Lady Gaga To Perform For ‘One Last Time’ With Tony Bennet As He Battles Alzheimers

“It’s heartbreaking to watch what he’s going through.”

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet’s decade-long partnership is closing out with a new concert special, One Last Time, that marks Bennett’s last concert appearance before announcing his retirement from touring.

Filmed over the course of two sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, in celebration of Bennett’s birthday on Aug. 3, One Last Time features Grammy winners Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performing classics from the Great American Songbook, premiering Sunday, Nov. 28 on CBS.

The special consists of 11 show tunes, including several songs from Bennett and Gaga’s two albums together: 2014’s Cheek to Cheek (which took home a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2015) and 2021’s Love for Sale.

With their incredible work, the duo was nominated for six Grammy Awards on Tuesday for their Cole Porter tribute album, “Love for Sale” ahead of the 64th Annual Grammy Awards.

Following the nominations, Lady Gaga went on BBC Radio 2’s “The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show” and talked about Tony Bennett’s, 95, and his Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

Tony Bennett,95, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2017. His family first went public with his diagnosis in February.

“Tony is one of my most favorite people on the whole planet and I love him with all my heart. I love his family with all my heart, I love his wife, Susan, with all my heart. I can’t tell you how much I learned from him and what it’s like to sing with a legend for so many years,” Gaga said. “I’ve sung with Tony for almost 10 years, and it’s heartbreaking to watch what he’s going through having Alzheimer’s.”

At The Late Show With Stephen Colbert filmed earlier this year at Radio City Music Hall, Lady Gaga spoke with Colbert about her collaborative work with Tony Bennett during an interview to pair with the performance.

“Watching him begin his journey with Alzheimer’s years ago, I remember I wanted to make good on a promise I made to him,” she explained. “Our album ‘Cheek to Cheek’ went Number One and I called him and said, ‘Hey Tone, we’re number one all over the world with a jazz record’. And he goes, ‘hey Lady’ – that’s what he calls me – ‘we need to make a Cole porter record, all Cole Porter songs, all love songs.’”

“A couple years later, his Alzheimer’s just started to set on, and I said ‘let’s go into the studio now’… When I tell you that when jazz begins, this man lights up in a way that is such magic,” Gaga said. “It just reminded me that anybody that has a family member or someone they love that’s suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia, music is magic. Music is a miracle.”

She also spoke about how music can sometimes help people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

The “House of Gucci” star added, “If you are with that person that you love, play some music from their childhood and I promise you that they will come to life in a way that is not expected, and not everyone you know, every case is different and everybody’s different, but they’re still there and my heart goes out to you and this album was made while he had Alzheimer’s and we sang it while he had Alzheimer’s and he was still able to do it, I am just floored by him.”

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