Snippets from an email chat with Tony Bennett
Wed, Jul 20, 2011 (5:32 p.m.)
Frank Micelotta, PictureGroup
How many living singers have fought in a world war, marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and duetted with both Judy Garland and Amy Winehouse? Just one that we know of: Tony Bennett. He was also once tasked with bringing the most famous dancer in the world to Las Vegas. “I was playing at the MGM Grand, and I was talking to one of the owners and mentioned that I had become friendly with Fred Astaire,” Bennett recalls in an email exchange with Las Vegas Weekly. “The next thing he did was to pull out his checkbook. He wrote on a blank check ‘made payable to Fred Astaire,’ handed me the check and said, ‘The next time you see Mr. Astaire, tell him if he would play a week here he can fill in any amount he wants.’ I actually did show Fred the check, but he never took them up on the offer.”
- Tony Bennett at The Pearl
- July 24, 8 p.m., $66-$141
- The Palms, 942-7777
Bennett, on the other hand, has been a frequent Las Vegas performer. His latest visit finds him at the Pearl on Sunday night, celebrating his upcoming 85th birthday (August 3) and the September release of Duets II, a series of collaborations with the likes of Winehouse, Willie Nelson, Andrea Bocelli and Mariah Carey. “I think many [of the duetting singers] were surprised by how we record, which is totally live with my jazz quartet in the studio with us” Bennett says. “It’s a very different way to record than many contemporary artists are used to, but a lot of them walked away saying that is how they want to record their next record.” Smart move. This guy knows stuff.
The Pearl is the Palms premier concert venue, hosting some of the most legendary and popular names in entertainment.
Palms Casino Resort has come a long way since its "Real World" debut in 2002. The boutique property features three distinct towers and a diverse mix of bars and restaurants across a 95,000-square-foot casino.
Palms, which features more than 1,200 rooms and fantasy suites, is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation that will encompass an Ivory Tower room and suite redesign, new culinary additions, re-imagined gaming spaces and new, distinctive nightlife experiences.
In addition to newly designed rooms, during the first phase of the renovation, Palms will welcome Heraea, a high-energy American restaurant and lounge, and XISHI, a pan-Asian restaurant and lounge.
Fantasy Suites include the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court.
Other amenities include the all-new Cantor Gaming® race and sports book, one of the few sports books in Las Vegas to include a poker room; SOCIAL; Scarlet; Chocolat Bistro; tonic bar; ghostbar; Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Simon Restaurant & Lounge; Palms Pool & Bungalows; Kim Vō Salon; Drift Spa & Hammam; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre cineplex and more than 60,000 square-feet of meeting space.