(UK) Following the immediate sell out of their June 8th performance at Royal Albert Hall, Live Nation has announced 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. The second show, Tuesday June 9th at Royal Albert Hall will go on sale 9am on Friday, November 7th. Click here for full details.
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.’”