Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett - Cheek to Cheek / Love for Sale

Is the second disc on the Fnac boxset a live cd or the dvd of the show? Because it just says disc 2 live on the Fnac description. Same on her website where it says live album.
I already have the bluray of the show so I hope it’s a live album.
 
They sound great together. I missed her Jazz voice.

Also, I love this pic. Screaming @ the engagement ring from Christian though. This project has been collecting dust for ages dd.

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The art direction for this album is so much better than Steven Klein's taxidermy shoot for Cheek To Cheek. There's so much colour and fun to it.

I have no feelings on or interest in the jazz projects overall but it does always seem to bring out this curiously endearing side of her that maybe doesn't get to flourish in the pressure cooker of fronting her own career with her own songs, or even her own acting roles. She gets to sing some songs with gay abandon in the presence of a dear friend, and the rollouts always feel so... pleasurable, smooth and low stakes, unlike her own campaigns which are just a stressful comedy of errors right out the gate. It felt like such a weird pivot at the time but it has made more and more sense as time has gone on. It makes for good palate cleansing.

She sounds incredible on the new track, but it goes without saying. I hope promoting the record is a happy experience rather than a sad one.
 
Their friendship really is so sweet and wholesome. I'll admit I didn't care much for Cheek to Cheek at the time (even though I casually enjoy listening), but I'm really looking forward to this release because it's so special for many reasons.
 
Someone transcribed Gaga's thank you's from the booklet that can be seen in one of the mockups:

Dear Tony,

I wish to thank you and you only for this album. You called me once a week, for many weeks, advocating for the importance of honoring Cole Porter as one of the greatest songwriters in American history - you said we should make an entire record of his music. We then made this album together as we promised each other. We made it with your family, the Benedettos, who embraced me as family - for this I am forever grateful. Your passion, your talent, your gift have shined bright upon the world your whole life.

I am deeply grateful to have witnessed, stood next to, and sang along a glimmer of your soul - your commitment to people, to racial justice, to your family and to your friends. You are my teacher, my friend, my partner in music. I love and cherish you. Thank you for all you have shared with me, I will carry it forever and someday will do for someone what you've done for me. Whenever I'm down I remember what you always say: Straight Ahead. You remind me to keep going. I will. We all will.

Thank you Tony, your legacy is of a legend that has blessed the world for all of time.


Love,

Lady

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WELL. Now i'm crying.
 
Just left the show.

Very different from the last tour and more a half and half show with some duets at the end. What I imagine Jazz and Piano to be like without the Gaga songs was her set.

She ran into the crowd to sing to Natalie. Her whole family (including her dad who I ran into at Joanne picking up wine) was there, Bobby, her boyfriend, Aquaria…

He seemed to really enjoy himself but it was kind of sad to watch.

I saw Gayle King, Jon Bon Jovi, Nancy Pelosi and Countess Luann who was actually pretty rude but I understand she was annoyed at people heckling her.
 
Formats:

Standard CD / Cassette / Vinyl
Yellow Vinyl
Deluxe CD with Alt Cover (Target)
Deluxe Vinyl with Alt Cover (Target/HMV/FNAC etc)
CD + DVD (Cheek To Cheek Live)
2LP Boxset with slipmat & cleaning cloth (Standard & Cheek To Cheek vinyl)
Deluxe Boxset

The box set has a live cd of Cheek To Cheek and not a dvd.
 
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Absolutely love Tony and Gaga together. Looking forward to seeing the recording of the show, even though I'm sure it will be quite sad to see.
 

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He seemed to really enjoy himself but it was kind of sad to watch.

“:(“

As a huge Tony fan entirely separate to (and predating) my love for Gaga, I’m fairly comfortable in saying that Cheek to Cheek is one of his worst records. But their relationship is so special and probably now essential to his legacy. He always managed to reinvent himself in every new decade — he did an MTV Unplugged in ‘94 and it was more popular than some of his 60s records — but as he got even older, it was obviously going to be more difficult. His constant willingness and interest in new artists is what has kept him so kind and vital until now, and his music so good, even singing what we might call the same old songs. Gaga has brought him to a totally new audience, but their relationship is so lovely because he’s always sought out young people and has so much respect for them. And they give him it in return because they can sense it!

