Venue: The Colosseum
3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV
Show Dates: May 3, 2013
Show Times: 7:30pm
Age Restriction: 3
Starting at $79.50
Beloved pop singer Tony Bennett's popularity has endured like none other.
Bennett began his career performing in New York clubs before being discovered by Pearl Bailey and Bob Hope in 1949. Based on the strength of his demo, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," he was signed to an exclusive recording contract with Columbia. His song "Because of You," which became the biggest hit of 1951, ruled the charts for 31 weeks. Next came "Cold, Cold Heart," which proved equally successful. By 1964, Bennett had 24 big hits to his credit.
Bennett's fifth decade in popular music resulted in recognition from an entirely new generation of listeners. The MTV audience first took Bennett to heart during his appearance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the MTV Video Music Awards Ceremony in 1993. Later that year, his "Steppin' Out" video was added to MTV's Buzz Bin and appeared frequently on playlists of video music channels across the country. That December, in a series of six Christmas concerts hosted by alternative rock radio stations across the country, Bennett shared the stage with a number of musicians including Billy Idol, They Might Be Giants, the Lemonheads, Cowboy Junkies, Belly, and Porno For Pyros. In true pop culture fashion, he's even appeared on "The Simpsons."
"Tony Bennett has not just bridged the generation gap, he has demolished it," observed "The New York Times." "He has connected with a younger crowd weaned on rock. And there have been no compromises.”
Bennett has had albums reach the top of the Billboard chart in the 1950s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and the new century. Bennett continues to win over new audience members and record hits. In 2012, at the age of 86, he became the oldest artist to have a No. 1 album on the Billboard charts with his “Duets II.”
Bennett has won 17 Grammy Awards (including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award in 2001), two Emmy Awards, and has been named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Now in his 80s, Bennett continues to tour the world for concerts and other engagements.
In addition to all of his success, Bennett has been a champion of art education and humanitarian causes. He’s raised millions for both the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and he helped found the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in memory of his friend and staunch supporter.
Although Bennett has had strings of hits (“Because of You,” “Wonderful,” “Rags To Riches,” and more), he will always be best known for his signature song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."