Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett may have performed their last concert on stage as a duo, but their emotional legacy will live on through the music they made together a decade-long partnership that Gaga dutifully hoped would end. while they accompanied the 95 years old man for the last time from the stage.
“Tony, we are all so grateful to have witnessed your talent, your generosity, your creativity, your kindness, and your service over the years,” the House of Gucci star tells Bennett in the co-featured clip on CBS- EW caught during the final moments of her One Last Time concert special, which aired on the network Sunday night.
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After Bennett, whose family revealed his long battle with Alzheimer’s disease earlier this year, thanked Gaga, she met his look at the show’s emotional conclusion: “Mr. Bennett, I would be honored to join you on stage”, and took his arm as they walked out of sight to a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall.
The two-night concert series, which was taped in August as part of Bennett’s birthday celebrations, will also feature the pair performing individual numbers and duets from their second album Love for Sale, which earned Grammy nominations for Album of the Year, and a vinyl record of the year (“I Get a Kick Out of You”) last week. Bennett ended the performance with a signature tune and sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” before walking off stage with Gaga.
In a 60-minute special about Gaga and Bennett’s shows together, Bennett’s wife, Susan Benedetto, spoke to Anderson Cooper about how the legend’s diagnosis affected his short-term memory, but his singing talent and ability to recite letters remain intact. During Sunday’s One Last Time show, Bennett introduced Gaga by name on stage for the first time in a long time, according to the Oscar-winning pop icon, who was thrilled when Bennett recognized her on set.
“I had to hold it together because we had a sold-out show and I had a job to do. But I tell you when I went on stage and he said, ‘It’s Lady Gaga,’ my friend saw me and it was very special,” she told Cooper, and then added, “It’s not a sad story. It is an emotional one. It’s hard to see how his change affects him in any way, but to see how it doesn’t affect his talent. I think he really went out of his way to give the world the gift of knowing that things can change and that you can still be great.
The latest stream is now on Paramount+. Watch the EW clip, co-hosted with CBS, of Gaga accompanying Bennett offstage at her graduation concert in the Instagram post above.
Regardless of the circumstances, it is hard to deny how much Gaga and Bennett have shared with their fans. The duo’s music video for “The Lady Is a Tramp” went viral even before its release date because it showcased both singers in tears as they sang about their love story together. When Gaga and Bennett stepped down from the stage after every concert, there was always an outpouring of affection from their fans on social media. Soon enough, someone else would take up the mantle of singing these two legends’ songs beautifully, but they will forever be linked in emotions that we all felt when watching them perform one last time together so many years ago.