American music icon Tony Bennett has retired from performing, as per doctor’s’ instructions. News of his retirement has been confirmed by his son.
This comes a week after the 95-year-old star performed two sold-out shows with Lady Gaga at Radio City Music hall in New York.
His son, Danny Bennett who doubles up as his manager has revealed that Tony has decided to hang the mic and quit performing.
“There won’t be any additional concerts. This was a hard decision for us to make, as he is a capable performer. This is, however, doctors’ orders,” said Danny who has been his father’s manager for more than four decades.
In 2016 the legendary singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and his wife Susan advised him to take it slow on performances.
“His continued health is the most important part of this, and when we heard the doctors (when Tony’s wife, Susan heard them) she said, ‘Absolutely not,” he added.
Danny continued, “He’ll be doing other things, but not those upcoming shows. It’s not the singing aspect but, he gets tired. The decision is being made that doing concerts now is just too much for him.
“We don’t want him to fall on stage, for instance -something as simple as that.”
Danny said he wasn’t worried about his Dad’s singing capabilities but was more worried about his physical health.
“We are not worried about him being able to sing. We are worried, from a physical standpoint about human nature. Tony’s 95,” he said.