He is so thoughtful, so honest, so active. He was at Selma. He got in trouble in 2003 for protesting the Iraq War. He’s a lifelong pacifist and an advocate for decriminalisation and drug policy reform. He’s just amazing. We’re so much better for him being with us. He wouldn’t want us to be sad, but…..

 
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Review from Showbiz411: Tony Bennett Wows Sold Out Crowd at Radio City for 95th Birthday with Lady Gaga as His Opening Act

"In a two hour show that was absolutely historic, Lady Gaga earned her angel wings tonight celebrating Tony Bennett’s 95th birthday at Radio City. What an incredible evening. The hall was sold out, the stage was occupied by a 40 peace orchestra. Gaga performed for an hour, opening for Tony. Her set was magical, beyond compare. Then Tony took the stage and did a killer set that ended with I Left My Heart in San Francisco. The hall exploded in applause and cheers."

The fact they attracted the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Chief Executive Officer of Netflix, Jon Bon Jovi, and legendary Hollywood actors to attend the show tonight. Can you say legendaric?!

To say the least, it was a night full of standing ovations. But all you need to know is that Tony Bennett’s legendary career culminated tonight in a blaze of glory. And Lady Gaga deserves our never ending thank you.

She never worked so hard in her life. As I said the first hour was all Gaga, in show stopping outfits (at least one designed by her sister) that were elegant and show stopping. She looked like Grace Kelly on her way to win an Oscar in every change. Gaga herself covered mostly song classics like “Luck Be a Lady” and “What a Difference a Day Makes.” Her voice is supple and rich, and, as Tony once told her, she’s a real jazz singer. She at once recalls Liza, Judy, Barbra, and Ella, all fashioned into her own striking tones.

Her standout, I thought, was “La Vie En Rose.” She also joked with the crowd, kibbitzed about COVID, and at one point came into the audience to sing to her sister and mother. I’m not sure if she knew that Jon Bon Jovi was sitting a few seats away. Bon Jovi wasn’t the only celebrity. I saw Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, actor Steve Buscemi, and Andrew Dice Clay. There were rumored sightings of Nancy Pelosi and Gayle King.

And then there was Tony. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he seemed unsteady when the big red curtain rose to reveal him and his jazz group. On the first song, he was warming up. But by the time he hit his second number, Tony was back in swing. Forget Alzheimer’s (not to make a joke.) Tony Bennett not only knows these songs, but he still delivers them with soul, verve, and flash. He’s still got it.

For me, the highlights of his set were “One More for My Baby,” which went from daring to sublime very quickly. Then came Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile,” followed by ”When You’re Smiling,” and a sample of “Fly Me to the Moon.” If you said to a stranger, this man is 95 years old, they wouldn’t believe you. His voice was full and nuanced, and he was totall engaged and loving the moments.

Gaga– whom we’d last seen in smart black and white– returned in gold and led Tony through a bunch of duets including “The Lady is a Tramp” and “Anything Goes.” You could feel he was wavering a bit, but enjoying it all too much to say goodbye. “We’ll see you on the 200th birthday,” Gaga declared, and it seemed like the show was winding down.

The curtain fell, the house lights started to go up and then there was that lump in the throat moment. Tony Bennett, putting a dot at the end of his amazing career, sang his long time signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” I wanted to cry, I’m sure I was not alone. It was absolutely gorgeous, the cherry on the sundae, a magnificent wave from the top of the mountain.

I can’t underplay how much this was a Lady Gaga presentation. The way she acts with him is so full of love and respect. She guided him through their duets, giving him encouragement, and you could see how much he loved it. Whatever Lady Gaga does in the rest of her long life, no one should ever forget this chapter. She certainly was raised right.

The final show is Thursday. If you can, go. There are still a few tickets around. This is a once in a lifetime moment. We sang Happy Birthday with Gaga to Tony tonight. I’m sure they’ll do it again on Thursday. If you love music, you can’t say you were in New York and missed this.

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I wish this was being recorded professionally, or that the setlist is similar to the MTV Unplugged and we get a long special recording of that.
 
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