May 7, 2015
The Joint - Hard Rock Hotel
Las Vegas, NV USA
Review by Jennifer Reid
Photos by Freddy Salazar
He's Still Got Rhythm
Spring time in Tulsa brings sun, showers, and Tony Bennett. On May 7, The Joint at Hard Rock Casino welcomed the legend along with daughter Antonia. Music filled the air and lifelong fans filled the seats.
The night began with a short 5 song set from Antonia Bennett. Singing classics surely inspired by her father, she did take a moment to express gratitude to Brenda Lee. She had the pleasure of working with Brenda briefly and paid tribute to the idol with her rendition of "You Were Always on My Mind." Bennett then expressed her gratitude to her father for the ability to not only share the stage with him, but her daily life as well. With that, she graciously welcomed him to the stage.
Dressed head to toe in class, Tony Bennett spun, sang, and sashayed his way through an hour and fifteen minute set. At 88 years old he still pushes power through vocals with control that any budding artist should emulate. On two occasions, he paid tribute to those who have gone before him. The first being Duke Ellington, who today would be 168 years old. Ellington made an impression on Bennett and he cites that influence for part of his successful career. The second was Frank Sinatra. The two were favorites of each other and Bennett brought his soul back to life with "One More for the Road." A couple of his favorite ladies were showcased as well. One being his daughter, who returned to the stage for a tune accented with choreography. The second being dear friend Bonnie Raitt, who no matter how much Bennett begged to perform, remained in her seat to enjoy the show
The night would not have been complete without crowd favorites like "The Way You Look Tonight," and "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." He also brought out lesser known favorites like his first recording "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Who's Got the Last Laugh Now." He was sure to plug his new album with Lady Gaga, stating "go out and buy it. She could really use the money!" All laughter aside, he did proclaim his pride in it and encouraged the crowd to appreciate the new tunes in the same manner they had the classics.
With spunk and prosperity, Tony Bennett remains one of the truest gentlemen in music.