at the age of 95.
This was confirmed by Bennett’s son Danny, who said that his father will not be doing any more shows in the future.
“There won’t be any additional concerts,” Danny told Variety. ”This was a hard decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. This is, however, doctors’ orders. His continued health is the most important part of this, and when we heard the doctors — when Tony’s wife, Susan heard them — she said, ‘Absolutely not.’”
“He’ll be doing other things, but not those upcoming shows,” he added. “It’s not the singing aspect but, rather, the traveling. Look, he gets tired. The decision is being made that doing concerts now is just too much for him. We don’t want him to fall on stage, for instance — something as simple as that.”
Danny went on to assure fans, “We’re not worried about him being able to sing. We are worried, from a physical stand point… about human nature. Tony’s 95.”
This comes after Bennett did a few shows at Radio City Music Hall this month that Danny described as “triumphant. He sounded amazing for a man of any age.” Danny added that he performed so well that fans questioned whether he really has Alzheimer’s disease, which he has been battling since 2016.
“They kept telling me that we lied, that there was no way Tony had Alzheimer’s,” Danny said with a laugh. “I assured everyone that he does. … Yes, here he was, at 95, and still singing like this: strong, Emotive. But still, it is a complex question: how can he do this?”
“My answer is that this is where he has lived his whole life and where he is most happy — on the stage, making music,” Danny continued. “Dealing as we have with Alzheimer’s for the last four-five years, it’s cognitive. He has short-term memory loss. That, however, does not mean that he doesn’t still have all this stored up inside of him.”
“He doesn’t use a Teleprompter,” he said. “He never misses a line. He hits that stage, and goes. Tony may not remember every part of doing that show. But, when he stepped to the side of the stage, the first thing he told me was: ‘I love being a singer.’”