Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett – Cheek To Cheek Tour
Lady Gaga and & Tony Bennett’s Cheek To Cheek Tour on May 30, 2015
Crisp, cool, and carefree. That was the atmosphere filling the iconic Hollywood Bowl on Saturday evening. Entering the Bowl, picnics lined the walkways, vendors were selling makeshift t-shirts, and stop-and-go traffic filled the streets of Hollywood. However, once you arrived at your seat, the outside rush was shut down and the world around you felt nonexistent. Was it because of the environment? The music? Or the over indulgence of wine? Who knows.
The stage was filled with more than a dozen seats awaiting its performers. Two pianos sat at opposite ends of stage eager for its pianists. At that moment, you knew you were in for a musical display.
With little notice, the orchestra took to the stage. Not long after, the incomparable Tony Bennett entered with the musicians beginning their introduction. Applause roared out as he waved to crowd in his tan colored suit. Once the applause subsided, he called for his “Lady.” With the spotlight pointing to the side, Gaga made her entrance in a shimmery silver dress that embodied class and elegance. The crowd was going wild like it was the encore. However, neither of them had sung a note.
Time for the show to begin. They opened with the upbeat “Anything Goes.” I don’t think there could’ve been a better way to kick off the show. As the two harmonized, the two shared an obvious chemistry. Whether it was a kiss on the cheek or an impromptu flirtatious dance move from Gaga, it would appear as though they had performed together for years.
As the show progressed, the two sang all the classics from their collaborative album Cheek To Cheek. In between these songs, Gaga would exit and return with an entirely new extravagant costume and hairstyle. This gave everyone a chance to hear some of Bennett’s best like “I Left My Heart In San Francisco” and “Steppin’ Out with My Baby.” His age had no factor in his performance. He sounded as good, if not better, than his past recordings. This is my second time seeing Bennett live and I remain in awe of his talent.
The brightest moments for me came when Gaga sang her solos from the album. I had absolute chills when she sang “Lush Life.” Before she sang the song, she explained how much this song mirrored her lifestyle. It was completely evident because you could tell she embodied every word. When it came to “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye,” I almost lost it. I have seen Gaga live three times before this concert, and I had never witnessed better live vocals coming from her. To say she is one of the voices of my generation is an understatement. She is on the same level as Fitzgerald. Powerhouse vocals and “straight from the gut” emotion put her there.
As the show finished up with “The Lady Is A Tramp” and “It Don’t Mean A Thing,” the crowd yearned for more. Anything. Even if it was just words on a page, the crowd would have stayed all night to hear the pair. As the last note was sung, the crowd roared. It was standing ovation after standing ovation. Well deserved and well earned. Some say jazz may be dead, but if you were at the Bowl last night, you would know that jazz is very much alive and still hits the heartstrings of many.