Tony Bennett se retira de los escenarios por consejo de los médicos

LOS ÁNGELES.- El cantante estadounidense, Tony Bennett, se retirará de los escenarios a los 95 años y por orden de los médicos que están tratando su caso de Alzhéimer, del que fue diagnosticado en 2016.

«No habrá más conciertos. Ha sido una decisión difícil, porque es un cantante capaz. Pero es orden de los médicos y su salud es más importante», explicó a la revista Variety su hijo Danny Bennett, que también trabaja como su representante.

Bennett había anunciado una gira de despedida pero, finalmente, los dos conciertos que protagonizó la semana pasada en el emblemático Radio City Music Hall de Nueva York junto a Lady Gaga serán sus últimos recitales. La cita ya era su gran despedida de Broadway.

Además, Gaga y Bennett publicarán el 1 de octubre un nuevo disco de jazz titulado «Love for Sale» y cuyo primer sencillo, «I Get a Kick Out of You», se publicó el pasado 3 de agosto, en coincidencia con el 95 cumpleaños de Bennett.

EFE

Tony Bennett Retires From Performing

The 95-year-old, who has been living with Alzheimer’s since 2016, is stepping back on “doctors’ orders”

Tony Bennett has reportedly taken his final bow: the legendary crooner is hanging it up after his two 95th birthday concerts at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall with Lady Gaga last week. According to his son and manager Danny Bennett, the singer has canceled the remainder of his 2021 tour dates and will instead retire from performing per “doctors’ orders.”

Earlier this year, Bennett’s family revealed that the 95-year-old has been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease since 2016, though to this point, the disease has not impacted his ability to perform. Still, given the fact that he’s pushing 100 and living with a degenerative disease, it makes sense that going on tour while the Delta variant continues to spread is unwise.

“There won’t be any additional concerts,” Danny Bennett said. “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. It’s not the singing aspect but, rather, the traveling. Look, he gets tired,” he continued. “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. We’re not worried about him being able to sing. We are worried, from a physical standpoint … about human nature. Tony’s 95.”

BY BONNIE STIERNBERG