A few weeks ago, I attended a Tony Bennett concert at the Mondavi Center. I waited for reviews of the show to appear somewhere, but alas, did not see one anywhere. It would be a shame to let such a marvelous performance go unnoted, so I decided to send this letter to The Enterprise.
The sold-out performance was flawless … and that was with the show starting a half-hour to a hour later than it had originally been advertised. Tony Bennett had made an appearance on the “American Idol” television show in Southern California just a few hours before the show at the Mondavi.
It did not matter. The show was still great.
Tony Bennett, with an opening from his daughter, went through the great American songbook, and with a story for virtually every song, turned them into his own with an invention and flair that made each song a great memory for the crowd to take home with them.
And, incredibly, he sang “Fly Me to the Moon” sans microphone, and it had no trouble reaching the rafters.
It was a flawless performance by a consummate singer and showman.