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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga announce additional show at London's Royal Albert Hall due to demand
Following the immediate sell out of their June 8th performance at Royal Albert Hall, Live Nation is pleased to announce that due to demand, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga will be now be performing two shows at the Royal Albert Hall. As previously announced, the first of these two shows on Monday 8th will be to the benefit of WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children which has Prince Harry as its Patron. Find ticket information here.
These one in a lifetime performances will feature tracks from their critically acclaimed album Cheek to Cheek which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 charts upon its release on Sept. 23. At 88, Bennett remains the oldest artist in music industry history to have an album on the #1 spot on the Billboard charts. Cheek To Cheek marks Lady Gaga's third consecutive #1 album release in just over three years
The performances will be accompanied by a full orchestra along with each artist's jazz ensembles who will also serve as special guests for the evening.
Cheek To Cheek features classic jazz standards sung by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in a combination of vocal duets and solo performances. From the title track to “But Beautiful” to “I Won’t Dance,” the record showcases the chemistry between the two artists, who span 60 years in age. As Bennett says, “What I really love about being a jazz singer is that jazz artists are very creative, very honest, from phrase to phrase” and Lady Gaga adds, “We wanted to make something that sounded perfect because of the quality of the emotion…the honesty.” Cheek To Cheek also features the Lady Gaga solo “Lush Life,” accompanied by Tony Bennett’s solo of “Sophisticated Lady.” The two songs complement each other, as Lady Gaga explains, “I loved making ‘Lush Life,’ Tony mentored me emotionally through the process,” and Tony Bennett adds, “I sang ‘Sophisticated Lady’ to answer her on ‘Lush Life,’ and because Duke Ellington wrote it, who collaborated with Billy Strayhorn, the writer of ‘Lush Life.’” Recorded in New York City, Cheek To Cheek took over a year to complete and features jazz musicians associated with both artists including members of Bennett’s quartet: Mike Renzi, Gray Sargent, Harold Jones and Marshall Wood as well pianist Tom Ranier. Jazz trumpeter Brian Newman, a long-time friend and colleague of Lady Gaga appears on the album as well with his NYC-based jazz quintet. Jazz soloists on selected tracks include tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter George Rabbai and flutist Paul Horn, who passed away in July.
Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.
What the critics are saying about Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: ‘Cheek To Cheek’:
"Cheek to Cheek reiterates Bennett’s easy charm and flawless pitch, and shows Gaga in a fascinating new light. Pop's odd couple strike gold" - 4*, Daily Mail
"Two accomplished vocalists having fun - Bennett keeps it suave, Gaga is a wonder" - 4*, The Guardian
"Songs from the Great American Songbook are sung with fealty to their roots, with backing by the cream of New York’s jazz scene. It’s a revelation." - 4*, The Times
"What sounded on paper like a gimmick, turned out to be a match made in heaven." - 4*, Daily Telegraph (Live show review from Brussels, Belgium)
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