On the eve of his 90th birthday, Tony Bennett still rules the world.
Casino royale: From Las Vegas to Philadelphia and Atlantic City, Tony Bennett still favors stages at top casinos across the country.
Before Tony Bennett turns 90 in August, the self-proclaimed last of the saloon singers of standard song hits Sands Bethlehem Casino on May 14 and Atlantic City’s Borgata in July. Beyond witnessing the miracle of living and aging well, there are myriad reasons to see and hear Bennett live. The first is that, frankly, he’s a magician onstage. Immensely capable of loud vocal runs, Bennett is fond of pulling the microphone away from his mouth—without amplification— and booming. And while far younger artists take years to develop one song, Bennett has recorded 10 new albums since 2000, including his chart-topping collaboration with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek. Simply put, Bennett is the definition of hip. He knows what medium to hit and when (MTV Unplugged when MTV was cool), and how to remain vital and modern without eschewing his Tin Pan Alley stylings (working with Gaga)—and he always looks the part of the sartorially smart crooner, never without a suit and a tie, never less than debonair. “It’s not a style. Not old or new. It just is,” Bennett told me last year about his work and the timelessness of his vibe. As he first sang back in 1965, Tony Bennett still rules the world.