“Tony Bennett has not just bridged the generation gap, he has demolished it. He has solidly connected with a younger crowd… And there have been no compromises.” — The New York Times
Dainty Group proudly presents TONY BENNETT, the Grammy Award-winning musician, whose music spans over six decades, performing LIVE IN AUSTRALIA this April. The tour will see Tony perform at Sydney’s iconic Opera House, in Melbourne‘s majestic Regent Theatre, Brisbane’s world class Convention Centre and at the stunning outdoor setting Tempus Two Winery in the Hunter Valley. This marks Bennett”s first Australian tour in nine years since the hugely successful tour he did with k.d.lang. Antonia Bennett, Tony’s youngest daughter and a graduate of the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA, will be joining her father for all the Australian tour dates.
Tickets for TONY BENNETT LIVE IN CONCERT go on sale on Wednesday 1st February 2012
With worldwide record sales in the millions, and dozens of platinum and gold albums to his credit, TONY BENNETT is a musician who touches the hearts and souls of audiences with his charming vocals and humble stage presence. His long list of achievements, spanning over 60 years, includes fifteen Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, making this artist a true international treasure. His signature tunes, such as “Steppin’ Out With My Baby” and “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” form part of the fabric of American music culture. Often billed as the world’s most boyish octogenarian, TONY BENNETT is a vital musical artist at the peak of his powers.
Bennett’s initial successes came via a string of Columbia singles in the early 1950's, including such chart-toppers as "Because of You," "Rags to Riches," and a remake of Hank Williams' "Cold, Cold Heart." He had 24 songs in the Top 40, including: "I Wanna Be Around," "The Good Life," "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)?” and his signature song, "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," which garnered him the first two of his 15 Grammy Awards. Tony Bennett is one of only a handful of artists to have new albums charting in the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's and 10’s. He introduced a multitude of songs into the great American Songbook that have since become pop music classics.
“Gratitude and joy, gruffness and beauty balance each other perfectly in singing that has grown more rhythmically acute with each passing year.” (The New York Times)
TONY BENNETT celebrated his 85th birthday with a new CD, “Duets II” which was released on RPM/Columbia Records and made music history by making Tony the oldest artist to ever have a #1 CD on the Billboard album charts. Bennett began the recording process with several artists during Grammy week last February at LA’s famed Capitol Studios. Subsequent recording sessions in New York, Nashville and Italy rounded out the completion of the CD. Featured on “Duets II” are Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, and the late Amy Winehouse, whose last recording session was for this project. “Duets II,” produced by Phil Ramone follows up “Tony Bennett Duets: An American Classic” CD, the 2006 Grammy winning best selling CD which became the singer’s best selling CD to date. “Duets II” was recently nominated for three Grammy Awards.
TONY BENNETT has also received critical acclaim for his television appearances, including an Emmy Award and Cable Ace Award for his groundbreaking television special, Live By Request…Tony Bennett, featuring a unique interactive format in which the viewing audience called in song requests during the program. This groundbreaking concept, created by Bennett, eventually evolved into a series on the A&E network and was an on-air favourite for nine years. TONY BENNETT was also the subject of a major television special, Tony Bennett: An American Classic, which aired on NBC in Autumn 2006 and won seven Emmy Awards.
TONY BENNETT is also a talented painter. He has exhibited his work in galleries around the world, and was chosen to be the official artist of the 2001 Kentucky Derby, creating two paintings in celebration of the iconic event. The United Nations also commissioned two paintings from him, including one for its 50th anniversary and three of his original paintings are part of the permanent collection in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
Throughout his career, TONY BENNETT has put his heart and time into supporting humanitarian concerns. His many charitable works include raising millions towards Diabetes, and lending his artwork to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. In 2007, he was honoured by the United Nations for his humanitarian efforts with the Citizen of the World award. Together with his wife, Susan, TONY BENNETT established the charitable organization, Exploring the Arts (ETA) to support arts education in public high schools. Tony founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, a NYC public high school in his hometown of Astoria, Queens and ETA now supports 14 additional NYC public high schools throughout New York City.
TONY BENNETT returns to Australia for LIVE shows not to be missed!
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES 2012
Tickets on sale Wednesday 1st February 2012
Monday 2nd & Wednesday 4th April 2012– Regent Theatre
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136100
Saturday 7th April 2012 – Brisbane Convention Centre
Tickets from www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849
Monday 9TH and Wednesday 11th April 2012 – Sydney Opera House
Tickets from www.sydneyoperahouse.com 02 9250 7777 OR www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136100
Saturday 14th April 2012 – Tempus Two Winery
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136100