Tony Bennett's Sudden Retirement Means His Phoenix Concert Is Canceled

The man, the myth, the voice: Tony Bennett.
The man, the myth, the voice: Tony Bennett. Melina Dellamarggio
If you had tickets to Tony Bennett's December 14 concert in Phoenix, it's time to make other plans.

The legendary crooner announced his immediate retirement yesterday, which means that a short tour that was planned for September through December is now off.

NBC News reports that his son, Danny Bennett, said that the development is health-related: "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. His continued health is the most important part of this." He went on to say that the traveling part of performing was the issue, not the singing.

Bennett just performed last week at two sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York City; one of the shows was in honor of his 95th birthday. In 2020, his family revealed that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016.

People who had tickets to the show, which was to be held at Celebrity Theatre, can get a refund at the point of purchase. Questions can be directed to [email protected] For more info, visit the Celebrity Theatre website.
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Jennifer Goldberg is the culture editor and Best of Phoenix editor for Phoenix New Times.