After revealing that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Tony Bennett is slated to perform with Lady Gaga once again. “Come witness a new chapter in Unplugged’s history as Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga grace the Unplugged stage for the first time, performing fresh renditions off their brand new Jazz standards album — and a handful of surprises you definitely won’t want to miss,” the ticketing website advertised.
The show will take place on July 2nd at 11 a.m. EST. All audience members must show proof of COVID vaccination or bring a negative COVID test taken from that morning.
Tony Bennett to perform with Lady Gaga once more
The show is being held at an undisclosed location in New York, and there’s no telling if the show will be televised. Bennett was actually diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2016 but didn’t begin showing real signs of it until 2018. His wife, Susan Crow, opened up to AARP Magazine about how she feels about her husband’s diagnosis. “There’s a lot about him that I miss,” she says, “Because he’s not the old Tony anymore.”
He’s managing now, but will eventually succumb to his condition, his wife says
Despite anything, he is still able to perform, which his wife calls “the old Tony.” Dr. Gayatri Devi, who diagnosed Bennett, opened up about Bennett and his diagnosis a bit further. “He is doing so many things, at 94, that many people without dementia cannot do,” Devi says. “He really is the symbol of hope for someone with a cognitive disorder.”
It was back in February that his wife had to get candid about his condition, saying that Bennett will eventually succumb to the disease. “Hopefully he’ll just go to sleep one night and that will be that. I’m hoping and praying that he won’t take a turn for the worse that’s really crazy bad,” she said at the time.
Bennett and Lady Gaga first sang together back on their 2015 album Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live!.